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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (45 of 45 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Salvador Perez (KC - C,DH) IL10 39 1 3 1.1 0.3 29.0 -10.0
Perez tied for the MLB lead with 48 home runs in 2021 and had a league-leading 121 RBI. After missing the entire 2019 season due to Tommy John surgery and playing 37 of 60 games in 2020, Perez played 161 games last year (40 as a DH) and went to the plate 665 times. He's bound to get fewer PAs this season, and some HR pullback is probably inevitable, but the Statcast numbers show that Perez crushes the ball when he makes contact. His career batting averages have been all over the map, and he doesn't run, but the power and run production are legit. Perez deserves to be the first catcher off the board, but he might be drafted too early after last season's homer-fest.
2 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 78 1 4 2.4 0.6 56.0 -22.0
Some of us still want to think of the 28-year-old Realmuto, who was the best catcher in baseball. But he's entering his age-31 season and is likely on the downside of his career. Catchers tend to fall off precipitously after age 30, so Realmuto will have to stave off Father Time. Double-digit steals from the catcher slot are always a bonus for fantasy managers, but Realmuto is no longer a catcher for whom you should reach. The Phillies' lineup is full of holes and won't provide much support outside of Bryce Harper. However, the universal DH rule adds to Realmuto's value. He'll get more at bats and more rest for his legs. He's still a great option at catcher. Just don't reach.
3 Will Smith (LAD - C) 105 2 42 4.8 8.2 64.0 -41.0
If you were targeting J.T. Realmuto and he gets snapped up, take Smith with your next pick. He has the goods to become the best catcher in the game, and with the universal DH now the law of the land, Smith becomes even more valuable. Now that he'll get at-bats as a designated hitter, a 30 HR, 90 RBI season isn't out of the question. Getting that kind of elite production from your catcher spot anchors your offense and allows you all kinds of trade flexibility down the road.
4 Yasmani Grandal (CWS - 1B,C,DH) 151 3 9 5.1 1.2 97.0 -54.0
Grandal played in only 93 games last year because of a knee injury but still hit 23 home runs with 122 combined runs and RBI. His walk rate (23.2%) was comically high, but it obviously didn't impact any of his other numbers, and his strikeout rate was the lowest it has been in years. Don't extrapolate his home run numbers - he's not going to his 40 - but mid-20s with solid runs and RBI totals are in the bank. That's gold for a catcher.
5 Willson Contreras (CHC - C,DH) DTD 145 3 9 5.1 1.2 129.0 -16.0
Contreras isn't quite the fantasy superstar that he looked like he might be when he broke in, but he's still an excellent option at a weak position. He's hit at least 21 homers in three of his last four full seasons and chips in roughly 120 combined runs and RBI. That doesn't sound like much, particularly with a batting average that seems likely to hover at around .240 at this stage in his career, but it's more than enough for a catcher. He should see some extra at-bats this year with the DH in the National League, and that should only help his value.
6 Daulton Varsho (ARI - C,LF,CF,RF) 154 1 9 5.3 1.2 108.0 -46.0
Varsho has bounced around from catcher to the outfield so far in his major league career, but he is penned in as the everyday center fielder in 2022. His bat is solid, not necessarily elite, and if he was only outfield eligible, he'd probably be a fifth outfielder or high-end bench piece. But his projected 15-10 line plays incredibly well at catcher, where he retains eligibility, and he'll likely bat in the middle of the lineup which should help buoy his counting stats, even in Arizona's lineup. He's a rock solid starting catcher for fantasy purposes, but don't play to play him in the outfield.
7 Keibert Ruiz (WSH - C) 228 5 14 8.2 1.6 172.0 -56.0
Ruiz will be the starting catcher for the Nationals this year and will bat in the middle of the lineup. Ignore his mediocre numbers from last year, because he has the upside to be a top-5 catcher if everything breaks right. Ruiz's power hasn't quite developed as projected, but he hit 19 home runs in 81 games between the majors and minors last year. He has elite contact skills and rarely strikes out, so his batting average should be a plus, especially for a catcher. Don't be concerned to reach a bit given his upside.
8 Mitch Garver (TEX - C) 241 4 14 8.9 2.1 181.0 -60.0
Garver moved to Texas this offseason and even though he'll play at least half his games in a pitcher-friendly park, it's still a great move for his value. Garver has never had more than 359 plate appearances in a season, but he should easily top 400 this year, and he's going to bat behind Marcus Semien and Corey Seager. Garver doesn't strike out a ton for a catcher and has as much power as nearly anyone at the position, so 20 home runs should be the bare minimum if he stays healthy. Draft him late but fully understand that he has top-five catcher upside.
9 Tyler Stephenson (CIN - C,1B) 237 4 16 8.8 2.8 178.0 -59.0
With Tucker Barnhart out of town, Stephenson will get his shot as the primary catcher for the Reds. He was extremely productive last year with a .797 OPS and 10 home runs in just 102 games, all while batting .286. Don't expect him to continue with his pace, as catchers often get overexposed when they take on more playing time. But he'll bat in the middle of the Cincinnati lineup, and when you're looking for a backstop who won't cost you anything but should give you fairly reliable production for the position, Stephenson is your guy.
10 Travis d'Arnaud (ATL - C) 273 7 18 12.1 2.4 251.0 -22.0
d'Arnaud has plenty of offensive talent, but he's now 33 years old and coming off an injury-plagued season that limited him to just 60 games. That's been the bugaboo for d'Arnaud throughout his career, as he's never had more than 391 plate appearances in a season. If you could guarantee his health, then his power upside and strong supporting cast would likely be enough to make him a top-12 catcher. But there's no way to bank on that, so outside of NL-only or two-catcher formats, don't bother with him in fantasy.
11 Christian Vazquez (BOS - C) 262 6 25 12.6 4.2 226.0 -36.0
Vazquez's power fell off a cliff last year, as his barrel percentage and hard-hit rate plummeted to some of the worst in the league. He's 31 years old now, about the time that a catcher begins to head downhill, so expecting a rebound is probably overly optimistic. He'll likely still have decent runs and RBI for a catcher just by virtue of playing for the Red Sox, but he's no longer someone to draft as your starting backstop in a one-catcher league.
12 Gary Sanchez (MIN - C,DH) 306 9 20 14.3 2.7 209.0 -97.0
 
13 Sean Murphy (OAK - C) 300 7 22 14.9 3.0 278.0 -22.0
 
14 Omar Narvaez (MIL - C) 301 9 23 15.0 2.8 261.0 -40.0
 
15 Alejandro Kirk (TOR - C) 294 5 34 15.1 6.3 236.0 -58.0
 
16 Mike Zunino (TB - C) 341 9 23 16.1 3.4 245.0 -96.0
 
17 Carson Kelly (ARI - C) IL10 328 7 26 16.3 3.2 301.0 -27.0
 
18 Elias Diaz (COL - C) 307 9 38 17.6 7.0 263.0 -44.0
 
19 Adley Rutschman (BAL - C) 332 11 29 18.7 4.0 238.0 -94.0
 
20 Yadier Molina (STL - C) 367 12 26 20.2 2.7 262.0 -105.0
 
21 Max Stassi (LAA - C) IL10 359 10 27 20.6 3.2 374.0 +15.0
 
22 James McCann (NYM - C,1B) IL10 385 13 36 22.9 3.6 342.0 -43.0
 
23 Joey Bart (SF - C) 382 12 37 24.0 4.8 279.0 -103.0
 
24 Austin Nola (SD - C) 404 18 34 24.6 3.7 380.0 -24.0
 
25 Eric Haase (DET - C,DH,LF) 396 2 42 25.7 5.9 303.0 -93.0
 
26 Danny Jansen (TOR - C) 401 10 37 25.6 4.6 433.0 +32.0
 
27 Jorge Alfaro (SD - C,LF) 414 3 43 28.4 5.1 456.0 +42.0
 
28 Jacob Stallings (MIA - C) 438 17 34 27.6 3.0 435.0 -3.0
 
29 Tucker Barnhart (DET - C) 440 12 40 28.5 5.0 388.0 -52.0
 
30 Kyle Higashioka (NYY - C) 409 20 39 29.9 5.1 320.0 -89.0
 
31 Yan Gomes (CHC - C) 451 21 37 29.0 3.2 409.0 -42.0
 
32 Luis Torrens (SEA - C,1B,DH) 487 21 47 33.1 5.4 438.0 -49.0
 
33 Ryan Jeffers (MIN - C) 462 23 40 30.7 4.4 484.0 +22.0
 
34 Francisco Mejia (TB - C) 500 28 42 34.0 2.4 486.0 -14.0
 
35 Jonah Heim (TEX - C) 717 4 51 35.7 6.6 563.0 -154.0
 
36 Roberto Perez (PIT - C) IL60 544 5 44 36.2 3.5 649.0 +105.0
 
37 Tom Murphy (SEA - C) IL10 522 25 54 38.1 5.4 504.0 -18.0
 
38 Victor Caratini (MIL - C) 664 6 50 38.3 5.3 584.0 -80.0
 
39 Pedro Severino (MIL - C) SUS 535 27 52 40.3 5.9 466.0 -69.0
 
40 Martin Maldonado (HOU - C) 583 28 50 40.1 5.1 515.0 -68.0
 
41 MJ Melendez (KC - C) 743 8 62 40.4 7.7 449.0 -294.0
 
42 Cal Raleigh (SEA - C) 774 30 49 42.3 2.9 596.0 -178.0
 
43 William Contreras (ATL - C) 814 7 73 43.5 9.7 558.0 -256.0
 
44 Manny Pina (ATL - C) IL10 579 15 51 42.8 6.0 699.0 +120.0
 
45 Zack Collins (TOR - C,DH) 781 9 66 44.8 8.4 785.0 +4.0
 
46 Austin Barnes (LAD - C) 756 12 51 45.5 3.4 736.0 -20.0
 
47 Kurt Suzuki (LAA - C) 850 11 56 46.0 5.0 663.0 -187.0
 
48 Jose Trevino (NYY - C) 869 10 59 47.0 5.0 726.0 -143.0
 
49 Tomas Nido (NYM - C) 874 13 64 48.0 6.7 688.0 -186.0
 
50 Jason Castro (HOU - C) 819 14 56 48.3 5.0 760.0 -59.0
 
51 Austin Hedges (CLE - C) 548 32 56 40.3 5.9 719.0 +171.0
 
52 Dom Nunez (COL - C) MiLB 694 25 48 42.7 3.2 715.0 +21.0
 
53 Gabriel Moreno (TOR - C) MiLB 798 37 117 53.8 24.6 481.0 -317.0
 
54 Robinson Chirinos (BAL - C) 864 37 57 47.5 6.6    
 
55 Ben Rortvedt (NYY - C) IL10 706 30 54 43.2 6.8 795.0 +89.0
 
56 Kevin Plawecki (BOS - C) 770 36 54 48.1 4.2 721.0 -49.0
 
57 Curt Casali (SF - C) IL7 785 44 49 46.6 1.9 733.0 -52.0
 
58 Luis Campusano (SD - C) MiLB 866 31 62 52.1 9.0 619.0 -247.0
 
59 Jake Rogers (DET - C) IL60 951 45 85 60.0 13.7    
 
60 Riley Adams (WSH - C) 813 45 63 50.6 6.5 737.0 -76.0
 
61 Aramis Garcia (CIN - C) 964 35 78 59.0 14.0    
 
62 Andrew Knizner (STL - C) 782 41 61 56.4 3.5 780.0 -2.0
 
63 Reese McGuire (CWS - C) 767 38 72 59.4 11.5    
 
64 Austin Allen (OAK - C) MiLB 873 57 63 58.6 2.2    
 
65 Stephen Vogt (OAK - C) IL10 923 51 68 59.0 7.6    
 
66 Korey Lee (HOU - C) MiLB 986 40 94 79.3 22.8    
 
67 Wilson Ramos (C) FA 833 50 63 57.0 5.4 861.0 +28.0
 
68 Michael Perez (PIT - C) 900 61 66 63.0 2.2    
 
69 Cooper Hummel (ARI - C,DH,LF) IL10 893 61 65 62.7 1.7    
 
70 Sam Huff (TEX - C,1B) 983 60 104 89.8 17.8 698.0 -285.0
 
71 Sandy Leon (CIN - C) MiLB 921 60 67 63.7 2.9    
 
72 Andrew Knapp (C) FA 902 63 78 68.5 5.7 692.0 -210.0
 
73 Willians Astudillo (MIA - C,1B,3B) MiLB 1194 65 124 100.0 21.9 648.0 -546.0
 
74 Nick Fortes (MIA - C) MiLB 925 66 70 68.3 1.7    
 
75 Alex Jackson (MIL - C) MiLB 933 67 87 74.7 8.8    
 
76 Seby Zavala (CWS - C) MiLB 934 68 76 71.7 3.3    
 
77 Cam Gallagher (KC - C) IL10 938 68 73 70.3 2.1    
 
78 Bryan Lavastida (CLE - C) MiLB 972 69 84 78.3 6.6 694.0 -278.0
 
79 Rafael Marchan (PHI - C) IL60 935 69 81 74.0 5.1    
 
80 Garrett Stubbs (PHI - C) 944 71 74 72.7 1.2    
 
81 Luke Maile (CLE - C) 956 72 76 74.3 1.7    
 
82 Dustin Garneau (DET - C) MiLB 971 74 84 80.3 4.5    
 
83 Austin Romine (LAA - C) MiLB 957 75 77 76.0 0.8    
 
84 Payton Henry (MIA - C) 1003 77 103 90.7 10.7    
 
85 Tres Barrera (WSH - C) MiLB 958 77 80 78.3 1.2    
 
86 Grayson Greiner (ARI - C) 965 79 98 85.3 9.0    
 
87 Jose Herrera (ARI - C) IL10 968 79 81 80.3 0.9    
 
88 Patrick Mazeika (NYM - C) 966 80 82 80.7 0.9    
 
89 Chance Sisco (MIN - C) MiLB 969 82 86 83.7 1.7    
 
90 Jose Godoy (MIN - C) MiLB 973 83 85 84.3 0.9    
 
91 Connor Wong (BOS - C) MiLB 975 84 86 85.3 0.9 651.0 -324.0
 
92 Chad Wallach (LAA - C) 976 87 90 88.0 1.4    
 
93 Mario Feliciano (MIL - C) MiLB 1151 88 110 99.0 9.0    
 
94 Anthony Bemboom (BAL - C) DFA 977 88 93 89.7 2.4    
 
95 Mark Kolozsvary (CIN - C) MiLB 978 89 94 90.7 2.4    
 
96 Ali Sanchez (STL - C) MiLB 979 90 92 90.7 0.9    
 
97 Drew Butera (C) FA 982 91 109 97.0 8.5    
 
98 Brett Cumberland (BAL - C) MiLB 991 91 96 94.3 2.4    
 
99 Sebastian Rivero (KC - C) 985 93 99 95.0 2.8    
 
100 Webster Rivas (SD - C) MiLB 987 95 95 95.0 0.0    
 
101 Rene Pinto (TB - C) MiLB 998 96 103 99.7 2.9    
 
102 Jose Lobaton (C) FA 993 97 100 98.0 1.4    
 
103 Taylor Davis (PIT - C) MiLB 994 97 98 97.7 0.5    
 
104 Chadwick Tromp (ATL - C) MiLB 997 99 105 102.0 3.0    
 
105 Guillermo Quiroz (C) FA 1220 101 125 112.7 9.8    
 
106 Brian Serven (COL - C) 1000 101 112 106.5 5.5    
 
107 Tony Wolters (LAD - C) MiLB 1006 102 108 104.7 2.5    
 
108 Austin Wynns (PHI - C) MiLB 1002 102 107 104.7 2.1    
 
109 Jamie Ritchie (PIT - C) MiLB 1007 102 105 103.5 1.5    
 
110 P.J. Higgins (CHC - C) 1008 104 106 105.0 1.0    
 
111 Rob Brantly (NYY - C) MiLB 1010 106 107 106.5 0.5    
 
112 Tyler Payne (CHC - C) MiLB 1011 108 110 109.0 1.0    
 
113 Collin Theroux (C) FA 1013 109 122 115.5 6.5