16 AUG 2014: San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey checks the San Francisco Giants dugout for signs during a Major League Baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA.

How bad is the 2017 catcher pool?

Catchers are the most frustrating offensive position in fantasy baseball. Yes, they offer the shallowest depth of skills, but just how bad is it? Should we really be pushing Buster Posey into the early rounds? How much damage do the end-gamers really cause?

Here is a chart of the Broad Assessment Balance Sheet (BABS) skills ratings by position, indexed to the mean....

Ron Shandler

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is considered one of the pioneers in the baseball analysis and fantasy baseball industry.

Beginning in 1986, Ron was the first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy play. His Baseball Forecaster annual celebrated its 30th anniversary edition in 2016 and the ground-breaking website he founded - BaseballHQ.com - celebrated 20 years online. Also:

Columnist, ESPN.com (2007, 2015- ), USA Today (2008-2014)

24 Top Three finishes in national experts leagues since 1994

Advisor, St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award

FSWA Hall of Fame

Complete bio

Annual disclosure statement

Where to find Ron now

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