Fantasy Baseball: Early points relief pitcher rankings

Yankees Aroldis Chapman

Putting together the points relief pitcher rankings has some interesting twists to roto leagues. Exactly how you approach the position depends a lot on your league settings. In leagues where saves are well rewarded you still want the closers but the more saves are marginalised the more other relievers (Andrew Miller) and starting pitchers come into the equation here. In roto leagues you aren’t really looking to draft anyone relief eligible who doesn’t offer saves and the starting pitcher eligible players do not really have any effect in that format.


The only free agent of note currently is Greg Holland and it’s looking less and less likely he will come in and be a closer from the outset. Points leagues are his most draftable format right now but if he does find a job where he can close then he will gain roto ranking positions as well.

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As always these rankings and tiers are based on ESPN eligibility and should be adjusted based on your leagues scoring and the nuances that brings to how each league values different guys. The scoring I have used here is 3 points per innings pitched, 4 points per win, -1 for a loss, 1 for a strikeout, -1 for a walk or a hit, -2 for an earned run and 5 for a save.

Tier Rank Player 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 Ken Giles HOU RP
2 6 Edwin Diaz SEA RP
2 7 Mike Minor TEX RP
2 8 Wade Davis COL RP
3 9 Brandon Morrow CHC RP
3 10 Jeurys Familia NYM RP
3 11 Felipe Rivero PIT RP
3 12 Raisel Iglesias CIN RP
3 13 Corey Knebel MIL RP
3 14 Kelvin Herrera KC RP
3 15 Andrew Miller CLE RP
3 16 Alex Colome TB RP
3 17 Mike Montgomery CHC SPRP
4 18 Cody Allen CLE RP
4 19 Sean Doolittle WSH RP
4 20 Brad Hand SD RP
4 21 Fernando Rodney MIN RP
4 22 Brad Peacock HOU SPRP
4 23 Joe Biagini TOR SPRP
4 24 Mark Melancon SF RP
4 25 Joe Musgrove PIT SPRP
4 26 Arodys Vizcaino ATL RP
4 27 Alex Claudio TEX RP
4 28 Cam Bedrosian LAA RP
5 29 Dellin Betances NYY RP
5 30 Brad Boxberger ARI RP


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