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2008 Fantasy Baseball Catchers Rankings: Keeper League Draft Values

In between posting various iterations of prospect lists (John Sickels' book shipped yesterday so I am not close to finished!), I am begining to list players at the various their position-eligible positions for 2008 fantasy baseball auction drafts and assign dolalr values. These values represent nothing you will see anywhere else. As a result, i expect disagreement and disparagements of my fantasy acumen.

These are based on my draft experiences in AL- and NL-only 4x4 keeper leagues with 14- or 15-man protect lists and up to five minor league protects. Therefore, they must account for expected inflation. And by "expected", I mean a general sense based on past experiences. For example, last year Vladimir Guerrero and Dave Ortiz went for $46 in my AL-only and Jose Reyes went for $52 and Albert Pujols went for $46 in my NL-only.

However, this doesn't mean every player fetched a 33-50% inflation premium. There are roster limitations that will result in $14 shortstops going for $4. Once the free-for-all of the the first round or two of player biddding is over, inflation is limited by bids into the low $20s.

What is notable is how shallow the catching depth is. Beyond Russ Martin and Victor Martinez, there aren't any catchers I see going for more than $22. Braves' backstop Brian McCann is a possibility, but his failure to follow-up his excellent 2006 season with a repeat performance has me doubting it was more than the high water mark for his career.

Amongst the NL catchers, the $8-$14 group really consists of $8-$10 players with the exception of Geovany Soto who I'd risk going a little higher on based on his potential to match Benji Molina's output (18/60/280).

AL Catcher Values:

$30+ None      
$23-29 Victor Martinez      
$15-22 Jorge Posada Joe Mauer Kenji Johjima  
  Jerrod Saltalamacchia      
$8-$14 Jason Varitek Dioner Navarro Ramon Hernandez Gerald Laird
  AJ Peirzynski Kurt Suzuki Ivan Rodriguez  
$1-7 Greg Zaun Rod Barajas Mark Redmond Jeff Mathis
  Brandon Inge Kelly Shoppach Toby Hall Miguel Olivo

NL Catcher Values:

$30+ None      
$23-29 Russ Martin Brian McCann    
$15-22 Benji Molina      
$8-$14 Carlos Ruiz Paul LoDuca Geovany Soto Dave Ross
  Ronny Paulino Miguel Montero Josh Bard  
$1-7 Brian Schneider Ramon Castro Johnny Estrada Jason Kendall
  Yadier Molina JR Towles Ryan Doumit Chris Snyder
  Micheal Barrett Chris Iannetta Eliezer Alfonzo