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Fantasy baseball 2012: Top 20 composite catchers

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That is what composite rankings do for fantasy sports.

The following Top 20 fantasy catchers for 2012 are based on rankings from ESPN, USA Today, Sports Illustrated (CNNSI), MLB.com and the current ADP. Each of those rankings were added up and scored accordingly, and the following master list of catchers is the final result.

The numbers do tell a story, too, if you are willing to look closely. Like how neck-and-neck Mike Napoli and Carlos Santana are throughout the rankings and score a very close top 2. And looking at Brian McCann’s consensus No. 3 ranking followed by a bigtime dropoff in total score (15 to Joe Mauer’s 25) shows there is a definite change in tier here.

You’ll notice another big jump between Alex Avila at eighth (with 36 points) to J.P. Arencibia at ninth (52). This would signal another change in tier.

Perhaps the most intriguing player on the list is Jesus Montero. He comes in at 16th on this list, but does it in an unusual fashion. He fails to make the top 20 catchers overall at ESPN, Sports Illustrated and ADP, but USA Today and MLB.com both rank him ninth overall at the position. Those two high rankings land him on this list. Perhaps a sign of a true risk/reward, especially in a new role with the Seattle Mariners after the Yanks dealt him for Michael Pineda.

What are your opinions on our composite Top 20 catchers? We’d love to hear what you think below …

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