Catchers: Period 9

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.

Must Start:

  1. Buster Posey
  2. Jonathan Lucroy
  3. Gary Sanchez
  4. Salvador Perez
  5. Wellington Castillo
  6. Yasmani Grandal
  7. J.T Realmuto
  8. Evan Gattis (note- McCann is on the DL, so he’s the primary catcher for now.)
  9. Wilson Contreras
  10. Matt Wieters

Waiver Wire Pickups

  1. 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.

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