With the top 150 fantasy baseball players all ordered and ranked on the initial 2015 Big Board, it’s time to get into the individual-position rankings. All told, there will be (count them) 300 players ranked.

First up? The catcher spot, which is very much in flux, with lots of turnover at the top. Given Yadier Molina’s dip in production and injury concerns as he ages, combined with the loss of “C” eligibility for two former early-round stalwarts in Joe Mauer (now 1B-only) and Carlos Santana (now eligible at 1B and 3B), the first tier now belongs to Buster Posey all by himself.

After that, the position is a mix of in-their-primers, such as the no-longer underrated Jonathan Lucroy, 2014 breakout backstops Devin Mesoraco and Yan Gomes and still-hanging-oners who provide steady if unspectacular numbers, such as Brian McCann.

There’s enough depth that owners in 10- or 12-team leagues won’t have trouble finding a solid starter, but in formats that go deeper (or use two catchers), it becomes a question of how much to invest in quality catching at the expense of missing out on more intriguing—and potentially more productive—players at other positions.

Let’s run down the top 20 overall fantasy catchers and a few others you should watch, including potential impact rookies.


These rankings consider three factors:

First, everything is based on 10- or 12-team mixed leagues with standard 5×5 rotisserie scoring (BA, R, HR, RBI, SB for hitters; W, ERA, WHIP, K, SV for pitchers).

Second, lineup construction accounts for 22 active roster positions consisting of: one each for catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, corner infield, middle infield and utility; along with five outfielders and nine pitchers.

And third, to be eligible at a particular position, players either must have played at least 20 games there in 2014 or be in line to start there in 2015.


Statistics are accurate through the 2014 season and courtesy of MLB.comBaseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs unless otherwise noted.

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