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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups - Catcher (C)

To help you dominate all of your 2016 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2016 fantasy baseball catcher (C) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

For more sleepers, also see our fantasy baseball rankings hub. The handy Rankings Assistant Tool combines all staff ranks in one area - tiers, points leagues, prospects, dynasty ranks and more. Find those undervalued players.

Our team of MLB enthusiasts and fantasy baseball analysts follow baseball all day, during the offseason and especially during the MLB season. We recommend MLB catchers for you to consider as 2016 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts - every single day of the fantasy baseball preseason and season. Drafting the right undervalued catcher or adding C sleepers off the waiver wire can be a huge difference maker in fantasy leagues.

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

ALL - C - 1B - 2B - SS - 3B - OF - SP - RP

 

Francisco Cervelli (C, PIT) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~260

CURRENT ADP: 272.3

ANALYSIS: Francisco Cervelli's .264 batting average despite an otherwise down 2016 campaign proved that he is a guy who won’t hurt you. His 1.6% HR/FB has nowhere to go but up, and his .329 BABIP may seem inflated for a catcher, but he can run a little and avoids popping the ball up. The combination of a 24.1% FB% and 1.6% IFFB% is difficult to top in the pop-up avoidance category.

His average may actually have room to

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Travis d'Arnaud (C, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~ 250

CURRENT ADP: 281.7

ANALYSIS: Travis d’Arnaud was a popular sleeper pick heading into 2016, as his .268/.340/.485 line with 12 dingers in 268 plate appearances had fantasy owners interested. A shoulder injury bit into his playing time and limited him to a .247/.307/.323 line with four homers, however, removing him from the fantasy radar. He is expected to be fully healthy by Spring Training, giving him some post-hype sleeper appeal.

A mechanical flaw in d'Arnaud's batting stance has also been cited

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Stephen Vogt (C, OAK) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220

CURRENT ADP: 240.7

ANALYSIS: Stephen Vogt's .251/.305/.406 line with 14 HR wasn't sexy, but the bar for catchers is pretty low. He is a little better than his surface stats suggest, too. His BABIP on ground balls was just .153 last year against a career average of .218. The shift was not the issue, as Vogt hit .287 against it. A few more singles are all it would take to bring his average to respectability, as his 15.6% K% is already

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Wilson Ramos (C, TB) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~230

CURRENT ADP: 253

ANALYSIS: Wilson Ramos had one of the better 2016 seasons for a catcher, as he hit .307/.354/.496 with 22 bombs in a breakout campaign. He also tore his ACL, preventing him from playing until May 2017 at the earliest. He seems to be recovering nicely from the knee injury by all accounts, and Tampa intends to use him as a DH while he gets healthy enough to go back behind the plate.

The DH thing is huge.

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Five Catcher Draft Values and Sleepers For 2017

The 2017 MLB season, like the vast majority of campaigns that have come before it, figures to feature a weak catcher position. Not to worry - today I'm here to help identify some early catcher draft values and potential sleepers for the 2017 fantasy baseball season. Catchers who can hit at all require you to take a hit elsewhere on your roster, as they are taken where the game's best players leave the board. The scrubs you can take later on are worse than leaving the spot blank. Add in how...continue reading

2016 in Review: Catcher (C) Breakouts

Some time has passed since Anthony Rizzo caught Kris Bryant's throw to put an end to the 2016 season. Like Rizzo, I put baseball in my back pocket and just mellowed out - the season is a grind for all those involved, including baseball writers. Enough time's elapsed for me to look back. As far as catchers go, this was not the best year for those who wear the tools of ignorance. No one absolutely dominated - no ridiculous Mike Piazza-type years. In fact, only one catcher broke...continue reading

2016 in Review: Catcher (C) Values

Good value adds were essential when it came to catchers in fantasy baseball in the 2016 season, as the year saw several highly drafted catchers, like Kyle Schwarber and Travis d’Arnaud, go down early with big injuries. Here are three backstops who saved your fantasy seasons by exceeding expectations in 2016. Catcher Values in 2016 Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos began the 2016 season with an average fantasy draft position of 21st among catchers. He was one of the best when all was said and done. The seven-year big leaguer blew...continue reading

Reviewing Nick Mariano's Bold Predictions for 2016

Hello you beautiful RotoBallers, and welcome to this little retrospective ditty where I look back at my 10 Bold Predictions from before the 2016 baseball season started. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my fellow writers doing the same lately, but obviously there is only one Nick Mariano. Let’s see how ya boy did. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our...continue reading

Champ or Chump: What to Make of Tillman, Hanley, and Gary Sanchez

As we head toward the season's final week, chances are your fantasy fate has been decided. Even if it hasn't, adding players for this year only holds so much potential value. Your process may be flawless, but the tiny sample size remaining can ruin the best laid plans. My favorite story to that effect is from my cousin, who stood to win a money league a few seasons ago if he could get one homer out of an outfielder slot. He had streamed the spot all season, and made the intelligent...continue reading

Week 25 Waiver Wire: Catchers

Whew. Another fantasy baseball season is almost in the books. 2016 was definitely a weird one for catchers, since many of the big names either struggled to hit like they had in the past or started off red-hot and then fell off a cliff (Francisco Cervelli, I'm looking at YOU). All through this season, we saw people leave this waiver wire list - I'd like to bid farewell to Evan...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 25: Start or Sit?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in contact rate over the last seven days. The tool can be found here. Keep in mind, any statistic being viewed in such a small sample size will never be incredibly predictive on a granular level. But if any stat can be looked at over seven days, it's contact rate which stabilizes very quickly. What this tool provides is a quick indicator...continue reading

Week 24 Waiver Wire: Catchers

The baseball season is winding down. Scary, isn't it? It felt like I was just writing up Spring Training sleeper picks. Now I'm trying to help you possibly win a championship or at least first place in your roto league. Sadly, I can't come up with as gripping material as the division/ wild card chases in both the American and National Leagues. Don't fret, though. After I finish these final 2016 columns, the winter will fly by and we'll be back to this in 2017. Good luck until then. As...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 24 (National League)

Football season is officially underway, but us die-hard baseball fans are still dedicated to the grind all the way to the bitter end. Whether you're in a crucial playoff battle or just hoping to stay out of the cellar, there are still waiver wire options that can improve your squad. This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout...continue reading

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 24

Last week's column included several new(ish) pitchers. Unsurprisingly, Jose De Leon was the most impressive. Sure, he allowed three runs over his six frames, but he also recorded nine strikeouts with a superb 18.6 percent swinging strike rate. He made his second big league start last night (it's still in the future from my perspective). Brock Stewart and Jharel...continue reading

Top MLB Prospects to Claim Off the Waiver Wire in Week 23

Well guys. We’ve made it to September. The MLB Ready Top 30 Prospects list is over because rosters have officially expanded. Now, it is time to tell you who is in the big leagues that needs to be added. In another article, I will cover 10 other names who have yet to be promoted who could potentially have value. In today’s issue, we're covering the top prospects currently in the big leagues. To be clear, these are guys who have been promoted recently (August 28 is the cut-off), and it must have...continue reading

Week 22 Waiver Wire: Catchers

It's September 2nd, and there are several scenarios in the news involving Tropical Storm/Hurrican Hermine. One of them could have some heavy rains and winds but nothing too bad whereas others could be the Harbinger of Doom for many areas. The same could be said of your fantasy leagues now. Gary Sanchez is a hurricane in the baseball world - he's got 84% ownership. He could help carry those who picked him up. Then again, if he cools down to Tropical Storm-levels,...continue reading

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 22)

Welcome back RotoBallers. This will be last Top 30 fantasy prospect rankings columns before rosters expand, and will likely be one of the last article series formatted like this until the offseason. As I mentioned in the last article, there are some players who definitely have September value and most of these guys will be valuable to owners in some kind of format. Right now, I would really only say that the top six guys are going to have value in all leagues, but everyone on this list would have some value, even...continue reading

Tucker Barnhart (C, CIN) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Tucker Barnhart has made some sneaky and significant improvements at the plate in the 2016 season. In 2014 and 2015 Barnhart had combined for only 296 AB, and this year he has 304 already since he has stepped up in the wake of another devastating injury for Devin Mesoraco. He has a slash line of .260/.329/.398, seven HR,...continue reading

Week 21 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're in the last full week of August. Soon the talk will turn to Autumn and pennant races. Halloween gear will be in stores before we know it. Oh, who are we kidding? Stores have already started pushing the giant bags of trick or treating candy, knowing that we'll probably pig out on them well before Oct. 31 and then sheepishly have to buy them AGAIN. Not that this is from experience or anything. Anyways, we've had a nice little surge of young catchers from late July through now. ...continue reading

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in all leagues OWNED IN: 59% of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Some players will hit a big slump out of nowhere and they may never recover again. Some players are just genuinely good baseball players, and there is no reason to panic and abandon ship if they go through a couple of normal down periods. I'm hinting at Yasmani Grandal (and kind of James Shields). The 2015 All-Star catcher started...continue reading

Gary Sanchez (C, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed Leagues, AL-Only Leagues OWNED IN: 49% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Gary Sanchez is fun to watch. He is hitting .391 since his call-up earlier this month, with five homers over his last seven games. If he keeps this up he may force the Yankees to think about trading Brian McCann in the off-season. Sanchez he can supply a ton of power, and that's...continue reading

Week 20 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're now in Week 20 of the season. This also means that most leagues have passed the trade deadline. It's definitely starting to get late early now. So... if you didn't emulate the Texas Rangers and make a bunch of trades trying to solidify a postseason run, then you might be hoping to grab some help off the waiver wire. There are some people at catcher who can help some but there are no real miracle workers out there. Let's go out there and look...continue reading

Gary Sánchez (C, NYY) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 33% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Gary Sánchez, a power hitting prospect who’s been on top-100 lists since he was a teenager, hasn’t missed a beat since his recent call up to the Yankees. In 12 games, he’s hitting .340 with three doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI. Certain things are unsustainable - a .375 BABIP, and the resulting .340 average - but given this season’s...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 20 (American League)

With the September 1st roster expansion only a couple short weeks away, this column is about to get a huge influx of talent and names. While most of the call-ups won't push the fantasy needle either way, there will be some lottery tickets that hit pay dirt, rewarding their owners with that sweet, sweet loot. As we all enter the final stretch of the fantasy season, here's some players to help calm down any recent burns or plug any new roster holes. All players owned in 25% or less of Flea...continue reading

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 19

With the non-waiver trade deadline behind us, non-contenders will start to move on from their mediocre veterans. Over the coming weeks, we'll see a few call ups in preparation for September expanded rosters. These early moves will be made to get an extra look at a select few before rosters are flooded with inexperienced players. Keep an eye out - some of these seemingly innocuous promotions can be big adds for dynasty owners. Editor's Note: RotoBaller offers the best Premium MLB Subscription - only $14.99 for the rest of season (plus...continue reading

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 19)

Talk about some serious promotions lately. Andrew Benintendi! Orlando Arcia! And that is just naming two of them. Unfortunately, it is unlikely we shall see another week like that again. At least, not until September. There aren't any real clear promotions on the horizon except for a few names. With that said, it is still important to find the guys most likely to have a big impact when September comes around. Fantasy...continue reading

Champ or Chump: What to Make of Pomeranz, Beltran, and Lucroy

The non-waiver trade deadline has officially passed, and baseball fans were treated to a number of last second deals. Unfortunately for my purposes, most of them are RPs that I evaluate by whether they get saves. Washington's Mark Melancon and Chicago's Aroldis Chapman earn Champ tags from me as they figure to continue earning saves. Chumps include Texas's Jeremy Jeffress, new...continue reading

Top Hitter Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 19

Whether it’s because of an injury or poor performance, there are always opportunities to stream players off the waiver wire. The best players to stream are those who are under-owned and face appealing match-ups for the upcoming week.

Here are five players who are readily available in Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the second week of August.

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...continue reading

Week 18 Rookie Roundup: Recently Promoted Prospects

The trade deadline necessitated a flurry of roster moves around the league. Those included below are just the most important prospect call-ups. Since we have so many names to slog through, I'll be going rapid fire on those who require the least analysis. Without further ado, let's take a look at the recent rookie call-ups, and their outlooks moving forward. 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...continue reading

Week 18 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We've now flipped the calendar to August. Wait. In this age of smartphones, do we still actually use flip calendars? Anyhow, the trade deadline is in the rearview mirror and the biggest name catcher to be traded was Jonathan Lucroy, who is most definitely not on our list here. This is also a rough month for catchers. The wear and tear of the season along with the heat in many parts of the United States just makes their production plummet....continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 18 (American League)

While the August 1st trade deadline has come and gone, the dust isn't about settle as the ramifications of all the moves as just starting to materialize. What the big ticket waiver wire additions players such as new Rangers additions catcher Jonathan Lucroy and reliever Jeremy Jeffress and starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will impact is...continue reading

Yasmani Grandal (C, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 42 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Through the end of June, Yasmani Grandal had come to the plate 202 times. In those plate appearances, he produced a .179/.292/.347 line with seven home runs. Since then, Grandal has hit better than any other catcher in baseball. By OPS or wOBA, he's hit better than all but three other players in baseball, period. He's more than doubled his homer total, brought his average up 40 points,...continue reading

Week 17 Rookie Roundup: Recently Promoted Prospects

What an unbelievable week for prospect promotions. Alex Bregman, Lucas Giolito, Joey Gallo, David Dahl, Tyler Glasnow! The real question is really, who wasn’t promoted this week? And the crazy thing is that next week could have even more top prospects reach...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 17 (American League)

As the August 1st trade deadline approaches, the internet has been abuzz with all the rumors and whispers regarding which players could be on the move. These moves are particularly of interest to single-league owners, where trades potentially bring in new players to the waiver wire. Trades also create new opportunities for different players to receive the lion's share of playing time at a position suddenly empty. Here are some players to consider claiming after the big ticket prizes are gone, all owned in 25% of Fleaflicker leagues or less. Editor's...continue reading

Week 16 Waiver Wire: Catchers

The All-Star break is over and it's been hard to get back into the swing of things. Well, many of the catchers have been able to use that excuse for a large portion of the season. We're back looking for gold in all this patch of dirt. Anyway, we're in the second half of the season and we're looking at the usual suspects here in terms of those who can help either your one or two-catcher leagues. The hottest days of the summer are coming up and it's not unreasonable to think that...continue reading

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 16)

Who would have guessed that the first person promoted from the promising 2015 draft would have been Carson Fulmer? I mean no offense to Fulmer, but he had a 4.76 ERA, 4.16 FIP, 9.31 K/9, 5.28 BB/9 and 0.72 HR/9 in Double-A. Those numbers are certainly not terrible, but I don’t know if they are so great that they warrant an early promotion, even if it is just to the bullpen. I would’ve thought ...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 16 (National League)

The trade deadline looms and some teams have already begun making moves (really just Boston). Some NL-only options have now become AL-only options, so choose wisely in the coming days before making waiver moves if you are in a single league format.  This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout for these potential additions in the coming week. The following...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 16 (American League)

As a long-standing fan of WWE (despite and in spite of its glaring issues), I am excited for the roster draft that shall have already happened by the time this comes out. In an attempt to shake up stagnant TV ratings, the company is holding a roster draft live Tuesday night where two on-site general managers draft for their respective TV show not unlike how we drafted our fantasy teams earlier this year (minus the pre-determined parts, of course).

If you could shake up your roster today and redraft,

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Derek Norris (C/1B, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: Derek Norris looked like a fantasy regular in the making during the first half of his breakout 2014 season. He hit an excellent .294/.402/.477 with eight HR over the season's first half, and rightfully earned himself an All Star nod. That type of production sustained over the course of a full season would have made him one of the most valuable catchers in fantasy baseball, as his .879 OPS would have been tops among...continue reading

Week 15 Rookie Roundup: Recently Promoted Prospects

I hope everyone had a great All-Star Break because I certainly did. First watching Alex Bregman tear it up at the Futures Game, then witnessing Giancarlo Stanton blast several miles worth of bombs in the Home Run Derby and finally watching the All-Star Game on Tuesday. It was quite a memorable All-Star Break and some of the more important days of July are still yet to come. With ...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15 percent of Fleaflicker leagues ANALYSIS: Take a gander at the average exit velocity leaderboards, and you'll see a number of the usual suspects: Giancarlo Stanton, Nelson Cruz, Miguel Sano, David Ortiz. But the name at the top might surprise you - or...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 15: Buy or Sell?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in contact rate over the last seven days. The tool can be found here. Keep in mind, any statistic being viewed in such a small sample size will never be incredibly predictive on a granular level. But if any stat can be looked at over seven days, it's contact rate which stabilizes very quickly. What this tool provides is a quick indicator...continue reading

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 15)

Of course just a few days after I write my recently promoted prospects article and say that no major prospects will be promoted before the All-Star Break the Pirates promote first base prospect Josh Bell and the Nationals promote Trea Turner. And did you see Bell’s grand slam against the Chicago Cubs the other...continue reading

Dynasty Review: Deep Fantasy League Advice for Week 15

In case you didn't notice, it's All Star week. The MLB Futures Game was played on Sunday and featured some spectacular moments. For this week's Dynasty Review, let's talk about some of the players who made noise on the big stage. Alex Bregman and Yoan Moncada stood out at the plate, but they're both already among the most valuable dynasty assets. I'll focus on a few guys who are a little more likely to...continue reading

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Catchers

It's Week 14 of the season and it's also the final full week before the All-Star Break. I think the All-Star catcher of the waiver wire would be J.T. Realmuto. He went from being an after-thought to crossing our cutoff line not once, but twice. Keep it up, J.T.! We're proud of you here at RotoBaller. A close second would be Stephen Vogt, who has put together a pretty good first half. I'll be...continue reading

Cameron Rupp (C, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ team leagues or as catcher streaming option OWNED IN: 10% of Fleaflicker leagues EXPERT ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp has been a fantasy force over the past four weeks as he's notched an impressive triple slash of .308/.357/.615 that resulted in eight runs scored, 10 RBI and 11 extra base hits including four HR. Over the past week he's been even hotter as he's hit .400 and slugged .800 while cranking out three doubles and a HR. All of this production...continue reading

Contact Rate Risers and Fallers in Week 14: Buy or Sell?

RotoBallers, as always, we’re constantly trying to come up with new features that will help you dominate your fantasy leagues. Recently, we’ve built a tool that identifies the biggest trends in contact rate over the last seven days. The tool can be found here. Keep in mind, any statistic being viewed in such a small sample size will never be incredibly predictive on a granular level. But if any stat can be looked at over seven days, it's contact rate which stabilizes very quickly. What this tool provides is a quick indicator...continue reading

MLB Ready Prospects: Top 30 Fantasy Rankings for Impact Rookies (Week 13)

For the second consecutive week, a couple of prospects made headlines with promotions to the big leagues. First baseman A.J. Reed debuted for the Houston Astros on Saturday. The New York Mets promoted outfielder Brandon Nimmo in the wake of Michael Conforto’s demotion to Triple-A. And lastly the Pirates promoted two...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 13 (National League)

As we head toward the All-Star break, it's time to evaluate some players who may be headed for a turn-around in the second half of the season. This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout for these potential additions in the coming week. The following players are owned in 25% or less of Fleaflicker leagues. Editor's Note: RotoBaller offers the...continue reading

Week 13 Waiver Wire: Catchers

We're in Week 13 of the season. Yes, there are people out there who are superstitious and think that 13 is an unlucky number. Surveying this group of catchers, it does seem like Jason Vorhees carved out a bloody swath. The victims include people like Francisco Cervelli, who has been bouncing on and off the disabled list. It's that bloody bad. Sorry, this whole Brexit thing has made me temporarily adopt a British accent. Bollocks. Anyways, it seems like there aren't...continue reading