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2008 Fantasy Preview: NL-Only Catchers
02/04/2008 2:59 PM ET
Below is a chart of every NL catcher covered in MLB.com's 2007 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 NL-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.    
NL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed C | AL C
 Catchers TM $$ Avg R HR RBI SB Notes
Russell Martin LAD 31 .295 88 18 87 18 Catching's lone five-category threat.
Brian McCann ATL 25 .290 70 22 95 1 Expect rebound from "disappointing" season.
Geovany Soto CHC 13 .274 53 15 72 0 Fantasy's top catching prospect.
J.R. Towles HOU 12 .277 50 11 58 6 Should emerge as mid-tier backstop in no time.
Bengie Molina SF 11 .270 43 15 59 0 Gets little help from punchless lineup.
Carlos Ruiz PHI 6 .270 50 12 65 3 Expect improvement in second full season.
Chris Iannetta COL 5 .289 45 13 54 0 Sweet-swinging youngster to prove he belongs.
Ronny Paulino PIT 5 .281 60 14 60 1 Last year's power jump was no fluke.
Josh Bard SD 5 .297 59 8 65 0 Plate skills could lead to .300 AVG.
Ryan Doumit PIT 4 .280 34 10 38 1 Has skills to make an impact.
David Ross CIN 3 .226 33 18 46 0 Low AVG could lead to more bench time.
Chris Snyder ARI 3 .264 40 14 52 0 Shares too much PT with backup Miguel Montero.
Miguel Montero ARI 3 .257 25 12 37 0 Potential to claim regular AB.
Paul Lo Duca WAS 3 .270 36 7 42 1 Aging vet's value drops in weaker lineup.
Brian Schneider NYM 3 .254 37 7 60 0 Could pad RBI output in potent lineup.
Michael Barrett SD 2 .252 19 5 22 0 Will have tough time bouncing back at PETCO.
Johnny Estrada WAS 2 .278 16 5 34 0 Can hit but may not earn starting job.
Yadier Molina STL 2 .270 33 7 50 1 Should maintain AVG given contact skills.
Jason Kendall MIL 2 .270 42 2 45 2 Durable vet could maintain solid AVG.
Yorvit Torrealba COL 2 .240 16 4 19 1 Will cede starting job to Iannetta before long.
Ramon Castro NYM 2 .245 28 12 34 0 Has plenty of thump for a backup.
Mike Rabelo FLA 1 .260 22 4 28 0 Major League resume warrants little attention.
Jason LaRue STL 1 .200 15 2 15 0 Coming off historically bad season.
Chris Coste PHI 1 .270 15 6 15 0 Overlooked backstop will hit in backup role.
Javier Valentin CIN 1 .275 20 3 30 0 Could cut into David Ross' AB.
Jesus Flores WAS 1 .250 24 5 30 0 Backup could use more Triple-A seasoning.
Bryan Anderson STL 1 .253 13 2 12 0 Should challenge Yadier Molina soon.
Matt Treanor FLA 1 .260 20 2 26 0 Will share starting job but offers little upside.
Brad Ausmus HOU 1 .200 10 2 12 2 Keeping catching spot warm for J.R. Towles.
Humberto Quintero HOU 1 .230 4 1 5 0 Third-stringer to see sporadic PT.
Eric Munson MIL 1 .235 10 5 17 0 Cause helped by ability to hit RHPs.
Gary Bennett LAD 1 .235 10 2 15 0 Won't see much PT behind durable Russell Martin.
Raul Casanova NYM 1 .240 4 2 8 0 Will land third-string job at best.
Damian Miller FA 1 .150 1 0 1 0 In twilight of career.

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