To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball catcher (C) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.
We recommend MLB catchers for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts.
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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position
BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges got some sleeper buzz heading into 2017 after lighting up the minors last year. Even adjusting for the offensive environment of the Pacific Coast League, Hedges' breakout was impressive. He hit .326/.353/.597 with 21 home runs, 20 doubles, and 82 RBI in just 82 games. The outburst was all the more surprising given his prior performance, which suggested that only his work behind the plate would sustain him as a viable major league catcher. With the scarcity of...continue reading
Welcome back to my hitting streamers column for Week 2, taking a look at hitters to add or stream off the waiver wire for this week's scheduled games. To keep things simple, I pick from players who are less than 50% owned and who play at least seven games in the week. If someone jumps off the page at me as a less than seven game player, I may make an exception, but otherwise the advantage in number of games dictates my choices. With that said, let’s dive right in. Bats to Stream...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Add in Two-Catcher, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 16% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp is mainly keeping the seat warm for prospect Jorge Alfaro, but he did flash some pop last season. He hit 16 homers with a passable .252 batting average and 80 R+RBI. Rupp likely isn't a long-term solution for owners in single-catcher leagues, but he's a viable second catcher in deeper formats.
Baseball is finally back. In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Here are the best players who are owned in 0-25% of Yahoo leagues. You can see our column on 25-50% owned players as well. These are your deeper Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already been completed. Deep League Waiver Wire Adds Catcher: Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies (16% owned) Rupp is mainly keeping...continue reading
Wow, we're really here. After all this time, baseball is truly back. Happy Opening Day RotoBallers! In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Today, we'll look at players who are owned in 25-50% of Yahoo leagues and see who stands out. You can see our deeper leagues list of 0-25% owned players as well. These are your Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already...continue reading
This article first appeared on the Metro news publication. Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No, not that one…here we’re referring to the lack of baseball. Opening Day is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon. After last week’s look at the busts, let’s end draft season on a happy note with the 2017 All-Bargain team. Best Draft Values in 2017 Catcher: Brian McCann, Houston Astros McCann has hit at least 20 home runs in nine straight seasons, and has averaged 135 games played over the...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~265 CURRENT ADP: 280 ANALYSIS: The Mariners aggressively promoted Mike Zunino, whom they drafted in the first round in 2012, pushing him to the bigs by 2013 after just 96 minor league games. He has been taking the trial-by-fire path to fantasy relevance, and it really hasn’t been pretty most of the time. Fantasy owners have shuddered at his batting average, which was as low as .174 in 2015, but he’s always held some intrigue as a home run hitter and is still only 25 years...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~225 CURRENT ADP: 243 ANALYSIS: Cameron Rupp has been around the big leagues for a while, muddling through the last few years on last place Phillies teams. Last year, however, as the team got an infusion of young talent and didn’t finish in the N.L. East cellar for the first time in three seasons, Rupp had himself a mini breakout, hitting .252/.303/.447 with 16 homers and 54 RBI in 419 plate appearances. There is reason to believe we haven’t seen Rupp’s ceiling as far as counting stats,...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~270 CURRENT ADP: 295 ANALYSIS: Austin Hedges has long been regarded as an elite defensive catcher, but he didn’t really reach top prospect status until he started tearing up the high minors at the plate in 2015. In two seasons at Triple-A in 2015 and 2016, he slashed .326/.361/.583 in 413 plate appearances, after hitting just .225/.272/.314 in 532 plate appearances in Double-A from 2013 to 2014. His ISO went from .112 before 2016 to .255 in 2016, and he started driving the ball more, with...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~350 CURRENT ADP: 378 ANALYSIS: Chris Herrmann took a big step forward in production last season in his first year with the Diamondbacks, posting a career high 118 OPS+. The problem is he did it in only 166 plate appearances, as his season ended prematurely when he fractured his hand. Also, a .364 BABIP has left fantasy owners skeptical. The skepticism is certainly warranted, but the Diamondbacks still non-tendered Welington Castillo, effectively handing Herrmann the starting job heading into 2017. He’ll have some...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~250 CURRENT ADP: 318 ANALYSIS: James McCann had a nice year for the Tigers in 2015, slashing .264/.297/.387 as a rookie, but last year he appeared to take a step back, as his OPS was down (.629) while strikeouts were up (109). The one thing he did to generate some optimism in the Motor City was hit 12 bombs in 373 plate appearances. It’s too bad that had to come at the cost of more strikeouts and a dismal .221 average and .272 OBP. However, a...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~210 CURRENT ADP: 221 ANALYSIS: Fantasy owners have to be licking their chops at the idea of Tom Murphy getting at least 200 plate appearances at Coors Field this season, as the 25-year-old catcher hit five bombs in just 49 PA during his September call-up last season and flashed some big-time power in the minors. It’s a small sample size, but Murphy has put up an OPS+ of 133 in 32 games as a big leaguer, so it’s easy to dream of 20-25 homers from this...continue reading
BALLER MOVE: Target ~370 CURRENT ADP: 403 ANALYSIS: Jett Bandy was dealt to Milwaukee this offseason, and the move could provide him with a nice sleeper opportunity. He took over as the Angels’ main catcher midway through last season, and will now be competing for playing time with Andrew Susac and Manny Pina. The 26-year-old is regarded as an excellent defender and was sixth-best in MLB at throwing out would-be base-stealers last year, gunning down 39.6 percent of runners. He also showed some nice...continue reading
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...continue reading
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...continue reading
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...continue reading
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....continue reading
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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