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01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Scooter Hotz

01-13

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-13

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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Jeff Quinton

01-12

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Yan Gomes vs. Devin Mesoraco
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Mark Barry

01-12

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

01-12

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-11

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Tale of the Tape: Welington Castillo vs. Brian McCann
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Alex Chamberlain

01-11

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The Adjuster: Catchers
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Eric Roseberry

01-11

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Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-10

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12

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-10

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Tale of the Tape: Russell Martin vs. Matt Wieters
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Bryan Joiner

01-10

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Welcome to Splitsville: Catchers
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Tim Finnegan

01-09

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8

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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7

State of the Position: Catchers
by
George Bissell

01-09

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2

Early ADP Analysis: Catchers
by
Matt Collins

01-09

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6

The Quinton: Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions
by
Jeff Quinton

09-15

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6

Dynasty Dynamics: The Barren Land of Fantasy Backstops
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Ben Carsley

05-23

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7

Updating the Tiers: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-15

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Player Profile: Francisco Cervelli
by
J.J. Jansons

01-15

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7

The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-15

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Player Profile: Gary Sanchez
by
George Bissell

01-15

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7

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

01-15

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11

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 71
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor
by
Wilson Karaman

01-14

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
by
Bret Sayre

01-14

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3

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Jorge Alfaro vs. Jacob Nottingham
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Greg Wellemeyer

01-14

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Player Profile: Derek Norris
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J.P. Breen

01-13

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The Quinton: Strategy Planning, Sub-Strategies, and Catcher Strategies
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Jeff Quinton

01-13

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
by
Keith Cromer

01-13

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Get to Know: Catcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

01-13

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3

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Catchers
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J.J. Jansons

01-12

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Catchers
by
Mike Gianella

01-12

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9

The Adjuster: Catchers
by
Wilson Karaman

01-12

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Pitching Backward: Pudge, Preserved
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Jeff Long

01-12

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Baseball Therapy: Put Russell In the Hall of Fame
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Russell A. Carleton

01-12

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Tale of the Tape: Travis d'Arnaud vs. Jonathan Lucroy
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Matt Collins

01-11

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5

Early ADP Analysis: Catchers
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George Bissell

01-11

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12

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

11-03

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Player Profile: Travis d'Arnaud
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Matt Collins

09-10

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Daisy Cutter: Castillo Playing Well for Arizona
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Sahadev Sharma

06-01

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Get Salty
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R.J. Anderson

01-12

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Fantasy Players to Target: First Basemen
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

01-09

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Player Profile: Devin Mesoraco
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Nick Shlain

01-09

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 36: Catchers
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

01-08

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Catchers
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Keith Cromer

01-08

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Catchers
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Bret Sayre

01-08

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Max Pentecost vs. Andrew Susac
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Craig Goldstein

01-08

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Player Profile: Jonathan Lucroy
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J.P. Breen

01-07

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The Adjuster: Catchers
by
Wilson Karaman

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January 9, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Catchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our writers think these backstops could be excellent value picks in drafts and auctions this spring.

Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
In the last three seasons, the only full time catchers with more home runs than Yasmani Grandal are Brian McCann (69) and Salvador Perez (60). Grandal has 58. His batting average, runs, and RBI have drained some of his fantasy value over those seasons, but I think there’s some untapped potential with Grandal going forward that might be a little under the radar.


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January 9, 2017 6:00 am

State of the Position: Catchers

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George Bissell

The 30,000-foot-high view of the backstops available in fantasy leagues this year.

The Big Question: What should fantasy owners expect from Gary Sanchez?

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January 9, 2017 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: Catchers

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Matt Collins

A look at where the backstops have been going in drafts completed so far.

Welcome back to our Positional Series, where this week you’ll find everything you need to know about the catching crop in 2017. Last year, we debuted our Early ADP Analysis feature, and it’s going to be continuing this year. For a refresher, I’ll be looking at the ADP data from NFBC leagues and searching for some trends based on last year. I imagine our audience is fairly split between 12- and 15-team leagues, but for the purposes of the tables below, the average round column reflects a 15-team draft. With all of that out of the way, let’s look at some backstops.

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January 9, 2017 6:00 am

The Quinton: Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions

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Jeff Quinton

A look at why we tend to reach for catchers and how to avoid doing so in your drafts this spring.

Catchers and Answers to Easier Questions on Draft Day

Hi all. Welcome back and, for those of you who are new around here, welcome.

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September 15, 2016 6:00 am

Dynasty Dynamics: The Barren Land of Fantasy Backstops

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Ben Carsley

TIps on how to navigate the depressing pool of options in the squat.

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May 23, 2016 6:00 am

Updating the Tiers: Catchers

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Mike Gianella

Reranking the backstops based on early-season performances, injuries, and the like.

Welcome, to Baseball Prospectus’ first (or at least first time in a long time) in-season rankings update to our preseason positional tiers article. As we did during the preseason, players at each position will be divided into five tiers, represented by a “star” rating. In addition, unlike with the preseason “star” ratings, these lists can also be viewed as a straight ranking.

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January 15, 2016 11:22 am

Player Profile: Francisco Cervelli

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J.J. Jansons

The Pirates backstop was a surprisingly valuable fantasy asset in 2015.

Fantasy pop quiz, hotshot: In standard 5x5 mixed leagues, which of the following catchers was the only one to finish as a top-10 performer at the position in 2015?

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January 15, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: American League Catchers

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Mike Gianella

Mining for values in a position group where value can be hard to find.

With the possible exception of closers, there isn’t a position in fantasy baseball that is associated with a greater amount of dread than catcher. This is particularly true in -only leagues, where there are 24 catching slots to fill and only 15 starters to choose from. If this isn’t bad enough, this isn’t like other positions on the diamond where you can at least pick up a few steals or a smattering of home runs from more than a few backups. If you do get stuck with a defensive cipher, it is possible that you will get zero offensive production from the position for the entire year.

Fantasy managers often lament the decrepitude of a position incorrectly, relying on faulty memory and anecdotal evidence. But last year it turns out that their whining was not misplaced; the position was bad.

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January 15, 2016 6:00 am

Player Profile: Gary Sanchez

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George Bissell

The Sanchize is coming back to New York... just kidding, Jets fans.

Player Background

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January 15, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Catchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these players in your leagues this spring.

Nick Hundley, Rockies
How does a catcher entering his age-31 season move from 37th among catchers in 2014 to seventh at the position in 2015, despite only receiving 156 more plate appearances? Signing a free agent deal to play half of your games in Coors Field is a good place to start. Hitting 10 home runs and stealing five bases made Hundley quite valuable in 2015, no question about it, but I have serious doubts about what, if anything, he’ll be able to replicate in 2016. Hundley’s 10 taters were the second most of his eight-year career, despite a four percentage point drop in his hard-contact percentage and a drop of over five percentage points in his flyball rate. Hundley’s five steals were more than he swiped in the five seasons prior combined, and his .807 OPS was the first time that he registered an OPS of above .700 since 2011. His career-high .301 AVG in 2015 was a 58-point improvement over 2014, a number likely buoyed by his .356 BABIP.

Like countless examples of Rockies hitters past and present, Hundley hit much, much better at home (.355/.393/563) compared away from Coors (.237/.275/.355), and 2016 is the last season that the Rockies have Hundley under contract. Prospect Tom Murphy hit 23 home runs between the high-minors and majors last season and appears ready for an extended run of regular at-bats, which could earn Hundley a ticket out of town before the trade deadline, putting into question not only how many plate appearances that Hundley will receive above the 389 that he received in 2015, but how many of those will actually come at Coors. Hundley is currently being drafted in the roughly the same spot as Derek Norris, and just behind Yasmani Grandal, which is pure insanity to me. —J.J. Jansons


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January 15, 2016 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Episode 71

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

The Outcomes return to run down the catcher crop for Scoresheet leagues.

We are delighted to return for a third season of Scoresheet Baseball-specific coverage on Baseball Prospectus, just in time for BP’s catcher week. If you haven’t played Scoresheet before, it’s a baseball simulation engine (similar to Strat-o-Matic, or Diamond Mind for the computer savvy), using real in-season results to give you that rush of watching your fantasy baseball team succeed or fail during the season. If you’re interested in starting a team, we would be happy to talk to anyone who wants to figure out how to jump on board either through email or in the comments section below, and we’re sure other longtime players will jump in as well.

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January 14, 2016 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Catchers on the Ocean Floor

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Wilson Karaman

If the top 50 aren't enough to satisfy your tastes, Wilson has you covered.

So here we are… it’s just you and me… no, really, it may just be you and me. If you play in a dynasty league deep enough that you’re looking out for catchers outside the top 50 for the position, kudos to you for your awesome life choices. It’s hard enough to cobble together a top 15 or 20 dynasty list for the backstops these days, and Bret already went well above and beyond this morning by ranking 50. But once you get beyond that you’re really trolling the mines. It gets lonely down here, so thanks for coming.

Each week we’ll be running this as a complementary piece to our positional dynasty rankings, with a nod towards those of you in the Jacques Cousteau-deep leagues of the world with no player-eligibility requirements and those in a perpetual state of searching for the next big thing.

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