2011 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings

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Today's look at the Catchers begins the first of Dr. Roto’s fantasy baseball cheat sheets. Unlike many sites that rank players in order, Dr. Roto uses a tier system. Good luck at your drafts!

Tier A: (Love these guys)

  • Joe Mauer - Simply the best by a wide margin 
  • Brian McCann - Power hitter in a hitter’s ballpark 
  • Buster Posey - In a short time, he is already a top catcher 
  • Carlos Santana - If the knee is healed, he should be a good one 
  • Victor Martinez - Takes the cash to go to Detroit. Will DH much of the time preserving his knees 
  • Jorge Posada - Should be able to hit 15-20 HR this year and still maintains catcher eligibility 
  • Mike Napoil - If he gets 500AB, put him down for 25 HR

Tier B: (Like these guys)

  • Chris Iannetta - Has great pop, but needs to keep average above .240 
  • Kurt Suzuki - Really tailed off last year, but hit for a good average and is solid 
  • Matt Wieters - 2011 is probably looking as his pre-breakout season 
  • Geovany Soto - Could easily make Tier A if he regains confidence and consistency 
  • Miguel Montero - Needs to show his 2009 form 
  • JP Arrencibia - Has all kinds of power; needs to show he can hit major league pitching consistently

Tier C: (Sleepers, Busts, and Mediocrity)

  • Ryan Doumit - Has a great stroke, but can’t stay healthy 
  • John Buck - Can hit continue to hit for power? 
  • Yad Molina - Definition of safe catcher 
  • John Jaso - The Yad Molina of the AL 
  • Miguel Olivo - Will be hard to be relevant in Seattle 
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Has the skills and opportunity, now he needs to hit 
  • Josh Thole - Will play against righties and have a decent average 
  • Nick Hundley - Will get the lion’s share of AB in San Diego 
  • Russell Martin - Don’t pay for the Martin who stole bases 
  • Jonathan LuCroy - Can hit better than he showed last year 
  • Carlos Ruiz - Was a Dr. Roto favorite at one time, now just mired in mediocrity 
  • Jesus Montero - Yankee power hitting catcher of the future 
  • Wilson Ramos - Nice upside if he gets the AB in Washington 
  • Yorvit Torrealba - Nothing special here 
  • A.J. Pierzynski - Still getting AB’s in Chicago, but Tyler Flowers will arrive soon

Tier D: (Try to Avoid)

  • Chris Snyder - Can hit for power, but his average may kill you 
  • Alex Avila  - Might be ok, but will Leyland show needed patience? 
  • Brayan Pena - Not ready yet 
  • Jeff Mathis - Fielding does not count in most leagues; Hank Conger is the future anyway 
  • Ramon Hernandez - Something has been amiss with this guy for a while now 
  • Jason Varitek - May only get 200 AB this season 
  • Pudge Rodriguez - See Varitek 
  • Ronny Paulino - Murders lefties, but only plays 2 games a week 
  • Francisco Cervelli - last year’s numbers are a mirage

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