2011 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide: Catcher (C) Best Value Picks. Catcher (C) Best Value Picks selections are based on a standard scoring system in mixed AL/NL fantasy baseball leagues for the 2011 season. Scoring system stats include: runs scored, homeruns, rbi, stolen bases, and batting average – (R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG). AB = at bats during the 2010 season.
Catcher (C) Best Value Picks selections are based on players who offer the best value at their likely draft positions in 2011 fantasy baseball drafts. These best value players typically include players who have a history of successful seasons in the MLB, and because of their history are somewhat safer and more reliable draft picks for fantasy baseball teams entering the 2011 season.
Top 3 – Catcher (C) Best Value Picks 2011
Brian McCann – Atl
While it may seem like McCann has been around forever, the reality is that McCann will have just turned 27 years old when spring training opens for the 2011 season. Often ranked as the #4 overall catcher in fantasy baseball rankings, McCann is one of the safest and most reliable catcher options for fantasy baseball teams at this point in his career. Rather than reach for the potential and relatively unproven Buster Posey or the aging Victor Martinez, fantasy baseball teams would be wise to pass on Posey and Martinez and instead draft McCann a good 10-15 picks later. In terms of stat value, McCann offers just as much upside and potential as any catcher in the league, and yet he can be had for a cheaper price in fantasy baseball leagues entering the 2011 season.
2010 Major League Stats: 479 AB, 63 R, 21 HR, 77 RBI, 5 SB, .269 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 65 R, 24 HR, 90 RBI, 3 SB, .285 AVG
Mike Napoli – Tex
Leading the entire league among catchers in homeruns for the 2010 season, Napoli who is often ranked around the #10 spot among catchers, clearly offers fantasy baseball teams an advantage with a mid round selection. While some may consider Napoli’s batting average a tremendous downfall, the fact that he can contribute in three categories (homeruns, rbi, runs scored), should offset his one bad category. Not to mention he plays a scarce position, where some fantasy baseball teams are just happy to have a starting catcher who can rack up 10 homeruns and a .275 batting average.
2010 Major League Stats: 453 AB, 60 R, 26 HR, 68 RBI, 4 SB, .238 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 70 R, 25 HR, 80 RBI, 2 SB, .270 AVG
Miguel Montero – Ari
Injuries definitely derailed Montero’s 2010 season after his breakout campaign in 2009. However even in what many consider a bad season for Montero, he still managed to tally 9 homeruns, 43 rbi, 36 runs scored, and a .266 batting average over just 297 at bats. With health back on his side for the 2011 season, Montero should once again be looking at 400 plus at bats, which means 15 homerun, 70 rbi, and a .290 batting average is definitely within reach. In terms of value, Montero offers just as much upside as Carlos Santana, Matt Wieters, and Geovany Soto, and yet Montero can be drafted a good 50 plus picks after Carlos Santana in most fantasy baseball drafts to begin the 2011 season.
2010 Major League Stats: 297 AB, 36 R, 9 HR, 43 RBI, 0 SB, .266 AVG
2011 Stat Projections: 60 R, 18 HR, 70 RBI, 0 SB, .285 AVG
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