2015

Catchers are Like Adam Sandler Movies

Adam Sandler Movies

In Fantasy Baseball, catchers are like Adam Sandler movies: “Happy Gilmore,” “Billy Madison” and “The Wedding Singer” are some of the most quoted movies of our generation.

Yet, it’s hard to believe “Little Nicky,” “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” and “Jack and Jill” came from the same mind? And then there are a whole bunch of movies in between that are fair-to-middlin’, depending on who you ask, like “The Waterboy,” “Grown Ups,” and “Big Daddy.”

In that same vein, Fantasy Catchers have some great ones, led by the two unquestioned leaders at the position entering 2015, in San Francisco’s Buster Posey and Milwaukee’s Jonathan LuCroy.

2015 Fantasy Catcher Rankings

These catcher rankings are for standard Rotisserie formats for 12-team leagues that reward home runs, RBI, runs scored, stolen bases and batting average.

RkPlayerNotes
1Buster Posey, SFComing off his 2nd-best season ever
2Jonathan Lucroy, MILLed Cs in AB, R, H, doubles in ’14
3Salvador Perez, KCStayed healthy again 2 yrs in a row
4Yadier Molina, STLStruggled in ’14 with injuries
5Yan Gomes, CLENext in Tribe line of great Cs
6Devin Mesoraco, CINNew top slugger among Cs?
7Wilin Rosario, COLBetter BA, worse power in 2nd half
8Evan Gattis, ATLCould  lead position in HRs
9Brian McCann, NYY7 consec. years with 20 HRs
10Travis d’Arnaud, NYMBig 2nd-half has us smiling for ’15
11Matt Wieters, BALHad Tommy John surgery in June
12Miguel Montero, ARIInconsistent ’14 should scare many
13Wilson Ramos, WASAveraging 84 gms played since ’12
14Russell Martin, FAExpected to re-sign with Bucs.
15Derek Norris, OAKSolid hitter available late, just 26 yo
16Dioner Navarro, TORBack-to-back “pretty good” seasons
17Mike Zunino, SEAHi K-rate (33%) but low BABIP (.248)
18Yasmani Grandal, SDGood power, walk rate, bad park
19Jason Castro, HOU450 ABs w/. 221 BA really hurts
20Tyler Flowers, CHWLed Cs in strikeouts (159)
21A.J. Ellis, LADBig decline since breakout ’12
22Alex Avila, DETWith another team in 2015?
23Josmil Pinto, MINPromising hitter, stuck as a backup
24Carlos Ruiz, PHIMore like a guy you just end up with
25J. Saltalamacchia, MIAHitting in a tough park for hitters
26Chris Iannetta, LAA.329 BABIP up 45 pts from ’13
27Welington Castillo, CHCImproved on breakout ’13, still bad BA
28Christian Vazquez, BOSNot much power from the soph
29C. Bethancourt, ATL48 RBI in 343 Triple-A at-bats in ’13
30John Jaso, OAKConcussion ended ’13 early

I plan to update these 2015 Fantasy catcher rankings throughout the offseason, so please check back – and feel free to drop a comment below about who you think should be ranked higher or lower!

David Gonos spent 5 years as a CBSSports.com Senior Fantasy Writer and three more years writing with SI.com. Over the past 17 years, his work has been published on NFL.com, MLB.com, FanDuel, FoxSports.com and USA Today. Since 2001, he has been tracking down the Top 50-plus Free Fantasy Football Draft Tools online. You can contact David Gonos here.

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