Turn Two – Catcher

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2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball

 

- CATCHER -

 

Last year we brought you “Five to Watch” for each position including prospects. They were the players that we found interesting at each position, ones you needed to keep an eye on during the spring before considering for your fantasy baseball team.

This year we give you two players at each position outside the top 10 that you can TURN inTO starters and win your fantasy baseball league championship. 2 players from each position we think you should watch closely this spring and plan accordingly. of course it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Slow Cooker Meatballs

Timing is Everything/Be Flexible is just one of the 2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Drafting Strategies and many would say the most important.

We are not saying go out and get ALL these guys, just remember them when the time comes, and if you are looking to fill a need, or backup your projected starter, consider them and if the time is right and they are available, pull the trigger.

 

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CATCHER

 

You need to ask yourself, how high of a draft pick do I want to spend on the position? Most leagues play a single catcher format, and if for some reason you are starting two, it might be time to look into a different league. That said, you don’t have to spend a high pick on a backstop. The truth is, they do not get enough ABs for you to justify it. A typical catcher will only get around 520, so if you are deciding on a top tier catcher or outfielder, take the outfielder.

The next question you need to ask yourself is if you need to draft and roster 2 catchers? The simple answer to that question is it depends on your settings. If you are in a league with daily roster changes, sure… roster two of them. You will have more flexibility when it comes to off days, and after awhile you will be able to see a pattern of when one of your catchers is getting the scheduled day off and make sure to be aware of day games following night games and what their team is doing with it’s DH (if applicable).

The catcher position in 2015 is not where you want to build your team. The injury risk is far too great, just ask Matt Wieters and Yadier Molina. But like in fantasy football and the DST position, you can’t take it lightly. There are a bunch of serviceable backstops out there that will help you win your league championship and it may pay for you to wait. Here are a couple of them outside the top 10 that you can wait on and plug and play.

 

1. Travis d’Arnaud (Mets)

 

Summary

Travis had a nice second half of the season and is poised to have a breakout in 2015, just don’t over pay for him. He is not going to hit for average and has zero speed (what catcher does?)

PROJECTION

We think you can count on 15-20 HRs and somewhere between 60-70 RBIs, and that’s not bad.

Where to Draft

We think he will be selected within the top 200 as the #13 Catcher off the board in the 15th round. If that is too rich for your blood, take a look at…

 

 

2. Stephen Vogt (Athletics)

 

Summary

He is going to be way under the radar this spring as he works his way back from foot surgery. He is listed as the starter in Oaktown and while all that wear and tear may concern you, (and it does us) he will get the chance to play other positions and showcase his power, everyday. You can wait until later in the draft once every team has it’s starting catcher and scoop him up.

PROJECTION

There is no doubt that he fits the role of a low-risk/ high-reward player. He’ll get you double digit HRs (with a chance at 20), a decent amount of RBIs (60+) and a batting average around .275.

Where to Draft

We think Vogt can be considered a top 15 Catcher and should be drafted in the top 250, near the end of the draft, which in a 12-team league, is like round 20.

 

 

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  1. Buster Posey
  2. Carlos Santana
  3. Yan Gomes
  4. Jonathan Lucroy
  5. Devin Mesoraco
  6. Wilin Rosario
  7. Evan Gattis
  8. Salvador Perez
  9. Yadier Molina
  10. Brian McCann

 

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Slow-Cooker Meatballs

 

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup(s) panko bread crumbs
2 ounce(s) (about 1/2 cup) Parmesan cheese, grated
1/3 cup(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup(s) milk
1 large egg
7 clove(s) (large) garlic, finely chopped, divided
2 pound(s) 85-percent lean ground beef
1/2 pound(s) Italian sauage, casings removed
Canola oil, for baking sheet
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoon(s) olive oil
2 teaspoon(s) Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon(s) red pepper flakes
1 can(s) (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes
1 can(s) (28-ounce) diced tomatoes
1 can(s) (28-ounce) tomato sauce
2 teaspoon(s) sugar
1 small bunch fresh basil, finely chopped

 

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine panko, Parmesan, parsley, milk, egg, and 3 garlic cloves in a bowl; let stand 10 minutes.

Add beef and sausage; gently combine using your hands.

Shape into 36 (1- to 1 1/2-inch) balls.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly grease with canola oil.

Place meatballs on baking sheet and bake until browned, 15 minutes. Drain well.

Combine onion, olive oil,

Italian seasoning, red pepper, and remaining 4 garlic cloves in a microwave-safe bowl.

Microwave, stirring once, until onion is tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

Combine onion mixture, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and sugar in the bowl of a 6-quart slow cooker.

Gently stir meatballs into sauce. Cover and cook on low, until the flavors are combined, 8 to 9 hours. Stir in basil.

 

 

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