Finding a quality fantasy catcher is one of the hardest tasks in fantasy baseball. It is the position with the least production, so if you find a good one, you’re lucky. Here’s my top 10 rankings as of 2 days into Period 8.
- Buster Posey
- Jonathan Lucroy
- Gary Sanchez
- Salvador Perez
- Wellington Castillo
- Yasmani Grandal
- J.T Realmuto
- Evan Gattis (note- McCann is on the DL, so he’s the primary catcher for now.)
- Wilson Contreras
- Matt Wieters
Waiver Wire Pickups
- Wellington Castillo, Baltimore Orioles
Castillo shouldn’t even be on this list – he’s owned in 82% of CBS fantasy leagues. You’d be lucky if he’s still available. That being said, he’s a free agent in one of my leagues; I have Salvador Perez so I don’t need him, but I’m surprised nobody has picked him up given the lack of depth at the catcher position.
Wellington had a decent year last year, hitting .264 with 14 home runs and 68 RBIs in 416 at-bats. He seems to enjoy playing in Baltimore this year, hitting .330 with 4 homers in 97 at-bats. Any time a catcher gets hot, it’s worth a look. Castillo has always been a decent hitter with a good amount of power, so if you’re a Brian McCann owner, pick him up ASAP.
2. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians
Remember him? In 2014, Gomes hit .278 with 21 homers and 78 RBIs in 485 at-bats, making him a great fantasy catcher. 2015 and 2016 were extremely underwhelming, but he’s off to a good 2017 campaign. He’s hitting .255 with a .346 OBP, and he’s 5 for his last 15 with a home run. Yan Gomes hasn’t been a decent hitter in a while, but if you need a catcher, he’s worth giving a try.
3. Alex Avila, Detroit Tigers
Alex Avila hit .213 in 2016 and .191 in 2015. Yet he’s off to a scorching 2017, in which he’s been mashing at a .360 clip. He’s also hit 5 home runs to go with 18 RBIs in 75 at bats. Not to mention his ridiculous .473 OBP thanks to 16 walks. He seems like a completely different hitter in 2017; why not take a chance? He doesn’t have a track record, but you can’t ignore what he’s done so far.