While the top fantasy baseball assets provide the floor for your team, finding sleepers in the later rounds is key to determining your ceiling.
Hunting for sleeper candidates, by definition, is a volatile task. For every sleeper that does turn into a great pick, there are two or three that go nowhere. However, this process can be the difference between a first-place finish and stumbling to a losing season. That makes it crucial to hit on your sleeper picks.
With that in mind, here are our top three sleeper catchers for the 2021 MLB season.
1. Daulton Varsho, Arizona Diamondbacks
Daulton Varsho enters the 2021 season in the middle of a unique situation. He debuted in the MLB as a catcher, but also logged time in center field and is expected to do the same thing moving forward. That flexibility only benefits drafting him in fantasy baseball. It's possible he sees the most plate appearances of any catcher this season and brings speed to the position as he stole 3 bases in 37 games played in 2020. He is a risky choice with just 115 career plate appearances, but his average draft position is No. 11 amongst catchers, according to FantasyPros' ADP data. Grabbing a possible top five catcher at that spot is worth taking a chance on.
2. Jorge Alfaro, Miami Marlins
Jorge Alfaro has quietly been a very productive fantasy baseball catcher over the last few seasons. He has hit double-digit home runs in each of his last two full seasons played and played in 130/162 games for the Marlins in 2019. If you want to wait at the catcher position and not use major draft capital to acquire one, Alfaro is a solid option. His ability to put the bat on the ball could allow him to score 40+ runs and rack up 40+ RBI this season. Those kind of numbers would exceed expectations of a player that is being drafted as the No. 21 catcher off of the board.
3. Wilson Ramos, Detroit Tigers
Wilson Ramos isn't an exciting name to draft this season, but having him as your No. 2 catcher or simply as a depth piece is not a bad idea at all. He has been in the MLB for a long time and knows what it takes to get on base. In fact, Ramos has posted an OBP of at least .340 in five of his last seven seasons played. He also has some underrated power hitting 19 combined home runs in the 2019 and 2020 seasons. With an ADP of No. 17 amongst catchers, Ramos is a great insurance piece to have on your team.
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