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2011 Fantasy Baseball Preview: Buster Posey

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On Monday, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey won the NL Rookie Of The Year Award. Posey received 20 of the 32 first place votes, and continued his collection of post season hardware following the World Series win.

Finishing behind Posey in the ROY voting: Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, Cards starter Jaime Garcia, Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez, and the Pirates’ Neil Walker.

In 2010, Posey missed the first 7 weeks of the season due to being in the minor leagues. He made up for it when he was called up, however, hitting .305 with 18 home runs, 67 RBI and 58 runs in 108 games. By the end of the season, Posey was owned in 96% of CBS Sports fantasy baseball leagues… and started in 92%. (2011 fantasy baseball advice comes after the jump).

Because Posey hits for both average and power, he is a rare combination at the catcher position in fantasy baseball. This pedigree puts him near the top of 2011 fantasy baseball catcher rankings (which we have updated for next season). Fantasy baseball owners considering Posey in 2011 also need to keep in mind that he only played 108 games last season – so his run and RBI production should only improve.

In contract to that, his average could drop and his home runs may not grow at an exponential rate. CBS Sports is currently projecting Posey as a fourth or fifth round pick in 2011, and that seams rational (considering it’s mid-November). Behind the long standing incumbent top three fantasy baseball catchers (Mauer, Martinez, McCann), there’s not a better option out there than Posey.

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