Lost password?

Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!


Receive free daily analysis


Already have an account? Log In


Forgot Password


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts

2016 Fantasy Baseball Tiered Catcher Rankings: Midseason Edition

Welcome to the first breakdown of our midseason rankings here at RotoBaller. We are gathered here today to walk through the catcher rankings, analyzing some key names and providing tiers for your consumption. I feel like I just heard the collective grumble of millions, but I guess that sums up the C-slot in 2016. Assume a standard 5x5 redraft league when reading.

Be sure to also head over to our fantasy baseball rankings assistant. This handy rankings tool show you all of our staff rankings, player news, and weekly waiver wire rankings. You can easily filter, sort, and export all sorts of ranks - mixed leagues, tiers, prospects, dynasty formats, keeper values and more. It's all in one place, and all free.

Editor's Note: RotoBaller has the best Premium MLB Subscription for only $1.99 per week. We have all the tools to help win your seasonal and daily leagues: Hitter & Pitcher Streamers, Matchup Ratings for every player, Sleeper Surgers for AVG, HR, Ks, PLUS Daily DFS Cheat Sheets, Lineup Picks, Expert Lineups, Stacks and Avoids. 


2016 Fantasy Baseball Midseason Rankings Analysis: Catchers

You’ve either been one of the “haves”, enjoying the production out of a top-six catcher, or the "have-nots". There have been some surges below that mark of course (looking at you Chris Herrmann), but it’s honestly been pretty ugly.

If you’ve got Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy, Wilson Ramos, Salvador Perez, Brian McCann or J.T. Realmuto then you’ve probably been alright. Now you’ll notice I leapfrogged Russell Martin with Realmuto despite the consensus rankings. Well, this is my article and I personally have J.T. higher, so there! No, okay I’ll defend that in a little. Let’s check in on these top names with some quick hits:

Posey’s increased pop has offset his low BABIP, though the top catcher has been stabilizing lately with a .344 batting average in the last month, so anyone who was fretting at the low average can calm down.

Lucroy’s production looks sustainable across the board, and if he does get traded then hopefully his rhythm holds steady, but he should be held as a top-three option.

Ramos dropped his swinging-strike rate to 8.3% from last season’s 12.1% while boosting his hard-hit rate from 26.4% to 34.2%. He’s making stronger contact and whiffing much less, a potent combination.

Perez is enjoying an even bigger jump in hard-hit rate, going from 24% to 36.6%(!) alongside a 10.7% bump in fly balls, so believe in the power spike.

McCann’s .341 BABIP from April was never going to hold (.231, .235 in last two seasons), but he’s still on pace to hit 25 homers and provide solid returns for owners who invested in him, even with the lagging RBI totals.

Russell Martin burned a lot of owners in the early going, but since June 1 he’s scored 18 runs with four homers and 22 RBIs alongside a .273 average so perhaps he’ll be alright. I’m not buying it though, as he’s still getting rung up at an elevated 27% strikeout rate in that same timeframe (20.9 K% last season), while a .359 BABIP fuels the modest average gains (he’s more of a .280 BABIP guy).

I personally want J.T. Realmuto instead, whose 65/10/50/18/.300 pace looks sustainable albeit with a much lower power ceiling than Martin. I know he’s hitting .317 right now, but his .370 BABIP is a bit high so I’ll be conservative here, even with his plus speed and ground-ball/line-drive tendencies. That said, my colleagues disagree with me, but I know I have some supporters out there – dozens of them!

We can’t avoid talking Willson Contreras, owner of a .305/.387/.561 triple slash through his first 93 Major League PAs with five homers and 16 RBIs. He’s talented, and also gets to hit inside a strong Cubbies lineup, so ailing fantasy owners who were able to scoop him have undoubtedly experienced some serious relief. His playing time situation on a healthy Cubs roster remains to be seen, but his versatility should net him at least five games a week. That said, fantasy owners still may want to sell high here as he’s carrying a lofty .404 BABIP that is sure to drop (he’s still good though).

Derek Norris homered just as I was contemplating which guy to write up next, so I guess that’ll work. His line through the first two months of the season: 19/5/10/0/.179 (in 164 PAs)…gross. Like, actually horrible. A 26.2 K% and .212 BABIP were just destroying him, and his fantasy owners were languishing as a result. He’s been much better since we hit June however, sporting a 19/7/23/4/.257 line in his 118 PAs ever since. He’s poised to have a nice second half for owners, and may still be had for relatively cheap in plenty of leagues.

Yan Gomes showed some life last month, but still looks mostly lost at the dish – illustrated by his going 1-for-29 with 12 Ks in eight July games thus far. His past has anchored this writer for long enough, I’ll be moving along.

How about some good news here? Check out Kurt Suzuki, who is hitting an absurd .366 with four homers, 15 runs and 21 RBIs since June started. He’s really smoking the ball, with a 34.2 hard-hit% and 23.1 LD% in that stretch, fueling a wild .400 BABIP and making him a hot add in 14-team and two-catcher leagues.

For anyone in dire straits riding the Sandy Leon train, he’s a nice short-term bandage at catcher but his .455 average has a hilarious .558 BABIP behind it. His stellar 26.2 LD% is coupled with a modest 28.6% hard-hit rate and a very underwhelming Minor League track record, but if you can sell him off to a Boston-homer or a desperate owner as a little deal-sweetener then that’ll do just fine.


Midseason Catcher Tiered Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Tier Player Name Catcher Rank (Overall)
1 Buster Posey 1 (58)
2 Jonathan Lucroy 2 (89)
2 Wilson Ramos 3 (105)
2 Salvador Perez 4 (111)
3 Brian McCann 5 (120)
3 Russell Martin 6 (155)
3 J.T. Realmuto 7 (161)
4 Evan Gattis 8 (173)
4 Willson Contreras 9 (209)
4 Matt Wieters 10 (211)
4 Derek Norris 11 (221)
5 Nick Hundley 12 (234)
5 Yan Gomes 13 (235)
5 Tommy Joseph 14 (248)
5 Yasmani Grandal 15 (252)
5 Travis d'Arnaud 16 (267)
5 Stephen Vogt 17 (272)
6 Yadier Molina 18 (277)
6 Robinson Chirinos 19 (296)
6 Welington Castillo 20 (308)
6 Chris Herrmann 21 (319)
7 Jason Castro 22 (324)
7 Cameron Rupp 23 (363)
8 Blake Swihart 24 (371)
8 Francisco Cervelli 25 (380)
8 Miguel Montero 26 (389)
8 Jarrod Saltalamacchia 27 (396)
8 Kurt Suzuki 28 (406)
9 Geovany Soto 29 (431)
9 Dioner Navarro 30 (438)
9 Christian Vazquez 31 (446)
9 Tucker Barnhart 32 (Unranked)
9 Sandy Leon 33 (Unranked)
9 Chris Iannetta 34 (Unranked)
9 Tyler Flowers 35 (Unranked)
9 David Ross 36 (Unranked)
9 Mike Zunino 37 (Unranked)
9 Gary Sanchez 38 (Unranked)
9 Carlos Perez 39 (Unranked)
9 Christian Bethancourt 40 (Unranked)


Live Expert Q&A Chats - Every Weekday @ 1 PM and 6 PM EST (DFS)

Fantasy Baseball Chat Room


Articles & Tools
Import Your Leagues
Daily Stats & Leaders
All Pitcher Matchups
Compare Any Players
Pickups & Streamers
Rookies & Call-Ups
News and Alerts


Christian Watson25 mins ago

Not Medically Cleared
Aaron Jones41 mins ago

Limited Again Tuesday
Saquon Barkley46 mins ago

Making Progress From Ankle Sprain
Luis Robert Jr.55 mins ago

Season Over Due To MCL Sprain
Ketel Marte2 hours ago

Feeling Better, Returns Against White Sox
Yandy Díaz2 hours ago

No Yandy Diaz For Rays
Randy Arozarena2 hours ago

Out For Rays On Tuesday
Torey Krug2 hours ago

Expects To Be Ready For Season Opener
Matt McLain2 hours ago

Out For Rest Of The Season
Filip Chytil2 hours ago

Day-To-Day With Upper-Body Injury
Artemi Panarin2 hours ago

Day-To-Day With Lower-Body Injury
Logan Couture2 hours ago

Unlikely To Play Opening Night
Easton Cowan2 hours ago

Impresses In Preseason Debut
NJ2 hours ago

Cory Schneider Announces Retirement From Hockey
Ilya Mikheyev3 hours ago

Leaves Practice Early Tuesday
Christian Watson4 hours ago

Plans To Play Against Lions
David Montgomery4 hours ago

Lions Optimistic About David Montgomery's Week 4 Status
Luis Robert Jr.6 hours ago

Season Could Be Over
Max Scherzer7 hours ago

Takes Another Step Forward
Rasmus Dahlin11 hours ago

Pleased To Link Up With Connor Clifton
Kailer Yamamoto11 hours ago

Posts Pair Of Power-Play Goals
Jakob Chychrun11 hours ago

Nets Two Goals In Win Over Toronto
Sean Couturier11 hours ago

Plays His First Game Since 2021
Jordan Eberle11 hours ago

Hopes To Remain In Seattle
Jakob Pelletier11 hours ago

Sustains An Upper-Body Injury
Kyren Williams15 hours ago

' Production Capped By Poor Play-Calling
Tutu Atwell15 hours ago

Makes The Most Of Week 3 Defeat
Brandon Crawford18 hours ago

Expects To Play In Season Finale Sunday
Ja'Marr Chase18 hours ago

Wrecks Rams, Closes Buy-Low Window
Patrick Sandoval19 hours ago

Exits Early Monday With Right Oblique Tightness
Jon Gray19 hours ago

Exits Early Monday With Right-Wrist Tightness
Joe Burrow19 hours ago

Guts Out Calf Issue In Close Victory
A.J. Brown20 hours ago

Explodes For 131 Yards Against Tampa Bay
D'Andre Swift20 hours ago

Gashes Buccaneers For 138 Total Yards
Mike Evans20 hours ago

Snags Touchdown In Loss
Minnesota Timberwolves21 hours ago

Trevor Keels Signs With Timberwolves
Golden State Warriors21 hours ago

Rodney McGruder Joins Warriors
Atlanta Hawks21 hours ago

Chris Silva Joins Hawks On Exhibit-10 Deal
Julius Randle21 hours ago

Should Be Ready For Training Camp
Joe Burrow23 hours ago

Officially Active On Monday Night
Puka Nacua24 hours ago

Active Against Bengals
Alvin Kamara24 hours ago

Reinstated From Suspension
Brandon Aiyuk1 day ago

Seen At Monday's Practice
Deebo Samuel1 day ago

Held Out Of Monday's Practice
David Montgomery1 day ago

Listed As Limited
Christian Watson1 day ago

Listed As DNP Monday
Jaylen Waddle1 day ago

Still In Concussion Protocol
Joe Burrow1 day ago

Optimism Surrounding Joe Burrow's Monday Night Status
Garrett Mitchell1 day ago

Could Return Tuesday
Rafael Fiziev1 day ago

Suffers Knee Injury To Cut Main Event Short
Rafael Fiziev1 day ago

Mateusz Gamrot Victorious After Rafael Fiziev Suffers Knee Injury
Michelle Waterson-Gomez1 day ago

Dominated In TKO Loss
AJ Fletcher1 day ago

Drops To 1-3 In The UFC
AJ Fletcher1 day ago

Bryan Battle Submits AJ Fletcher For Second Straight Finishing Win
Ryan Blaney1 day ago

Speeding Penalty Costs Him Big At Texas
Francisco Alvarez1 day ago

Dealing With Finger Contusion
Ketel Marte1 day ago

Absent From Lineup On Monday
Mike Trout1 day ago

Season Is Over
William Byron1 day ago

Earns Sixth Win Of Season At Texas
Denny Hamlin1 day ago

Secures Third Straight Top-Five Finish At Texas
Tyler Reddick1 day ago

Late Wreck Ruins Tyler Reddick's Race At Texas
Chase Briscoe1 day ago

Delivers Big Value At Texas
Kyle Busch1 day ago

Championship Hopes Take Big Hit After Texas Wreck
Ross Chastain1 day ago

Overcomes Throttle Issue To Finish Second At Texas
NASCAR1 day ago

Bubba Wallace "Gave it Away" At Texas, Finishes Third
Chris Buescher1 day ago

Has Another Strong Points Day At Texas
Kyle Larson1 day ago

On Playoff Hot Seat After Wrecking At Texas
Adam Fantilli1 day ago

Registers Two Assists In Preseason Debut
Trevor Van Riemsdyk1 day ago

Trevor van Riemsdyk Sustains Apparent Hand Injury
Travis Konecny1 day ago

"Banged Up"
Andrei Vasilevskiy1 day ago

Battling Minor Injuries
Mika Zibanejad1 day ago

Suffers An Upper-Body Injury
Kyle Palmieri1 day ago

Set For Re-Evaluation This Week
Deandre Ayton2 days ago

To Portland A Possibility?
Damian Lillard2 days ago

Bulls, Raptors Expressing Interest In Damian Lillard
Tim Hardaway2 days ago

Pacers Reportedly Not Interested In Tim Hardaway Jr.
Buddy Hield2 days ago

To Dallas?
Francisco Alvarez2 days ago

Removed Early On Sunday
Luis Robert Jr.2 days ago

Replaced During Sunday's Game
Yandy Díaz2 days ago

Yandy Diaz Leaves Early Sunday
Ricardo Ramos2 days ago

Submitted Early At UFC Vegas 79
Charles Jourdain2 days ago

Extends Win Streak To Two
Marina Rodriguez2 days ago

Scores One-Sided TKO Win At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige2 days ago

Falls Short Against Another Top-10 Opponent
Bryce Mitchell2 days ago

Returns To Win Column At UFC Vegas 79
Brad Keselowski2 days ago

Feels Good About His Car at Texas
Tyler Reddick2 days ago

a Very Strong Option at Texas
Denny Hamlin2 days ago

Pegged as Favorite to Win at Texas
Carson Hocevar3 days ago

Looks Impressive Again at Texas
Zane Smith3 days ago

Slow In Practice and Qualifying at Texas
Todd Gilliland3 days ago

in Downgraded Equipment for Texas
Luis Arraez3 days ago

Suffers Injury On Saturday
Ryan Preece3 days ago

Will Start 25th At Texas
Chase Briscoe3 days ago

The Top Value Play On Sunday At Texas
Ricky Stenhouse Jr3 days ago

.'s Struggles At Texas To Continue This Weekend
Joey Logano3 days ago

Makes For A Nice Bounce Back Play At Texas
NASCAR3 days ago

Bubba Wallace Wins Pole At Texas Motor Speedway
Kenley Jansen3 days ago

Returns From COVID List
Mike Trout3 days ago

Hits Off Tee
Yordan Alvarez3 days ago

Doubles In A Run, Managing Elbow Issue
Clayton Keller3 days ago

Ready To Become 100-Point Player
Nicklas Backstrom3 days ago

Feeling At 100 Percent
3 days ago

Chauncey Billups Backs Scoot Henderson To Become A "Star"
Josh Green3 days ago

Aims To Become A Bigger Defensive Presence
Josh Hart3 days ago

Set To See Minutes As Power Forward
Cade Cunningham3 days ago

Jaden Ivey Believes Cade Cunningham Will "Shock" People
DeMar DeRozan3 days ago

Ready To Shoot More Threes
Marcus Morris3 days ago

Sr. Set To Remain A Starter In New Season
Jaden McDaniels4 days ago

Timberwolves Desire To Extend Jaden McDaniels
Boston Celtics4 days ago

Celtics Signing Lamar Stevens As Bench Piece
Frank Ntilikina4 days ago

Could Be Limited At Training Camp
Jayson Tatum4 days ago

To Play More Point Guard In 2023-24?
Damian Lillard4 days ago

Suns Considered Dark Horse To Facilitate Damian Lillard Deal
Donovan Mitchell4 days ago

Not Expected To Sign An Extension Next Summer
4 days ago

Amen Thompson Is Ready To Go For Training Camp
Mateusz Gamrot4 days ago

Seeking Victory In Seventh UFC Appearance
Rafael Fiziev4 days ago

Looks To Get Back In Win Column
Michelle Waterson-Gomez4 days ago

In Dire Need Of Victory
AJ Fletcher4 days ago

Set To Showcase On Main Card
Bryan Battle4 days ago

A Favorite At UFC Vegas 79
Ricardo Ramos5 days ago

Set For First Fight In Over A Year
Charles Jourdain5 days ago

Hoping To Bring UFC Record Above .500
Marina Rodriguez5 days ago

Gets A Rematch At UFC Vegas 79
Dan Ige5 days ago

Enters UFC Vegas 79 On Two-Fight Win Streak
Bryce Mitchell5 days ago

Looking To Bounce Back After First Career Loss