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Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups - Catcher (C)

To help you dominate all of your 2018 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2018 fantasy baseball catcher (C) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams. Be sure to also use our other lineup resources and tools shown in the icons below.

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire by MLB Position

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Willians Astudillo (C, MIN) - Week 26 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 18% of leagues ANALYSIS: With Bartolo Colon at least theoretically nearing the end of his career, there's an opening for a hefty baseball man to capture the hearts and minds of the Internet. Willians Astudillo could be that man. The Twins' backstop has hit well thus far since being promoted to the Show, putting up a .317/.338/.508 line with three home runs and 14 RBI in just 65 plate appearances. The most impressive thing about him is his contact...continue reading

Curt Casali (C, CIN) - Week 23 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Curt Casali helped earn himself 51 AB over the month of August with time replacing Joey Votto at first base and flourished in that role for the Reds with two homers and a slash of .333/.375/.510. Even though he was striking out at his highest clip of the year during August (25%), he also continued to manage to pad his OBP with a 7.1% walk rate. Even though he was only able to hit batted balls...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SDP) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 29% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges hit a home run on Saturday night, potentially showing that he can return to form as an option for power and speed. Hedges was 2-for-5 on Saturday, matching his hit total for the previous nine games, and registered his first multi-hit game since August 10. Despite his struggles, he has hit .245 with seven home runs, three stolen bases, and 24 R+BI since the All-Star break. Hedges showed a good amount of power...continue reading

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) - Week 22 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of leagues ANALYSIS: Mitch Garver is far from a household name - if memory serves, I may not have even known who he was before this season - but he's quietly been one of the more productive catchers in baseball in the season's second half. The Twins' rookie backstop has slashed .293/.337/.524 since the break, with three home runs and 31 R+BI in 24 games. With that production and an injury to veteran Bobby Wilson, Garver has been...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SDP) - Week 21 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 35% of leagues ANALYSIS: Despite going hitless in each of the last five games, Austin Hedges still ranks as top-five catcher in standard leagues over the past month. He's hit .253 with five home runs, three stolen bases, and 19 R+BI in 22 games during that time. Hedges finished tied for eighth among catchers in home runs (18) as a rookie last year, but his lousy .214 batting average and tepid run production kept him from adding much value to fantasy rosters....continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro has hits in three of the last four games, driving in a run in each of those three games. Alfaro also tallied a multi-hit game on August 3, tallying a run scored and RBI in that game. He has a .250 batting average since the All-Star game, hitting three extra-base hits, knocking in six runs and scoring eighth. Unfortunately for Alfaro, there are a lot of negative traits in his portfolio, starting...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Week 20 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 31% of leagues ANALYSIS: San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges looks like he is turning the corner after a 2017 season with a sub-par .660 OPS. Thanks to a slash line of .288/.345/.558 since the All-Star game, including four homers, he is now well on his way to the best season of his professional career in a Padres uniform. Hedges started the season with mediocre batted ball contact in April, producing more soft contact (31.1%) than hard contact (26.7%). Though when he returned...continue reading

Austin Hedges (C, SD) - Week 19 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 11% of leagues ANALYSIS: Though Austin Hedges finished 2017 with a sub-par .660 OPS, he did manage to wrack up 18 total HR and four stolen bases, both of which are encouraging for a 25-year old catcher playing his home games in Petco Park. This year, thanks to a recent two week stretch of four homers and a slash of .323/.389/.742 through 31 AB, he is now well on his way to the best season of his professional career in a Padres uniform....continue reading

Robinson Chirinos (C, TEX) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Texas Rangers were one of the more active teams at the deadline, trading away pitchers Cole HamelsKeone Kela and Jake Diekman. With essentially every team in the AL West outside of the Rangers set up for success in the immediate future, it looks as if Texas could be headed towards a lengthy rebuild. With their future murky, the Rangers can at least be thankful that they are getting a positive season out of catcher...continue reading

Francisco Arcia (C, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Angels trading Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros before the deadline came as a bit of a surprise. Not only was it an inter-division trade, but Maldonado was coming off of a Gold Glove season and seemed to be a solid member of the Angels. Nonetheless, with Maldonado moved, Los Angeles called up Francisco Arcia. The rookie has looked strong during his short time in the majors and should have an opportunity to shine going forward. In...continue reading

Russell Martin (C/3B, TOR)- Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: Toronto Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin has fallen off a bit over the past few seasons. While Martin has seven straight seasons of double digit home runs, he is no longer the All-Star he was in 2015. While he has not necessarily returned to form in 2018, the Blue Jays' catcher has looked better recently and could be in for a strong finish to the year. On the year, Martin has hit just .190 with nine home runs and...continue reading

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14%  Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver has been somewhat of a forgotten man in 2018. He has seen regular starts with Jason Castro going down, but with the Twins struggling, not many are paying attention to his performance. Garver is not setting the world on fire, but he is been a consistent source of offense and could be worth a pickup. On the season, Garver is hitting .269 with five home runs, 22 RBI and 23 runs scored....continue reading

Mike Zunino (C, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 45% of leagues ANALYSIS: Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino has seemed like a breakout candidate for multiple seasons now. While he has not become the dynamic catcher Seattle hoped, Zunino remains one of the best power-hitting catchers in the league. With the catcher position so weak in fantasy, it does not hurt to have a guy like Zunino in that spot. On the season, Zunino has hit just .197 with 13 home runs, 33 RBI and 22 runs scored. His batting average is undoubtedly...continue reading

Jonthan Lucroy (C, OAK) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 38% of leagues ANALYSIS: Oakland Athletics catcher Jonathan Lucroy is hitting .243 on the season with two home runs, 32 RBI and 26 runs scored. Lucroy has looked strong recently with hits in four of his last six, including a home run and seven RBI. He hasn't been the same catcher offensively since his trade from the Brewers two seasons ago, however, he finds himself in a great position for offensive production. Lucroy will see regular playing time on a team...continue reading

Austin Romine (C, NYY) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of leagues ANALYSIS: After costing the Yankees a game earlier this week by not running out a ground ball, starting catcher Gary Sanchez was placed on the disabled list with a groin injury. With Sanchez on the shelf, Austin Romine will now have another opportunity to start. Some reports have Sanchez out for at least a month, giving Romine a longer shot at being a fantasy contributor. On the year, Romine has compiled a .264 batting average with six...continue reading

Elias Diaz (C, PIT) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 22% of leagues ANALYSIS: Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz is hitting .286 with seven home runs, 25 RBI and 27 runs scored in 59 games this season. He already has career highs in runs scored, home runs and RBI. Diaz's .286 average would rank third among catchers if he were qualified while his seven home runs rank tied for 19th among back stops. The Pirates have noticed Diaz's offensive breakout as the catcher has been batting clean up in the majority...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - Week 18 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy is hitting .271 with one home run, eight RBI and three runs scored over 22 major league games in 2018. Prior to his call-up, Murphy was batting .286 with 16 home runs, 46 RBI and 34 runs scored in 50 Triple-A games. Murphy has proven he can hit the ball with impressive power potential. The only problem, is that the Rockies currently have both Chris Iannetta and Tony Wolters...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 16 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yan Gomes has been pleasantly surprising. He has 10 home runs this year which are often hard to come by at the catcher position. He has 34 runs and 31 RBI. Gomes has been very successful against southpaws this year. He's hitting .324 against them with numbers that aren't much lower even in 26 fewer games than against right-handed pitching. He's owned in 36% of leagues, and should be added in 12+ team leagues. Like most...continue reading

Willians Astudillo (OF/2B/C, MIN) - Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catching prospect Willians Astudillo has been featured over at Fangraphs.com a couple of times as being the strangest minor league player since his callup, and we are inclined to agree. He is primarily a catcher, but has played infield and outfield enough in the minors to qualify there in a number of leagues. What is even more odd is that the Twins seem fine with running him out almost literally anywhere. In fact, The Ringer’s Ben Lindbergh noted...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers first baseman/catcher John Hicks was a hot waiver add when Miguel Cabrera went down with a season-ending injury. While the Tigers' catcher may not be as coveted as he was earlier in the season, he is still seeing regular playing time for Detroit, making him a potential option if you're struggling at backstop. For the season, Hicks has hit .273 with six home runs and 23 RBI. While those numbers look impressive on paper,...continue reading

Austin Romine (C, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine has been rarely used this season, only appearing in 28 games. However, New York is placing started Gary Sanchez on the disabled list with a groin injury. Romine will be a rosterable catcher in Week 14 and beyond as Sanchez is suspected to be out for three-to-four weeks. For the season, Romine has hit .305 with four home runs and 20 RBI. While his sample size is much...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy has only appeared in nine games at the MLB level this season. However, he has looked solid in his small sample size and could be in line for more playing time. In his nine games, however, Murphy has hit .306 with six RBI and four doubles. This comes after a strong stint in Triple-A where he hit .289 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI over 49 games. Murphy's call up came...continue reading

John Ryan Murphy (C, ARI) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 8% of leagues ANALYSIS: The Arizona Diamondbacks catcher position has been one of the more confusing ones in the MLB. All three of Alex AvilaJeff Mathis and John Ryan Murphy have appeared in at least 28 games with Avila and Murphy appearing in at least 45. However, while no one catcher has run away with the job, Murphy has been the best of the bunch and should see more playing time going forward. On the season, Murphy...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 14 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes has always been an interesting case in fantasy baseball circles. In seasons in which he has appeared in at least 95 games, Gomes has at least 12 home runs and 45 RBI. Gomes has double-digit home runs in four of the last five seasons and plays in one of the most potent offenses in the MLB. However, he has never truly been considered a top-tier catcher. After a slow start to the...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks is a player to watch for fantasy purposes, as he has a .295 batting average this season. He has hits in seven of his last nine games, including four multi-hit games, and has also scored a run in five of his last six games. Since the beginning of May, Hicks has a .319 batting average, .464 slugging percentage, and 11 extra-base hits. He has a .408 BABIP since the beginning of May,...continue reading

Tom Murphy (C, COL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 2% of leagues ANALYSIS: Colorado Rockies catcher Tom Murphy is about to get more playing time at Coors, considering the struggles of Chris Ianetta. A post-hype player who most owners will know, but few will own based on the past seasons. This year at Triple-A, Murphy is hitting about 40 points better than last season and is still showing good pop with 16 homers. The other key stat is that his HR/FB rate is up to 22%. If Murphy can continue...continue reading

Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 9% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi burst into the fantasy scene earlier this season and has since cooled off since as evident by his low ownership rate. So far he has almost split the playing time with Brian McCann, so the usual risks of playing time with the backup role do not apply here. At the same time, his production has been much better than McCann's with a .256 batting average and six homers. There...continue reading

Kevan Smith (C, CHW) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 1% of leagues ANALYSIS: Chicago White Sox catcher Kevan Smith has been recently recalled to Chicago and getting a run of games.  Still, Smith is relatively under-owned and looks to have a key spot on this team. In all fairness, Smith might not be a top prospect but could be a nice fantasy add in the short term at least. Only six games so far mean a small sample size, but the results so far have been promising to say the...continue reading

Andrew Knizner (C, STL) - Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: St. Louis Cardinals catcher Andrew Knizner has had his best season to date with a slash of .333/.400/.444 at Triple-A after a strong showing to start the season at Double-A. In Springfield, he hit .305/.376/.424 with two homers in 31 games. While the numbers do not show the power upside, contact has always been his highest graded tool and there is no reason for it not to continue moving forward. With the power jump that comes from...continue reading

Devin Mesoraco (C, NYM) - Week 10 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 19% of leagues ANALYSIS: New York Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco has found new life since being traded from the Reds. The new-ish Mets catcher has seen his ownership rise 20 percentage points in the last week and a half. Despite his continued hot hitting (5 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R in the last 30 days), he is set to split time with Kevin Plawecki, who recently returned from a stint on the DL. A 25-home run hitter in 2014,...continue reading

Max Stassi (C, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher Max Stassi has been tearing the cover off the ball all season (.303/.367/.562 in 89 AB) and will finally get a chance for more playing time. He will get a chance to take over behind the plate for the next week or so as Brian McCann occupies a spot on the disabled list. Stassi’s specialty is crushing lefthanders; while he has four of his five homers against righties, he is 16-of-32 against lefties...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks has been a fantasy sweetheart for the past few days, with people lining up to grab him. It might not be a product of actual play at catcher; they love that they can start him there even though he has been getting the bulk of his playing time at first base since he is subbing for Miguel Cabrera Hicks has a .281 batting average, five home...continue reading

Kurt Suzuki (C, ATL) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: The return of Tyler Flowers saw a drop in the ownership of Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki, as he is been playing every other game. He is still among the league leaders in home runs at catcher and other categories, so it would be unwise to not pick him up, especially given the dearth of hitting catchers. Suzuki only has a .200 batting average this month, with two doubles and two home runs, scoring...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 14% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes has a hit in six of his last 10 games, including two multi-hit games, and has two home runs and eight runs scored this month. The top performance for the backstop was a 4-for-5 performance against the Royals on May 13, in which he hit a double, home run, scored three runs, and drove in three runs. Gomes is only hitting .237 this month (and has a 34.9% strikeout rate), but he...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ team leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS:  The state of the catcher’s union is not strong this year, as Gary Sanchez is the class of the position with a .228 batting average. All that is to say, with this position, an owner can get value from many places, and the hot hand is worth a shot. Enter Tigers catcher James McCann. So far in 2018, a slash line of .271/.327/.389 keeps him as the starter without much question the...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro has hits in eight of the last 19 games, scoring a run in the last two. Alfaro also had back-to-back multi-hit games on May 13 and May 17, hitting doubles on May 18 and 21. He has a .281 batting average this month, hitting three extra-base hits and scoring six runs. Unfortunately for Alfaro, there are a lot of negative traits in his portfolio, starting with his .469 BABIP. He has a...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Yan Gomes has been a streaky staple at backstop for the Cleveland Indians for six years, and it appears as if the one-time Silver Slugger has removed the varnish and found his stroke once more. Last year, Gomes produced passable HR and OPS figures of 14 and .708 but through 110 AB in 2018, Gomes has already stepped it up. He currently holds a slash line of .264/.336/.473 with six homers on the year and has also maintained...continue reading

Mitch Garver (C, MIN) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 0% of leagues ANALYSIS: Minnesota Twins catcher Mitch Garver is a young, basically unowned player who has been given a chance to prove himself after the primary catcher, Jason Castro, was lost for the year due to a knee injury. Garver has dominated the minors; most recently, he had a great year in Triple-A last season, where he continued to show power with very good plate discipline. He hit 17 HR and 29 doubles to go with a 13.4 BB% and .291...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Week 7 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of leagues ANALYSIS: Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro only has a .212 batting average this season, and has struck out a staggering 41 times in 93 plate appearances, but he still has value in two catcher leagues. He has walked seven times, so his .280 on-base percentage is not terrible, and he has hit four home runs. Also, Alfaro showed last season that he can be a legitimate slugging catcher, as he posted a .874 OPS in 114 plate appearances...continue reading

Chris Iannetta (C, COL) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of leagues ANALYSIS: Once again, Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta is below the 50% threshold of ownership. Sure, he is hitting .217 with three homers, but his home park is still one that can revive his bat VERY quickly. The weather will continue to get warmer and his bat should heat up some along with those temperatures. He is now hitting just .143/.268/.314 over his last 10 games and .217/.323/.361 on the season, losing some playing time to ...continue reading

Yan Gomes (C, CLE) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 10% of leagues ANALYSIS: Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes is a solid second catcher in deeper, two-catcher formats. There were some other catchers ahead of him, ownership-numbers-wise, but he is the only one in that group that's hitting above his weight. Gomes is not going to contend for a batting title, but .244 is a darn sight better than some of those other catchers. What can distinguish Gomes is that he has hit four homers and is a part of a strong...continue reading

James McCann (C, DET) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann has been grabbed off of the wires because he has raised his average to .276. This comes even though he still only has two homers and 13 RBI and three of those runs were plated in May. Still, you need warm bodies in there and he is just as good a choice as any other one. A big change for McCann is that he has cut his strikeout rate (albeit in a...continue reading

John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 4% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks is the hottest hitter in the Tigers lineup over the last few weeks. While that does not always equate to fantasy production, there may be some great value here. Hicks has taken over for the injured Miguel Cabrera for the time being, and he has put together an impressive five-game stretch , collecting nine hits and a homer. He is slashing .283/.333/.528 in 57 plate appearances this season and has...continue reading

Robinson Chirinos (C, TEX) - Week 6 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 16% of leagues ANALYSIS: It's not often that you'll see us recommend picking up a player with a strikeout rate north of 40 percent, but the scourge of the two-catcher format makes for strange bedfellows. Chirinos has homered four times in his last nine games, giving him a total of six on the season. That's more than any other catcher in baseball save for Gary Sanchez, who is probably not available in your league. Sure, Chirinos has also struck out 16 times in...continue reading

Kurt Suzuki (C, ATL) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 40% of leagues ANALYSIS: Tyler Flowers is nearing a return from the disabled list, but Kurt Suzuki is worth adding to your roster anyway. Receiving the bulk of starts behind the plate for the Braves while Flowers has been recovering from an oblique strain, the 34-year-old has continued the remarkable transformation he began last season. Suzuki was always good at making contact, but he's figured out how to unlock some hidden pop in his bat without sacrificing any of...continue reading

Matt Wieters (C, WAS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSIS: Washington Nationals catcher Matt Wieters has been getting picked up by a decent amount of Yahoo! owners, as he is just coming off the disabled list. The good news for those looking at a catcher is that he is still WAY under-owned. He is only 1-for-10 since coming off of the disabled list and only had a .632 OPS with the Nationals in 123 games last season. While Wieters' OPS has dropped in each of the last four seasons...continue reading

Jorge Alfaro (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher Leagues OWNED IN: 12% of Yahoo leagues ANALYSISJorge Alfaro represents the ultimate problem for fantasy owners: is a toolsy player without production worth rostering for the upside? To be fair, Alfaro last season was certainly passable with a .318 AVG, five home runs, and 127 WRC+ in 29 games. At the same time, a 28.9 K% compared to a 2.6 BB% limits the ability to keep that line going. So then why does he appear on this list? Andrew Knapp....continue reading

Chris Iannetta (C, COL) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 33% owned ANALYSIS: Most of you expect nothing from your catcher slot, but that doesn’t have to be the case! The 35-year-old Iannetta quietly enjoyed 2017’s homer party with 17 dingers in just 316 PAs for Arizona, and he now leaves the humidor-stricken Chase Field behind him as he heads to the only park that was more hitter-friendly last season. Say it with me now: “Coooooors”. C’mon, say it like you’re one of those objectively-wrong people who doesn’t think Larry Walker should be in...continue reading

Austin Barnes (C/2B, LAD) - Week 1 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deeper Leagues OWNED IN: 36% owned ANALYSIS: Barnes pushed aside Yasmani Grandal for starts down the stretch last year by rocking an .895 OPS with eight homers and four steals in 262 plate appearances, which led to his also starting over Grandal through much of the postseason. Grandal is no slouch, especially defensively, and he’s also on the last year of his contract. The age-28 Barnes and his “J.T. Realmuto but with more power” needs to be watched like a hawk should...continue reading

Evan Gattis (C, HOU) - 2018 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~135 CURRENT ADP: 148 ANALYSIS: Houston Astros catcher/designated hitter Evan Gattis became a vital piece in the Astros 2017 championship run. He has, however, seen a steep decrease in playing time over the past few seasons, from 153 games in 2015 to only 84 appearances last season. This can be attributed, not to injuries, but Gattis becoming more of a designated hitter/spot starter at this point in his career. When he was given opportunities he contributed, hitting .263 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 55 runs batted...continue reading