Originally posted on Fantasy Baseball Tools  |  Last updated 2/28/13
As you are getting ready for your upcoming fantasy baseball draft or auction, there are a few different ways that can help you determine where there is value or a drop off in talent at each position. One way is by grouping each position into tiers to separate different levels of projected performance. By setting up tiers, it will give you a good idea how many catchers are at each level and what the chances are that someone in said level make it back to you for your next pick if you do not draft that position in the current round Here is a look at the 2013 fantasy baseball tiers for catchers. Tier 1: Buster Posey Joe Mauer Carlos Sanatana The problem when doing fantasy baseball projections with formulas is sometimes players get ranked higher than you really want to draft them. I always have this issue at catcher with Joe Mauer because of his average raises his price tag, but I never want to own him in a league. If you are banking on his .310+ average carrying much of his value, all it takes is 10 hits to turn into outs and all of a sudden he is a lot less valuable. Tier 2: Matt Wieters Yadier Molina Miguel Montero Victor Martinez Wilin Rosario I have not yet adjusted my ranking for Victor Martinez but I will likely move him up if he looks to be healthy all of the way through spring training. Rosario I have straddling the fence between tier two and three but his power potential combined with Coors Field moves him into the second group of players for me. Tier 3: Jonathan Lucroy Jesus Montero Mike Napoli Brian McCann Salvador Perez Based on average draft position, Lucroy is going the lowest in the group which I think gives him some nice value. If McCann were not injured heading into the season, he would typically be higher on my list. Tier 4: Ryan Doumit Carlos Ruiz A.J. Pierzynski Keep in mind that Ruiz is suspended for the first 25 games of the season so you will need to draft a second catcher in one catcher leagues to cover for him. Please do not draft Pierzynski based on last year’s numbers. Keep his projection totals in line with his 2011 season and you will be much more likely to hit your targeted stats. Tier 5: J.P. Arencibia Alex Avila Jarrod Saltalamacchia Russell Martin We are getting a group that could still get you 15-20 home runs but their batting average is going to take a toll on your team’s numbers. Martin may give you a couple of stolen bases but he is far removed from his double-digit steal days. Tier 6: A.J. Ellis Rob Brantly Chris Ianetta Derek Norris Wellington Castillo Tyler Flowers This is the last group at catcher that will get you at least 375 at bats if you are just looking for counting numbers at this point of the draft. Brantly I would target if you are looking to maintain your batting average.   To get 2013 fantasy baseball projections, check out our Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide. To get more great fantasy baseball analysis and advice sign up for our free newsletter! 2013 Fantasy Baseball Tiers at Catcher – Buster Posey Tops the List is a post from: Fantasy Baseball Tools
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