The Z Files: My Top 20 Catchers
The Z Files: My Top 20 Catchers

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

When it comes to fantasy baseball game theory, there's little right or wrong. There's some better or worse, but most of the time, it's just different. As the saying goes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. Don't worry, no felines will be harmed in this discussion, unless you are butt-hurt Grayson Greiner didn't make the top 20.

One area I'll hold my ground as being right is catcher valuation. It doesn't matter for this list as the rankings are relative to each other, not the rest of the league. Still, I'm irked by a large contingent of fantasy analysts and players getting this wrong.

Simply put, the number of catchers assigned positive value is exactly the number needed for everyone to assemble a legal roster. In a 15-team, two catcher league, there are 30 backstops projected to earn at least $1. In a 10-team format with one catcher, 10 receivers have positive value. A pricing adjustment is necessary and obligatory to the process for two-catcher formats. Otherwise, fewer than required catchers will be priced with positive potential earnings, hence the mistake that there "aren't enough catchers." Yes, there are; you're pricing them incorrectly.

It's an oversimplification, but let's say there's a contest featuring the RotoWire Monday and Friday podcast hosts. You get a point for every time one of us mentions one of our teams. The caveat is you need to draft one host from each day. After going back and reviewing archived podcasts, you estimate we

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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