2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (62 of 65 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 J.T. Realmuto (PHI - C,1B) 38 25.0 -13.0
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) 92 76.0 -16.0
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) 94 71.0 -23.0
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 75.0 -20.0
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 (ATL - C) 173 130.0 -43.0
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) 190 158.0 -32.0
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) 174 126.0 -48.0
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) 189 145.0 -44.0
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) 193 146.0 -47.0
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) 215 189.0 -26.0
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) MiLB 226 178.0 -48.0
 
14 Jonathan Lucroy (CHC - C) 213 169.0 -44.0
 
15 Austin Hedges (SD - C) 223 179.0 -44.0
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.
16 Tyler Flowers (ATL - C) 234 233.0 -1.0
 
17 Carson Kelly (ARI - C) 227 259.0 +32.0
 
18 Elias Diaz (PIT - C) 252 251.0 -1.0
 
19 Russell Martin (LAD - C,3B) 302 214.0 -88.0
 
20 Francisco Pena (SF - C) MiLB 283    
 
21 Victor Caratini (CHC - C,1B) 337 292.0 -45.0
 
22 Alex Avila (ARI - C) 368 388.0 +20.0
 
23 Manny Pina (MIL - C) 327 231.0 -96.0
 
24 Matt Wieters (STL - C) 373 341.0 -32.0
 
25 Andrew Knapp (PHI - C) 295 437.0 +142.0
 
26 Tony Wolters (COL - C) 328 432.0 +104.0
 
27 Aramis Garcia (SF - C) 354 406.0 +52.0
 
28 Devin Mesoraco (NYM - C) 558 373.0 -185.0
 
29 Spencer Kieboom (WSH - C) IL60 320 384.0 +64.0
 
30 Curt Casali (CIN - C) 313 393.0 +80.0
 
31 Keibert Ruiz (LAD - C) MiLB 442 376.0 -66.0
 
32 Stephen Vogt (SF - C,1B) 557 356.0 -201.0
 
33 Caleb Joseph (ARI - C) 358 487.0 +129.0
 
34 Andrew Knizner (STL - C) MiLB 553 405.0 -148.0
 
35 Ryan Lavarnway (CIN - C,1B) MiLB 547    
 
36 John Ryan Murphy (ATL - C) MiLB 351 446.0 +95.0
 
37 Chad Wallach (MIA - C) IL60 551    
 
38 David Freitas (MIL - C) MiLB 544 337.0 -207.0
 
39 Austin Allen (SD - C) 571 492.0 -79.0
 
40 Rene Rivera (NYM - C) 552 381.0 -171.0
 
41 Juan Graterol (CIN - C) DFA 575    
 
42 Bryan Holaday (MIA - C) 560 451.0 -109.0
 
43 Jacob Stallings (PIT - C) 561 414.0 -147.0
 
44 Chris Stewart (SD - C) MiLB 579    
 
45 Tomas Nido (NYM - C) 564 463.0 -101.0
 
46 Raudy Read (WSH - C) MiLB 572    
 
47 Jose Lobaton (LAD - C) MiLB 565    
 
48 Jacob Nottingham (MIL - C) MiLB 566 351.0 -215.0
 
49 Joe Hudson (STL - C) MiLB 567    
 
50 Luis Torrens (SD - C) 573    
 
51 Nick Ciuffo (CIN - C) MiLB 569    
 
52 Alex Jackson (ATL - C,RF) IL60 576