Fantasy baseball rankings - catcher

Fantasy baseball rankings - catcher

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

The following players qualify at catcher in standard Yahoo! leagues. Rankings are based on a 5x5 scoring system (batting average, runs, home runs, RBIs, stolen bases).

1. Buster Posey, Giants
2. Yadier Molina, Cardinals
NOTE: Best overall backstop in game.
3. Carlos Ruiz, Phillies
NOTE: Would be MVP contender if Phillies were contending.
4. Joe Mauer, Twins
5. Matt Wieters, Orioles
NOTE: Getting to stardom, slowly but surely.
6. Mike Napoli, Rangers
7. A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox
8. Miguel Montero, Diamondbacks
9. Jesus Montero, Mariners
10. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Red Sox
NOTE: Has platoon flaws but overall numbers are solid.
11. Carlos Santana, Indians
NOTE: Still gives away too many at-bats.
12. Salvador Perez, Royals
NOTE: They were wise to lock him up.
13. Brian McCann, Braves
14. Ryan Doumit, Twins
15. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays
16. Wilin Rosario, Rockies
NOTE: Major pop but defense is a work in progress.
17. Yasmani Grandal, Padres
NOTE: A shame he toils in Petco.
18. Alex Avila, Tigers
19. Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers
20. A.J. Ellis, Dodgers
NOTE: The air has hissed out of the balloon.
21. Josh Thole, Mets
22. John Jaso, Mariners
23. Ramon Hernandez, Rockies
24. Martin Maldonado, Brewers
25. Geovany Soto, Cubs
NOTE: One of several train wrecks here.
26. Russell Martin, Yankees
27. Miguel Olivo, Mariners
28. Ryan Hanigan, Reds
NOTE: Standing in the way of Mesoraco.
29. Rod Barajas, Pirates
30. Derek Norris, Athletics
31. Yorvit Torrealba, Rangers
32. Michael McKenry, Pirates
NOTE: Deserves additional playing time.
33. John Buck, Marlins
34. Devin Mesoraco, Reds
35. Kurt Suzuki, Athletics
NOTE: Workload has taken a toll.
36. Jesus Flores, Nationals
37. Jason Castro, Astros
38. Kelly Shoppach, Red Sox
39. Hector Sanchez, Giants

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Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Grab the first goal.

The Blackhawks have scored the game's first goal in seven of the last eight games, and of those seven, they've won six of them. Meanwhile, the Lightning have scored the first goal only 17 times in 48 games this season, and are 12-5-1 in those games. They're 9-17-4 when they allow the first goal, so getting out to a lead first will be important against a struggling Lightning team looking for signs of life.

2. Will the floodgates open for Jonathan Toews?

After a four-point game in a 4-2 win over Vancouver, the Blackhawks captain matched his point total over his previous nine games. He's up to 26 points on the season, which is now fifth among Chicago forwards. When Toews has offensive droughts, they usually last longer than they should. But when he gets hot, he gets extremely hot. Perhaps we'll see the floodgates open offensively.

3. A chance for the team lead in scoring.

With an empty-net goal on Sunday, Marian Hossa tied Artem Anisimov for the team-lead with 18 goals. Artemi Panarin is right behind with 17, and Patrick Kane isn't far either at 15. The Blackhawks had four 20-goal scorers last season, and haven't had more than that since the 2013-14 season. They're definitely on pace to hit four, but could they surprass that? Richard Panik, who scored another goal Sunday as well, is fifth with 11 goals while Ryan Hartman has 10. Toews is at eight, but a flurry after a drought could make things interesting.

4. The triplets reunited?

In an effort to jumpstart a struggling offense, Lightning coach Jon Cooper reunited the triplets line of Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat that was so successful during their 2015 playoff run in their latest game, a 5-3 loss to Arizona. It's unclear whether they will begin tonight's game on the same line, but if not, it's worth watching throughout the game whether they do. The Blackhawks have been coming at opponents in waves lately, so Cooper could look to separate the three to distribute the scoring.

5. Take advantage on special teams.

The Lightning have racked up the fifth-most penalty minutes in the league, and own a bottom-10 penalty kill unit at 80.1 percent. The Blackhawks are the second-least penalized team, and have converted on 17.9 percent of their power plays, which sits at 16th. But they haven't scored one on the man advantage in five straight games, going 0-for-9 during that span. Here's a chance to change that.

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