Fantasy Baseball Preview: Catchers, DHs, closers

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QMI Agency fantasy columnist Joel Colomby ranks the catchers, DHs and closers for American, National and mixed-league drafts. Dollar tiers are a loose guide for rotisserie and head-to-head auctions. Tomorrow: Starting pitchers.

CATCHERS

$20+

Carlos Santana CLE Numbers are even more impressive after that .198 in April

Buster Posey SF Despite missing almost all of 2011, he won’t fall out of top 5

Matt Wieters BAL Ascent to front ranks slow, but he appears to be there

Mike Napoli TEX Power will stay, but AVG was 56 points above career mark

Brian McCann ATL Has hit 20+ HRs in four of his five seasons as Braves starter

Alex Avila DET Big numbers despite being overused in first season as regular

$10+

Joe Mauer MIN Lack of power/speed over-values him. Health also a concern.

Miguel Montero ARIZ All-star showed in 2011 what he can do when he stays off the DL

Jesus Montero SEA (See DHs). Some leagues may list him already as a catcher

Yadier Molina STL Should flirt with .300 again if new contract isn’t too heavy

Geovany Soto CHC AVG nearly 60 points higher in even-numbered years. Go figure

Kurt Suzuki OAK An added 14 pounds of off-season muscle could boost power stats

Wilson Ramos WAS Best years still ahead, but not sure he’ll hit for power some expect

Russell Martin NYY Montero trade, Posada retirement guarantee another decent season

Chris Iannetta LAA Soft AVG, but OBP always 100+ points better. Expect a drop in HRs

$1+

Ryan Doumit MIN Mauer insurance and will see a lot of time as Twins’ DH

J.P. Arencibia TOR HRs will overvalue him because there’s little else to support them

Salvador Perez KC Hit .331 after Aug. callup but to miss first 10 weeks on DL

Carlos Ruiz PHIL Finally topped 400 ABs last year

Devin Mesoraco CIN Young slugger should eventually wrest job full-time from Hanigan

Jonathan Lucroy MIL Has 20-HR potential in an inviting hitters ball park

John Buck MIA All-or-nothing swinger likely won’t be hurt by big new park

A.J. Pierzynski CHW Slow descent continues, but remains a borderline No. 1 catcher

Jason Castro HOU Could be a sleeper after missing all of last year with a torn ACL

Jarrod Saltalamacchia BOS There’s a breakout season in there somewhere, isn’t there?

Ramon Hernandez COL Switch to Coors Field may keep 35-year-old around 12 HRs

Josh Thole NYM Solid second half, but his ground-ball swing will be an AVG-killer

Miguel Olivo SEA If Montero can handle the defence, veteran will be on the bench

Nick Hundley SD Too many grounders found holes last year for a repeat of .288 AVG

Rod Barajas PIT You know what you’re going to get: 15-18 HRs and a .230ish AVG

BEST OF THE BENCH — Kelly Shoppach BOS, Tyler Flowers CHI, Ryan Hanigan CIN, Victor Martinez DET (Keeper leagues only), Chris Snyder HOU, Brayan Pena KC

MINOR-LEAGUE WATCH — Ryan Lavarnway BOS, Willin Rosario COL, Yasmani Grandal SD

DESIGNATED HITTERS

David Ortiz BOS Improvement last year versus LHPs a positive sign at 36

Billy Butler KC Stagnant numbers, loss of OF status are hurting value

Jesus Montero SEA Budding power source will qualify as a C soon enough

Travis Hafner CLE Still has some pop, but faces RHPs only

Manny Ramirez OAK Has to first sit out his 50-game suspension. Pass, thanks

Vladimir Guerrero F/A Could be a useful bat depending where he winds up

Johnny Damon F/A Moderate speed and power but no team to play for yet

CLOSERS

35 saves

Craig Kimbrel ATL Set the saves record for rookies with 46

Jonathan Papelbon PHIL Lots of save opps behind all those stud SPs

Mariano Rivera NYY Ageless wonder just keeps on delivering

Drew Storen WAS Digging in for a long and productive career

Jordan Walden LAA Loaded lineup, rotation make up for control issues

Heath Bell MIA Better bats in Florida should keep save totals up

John Axford MIL Consistently keeps fat part of the bat off the ball

J.J. Putz ARIZ M’s, Chisox and Mets all figured he was done

Jose Valverde DET Went a perfect, but shaky, 49-for-49 in save opps

Brian Wilson SF A 1.47 WHIP knocks him off the top rung

Joel Hanrahan PIT Fewer save chances with that ugly rotation

30 saves

Andrew Bailey BOS Injury risk, flyball rate are only mild concerns

Sergio Santos TOR Will be Jays’ sixth saves leader in six years

Rafael Betancourt COL Seems like forever he’s been knocking on the door

Jason Motte STL Emerged from 2011’s committee circus

Carlos Marmol CHC Fun to watch, as long as you don’t own him

Sean Marshall CIN Best bet to replace Madson, but Reds are undecided

Greg Holland KC Dominance gives him nod over experienced Broxton

20 saves

Brandon League SEA Still trying to figure out he got 37 saves on M’s

Huston Street SD Away from Denver, fewer of his flyballs will find seats

Kyle Farnsworth TB Biggest shock: He, deservedly, held job all season

Chris Perez CLEV Low K rate last year was somewhat baffling

Joe Nathan TEX Feliz would return from rotation if he wavers

Jim Johnson BALT Went 8-for-8 late last year but had a rough spring

Brett Myers HOU Converted starter having a rough transition in March

Matt Capps MIN Twins already ran him out of town once before

Javy Guerra LAD No sure bet to hold off Kenley Jansen for the job

Matt Thornton CHW Burned owners last year, gets second chance in ’12

Grant Balfour OAK This has the makings of a potential committee

Frank Francisco NYM Bad spring and lack of extended track record

NEXT IN LINE (5-10 saves)

David Hernandez ARIZ, Kevin Gregg BAL, Mark Melancon BOS, Addison Reed CHW, Vinnie Pestano CLE, Jonathan Broxton KC, Kenley Jansen LAD, Glen Perkins MIN, Brian Fuentes OAK, Fautino de los Santos OAK, Mike Adams TEX


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