Top 101 Fantasy Baseball Reliever Rankings (Week 18)

Welcome to the last third of the season, dear RotoBaller colleagues. August is here and I’m postponing my usual release because the FAAB Sunday after close of trading is special. The pitchers are getting used to new uniforms and new roles, so let’s check out my 101 best RP shooting ranks geared towards that traditional 5×5 roto leagues with possible mentions for Hold Candidates and Ratio Anchors. I hadn’t published this for the remainder of the season since my All-Star hiatus due to time constraints. So keep that in mind when diving into the +/- movement.

I decided to leave out most of the injured players because throwing darts on possible return dates and rolls is usually a bad waste of time. Each of the names listed below includes the weekly rank, its movement compared to last week, its current value with my salary cap, the earned value per fangraph, and many have some short thought notes with the EV column (and others on the sheet) follow) for the last month. April, May, June … everything was like that yesterday.

This article has a google sheet by Baller Ranks (click on it!) Where you can find the usual 5×5 categories, saves, holds, strikeout rates, called + swinging strike rates, etc. for the past month. Please note that these statistics are exported from fangraphs.

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Let’s go!

Top 101 Relief Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball – Week 18

level player rank (+/-) EV $ $ PV trend Remarks
1 Liam Hendriks 1 1 3.7 15.0 14.0 1.0 Status quo gives Liam an edge over Craig
1 Raisel Iglesias 2 3 4.1 14.0 12.0 2.0 Kimbrel trading means Iggy could be # 1
1 Matt Barnes 3 1 0.7 14.0 13.5 0.5 Still the man for BOS
1 Josh Hader 4th -3 -2.8 13.5 15.0 -1.5 Lately faded, held at least 40% K rate
1 Craig Kimbrel 5 -2 3.0 13.0 14.0 -1.0 euros Projected 1B as “new guy”
1 Aroldis Chapman 6th 5 -1.3 12.0 12.0 0.0 Round back in shape, breathe
2 Edwin Diaz 7th -1 2.0 12.0 12.0 0.0 Bumps and bruises are part of the experience
2 Ryan Pressly 8th 0 1.0 10.0 9.0 1.0 Graveman / Garcia help build a bridge to the 9th
2 Mark Melancon 9 1 0.0 8.5 8.0 0.5
2 William Smith 10 2 1.3 8.0 5.5 2.5 Still closer, RichRod could sneak in
2 Kenley Jansen 11th -4 -0.1 8.0 11.0 -3.0 2 goalless frames after 7 ER vs. SF
3 Alex Reyes 12th 1 -0.2 6.0 5.0 1.0 Where are these Ks? You can still go here …
3 Lou Trivino 13th 3 1.8 5.5 4.5 1.0 Foot down as OAK closer
3 Daniel Bard 14th 4th 0.0 5.0 4.5 0.5 Surprisingly not moved, that’s his job
3 Emmanuel class fifteen -1 0.8 5.0 5.0 0.0 Still splitting with JK, low BBs help
3 Jordan Romano 16 -1 -2.3 5.0 4.5 0.5 Should have 9th place ahead of the scuffling hand
3 Jake McGee 17th 4th 2.8 5.0 3.5 1.5 Definitely the best “pen arm” from SF
3 Diego Castillo 18th 4th 1.4 4.5 3.5 1.0 Used like Graveman, some not 9.
3 Ian Kennedy 20th 5 1.6 4.0 3.0 1.0 Enters as PHI gets closer, Suarez to rotation
4th James Karinchak 19th 0 -3.0 4.0 4.0 0.0
4th Gregory Soto 21 12th -0.9 4.0 1.5 2.5 High walks are a problem, but SVs flow
4th Tyler Rogers 22nd -2 0.9 4.0 3.5 0.5
4th Kyle Finnegan 26th N / A 2.8 3.5 0.0 3.5 Might keep the job until 2021
4th Cole Sulser 23 4th 0.6 3.0 1.0 2.0 Made a save, worth a look
4th Tyler Duffey 25th 54 -0.8 3.0 0.5 2.5 Duffel? Kolome? Rogers on IL opens the door
4th Dylan Floro 27 56 1.9 3.0 0.5 2.5 Bender is a firefighter, Floro is the favorite for 9th
5 Tyler Clippard 28 N / A 0.9 3.0 0.0 3.0
5 Giovanny Gallegos 29 0 -0.5 2.5 2.5 0.0
5 Brad hand 30th -21 -0.1 2.0 7.5 -5.5 In timeshare at best as a southpaw
5 Scott Barlow 31 6th 1.6 2.0 1.0 1.0
5 Heath Hembree 38 N / A 4.2 1.5 0.0 1.5 Favorite for SVs until Sims is back
5 Chris Stratton 81 N / A -1.2 1.5 0.0 1.5 We want Bednar, but he got July 9th, 31
5 David Bednar 24 N / A 2.0 1.5 0.0 1.5 Cast the 8th while Stratton was queued for the 9th
5 Gregor Holland 32 0 -1.0 1.5 1.5 0.0
5 Spencer Patton 33 N / A 0.3 1.5 0.0 1.5 Chairman of the TEX closing committee with a capital Ks
5 Jose Cisnero 34 0 -2.3 1.5 1.0 0.5
6th Blake trains 35 0 4.5 1.5 1.0 0.5 Looks good, Jansen can rest before October.
6th Jake Diekman 36 0 0.9 1.5 2.0 -0.5
6th Chad green 37 2 2.8 1.5 1.0 0.5
6th Richard Rodriguez 39 -22 0.4 1.0 5.0 -4.0
6th Jeffrey Springs 40 59 -0.2 1.0 0.5 0.5 TB is going to mess it up, Springs is one of them
6th Seth Lugo 41 -3 -1.2 1.0 1.0 0.0
6th Amir Garrett 42 -14 4.4 1.0 0.5 0.5 Take a step back, just like building trust
6th Jonathan Loaisiga 43 -3 3.9 1.0 1.0 0.0
6th Anthony Bender 52 17th 1.2 1.0 0.5 0.5
6th Yusmeiro Small 44 -2 -0.8 1.0 1.5 -0.5
6th Austin Adams 45 -2 -0.6 1.0 1.5 -0.5
6th Matt Wisler 46 17th 3.9 1.0 1.0 0.0 TB 9th open to Anderson, Fairbanks are back
6th Kyle Ryan 51 N / A -0.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 Safe first score after the Kimbrel era
7th Paul Sewald 47 8th 3.2 1.0 0.0 1.0
7th Drew Pomeranz 48 -3 0.3 1.0 0.0 1.0
7th Rex brothers 49 N / A -2.3 1.0 0.0 1.0
7th Heuer code 50 N / A 0.1 1.0 0.0 1.0
7th Archie Bradley 53 -6 0.8 1.0 0.5 0.5
7th Cristian Javier 54 -6 2.3 1.0 1.0 0.0
7th Andrew Kittredge 55 N / A 2.6 1.0 0.0 1.0
7th Adam Ottavino 57 -5 1.6 1.0 0.0 1.0
7th Brent Suter 58 20th -0.1 1.0 0.5 0.5
8th Devin Williams 59 13th 1.4 1.0 0.5 0.5
8th Alex Colome 69 N / A 0.7 1.0 0.0 1.0 Duffey is ahead but could retake 9
8th Michael Lorenzen 79 N / A 0.5 1.0 0.0 1.0 He’s back again!
8th Drew Steckenrider 56 -6 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0
8th Kendall Graveman 61 -35 4.1 1.0 3.0 -2.0
8th Brad Boxberger 62 -9 1.1 1.0 0.5 0.5
8th Victor Gonzalez 63 -9 -0.4 0.5 1.0 -0.5
8th Josh Staumont 64 -8th 1.1 0.5 1.0 -0.5
8th Michael Fulmer 65 N / A 0.6 0.5 1.0 -0.5 Can resume the 9th conversation
9 Trevor May 76 N / A 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
9 Josh Taylor 66 -9 1.4 0.5 0.5 0.0
9 Paul Fry 67 -9 3.5 0.5 1.5 -1.0 euros
9 Jose Alvarado 68 -22 -1.3 0.5 1.0 -0.5
9 Joely Rodriguez 70 -21 -1.4 0.5 1.0 -0.5
9 Anthony Bass 71 -11 0.4 0.5 1.0 -0.5 Usually the 7th silent work
9 Aaron Bummer 72 -11 0.3 0.5 1.0 -0.5
9 Garrett Whitlock 73 -11 2.6 0.5 1.0 -0.5
10 Emilio Pagan 74 -10 -0.1 0.5 1.0 -0.5
10 Chris Martin 75 -16 0.6 0.5 1.0 -0.5
10 Zack Britton 77 N / A 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
10 Garrett crochet 78 -12 2.7 0.5 1.0 -0.5
10 Mike Mayers 80 -13 0.4 0.5 1.0 -0.5
10 Dillon Tate 82 8th -0.5 0.5 0.0 0.5
10 Hector Neris 83 -18 0.1 0.5 1.5 -1.0 euros
10 Joe Barlow 84 N / A 0.7 0.5 0.0 0.5 Closer potential when TEX is ready to use
10 Josh Sborz 85 16 -0.9 0.5 0.5 0.0
10 Joakim Soria 60 -29 3.0 0.5 2.0 -1.5
11th JB Bukauskas 86 N / A -1.9 0.5 0.0 0.5
11th Brad Brach 87 -14 -0.8 0.5 0.5 0.0
11th Aaron Wolf 88 -14 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.0
11th Andrew Chafin 89 -13 1.8 0.5 0.5 0.0
11th Mychal Givens 97 N / A 1.3 0.5 0.0 0.5
11th Tyler Matzek 90 -10 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.0
11th Tanner Rainey 91 -10 -0.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 WSH can test as closer after IL rust has gone
11th JT Chargois 92 -10 1.4 0.5 0.5 0.0
12th Yimi Garcia 93 -70 -2.5 0.5 3.0 -2.5
12th Kyle Funkhouser 94 1 0.9 0.5 0.0 0.5
12th Craig Stems 95 -10 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.0
12th Hirokazu Sawamura 96 -8th -2.7 0.5 0.5 0.0
12th Jarlin Garcia 98 -7 2.3 0.5 0.5 0.0
12th Austin Pruitt 99 N / A -1.6 0.5 0.0 0.5
12th Nestor Cortes 100 0 4.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
12th Tim Hill 101 -5 0.6 0.5 0.0 0.5


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