Suzuki, Fox could both be top 10 catchers 

April, 30, 2010
What worries me about productive catchers who play a ton of games is that they will eventually tire, not only in the second half of a season, but cumulatively after a few years. That happened to Paul LoDuca, it has been happening to Russell Martin, and recently I've been thinking Oakland Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki is a candidate to run out of gas as well. He's a catcher who played in 148 and 147 games, respectively, the past two seasons, easily more than anyone else.

That is why, in a way, the fact that Suzuki is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a rib-cage strain and will miss a few weeks isn't really such a bad thing. Sure, you won't get to enjoy his underrated production until at least May 11, but it's a six-month season, and fantasy owners should want him hitting well in August and September. Every little bit of rest has to help, and what we do not want is a catcher playing through injury and hitting .150 over a fortnight.

Suzuki was on my list of sleeper catchers before the season, if someone who hit 15 home runs and knocked in 88 runs can be considered as such, because it didn't appear many fantasy owners got the memo. Curiously, Suzuki was not a top-10 catcher in ESPN average live drafts, but even now, with a far greater percentage of missed games in April than in past seasons, he's No. 12 at his position on the fantasy Player Rater. Suzuki leads the Athletics -- granted, a weak hitting team -- in home runs, and most of his at-bats have come in the fifth lineup spot. He could absolutely produce 15 homers and 88 RBIs again!