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2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Catchers (Part 2)

The Fake Teams staff rank their Top 16-30 backstops for 2019.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Robinson Chirinos is still in Texas, but now with Houston.
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Good morning, people! If your week started terribly yesterday, I have a good word for you today. Just think to yourself:

At least I’m not a staff writer at Fake Teams this week. They’re talking about catchers all week!

Yikes!

Anyway, as far as I know most leagues still carry at least one backstop, so slog through the catcher muck we must. Here is the link for all of this week’s content, which you can also find by clicking on “Catcher Week!” on faketeams.com. But in case you’re strapped for time, here’s what dropped yesterday:

Catcher Rankings (Part 1)

State of the Position

Five Bold Predictions

And now, the moment you’ve dreamed of for the last five minutes...Part 2 of our catcher rankings! Here you will find only a few interesting choices. You’ll clearly see that I am drinking the Astudillo Kool-Aid. I blame Joe for talking about Willians frequently on the local podcast.

Anyhoo, I’m also open to Yan Gomes in Washington, and that’s an avenue I’ll explore more as the week carries on. My Braves fandom (and subsequent respect for Kurt Suzuki) make it difficult to be too bullish, though. Over the last two years, Suzuki has been worth 4.6 WAR, good for seventh among all catchers. Gomes is younger and the superior defender, but he checks in at 10th over the same stretch (3.9 WAR). Point is, Suzuki can play. We’ll see what gets unearthed as the week goes along, but that’s one situation I plan to dig into a little more. Any insight into playing time could be invaluable.

Top 16-30

Name Team Consensus Avg Rank Heath Punk Joe Scoby Zack Mark Matt
Name Team Consensus Avg Rank Heath Punk Joe Scoby Zack Mark Matt
Robinson Chirinos HOU 16.0 16.6 15 13 20 19 17 19 13
Willians Astudillo MIN 17.0 16.9 13 22 13 21 24 11 14
Yan Gomes WAS 18.0 17.9 16 24 17 17 12 22 17
Jonathan Lucroy LAA 19.0 18.7 23 28 19 15 16 10 20
Austin Hedges SDP 20.0 20.4 21 19 25 12 22 20 24
Tyler Flowers ATL 21.0 21.1 25 18 14 18 28 27 18
Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX 22.0 22.4 19 25 26 14 18 29 26
Kurt Suzuki WAS 23.0 22.6 29 15 15 25 30 25 19
Elias Diaz PIT 24.0 23.1 26 31 11 26 23 23 22
Omar Narvaez SEA 25.0 23.7 30 27 33 23 20 33 -
Austin Barnes LAD 27.0 24.0 22 21 31 27 50 17 -
Mitch Garver MIN 28.0 24.0 27 20 35 28 32 26 -
Chris Iannetta COL 26.0 28.3 20 26 32 31 29 30 30
John Hicks DET 29.0 29.4 24 23 36 24 42 28 29
Manny Pina MIL 30.0 29.9 32 29 16 29 48 32 23

Who do you like? Who did we miss? Be sure to check back in at noon for more catcher propaganda!