Since the early rankings came out we have lost a perennial all-star/gold glove catcher. A internet favorite may have no where to play. The consensus number 1 catcher has been traded to a loaded team. A lot has taken place since the first set of rankings. Take a look at the previous rankings, listen to the Benched with Bubba Catchers preview with Nate Dokken and see what has changed in the Updated 2019 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings.
|1 – J.T. Realmuto||2 – Gary Sanchez|
|3 – Wilson Ramos||4 – Yadier Molina|
|5 – Yasmani Grandal||6 – Willson Contreras|
|7 – Buster Posey||8 – Danny Jansen|
|9 – Welington Castillo||10 – Tucker Barnhart|
|11 – Omar Narvaez||12 – Francisco Cervelli|
|13 – Jorge Alfaro||14 – Mike Zunino|
|15 – Francisco Mejia||16 – Robinson Chirinos|
|17 – Kurt Suzuki||18 – Yan Gomes|
|19 – Willians Astudillo||20 – Jonathan Lucroy|
The top 2 in Realmuto and Sanchez won’t change much and are the consensus top 2 options at catcher. After that it becomes very interesting already.
I have Wilson Ramos and Yadier Molina at 3 and 4, but that does bring some risk. Some will say Ramos was “lucky” last year, but I don’t agree and I’ll hold fast there. Molina has been Mr. Consistent of late, but is also getting older and really isn’t playing much in Spring Training.
Yasmani Grandal at 5 could be some really nice value. The move to Milwaukee should be huge for Grandal and I could see him passing Molina and maybe even Ramos by season’s end.
Willson Contreras is a guy I have trouble drafting him, but the hit tool is there and a bounce back season could definitely be in place. Thus landing him at 6.
Buster Posey could be some of the best value at the upper tiers at the position. Posey used to be a perennial top catcher, but now can be drafted outside the Top 100, almost outside the Top 150. He still brings a ton of batting average help (something hard to find at catcher) and he will pad some other counting stats some.
After Posey we get to 2 of my favorite targets outside the top 7 (used to be top 8 before the Salvy injury), with Danny Jansen and Welington Castillo. Both bring some really nice power upside, decent averages and could be in for really big years for their respective teams.
At 9 and 10 we get nothing flashy, but 2 catchers that shouldn’t kill your team with Tucker Barnhart and Omar Narvaez. Both should get you around 10 homers with a decent average and they are about the end of the line for “reliable” fantasy baseball catching options.
After the top 11 it really gets dicey. I am ok with Francisco Cervelli if need be (my catcher 2 in TGFBI). Then there are the young darts in Astudillo (falling rapidly but watch Sano injury news) and Francisco Mejia (hurt some by Machado signing). There are the others like Gomes, Chirinos and Suzuki that can produce but also aren’t those top tier options.
Any way you look at it, the catcher position isn’t great as usual. In 2 catcher leagues I am trying everything I can to have 2 of my top 11 or 12. In 1 catcher leagues you can punt away all you want. Any questions feel free to ask me @bdentrek on Twitter or join the FSD Slack Chat for FREE.