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2012 Fantasy Baseball: Catcher Rankings

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Opening Day is next week and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get ready for the upcoming season.

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Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

There's no change among the top eight catchers with Carlos Santana leading the way followed by Mike Napoli and Brian McCann. Buster Posey and Joe Mauer, both of whom are trying to rebound from disappointing 2011 seasons impacted by significant injuries, round out the top five.

Alex Avila is the biggest riser among the catchers, as he went up 11 spots on the Big Board from No. 119 to No. 108. After Avila, the next five catchers on the list all experienced drops of at least 10 positions on the Top 200.

Two of the biggest fallers, were J.P Arencibia and Russell Martin. The two AL East catchers each dropped at least 25 spots, which resulted in them barely maintaining their Top 200 status.

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

Recommended Articles

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA — USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings**: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

**Positional rankings will be updated throughout the week

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

36

33

Carlos Santana

CLE

C/1B

52

17

52

30

35

32

46

40

41

2

38

38

Mike Napoli

TEX

C/1B

57

43

47

27

39

30

41

36

53

3

44

44

Brian McCann

ATL

C

48

41

69

46

43

47

44

39

83

4

67

73

Buster Posey

SF

C

62

52

127

51

75

44

87

61

75

5

77

76

Joe Mauer

MIN

C/1B

43

48

131

58

66

77

85

93

95

6

82

86

Matt Wieters

BAL

C

60

65

84

69

88

106

93

74

90

7

96

97

Miguel Montero

ARI

C

69

53

117

125

113

86

103

89

122

8

108

119

Alex Avila

DET

C

122

44

121

99

120

130

126

91

127

9

179

169

Yadier Molina

STL

C

-

132

186

140

-

193

191

164

179

10

196

171

J.P. Arencibia

TOR

C

-

125

-

-

178

-

-

199

181

11

200

161

Russell Martin

NYY

C

-

116

-

-

-

-

-

-

171

12

213

201

Wilson Ramos

WAS

C

-

160

-

158

-

-

-

-

-

13

225

203

Geovany Soto

CHC

C

-

166

-

-

-

-

-

192

-

14

258

NR

Kurt Suzuki

OAK

C

-

193

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

15

268

205

Devin Mesoraco

CIN

C

200

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Other names to consider (in alphabetical order): John Buck (MIA, C), Ryan Doumit (MIN, C), Ramon Hernandez (COL, C), Nick Hundley (SD, C), Chris Ianetta (LAA, C), Jonathan Lucroy (MIL, C), Salvador Perez (KC, C), A.J. Pierzynski (CHW, C), Carlos Ruiz (PHI, C), Jarod Saltalamacchia (BOS, C)

— By Mark Ross, updated on March 29, 2012

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