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Fantasy Baseball Review: Top 50 EOY Catcher Rankings for 2023

This little fantasy baseball review is something I do after every MLB season and I figured I might as well share it with you. I think it can help just about everyone who plays fantasy baseball. In our first look at the year that was, we’ll examine the end-of-year catcher rankings for 2023 fantasy baseball.

Basically, this quick look allows me to take stock of the season just past and reshape my view on the player pool for the coming season. Maybe you also play fantasy football and missed some things that happened in the final month of the season. Or maybe like me you were buried in planning and edits for draft kits in football, basketball, and hockey, all at the same time.

You’d think that getting to edit all of the fine writers here at FantraxHQ would make me a better fantasy baseball manager. Sadly that’s not so. I’ve got articles coming at me from all directions and baseball inevitably takes a back seat late in the season. I HATE that. I am a baseball guy!

So with the other sports now cruising along in regular season mode, I can play some catch-up on the fantasy baseball front. Feel free to tag along as I take a fresh look at the 2023 baseball season. Today, I’m going to examine the catcher position and see where we stand as we prepare for the 2023 season.

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2023 Catcher Review

We aren’t exactly in the era of Pudge and Piazza but we are seeing a bit of a resurgence at the catcher position. The top catchers aren’t putting up elite numbers by any means but the depth at the position is thickening up quite a bit. Managers who waited until late to fill the position were most likely able to find some form of production and didn’t take too much of a hit from those who jumped early.

While there was little speed to be had at the position, there were a whopping 20 catchers who hit 15 or more homers. and 16 who topped 60 RBIs. Some of that power came with low batting averages but that’s happening at every other position as well.

What does this mean for 2024 fantasy baseball?

The lack of elite offensive numbers paired with a fair amount of depth tells me there’s no reason to jump early at the catcher position in 2024 drafts. Sure those top four or five catchers will definitely help but the advantage over your competition is unlikely to be worth the hit you’ll take at other positions. I’ve always tended to wait at the position and in 2024 I’ll feel even better about it.

Top 50 Catcher Rankings for 2023

The dollar values below are based on a 15-team mixed league with traditional 5 X 5 scoring and borrowed from the Fangraphs Auction Calculator.

1$20.4William Contreras141611156178678631266.289
2$19.0Adley Rutschman154687163208480921011.277
3$16.0Will Smith12655412119807663893.261
4$15.3J.T. Realmuto1355401232070633513816.252
5$15.2Jonah Heim13150111818619540962.258
6$15.0Cal Raleigh145569119307875541580.232
7$13.6Salvador Perez140580137235980191350.255
8$12.9Willson Contreras125495113205567511116.264
9$12.4Yainer Diaz10437710023516011740.282
10$12.2Sean Murphy1084389321656849980.251
11$10.8Keibert Ruiz13656213618556731581.260
12$10.7Daulton Varsho1585811162065614513516.220
13$10.1Elias Diaz141526130144872341181.267
14$8.2MJ Melendez148602125166556621706.235
15$8.2Mitch Garver873448019455044820.270
16$7.9Francisco Alvarez12342380255163341102.209
17$7.1Yan Gomes11641910210446321811.267
18$6.9Ryan Jeffers963357914464333933.276
19$6.5Tyler Stephenson142517113135956471350.243
20$6.2Shea Langeliers13549092225263341433.205
21$5.6Jake Rogers10736573214749281181.221
22$5.4Gabriel Moreno111380977335029756.284
23$4.5Danny Jansen863016117385323620.228
24$3.7Connor Wong1264038795536221348.235
25$3.3Gary Sanchez752675219334721670.217
26$3.0Blake Sabol11034473133644241174.235
27$1.4Bo Naylor672304711333230535.237
28$1.3Christian Bethancourt1043327111493313911.225
29$1.1Luis Campusano4917452727307210.319
30$1.0Alejandro Kirk123422938344342450.250
31$0.7Freddy Fermin70235619263213500.281
32$0.0Andrew Knizner702415410303112622.241
33-$0.2Patrick Bailey973537672948211001.233
34-$0.2Travis d'Arnaud742926011313921670.225
35-$0.4Logan O'Hoppe511994314232914480.236
36-$1.3Kyle Higashioka922605710243414740.236
37-$1.6Yasmani Grandal118405858333336860.234
38-$1.8Matt Thaiss95307569323136832.214
39-$2.0Victor Caratini62226527232519451.259
40-$2.4Tom Murphy47159428191710440.290
41-$2.6Christian Vazquez102355736343225821.223
42-$2.6Martin Maldonado11740769153336301390.191
43-$3.1James McCann7022646625269573.222
44-$3.7Nick Fortes108323606332617594.204
45-$3.8Luke Maile78199426172514492.235
46-$4.7Francisco Mejia5016034522196380.227
47-$5.1Riley Adams4415839482111450.273
48-$5.1Carlos Perez68189386172013400.226
49-$5.4Reese McGuire72206501151611532.267
50-$5.4Rene Pinto3910526610162340.252
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