2017 Outlook: His keen eye at the plate is an especially useful trait in points-based and on-base percentage leagues, where his fantasy value is substantially greater: A debate about his status as a top-12 catcher in either is worthwhile. In traditional Rotisserie leagues, however, Cervelli is more of a middling No. 2 option, mainly because his high ground-ball rate limits both his power and batting-average ceilings. Keep this in mind if your league affords daily transactions: Cervelli has had a wOBA at least 100 points higher versus lefties than righties in each of the past two seasons.
2017 Outlook: It's a shame that Ramos' 2016 ended on such a sour note, as he broke through in a significant way following March LASIK surgery, setting career highs in nearly every offensive category. Following a Sept. 26 collision at home plate that resulted in a torn right ACL and subsequent surgery, however, Ramos will miss at least the first month of 2017, and it's unclear whether he'll ever be 100 percent during the season's first half. He's maintaining an optimistic approach -- he thinks he might be ready to DH by mid-May -- but fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect much production from him until at least June, if not the second half. With Ramos' improved batting eye, he should be able to contribute top-10 catcher numbers when healthy, but be forewarned that you'll need to burn a bench or DL spot on him for at least a month to start the year.
2017 Outlook: He's a hard-contact hitter with a fly-ball leaning, and as a Rockies hitter, that represents a dream combination if upside is your thing. But don't overlook Murphy's flaws: He has a real issue making contact, whiffing at least 20 percent of the time at every professional stop in every year of his career, and in his 32-game stint thus far in the bigs, he has a 33 percent rate. Coors Field might be one of the few places where a rookie could get away with such an approach, but Murphy, if he emerges as the Rockies' starting catcher, will nevertheless be susceptible to slumps, and in fact might be one to avoid whenever possible in road games. He's a risk/reward No. 2 option in fantasy leagues.