Podcast: Fantasy Position Preview -- Catchers
The catcher position is light on stars as usual, but a gaggle of young talent at the position gives fantasy players options in 2013.
Catcher is always the lowest-scoring and least-glamorous position for fantasy baseball players to fill. It's a position heavy on defense and light on bats. And as fantasy players, we simply don't care for defense. We want offense, and it typically just isn't to be found behind the plate.
But 2012 featured one of the biggest offensive revolutions at the position in recent years. Catchers posted a .718 OPS, ahead of both second basemen (.701) and shortstops (.688). It marked the position's highest output since a collective .745 OPS in 2006 -- a much more robust offensive season -- and the first time that catchers outhit two other positions since that same year.
What happened? Buster Posey and Joe Mauer returned from injuries to again become stars at the position, and a bevy of young players made an impact. Wilin Rosario, Jon Lucroy, Salvador Perez, Hector Sanchez, Jesus Montero and Yasmani Grandal all made an impact. Combine this youth revolution with established talent like Posey (himself just 25), Mauer, Carlos Santana and Matt Wieters (both just 26), and you have the deepest catcher position in recent memory.
That gives the CBSSports.com fantasy crew -- host Adam Aizer and experts Scott White and Nando di Fino -- plenty to discuss when it comes to catchers. In this podcast, the trio discusses the year's catcher crop and answers some pressing questions, including but not limited to:
- Where does Buster Posey belong?
- Can Salvador Perez be a top-five catcher?
- How important is it to get a star catcher?
- How should your strategy differ in one-catcher and two-catcher leagues?
- Does philosophy change in AL-only or NL-only leagues?
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