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Fantasy Baseball Rankings for 2020: Top 30 Catchers

The Fake Teams staff give you catcher rankings for 2020!

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The Super Bowl is set, which means fantasy baseball will soon be mounting a full-scale assault on the world of fantasy sports. For those of us who never truly stop grinding fantasy baseball, it’s a bit anticlimactic. After all, we’ve been offering fantasy baseball content all throughout the Hot Stove League. But if you’re new to the party, you’ve come just in time. It’s a tradition here at Fake Teams to spend an entire week on each position, and today is Day 1 of that extravaganza. Catchers.

Couldn’t we begin with a sexier position, you say? I’ll be honest and say that my initial reaction is that catcher is fairly deep this year (deeper than last year, at least). Also, the sooner we get ‘em started, the sooner we get ‘em done.

We’d love for you to dive in and haggle with our first pass at ranking the backstops. Pay particular attention to what we show as a clear-cut top nine. And make some of these pundits defend their picks, why don’t ya?

Catchers in 2020

RANK PLAYER TEAM AVG RANK HEATH JOE JONATHAN GARRETT ZACK MARK
RANK PLAYER TEAM AVG RANK HEATH JOE JONATHAN GARRETT ZACK MARK
1 J.T. Realmuto PHI 1.333333333 1 2 1 1 2 1
2 Gary Sanchez NYY 1.833333333 3 1 2 2 1 2
3 Yasmani Grandal CWS 3.166666667 2 5 3 3 3 3
4 Mitch Garver MIN 4.666666667 6 3 6 4 4 5
5 Willson Contreras CHC 4.833333333 4 6 4 6 5 4
6 Will Smith LAD 6.333333333 7 8 5 5 6 7
7 Salvador Perez KC 6.833333333 5 7 8 8 7 6
8 Wilson Ramos NYM 7.833333333 11 4 7 7 10 8
9 Carson Kelly ARI 9.666666667 9 9 9 11 9 11
10 Jorge Alfaro MIA 11.5 10 16 10 13 8 12
11 Christian Vazquez BOS 12.5 17 10 13 10 16 9
12 Omar Narvaez MIL 13.16666667 8 15 11 9 12 24
13 Travis d'Arnaud ATL 14.66666667 13 17 14 15 15 14
14 Sean Murphy OAK 14.83333333 14 14 16 19 13 13
15 Tom Murphy SEA 15.5 12 31 12 17 11 10
16 Yadier Molina STL 17.16666667 16 23 15 12 19 18
17 Francisco Mejia SDP 17.33333333 15 26 18 14 14 17
18 Danny Jansen TOR 17.83333333 20 11 22 18 20 16
19 Roberto Perez CLE 20 22 24 19 16 24 15
20 Kurt Suzuki WAS 20.66666667 18 18 17 23 26 22
21 Buster Posey SFG 21.16666667 24 19 23 20 22 19
22 Jason Castro LAA 22 19 12 21 32 23 25
23 Robinson Chirinos TEX 22 21 27 24 22 17 21
24 Tucker Barnhart CIN 25 23 21 25 27 31 23
25 Willians Astudillo MIN 26.5 33 22 28 21 35 20
26 Yan Gomes WAS 27.33333333 27 28 27 31 25 26
27 Chance Sisco BAL 28.33333333 28 13 38 34 27 30
28 James McCann CWS 29.16666667 32 35 20 25 34 29
29 Elias Diaz COL 31.66666667 30 20 37 33 42 28
30 Austin Romine DET 32 25 26 49 28

Castro versus Chirinos is a fun battle to me. Similar profiles, at least as far as fantasy is concerned (power and batting average risk). Anyway, I ran a bunch of polls yesterday, and that was one of them. Looks like Chirinos is the clear winner, and NFBC ADP data agrees. Guess I’m crazy for all those barrels. Castro ranked 14th in barrels per plate appearance in 2019, tied with George Springer and Pete Alonso. Pretty nice company. And we know that right field wall got lowered. Anyway, feel free to go pile on with some votes...

Be sure to come back around at high noon for our State of the Position: Catchers in 2020!