A quick overview and a few comments on 2020 rankings for catchers. As always, you can find all of our rankings updated periodically by clicking the "Rankings" link at the top of the website.
The catcher position is typically just a wasteland, with only a few players being useful on offense. This causes a lot of owners to reach for certain players, drafting catchers way to early to ensure they get a "top tier" guy. We've taken the tier approach for sometime with positional rankings, as who can determine the true difference between the number 5 overall catcher and the number 7 overall catcher.
With that said, let's dive in and take a look at the Tier One catchers:
J.T. Realmuto and Gary Sanchez headline the "top" bunch of catchers to start the 2020 season. Without putting to much weight on their 2019 numbers, Sanchez will give you a potential of 30 home runs, but won't hit for a high average. On the other side, Realmuto is considered elite due his OBP and 20 home run pop. However, at the end of the day, even though these catchers are the top among their class, they don't produce numbers worth much, so I won't be wasting a pick in the top few rounds on them.
Tier Two is next, with a blend of veterans and a rookie.
Both of the Chicago backstops would make for a solid catcher for fantasy owners, but again, we shouldn't be focused on reaching for a position/player due to scarcity. Yasmani Grandal will see time behind the plate, and maybe a few DH days, which I feel gives his value a boost. Willson Contreras is solid year in and year out, and the Cubs lineup will always produce runs. Will Smith will get a shot to play every day, and could produce a 30 home run season.
Tier Three is where you find a bulk of the players that owners draft in the middle to late rounds.
Anyone telling you they projected Mitch Garver or Christian Vazquez would hit 20+ home runs is lying, so trying to project their 2019 season in 2020 is a huge risk. Both players were picked up via the waiver wire. The same could be said again for both players in 2020, as they could have a total of ten home runs by the month of June. Salvador Perez should be ready by Opening Day, but that's a risk I'm not willing to take. However, it will be interesting to see what type of players returns in 2020 after missing an entire season.
Next up, Tier Four - a lot of veterans and former top fantasy catchers.
Yadier Molina and Buster Posey find themselves in this tier, which is where players are that should be drafted after you have much of your team picked. Rookie Sean Murphy of the Athletics is a top prospect by many, but he may not find playtime every day. Travis d'Arnaud reinvented himself in Tampa Bay, but I doubt we see the same player in Atlanta. Carson Kelly and Jorge Alfaro are probably the two bright spots of this tier, and actual catchers I may take a chance on, as both have a legit shot of cracking 20 home runs.
Tier Five is our final tier, and it's literally just the rest of the catchers.
With Tier Five catchers, these are the players you likely pick up on the waiver wire or with your final pick in the draft. If you find yourself during the month of May with one of these players, and they have two home runs, you can simply drop them and pick someone else up.