Fantasy Baseball: Early roto RP ranks

Putting together roto RP ranks is always tough and especially so at this time of year. Often you are fighting to understand which way a situation might go and who in two months’ time will have locked down the first opportunity to close. The really tough thing about roto RP ranks though is working out how to treat the non-save ‘super relief pitchers’ that put up great numbers in every category except the most important, saves. The two obvious names are Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. Both are great relievers but neither is the primary guy for saves right now. The other name that springs to mind is Brad Peacock who can have value in points leagues as an RP eligible relief pitcher but in roto he is all but worthless.


Ultimately I decided that what matters most from my RP slots is saves in terms of doing these rankings. The only exception to that would be leagues with three or more RP eligible slots which have a starts limit. In those leagues the high strikeout low WHIP guys who won’t count towards your starts total can be well worth drafting. In those formats you should still be able to get two or three guys who can give you saves and get one of those utility relievers to boost your other numbers.

Free agent wise we still have Greg Holland on the market and as of right now he cannot be ranked because you cannot assume saves. Without further ado let’s get to my roto RP rankings.

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Tier Ranking Name Team Eligibility
1 1 Kenley Jansen LAD RP
1 2 Craig Kimbrel BOS RP
2 3 Aroldis Chapman NYY RP
2 4 Roberto Osuna TOR RP
2 5 Edwin Diaz SEA RP
3 6 Wade Davis COL RP
3 7 Cody Allen CLE RP
3 8 Felipe Rivero PIT RP
3 9 Ken Giles HOU RP
3 10 Jeurys Familia NYM RP
3 11 Sean Doolittle WSH RP
3 12 Corey Knebel MIL RP
4 13 Kelvin Herrera KC RP
4 14 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP
4 15 Brandon Morrow CHC RP
4 16 Alex Colome TB RP
4 17 Mark Melancon SF RP
4 18 Brad Hand SD RP
5 19 Fernando Rodney MIN RP
5 20 Hector Neris PHI RP
5 21 Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP
5 22 Brad Boxberger ARI RP
5 23 Alex Claudio TEX RP
6 24 Brad Ziegler MIA RP
6 25 Shane Greene DET RP
6 26 Cam Bedrosian LAA RP
6 27 Juan Minaya CWS RP
6 28 Santiago Casilla OAK RP
6 29 Brad Brach BAL RP
7 30 Andrew Miller CLE RP
7 31 Dellin Betances NYY RP
8 32 Brett Cecil STL RP
8 33 Tyler Lyons STL RP
9 34 Zach Britton BAL RP
9 35 Pat Neshek PHI RP



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