Fantasy Baseball 2020: Consistent Undervalued - C

Blake Sullivan compares 2020 NFBC Average Draft Position to our Clutch Rate and Clutch Rate Rankings providing you with consistency targets for your H2H fantasy baseball leagues. Follow him @blakesullivanff on Twitter.

Everyone in your league is looking for an edge, a piece of information that will put them ahead of the pack especially during the upcoming Fantasy Baseball Draft season. Welcome to your edge. Our team has constructed a model dedicated to highlighting the most consistent players at each position to help you win your fantasy leagues.

If you play in head to head leagues there is no substitute for a consistent point producer. Below are four catchers that our consistency models have zeroed in on as being undervalued in relation to their current Average Draft Position. Find the consistency values in your drafts now and reap the rewards later.

 

Christian Vazquez: Boston Red Sox, 29yo.

C Rank

Player

Team

ADP

Clutch Rate

CR Rank

C9

Vazquez, Christian

BOS

163.5

75%

4

Last season was the best one yet for Christian Vazquez. The Boston Red Sox’s catcher hit .276 and had 23 home runs on top of that. There might be a trickle-down effect in production due to the loss of Mookie Betts this off season. Don’t expect that to make a huge difference in production, but I think it will be reflected in his ADP moving forward.

Vazquez has the highest clutch rate of the catchers on this list. His ADP is also the highest as you will be paying a 12th-16th round pick for him. I think you are getting a great value on him as your team should be well rounded at this point in your draft. If Vazquez is going to be your first catcher then he’s the guy you should draft from this list. If you are looking for a second catcher you can get better value later on this list.

 

Travis d’Arnaud: Atlanta Braves, 31yo.

C Rank

Player

Team

ADP

Clutch Rate

CR Rank

C14

d’Arnaud, Travis

ATL

199

48%

13

Atlanta Braves catcher Travis d’Arnaud needs to stay healthy this year to show a full season of production, but that’s partly why his ADP is putting him in the 16th-20th rounds. He gets to play in a lineup that is very deep with talent. I would expect to see his home run and RBI numbers to increase a fair amount this year. He could have plenty of off days with Tyler Flowers getting some starts, but for right now he’s the backup. d’Arnaud has yet to hit .270 in his career so there is some reason for concern, but this should be the change he needed to really get going. This is the riskiest bet on the list as his clutch rate is at 48% and he hasn’t fully proven himself yet. However, I think his ADP makes him worthy of a look later in drafts.

 

Robinson Chirinos: Texas Rangers, 35yo.

C Rank

Player

Team

ADP

Clutch Rate

CR Rank

C20

Chirinos, Robinson

TEX

258.2

50%

8

Robinson Chirinos is my favorite backup on this list. With an ADP of 258.2 you won’t be investing much in drafting him as a second catcher. Chirinos has a tendency to get on hot streaks, but his clutch rate is only 50%, which isn’t too bad for his current ADP.

Chirinos has hit 52 home runs in the last three seasons combined. I wouldn’t look for much of an increase from him hitting .238 with 57 runs and 58 RBI last season, but he’s a solid plug and play catcher if you have to deal with any injuries or for two catcher rosters.

 

Kurt Suzuki: Washington Nationals, 36yo.

C Rank

Player

Team

ADP

Clutch Rate

CR Rank

C22

Suzuki, Kurt

WAS

259.1

57%

7


Kurt Suzuki will most likely be sharing time with Yan Gomes for the Washington Nationals as last year he played just 85 games. That being said, he made the most of his at-bats as he had a 57% clutch rate which is good for his current ADP. You can feel confident starting Suzuki on any given day if your starting catcher is on a rest day. 

Last season he hit .264 with 37 runs and 63 RBI. That’s solid production with his limited number of games he played in. At his ADP of 259.1 you can most likely pick him up off of waivers after the draft, but I would recommend drafting him if you wish to carry a backup catcher.

Be sure to check out all of the positional ADP vs CR breakdowns by our fantasy baseball writing team to ensure you don’t pass up on consistency at any point in your drafts. Filling your roster with these types of steady assets will give you the weekly advantage over your opponents in head to head leagues in 2020.

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