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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 30 Catchers

The Fake Teams writers rank the backstops for 2022 fantasy baseball.

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The start of positional weeks here at Fake Teams is always an exciting time. There’s a new year, and with it the promise of the ensuing fantasy baseball season.

Unfortunately, due to the MLB lockout we don’t have much of a Hot Stove season to discuss as we dive into each position. But we all need something to look forward to, right? I’m hoping the two sides come up with an accord that allows for baseball to be played on time this year—on time for an Opening Day of March 31st.

As for positional weeks, we’ll begin with catchers. You know the drill if you’ve been here before. It’s a solid week devoted to each position. Here’s the proposed schedule:

MLB Positional Weeks 2022

Position Week
Position Week
Catcher Jan 17 to Jan 22
First Base Jan 24 to Jan 28
Second Base Jan 31 to Feb 4
Third Base Feb 7 to Feb 11
Shortstop Feb 14 to Feb 18
Outfield Feb 21 to Feb 25
Starters Feb 28 to Mar 4
Relievers Mar 7 to Mar 11
Draft Guide March 11th
Opening Day March 31st

These rankings are presented without much preamble, as further analysis will follow throughout the week. We’ll share our targets, avoids, sleepers, prospects to watch, and more. And if you aren’t into catchers, at least we are getting the position over with first...right?

Below, you’ll see a few ties, at least when it comes to average ranking. Feel free to settle those in the comments! There are three such battles: Stephenson vs. Ruiz, Kirk vs. Stassi, and Stallings vs. Gomes. Was there ever a trio of more exciting duos? I don’t think so.

Top 30 Catchers for 2022

Rank Name Team HEATH MARK ANDRES GARRETT SKYLER AVG RANK
Rank Name Team HEATH MARK ANDRES GARRETT SKYLER AVG RANK
1 Salvador Perez KC 1 2 1 1 1 1.2
2 JT Realmuto PHI 2 3 2 2 2 2.2
3 Will Smith LAD 3 1 3 3 3 2.6
4 Willson Contreras CHC 4 4 5 5 6 4.8
5 Yasmani Grandal CWS 6 5 4 6 4 5
6 Daulton Varsho ARZ 5 7 6 4 5 5.4
7 Tyler Stephenson CIN 7 6 8 8 8 7.4
8 Keibert Ruiz WAS 8 8 7 7 7 7.4
9 Mitch Garver MIN 9 9 9 12 10 9.8
10 Travis d'Arnaud ATL 10 11 11 10 9 10.2
11 Adley Rutschman BAL 12 10 10 9 11 10.4
12 Sean Murphy OAK 13 14 12 14 12 13
13 Christian Vazquez BOS 14 12 16 11 14 13.4
14 Mike Zunino TBR 17 15 13 13 13 14.2
15 Omar Narvaez SEA 15 13 15 21 16 16
16 Elias Diaz COL 11 17 14 20 20 16.4
17 Gary Sanchez NYY 18 19 17 18 17 17.8
18 Carson Kelly ARZ 19 16 21 22 15 18.6
19 Alejandro Kirk TOR 16 16 23 15 25 19
20 Max Stassi LAA 22 21 18 16 18 19
21 Joey Bart SFG 21 18 19 17 21 19.2
22 Danny Jansen TOR 23 23 20 23 20 21.8
23 Eric Haase DET 24 20 22 19 28 22.6
24 Yadier Molina STL 20 22 29 26 19 23.2
25 James McCann NYM 25 29 24 24 24 25.2
26 Jacob Stallings MIA 26 30 25 31 23 27
27 Yan Gomes CHC 27 25 27 29 27 27
28 Austin Nola SD 29 31 26 28 26 28
29 Tucker Barnhart DET 30 33 31 27 22 28.6
30 Francisco Mejia TBR 28 24 30 32 30 28.8