Can you believe that some fantasy baseball leagues have two catcher spots? After looking at our 2021 catcher rankings, you wonder if you too should have one backstop, never mind two. One good news is that the relative lack of top-tier talent means that there are a lot of potential sleepers because it includes 12 players in the top 12 … right?
Leading into this season, we list six catchers, who stand above the rest. Most sites aren’t as enthusiastic about Gary Sanchez, but some catchers have his ability, so, despite his apparent pull on batting average, we like him upside down. If we keep him just looking for Homer, he will likely fall short, but we have ranked him.
It is important to remember that just because a catch is a top-heavy situation, you do not need to reach. Even the JT Realmuto, which is much higher than other catchers, is not worth drafting in the first five rounds. There will likely be some surprise breakouts at the position, so even though the top six are generally more reliable and / or more upside, they might not provide enough differentiation to be worth drafting as quickly as possible.
Some of the most interesting sleepers are Dolton Warshaw and Isiah Keener-Falefa. This spring, the duo were listed in their respective depth charts in the outfield of their teams’ deep-backs as Warshow and Rangers Shortleep in addition to Keener-Falefa. The ideal situation for a catcher-eligible player (especially thanks to DH), as you don’t have to worry too much about mandatory off-days, almost all of them deal with catchers. Both can also steal double digit bases, which is extremely rare for catchers. If they play most of the day, they will be worth a lot.
Mitch Gawar has some bounce-less appeal, while Tom Murphy, who did not play last year, is back after hitting 18 HRs in only 76 games in 2019. As usual, there are some veterans who can provide passive numbers (James McCain) Wilson Ramos), as well as some young players (Jorge Alfaro, Carson Kelly). Fraudulent catches rarely come out, but both Alejandro Kirk and Joey Barr are interesting if they get the time.
Finally, if you don’t get one of the top six backstops in the mid-round, you can wait until late to grab one or two sleepers. Reaching for a catcher just doesn’t make sense, so unless you really like someone (Travis D’Arnaud; Austin Nola?), Consider this situation.
We will update the catcher rankings throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player movement.
Fantasy Baseball C Rankings: Catcher Tears, Sleepers, Draft Strategy
Rankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues are in the form of a hitting category with rupees, HRs, RBIs, SBs and batting averages.
Eligibility based on position Yahoo’s default settings
|Post||Player (bats)||Age (as of 4/1)||Team||Other posts||Tier|
|1||JT Realmuto (R)||30||Phillies||–||1|
|2||Will Smith (R)||24||Dodgers||–||2|
|3||Salvador Perez (R)||30||Royal Family||–||2|
|4||Yasmani Grandal (S)||32||White sox||1b||2|
|5||Wilson Contraras (R)||2.||The cub||–||2|
|4||Gary Sanchez (R)||2.||Yankees||–||2|
|.||Sean Murphy (R)||24||As||–||3|
|.||Christian Vazquez (R)||30||red Sox||1b||3|
|4||Dolton Warshaw (L)||24||De-back||Of||3|
|10||Travis D’Arnaud (R)||32||Braves||1b||3|
|1 1||Mitch Gawer (R)||30||Twins||–||3|
|12||Isiah Keener-Falefa (R)||24||Ranger people||3b, ss||3|
|13||Austin Nola (R)||31||Padres||1b, 2b||3|
|14||George Alfaro (R)||2.||Marlins||–||4|
|15||Tom Murphy (R)||29||Mariners||–||4|
|14||Wilson Ramos (R)||33||Tigers||–||4|
|1.||Carson Kelly (R)||24||De-back||–||4|
|1.||James McCain (R)||30||Mets||–||4|
|19||Omar Narvez (L)||29||Brewers||–||4|
|20||Buster Posey (R)||34||The giants||1b||4|
|21||Alejandro Kirk (R)||22||Neelkanth||–||5|
|22||Max Stacey (R)||31||Angels||–||5|
|23||Yadir Molina (R)||38||Cardinals||–||5|
|24||Danny Janssen (R)||25||Neelkanth||–||5|
|25||Yan Gomes (R)||33||The citizens||–||5|
|24||Martin Maldonado (R)||34||Astros||–||5|
|2.||Pedro Severino (R)||2.||Orioles||–||5|
|2.||Ilyas Diaz (R)||30||Of rocks||–||5|
|29||Francisco Mejia (S)||25||Rays||–||5|
|30||Joey Bart (R)||24||The giants||–||5|
|31||Ryan Jeffers (R)||23||Twins||–||5|
|32||Jacob Stallings (R)||31||Pirates||–||4|
|33||Tucker Barnhart (L)||31||The reds||–||4|
|34||Tyler Stephenson (R)||24||The reds||–||4|
|35||Roberto Perez (R)||32||Indians||–||4|
|37||Victor Carretini (S)||2.||Padres||1b||4|
|3.||Kibert Ruiz (S)||22||Dodgers||–||4|
|38||Dom Nunz (L)||24||Of rocks||–||4|
|39||Prospect Cisco (L)||24||Orioles||–||4|
|40||Mike Zunino (R)||30||Rays||–||4|