Carlos Santana injured, but catcher is deep
For those who have seen the lowlight -- let's not call it a highlight -- of Boston Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish likely ending the fine rookie season of Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana in a home plate collision Monday night, you knew it when you saw it. Legs aren't meant to bend that way. If you haven't seen it, I don't recommend it. Whatever the case, the many Santana owners will likely be scrambling today.
I could discuss how good Santana is all day, but the fact is I think most fantasy owners knew that already. A week ago, before a recent slump, Santana was owned in 92.5 percent of ESPN standard (10-team) mixed leagues. That number dropped in the past week, as impatient fantasy owners couldn't wait for him to hit again, but he's still the eighth-most-owned catcher in ESPN leagues. Now, sadly, it's likely time to drop him, but as I've noted most of this season, if you're in a 10-team league and roster only one catcher, there are plenty of options available.
With only four catchers owned in 100 percent of leagues (Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Brian McCann, Buster Posey), it's clear fantasy owners are using a random allotment of backstops for their teams. In fact, 16 catchers are owned in at least 45 percent of leagues, which shows depth. Here are 10 thoughts about catchers.
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