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2008 Fantasy Preview: Catchers
01/30/2008 4:33 PM ET
Below is a chart of every catcher ranked and covered in's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 mixed-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.
Dollar values based on standard 5x5 play, $260 budget per 23-man team.   
Mixed rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: AL C | NL C
 Catchers TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Victor MartinezCLE24 .3008128100 0Durable, consistent All-Star in prime of career.
Russell MartinLAD24 .295881887 18Catching's lone five-category threat.
Joe MauerMIN21 .328741589 8Has potential to be big difference-maker.
Brian McCannATL18 .290702295 1Expect rebound from "disappointing" season.
Jorge PosadaNYY17 .280801780 1Don't anticipate repeat of '07
Kenji JohjimaSEA14 .290601565 0Likely to continue delivering steady numbers.
Jarrod SaltalamacchiaTEX12 .264591863 0Talented youngster could top 20 HR.
Mike NapoliLAA10 .251592271 7Could be in for big season.
Jason VaritekBOS8 .259551365 1Still good, but age may catch up to him soon.
Ivan RodriguezDET7 .27760870 2Diminishing skills offset by RBI opportunities.
Geovany SotoCHC7 .274531572 0Fantasy's top catching prospect.
J.R. TowlesHOU6 .277501158 6Should emerge as mid-tier backstop in no time.
Bengie MolinaSF5 .270431559 0Gets little help from punchless lineup.
A.J. PierzynskiCWS5 .273551359 0Veteran workhorse provides steady numbers.
Ramon HernandezBAL4 .266601573 0Should bounce back with return to health.
John BuckKC4 .257511664 0Career likely still on upswing.
Mike Piazza*FA3 .258341141 0Future HOFer still looking for home.
Carlos RuizPHI2 .270501265 3Expect improvement in second full season.
Chris IannettaCOL2 .289451354 0Sweet-swinging youngster to prove he belongs.
Ronny PaulinoPIT2 .281601460 1Last year's power jump was no fluke.
Dioner NavarroTB2 .258511360 2Intriguing option following strong finish to '07.
Josh BardSD2 .29759865 0Plate skills could lead to .300 AVG.
Ryan DoumitPIT2 .280341038 1Has skills to make an impact.
Kurt SuzukiOAK1 .268551261 0Chance to realize potential on rebuilding squad.
Gregg ZaunTOR1 .259471155 0Still productive, though age is a concern.
David RossCIN1 .226331846 0Low AVG could lead to more bench time.
Chris SnyderARI1 .264401452 0Shares too much PT with backup Miguel Montero.
Miguel MonteroARI1 .257251237 0Potential to claim regular AB.
Paul Lo DucaWAS1 .27036742 1Aging vet's value drops in weaker lineup.
Brian SchneiderNYM1 .25437760 0Could pad RBI output in potent lineup.
Michael BarrettSD1 .25219522 0Will have tough time bouncing back at PETCO.
Johnny EstradaWAS1 .27816534 0Can hit but may not earn starting job.
Yadier MolinaSTL1 .27033750 1Should maintain AVG given contact skills.
Jason KendallMIL1 .27042245 2Durable vet could maintain solid AVG.
Miguel OlivoKC1 .25523824 2Former starter headed for backup duty.
Kelly ShoppachCLE1 .26025630 0Will need trade to fulfill offensive potential.
Yorvit TorrealbaCOL1 .24016419 1Will cede starting job to Iannetta before long.
Gerald LairdTEX1 .25038842 4Defense ensures decent PT.
Ramon CastroNYM1 .245281234 0Has plenty of thump for a backup.
Jeff MathisLAA1 .25025525 0Offense has yet to catch up to defense.
Mike RabeloFLA1 .26022428 0Major League resume warrants little attention.
Jeff ClementSEA1 .25023625 0Backstop with pop doesn't have place to play.
Jason LaRueSTL1 .20015215 0Coming off historically bad season.
Chris CostePHI1 .27015615 0Overlooked backstop will hit in backup role.
Rod BarajasTOR1 .24312210 0Won't provide much value as backup.
Javier ValentinCIN1 .27520330 0Could cut into David Ross' AB.
Jesus FloresWAS1 .25024530 0Backup could use more Triple-A seasoning.
Mike RedmondMIN1 .28320024 0Mauer insurance.
Bryan AndersonSTL1 .25313212 0Should challenge Yadier Molina soon.
Matt TreanorFLA1 .26020226 0Will share starting job but offers little upside.
Taylor TeagardenTEX1 .244515 0Coming off huge year, needs to stay healthy
Brad AusmusHOU1 .20010212 2Keeping catching spot warm for J.R. Towles.
Doug MirabelliBOS1 .195529 0Specialty catcher has no value.
Toby HallCWS1 .26410312 0Could bounce back with respectable AVG.
Rob BowenOAK1 .24817312 0Will see AB if Kurt Suzuki struggles.
Curtis ThigpenTOR1 .26010212 2Could begin '08 at Triple-A.
Jose MolinaNYY1 .260816 0Won't duplicate surprising '07 numbers.
Humberto QuinteroHOU1 .230415 0Third-stringer to see sporadic PT.
Eric MunsonMIL1 .23510517 0Cause helped by ability to hit RHPs.
Gary BennettLAD1 .23510215 0Won't see much PT behind durable Russell Martin.
Matt WietersBAL1 -------- --07 first-rounder will move up quickly.
Raul CasanovaNYM1 .240428 0Will land third-string job at best.
Mike LieberthalFA1 .210202 0Vet nearing end of career.
Sal FasanoTOR1 .199816 0Veteran influence provides little fantasy help.
Damian MillerFA1 .150101 0In twilight of career.

*DH only

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