We continue with our 2016 Fantasy Baseball rankings by tackling the oh so popular Relief Pitchers. Or as some of you might just call them, the closers.
I say that because the vast majority of leagues do not count holds, so the major reason, if not the only reason, you roster relief pitchers is to compile saves.
*Warning author rant*
I have been in leagues where they have just saves, saves and holds as separate categories and solds (saves+holds) and I will tell you I prefer the solds leagues so much more. What it does is open the door to another world or players that you never had to consider. It also doesn’t mean you are completely screwed in the saves category if your top guy goes down and you are not fortunate enough to pick up his replacement.
*OK rant over*
That said the rankings we here at “So-Called Fantasy Experts” have put together have the leagues with saves only in mind. That is why you will find guys like Delin Betances, who have absolutely filthy stuff, ranked below most of the closers we know have a good hold of the job.
With that in mind, just realize that throughout the year there will be a lot of closers that either lose their job or get hurt, which brings me too…
The Roulette Wheel
One thing I don’t do in my drafts is pay up for saves. In the beginning of the season I may suffer a bit because I’m depending on guys like Brad Ziegler, but ultimately there will be a major closing change and I just have to stay on top of things and pounce on the new closer.
To make my point here is just a short list of some of the closers that lost their job last season at some point during the year. Greg Holland, Drew Storen, Fernando Rodney, Aaron Sanchez, Steve Cishek and Neftali Feliz.
Now trust me when I say this. That was just a sample of what I’m calling the “Roulette Wheel” of closers last season.
If you had been looking for closers at any point in the season, you could have snagged any of the following. Ken Giles, Tom Wilhelmsen, Wade Davis, Roberto Osuna, Jason Grilli, A.J. Ramos… I could go on.
With that in mind, lets get to this years Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings.
We have already seen a lot of change in the relief pitcher rankings already this off season. Of course you can follow the closer carousel all year long with our Closer Chart
New York Yankees
The biggest news was the 30 game suspension of Aroldis Chapman. This means Andrew Miller is going to be the closer early on. Only David Gonos drops Chapman out of the top 10, so overall we still believe missing just a month of the season is not going to hurt Chapman’s value. Miller on the other hand gets a slight boost to a middle of the road relief pitcher. Obviously in leagues that count holds and saves he would be even higher.
Carter Capps went down for Miami to Tommy John and therefore A.J. Ramos got a huge boost in rankings from where he started early on when there was a bit of unknown there.
Tampa Bay Rays
Brad Boxberger is out 6-8 weeks, dropping him in the ranks and opening the door for somebody else to be the closer to start the year. It is very possible we see a committee early on, but I believe it will be led by Alex Colome and Danny Farquhar.
The Phillies closer situation has not gotten any clearer. David Hernandez is still the favorite, but Andrew Bailey is making noise now and there was always Ernesto Frieri and Edward Mujica. Good luck here. Honestly I’m staying away from it if I can.
2016 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings
These Fantasy rankings are mainly for Rotisserie leagues that use Wins, Strikouts, Saves, ERA and WHIP.
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