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2017 Fantasy Baseball: Los Angeles Dodger Yasmani Grandal is the Tier Two Catcher to Target

Three catchers in Fantasy Baseball undeniably make up the top tier at the position in 2017. If you don't land one of those three players, which catcher should you target on Draft Day?

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The price to acquire a top Fantasy catcher is high and there aren't many worth the cost. The catcher position is really bad this season. Buster Posey, Jonathan Lucroy and Gary Sanchez are going as the top three catchers in almost every draft, but it's going to take a pick in the first four or five rounds to acquire one of the aforementioned names. You should never pay a high price for a catcher in a league that starts one player at the position and I wouldn't even pay a premium price in a league that requires two starting catchers.

There's a catcher that was second in home runs at the position last season who is a nice target and it wasn't Posey or Lucroy. I'm talking about Yasmani Grandal, who hit 27 home runs, second behind Evan Gattis, who didn't exclusively play catcher. Grandal is the catcher I want in a two-catcher league as my number one, especially if I can get him somewhere around the tenth round. He will finish among the top five catchers by the end of the Fantasy Baseball season.

http://www.scout.com/player/91378-yasmani-grandal?s=532

We know the Los Angeles Dodgers' catcher isn't going to be an asset in batting average. He's a career .238 hitter, but most catchers aren't going to help in average unless you pay a premium price but the power with Grandal is real. Last season, he batted .228 with 49 runs, 27 home runs, 72 RBIs, a .339 on-base percentage and an .816 OPS.

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Grandal struck out 25.4 percent of the time last season, but he walked 14 percent of the time. His career walk rate is 14.2 percent and the on-base percentage is .348, providing him a boost in leagues that use that particular stat. I was hoping to land Grandal in Tout Wars since it's a league that uses on-base percentage, but the participants are wise and took him before I could.

Grandal has always made hard contact, but he took it to another level last season with a 38.9 percent hard hit rate. Gary Sanchez had a great finish to the season when he was called up to the big leagues, as he hit 20 home runs over the final two months, but Grandal was also very good. In the final three months, Grandal batted .267 with 20 home runs and 43 RBIs with a .376 on-base percentage and .581 slugging percentage in 217 at-bats.

Injuries have been a concern for Grandal and have plagued him throughout his career. He began 2016 on the disabled list with a forearm strain, but didn't miss much time. Grandal has torn his ACL/MCL and had surgery on his shoulder. Just a couple weeks away from the start of the regular season though, the Dodgers catcher is healthy.

Grandal is likely going to hit fifth in a good Dodgers lineup and the power is legit. He is 28 years old and entering what should be the prime of his career. If there is a catcher I want who doesn't cost as much as the top three, it's Grandal.


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