2010 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Rankings Outlook: There is no doubt that catcher is the most physically demanding position in baseball that comes with a heightened injury risk. With this risk and limited fantasy production, the catcher position is often overlooked in many drafts. This year however, while still one of the thinner positions, there is a lot more depth and talent than we have seen in recent years.

Joe Mauer, the reigning AL MVP and three-time batting champ, tops our list. Mauer will likely be one of the first 15 overall picks and the first catcher off the board, but if you don’t snag him early there are other suitable alternatives such as Victor Martinez and Brian McCann. Matt Wieters will see his first full season in the majors, Miguel Montero and Kurt Suzuki are coming off breakout seasons, and 2009 busts Russell Martin and Geovany Soto are both looking to have bounce-back years.

Draft-Day Advice: Even if you do snag a top-tier catcher, its a good idea to have a quality backup because of injury-risk and scheduled days off. Taking a chance on a sleeper and finding a late-round gem could pay off big by season’s end.

The following are our 2010 Fantasy Baseball Rankings, which are based on standard 5×5 scoring and take into account projected stats as well as upside and risk. Offensive categories include BA, HRs, Runs, RBIs, and SBs. Pitching categories are Wins, ERA, WHIP, Ks, and Saves. Although several players are eligible at multiple positions, they are listed at the position that they will most likely play the most in 2010. All leagues have different position eligibility requirements so be sure to check your settings before draft day.

2010 Rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 150 | PDFicon Cheatsheet

RankPlayerABAVGHRRBIRSB
1Joe Mauer523.3652896944
2Victor Martinez588.30323108881
3Brian McCann488.2812194634
4Miguel Montero425.2941659611
5Matt Wieters354.288943350
6Russell Martin505.2507536311
7Geovany Soto331.2181147271
8Jorge Posada383.2852281551
9Kurt Suzuki570.2741588748
10Mike Napoli382.2722056603
11Ryan Doumit280.2501038314
12Yadier Molina481.293654459
13A.J. Pierzynski504.3001349571
14Bengie Molina491.2652080520
15Chris Iannetta289.2281652410
16Kelly Shoppach271.2141240330
17Carlos Ruiz322.255943323
18John Baker373.271950590
19Buster Posey17.1180010

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