The points league RP rankings are a different beast to the equivalent ones in roto because the emphasis changes slightly. Yes saves remain important but how important they are depends on your scoring settings and at a certain point a pitcher who gets next to no saves can put up such good innings and strikeout numbers that he can actually out value a low end closer. My rankings have been done with a view to five points per save so if your league offers more points push the closers up and if it offers less then you could shift some of the SPs and non-save RPs up a little.
Currently we are going division by division as we preview the season having covered the AL Central, NL West, NL East, AL East and AL West.
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- For me this is all about balancing talent and saves so Zach Britton gets knocked down a fraction because whilst he is a great pitcher I am not sure he will offer the saves of the top 6.
- Andrew Miller and Cody Allen fall a little because of the split in saves costing them points and Miller actually becomes the more valuable because his extra innings and strikeouts can counter and perhaps even top those extra 10 or so saves I expect Allen to get.
- Once the rock solid saves and talent RPs are gone that is when I am looking at the RP eligible starting pitchers. Dylan Bundy is the main guy for me here and if I didn’t have so many questions over him I may have moved him up into the top 15
- I fear for the amount of innings Dellin Betances is going to have this year after his spat with the Yankees during arbitration and that has knocked him right down outside my top 20.