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January 17, 2014

Dynasty League Positional Rankings

Top 50 Catchers

by Bret Sayre


The Primer:
Because dynasty league rankings are relatively league dependent, I set up parameters for ranking the players below (and the ones who will follow at other positions). The list here presupposes a 16-team standard dynasty format, in which there are no contracts/salaries, players can be kept forever, and owners have minor-league farm systems in which to hoard prospects. Feel free to adjust this as necessary for your individual league, whether it’s moving non-elite prospects without 2014 ETAs down if you don’t have separate farm teams or moving lower-risk, lower-reward players up in deeper mixed or league–only formats.

The catcher position is a tricky one, as there are a lot of players at or near the top of the list who may be playing another position in three or so years. That, plus with most leagues using one active catcher, prospects are featured a little more prominently due to both the major-league depth right now and the fact that there are diminishing returns to carrying too many backstops.

And now, your Top 50 Catchers in dynasty formats:

The crazy thing about this first tier is that, unlike most of the names that come after, there’s no guarantee they will be at the position in 2016. We already know Mauer won’t, but don’t underrate his ability to be a very solid first baseman as he moves towards his mid-thirties. Posey is the best combination of age, likelihood to maintain eligibility, and production out there, and is a pretty clear top guy.

As you can tell, I’m not going by tiers per se. But Lucroy is a guy who gets overlooked when compared to other more “famous” backstops, and he shouldn’t. He has a great home park to draw out his pop and underrated speed to boot.

There certainly are arguments to be made that these two should be higher on the list (even as high as no. 2), but there are cases against them—and in fact, spacing them out like this makes them like they are a step down from the top group (which is not necessarily true). Santana has the offensive potential that could make him the top backstop for fantasy, but he is already going to primarily be a DH in 2014. He’s likely not in danger of losing that eligibility in the next few years, even if Yan Gomes really runs with the job. Perez has age going for him (he won’t turn 24 until May), but the jury is still out on whether he will show the type of power needed to be a top-flight option at the position.

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