Fantasy baseball catcher rankings

Fantasy baseball catcher rankings

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

1. Buster Posey, Giants
2. Mike Napoli, Rangers
NOTE: Summer's plan - go chase Arlington.
3. Matt Wieters, Orioles
4. Carlos Santana, Indians
5. Brian McCann, Braves
6. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
7. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
NOTE: He's their MVP right now.
8. Joe Mauer, Twins
NOTE: No pop, always injury prone.
9. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox
NOTE: A platoon guy, but on the meatier side.
11. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
NOTE: A nice time for a career year.
12. Jesus Montero, Mariners
NOTE: Hits better on days he catches.
13. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
14. Alex Avila, Tigers
15. Salvador Perez, Royals
NOTE: Returns from knee injury, hit well on rehab assignment.
16. Russell Martin, Yankees
17. Wilin Rosario, Rockies
NOTE: Needs to improve against righties.
18. A.J. Ellis, Dodgers
NOTE: He's crashed, hard, in June.
19. Ryan Doumit, Twins
20. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
21. Rod Barajas, Pirates
22. Victor Martinez, Tigers
NOTE: Has a shot to return in August.
23. Geovany Soto, Cubs
24. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies
25. John Buck, Marlins
26. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
NOTE: He'll share time with Norris, the rookie.
27. Miguel Olivo, Mariners
28. Josh Thole, Mets
29. Martin Maldonado, Brewers
30. Ryan Hanigan, Reds
31. Derek Norris, Athletics
32. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
NOTE: Doesn't look ready yet.
33. Nick Hundley, Padres

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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