2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (60 of 62 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 38 24.0 -14.0
Realmuto's .277 batting average with 21 homers and 74 RBIs doesn't seem all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he blew the rest of the catcher scene away with those numbers. Realmuto is as safe as it comes at the position and should produce far above the lousy replacement level once again. This is especially true now that he has been traded to a great hitter's ballpark in Philly. Don't hesitate to reach for him so you don't get stuck with an awful catcher
2 Yasmani Grandal (MIL - C) 77 63.0 -14.0
Grandal's batting average may not seem all that appealing in the .240s range, but that is actually at replacement-level for the position so he won't hurt you there. He will definitely help in HRs, RBIs and runs, though. Over the last three seasons, he trails only (the injured) Salvador Perez in homers, and that was before he moved from an awful park for hitters in L.A. to a hitter's have in Milwaukee.
3 Willson Contreras (CHC - C) 85 67.0 -18.0
Contreras was a major disappointment for fantasy owners in 2018 after starting off his career with 33 HRs, 109 RBIs and a .278 batting average through 629 at-bats in his first two years. He is still young, however, and expected to improve from last season.
4 Wilson Ramos (NYM - C,DH) 94 77.0 -17.0
Ramos missed most of 2017 and struggled while he was healthy, but that seems to be the outlier, as he was tremendous in both 2016 and 2018, batting over .300 both seasons with plenty of power. Ramos is one of the safest fantasy catchers and may have as much upside as anyone besides Sanchez and Realmuto.
5 Buster Posey (SF - C,1B) 92 72.0 -20.0
Although Posey isn't likely a .300 hitter anymore, his .280s batting average is the equivilant of a .310 hitter when compared to the replacement-level at his position. Add in a dozen homers, if he can stay healthy this year, and you've got yourself a boring, yet extremely useful top 8 fantasy catcher.
6 Yadier Molina (STL - C) 95 76.0 -19.0
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
7 Francisco Cervelli (PIT - C) 167 127.0 -40.0
Among all catchers with 200 plate appearances, Cervelli corralled the second-highest wOBA (.355) behind Wilson Ramos. His modest 12 homers comfortably cleared his previous high of seven, but concussions limited him to 404 plate appearances. He's unlikely to turn into a big bopper during his age-33 season, but Cervelli is a fine placeholder while healthy.
8 Tucker Barnhart (CIN - C) 190 155.0 -35.0
Barnhart doesn't have the best bat, but his elite defense will keep him on the field for nearly 500 at-bats again. In a killer Red's lineup, that should be plenty to get him the counting stats he needs to be draftable.
9 Francisco Mejia (SD - C,DH) IL10 169 123.0 -46.0
Catcher is so bad that prospect pedigree has kept Mejia in top-10 consideration despite batting .176 (12-for-69) in the majors. Even his Triple-A production dipped (.279/.328/.426) after getting traded from Cleveland to San Diego, where Austin Hedges is still clamoring for reps behind the plate. Contact and power upside still makes the 23-year-old Mejia a viable dart throw for anyone who missed out on the big names. Those in one-catcher leagues, however, should move on quickly if he's not playing much in April.
10 Jorge Alfaro (MIA - C) DTD 191 144.0 -47.0
Alfaro is dealing with a knee issue that may keep him out at the start of the season, but he has so little competition in Miami that fantasy owners may still get 350 to 400 at-bats and the counting stats that go with it. Don't be surprised if he hits near his career .270 average once again either.
11 Yan Gomes (WSH - C) 187 145.0 -42.0
Gomes was one of only two catchers last year to bat .266 with 50+ runs scored. That may not feel like much, but the catching position is rough. He'll add 15 homers too, making him a top 10 fantasy catching option this year.
12 Kurt Suzuki (WSH - C) 236 184.0 -52.0
Suzuki has been useful the last two seasons with a .276 batting average, 31 HRs and 100 RBIs in 623 at-bats, but his playing time is expected to take a hit as he likely backs up Yan Gomes in Washington. Even so, he is better than punting the position altogether.
13 Austin Barnes (LAD - C,2B) 224 173.0 -51.0
 
14 Austin Hedges (SD - C) 220 174.0 -46.0
Hedges is no help in the batting average department, but he has enough power (32 homers in his last 700 at-bats) that he warrants a late-round pick if you still need a catcher. If he gets traded mid-season to clear up room for Mejia, Hedges could see a bump in his offensive production away from San Diego's ballpark.
15 Tyler Flowers (ATL - C) 227 230.0 +3.0
 
16 Chris Iannetta (COL - C) 256 223.0 -33.0
There is reason to be excited about Tom Murphy, but as for now, Iannetta is the starter in Coors Field so don't hesitate to add him in two catcher leagues despite his lackluster batting averages.
17 Brian McCann (ATL - C) 226 194.0 -32.0
If you are desperate at catcher, Brian McCann may be better than punting the position altogether. He does still have serviceable power, but he won't play often as the backup in Atlanta and his batting average will likely drag your team back.
18 Carson Kelly (ARI - C) 223 257.0 +34.0
 
19 Elias Diaz (PIT - C) 253 250.0 -3.0
 
20 Russell Martin (LAD - C,3B) 303 212.0 -91.0
 
21 Alex Avila (ARI - C) 373 387.0 +14.0
 
22 Francisco Pena (SF - C) MiLB 286    
 
23 Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B) 344 293.0 -51.0
 
24 Manny Pina (MIL - C) IL10 333 232.0 -101.0
 
25 Blake Swihart (ARI - C,1B,LF,RF,DH) 289 221.0 -68.0
 
26 Matt Wieters (STL - C) 378 343.0 -35.0
 
27 Andrew Knapp (PHI - C) 297 440.0 +143.0
 
28 Tony Wolters (COL - C) 334 435.0 +101.0
 
29 Aramis Garcia (SF - C) MiLB 360 406.0 +46.0
 
30 Devin Mesoraco (NYM - C) 573 373.0 -200.0
 
31 Spencer Kieboom (WSH - C) MiLB 325 383.0 +58.0
 
32 Curt Casali (CIN - C) 316 393.0 +77.0
 
33 Keibert Ruiz (LAD - C) MiLB 452 376.0 -76.0
 
34 Stephen Vogt (SF - C,1B) 572 358.0 -214.0
 
35 Caleb Joseph (ARI - C) MiLB 363 491.0 +128.0
 
36 Andrew Knizner (STL - C) MiLB 568 405.0 -163.0
 
37 John Ryan Murphy (ARI - C) 357 450.0 +93.0
 
38 Chad Wallach (MIA - C) 565    
 
39 David Freitas (MIL - C) MiLB 559 339.0 -220.0
 
40 Austin Allen (SD - C) 584 498.0 -86.0
 
41 Rene Rivera (NYM - C) MiLB 567 380.0 -187.0
 
42 Juan Graterol (CIN - C) NRI 589    
 
43 Tim Federowicz (CIN - C) MiLB 591    
 
44 Jacob Stallings (PIT - C) MiLB 575 416.0 -159.0
 
45 Chris Stewart (SD - C) MiLB 594    
 
46 Raffy Lopez (ATL - C) MiLB 576    
 
47 Tomas Nido (NYM - C) 579 466.0 -113.0
 
48 Raudy Read (WSH - C) MiLB 586    
 
49 Jacob Nottingham (MIL - C) 580 354.0 -226.0
 
50 Joe Hudson (STL - C) MiLB 581    
 
51 Luis Torrens (SD - C) MiLB 587    
 
52 Rocky Gale (LAD - C) MiLB 585    
 
53 Alex Jackson (ATL - C,RF) MiLB 590