While it might feel like catchers should be compared to kickers in fantasy football, it’s not the same. Sure, you (usually) only need one of them and most of them are not going to decide your fantasy season.
The difference is there are a couple catchers who could be taken early, where kickers should never be taken early. I cannot recommend taking one of the top tier catchers. They’ll give you an edge at the position, but you’ll have to pick them where you’d be better off with a legit 5-tool outfielder or a player from the middle of the upper echelon at other positions. So, I avoid Geovany Soto, Joe Mauer, Brian McCann, Russell Martin and Victor Martinez, unless they fall well below their ADP.
How about a for instance. To get Brian McCann, who I think is the second best catcher in the game, you’d have to waste a sixth round pick. Other sixth-round players, according to ADP: Carl Crawford, B.J. Upton, Curtis Granderson, Alex Rios, Dan Uggla, Brian Roberts, Alexei Ramirez, Brad Lidge and Scott Kazmir.
Yes it’s nice to have studs at every position, but you won’t win unless you put up more fantasy points than you ropponents. Those other players in that list will help you more than McCann. Last season I ended up with Soto. Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t peg him as a superstar, but I thought he had upside and could be a solid late pick as my catcher.
This year, target Kelly Shoppach, Matt Wieters, Chris Snyder and Jeff Clement. I’m as high on Wieters as some, but any one of those guys could outperform Soto, Mauer or McCann.
What do you think? It seems like everyone has an opinion on Wieters, what’s yours? Let us know in the comments.
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