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Reliever Rankings 4/14: Top 100 Relief Pitchers For Saves + Holds Leagues

After going over individual Saves and Holds rankings the past two days, today we bring you the combo list. I definitely tend to value save opportunities still much more over...

After going over individual Saves and Holds rankings the past two days, today we bring you the combo list. I definitely tend to value save opportunities still much more over holds, as we saw last year, the top 15 saves leaders had more saves than all but 1 set up guy had holds (Addison Reed just killed it). That being said, ratios and K rates obviously play a huge factor into fantasy baseball so I tried to adjust accordingly.

  1. Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  2. Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees)
  3. Edwin Diaz (Seattle Mariners)
  4. Zach Britton (Baltimore Orioles)
  5. Ken Giles (Houston Astros)
  6. Mark Melancon (San Francisco Giants)
  7. Craig Kimbrel (Boston Red Sox)
  8. Wade Davis (Chicago Cubs)
  9. Andrew Miller (Cleveland Indians)
  10. Seung Hwan Oh (St. Louis Cardinals)
  11. Kelvin Herrera (Kansas City Royals)
  12. Roberto Osuna (Toronto Blue Jays)
  13. Cody Allen (Cleveland Indians)
  14. Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays)
  15. Dellin Betances (New York Yankees)
  16. Addison Reed (New York Mets)
  17. Greg Holland (Colorado Rockies)
  18. A.J. Ramos (Miami Marlins)
  19. Hector Neris (Philadelphia Phillies)
  20. Blake Treinen (Washington Nationals)
  21. Cam Bedrosian (Los Angeles Angels)
  22. Neftali Feliz (Milwaukee Brewers)
  23. David Robertson (Chicago White Sox)
  24. Matt Bush (Texas Rangers)
  25. Tony Watson (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  26. Brad Brach (Baltimore Orioles)
  27. Pedro Strop (Chicago Cubs)
  28. Fransisco Rodriguez (Detroit Tigers)
  29. Raisel Iglesias (Cincinnati Reds)
  30. Joaquin Benoit (Philadelphia Phillies)
  31. Arodys Vizcaino (Atlanta Braves)
  32. Sean Doolittle (Oakland Athletics)
  33. Adam Ottavino (Colorado Rockies)
  34. Brandon Kintzler (Minnesota Twins)
  35. Kyle Barraclough (Miami Marlins)
  36. Nate Jones (Chicago White Sox)
  37. Jim Johnson (Atlanta Braves)
  38. Will Harris (Houston Astros)
  39. Santiago Casilla (Oakland Athletics)
  40. Justin Wilson (Detroit Tigers)
  41. Brandon Maurer (San Diego Padres)
  42. Luke Gregerson (Houston Astros)
  43. Fernando Rodney (Arizona Diamondbacks)
  44. Felipe Rivero (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  45. Hunter Strickland (San Francisco Giants)
  46. Tony Barnette (Texas Rangers)
  47. Daniel Hudson (Pittsburgh Pirates)
  48. Koji Uehara (Chicago Cubs)
  49. Ryan Buchter (San Diego Padres)
  50. Derek Law (San Francisco Giants)
  51. Carl Edwards Jr. (Chicago Cubs)
  52. Shawn Kelley (Washington Nationals)
  53. Mychal Givens (Baltimore Orioles)
  54. Cory Knebel (Milwaukee Brewers)
  55. Michael Lorenzen (Cincinnati Reds)
  56. Hector Rondon (Chicago Cubs)
  57. Grant Dayton (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  58. Ryan Madson (Oakland Athletics)
  59. Jason Grilli (Toronto Blue Jays)
  60. Fernando Salas (New York Mets)
  61. Pedro Baez (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  62. Mike Dunn (Colorado Rockies)
  63. Trevor Rosenthal (St. Louis Cardinals)
  64. Koda Glover (Washington Nationals)
  65. Brett Cecil (St. Louis Cardinals)
  66. Tyler Clippard (New York Yankees)
  67. Chris Devenski (Houston Astros)
  68. Joakim Soria (Kansas City Royals)
  69. Brad Hand (San Diego Padres)
  70. Drew Storen (Cincinnati Reds)
  71. Brad Ziegler (Miami Marlins)
  72. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
  73. Sergio Romo (Los Angeles Dodgers)
  74. Bryan Shaw (Cleveland Indians)
  75. Dan Altavilla (Seattle Mariners)
  76. Jeremy Jeffress (Texas Rangers)
  77. Matt Barnes (Boston Red Sox)
  78. David Phelps(Miami Marlins)
  79. Ryan Dull (Oakland Athletics)
  80. Joe Blanton (Washington Nationals)
  81. Edubray Ramos (Philadelphia Phillies)
  82. Sammy Solis (Washington Nationals)
  83. Kevin Siegrist (St. Louis Cardinals)
  84. Matt Belisle (Minnesota Twins)
  85. Alex Wilson (Detroit Tigers)
  86. JC Ramirez (Los Angeles Angels)
  87. Carlos Torres (Milwaukee Brewers)
  88. Joe Biagini (Toronto Blue Jays)
  89. Alex Wood(Los Angeles Dodgers)
  90. Heath Hembree (Boston Red Sox)
  91. Pat Neshek (Philadelphia Phillies)
  92. Dan Otero (Cleveland Indians)
  93. Jacob Barnes (Milwaukee Brewers)
  94. Ian Krol (Atlanta Braves)
  95. Sam LeClerc (Texas Rangers)
  96. Hansel Robles (New York Mets)
  97. Xavier Cedeno (Tampa Bay Rays)
  98. Matt Bowman (St. Louis Cardinals)
  99. Jake McGee (Colorado Rockies)
  100. Joe Jimenez (Detroit Tigers)

Notes

  • With regards to the Rangers bullpen debacle, I think the only 2 who need to be owned right now are Matt Bush and Tony Barnette. Wednesday night made the situation a bit more clear, with Jeremy Jeffress pitching the 7th and Barnette getting loose in the top of the 9th with (at the time) a 3 run lead. It still would be tough to see them pass on Bush, but his lack of closer experience and durability/health concern could leave him in a set up role. By next week the situation should become a lot more clear. Sam Leclerc isnt an option yet despite his fluke save Wednesday, but is worth keeping an eye on. He definitely has late inning stuff.
  • For those in these Save+Holds leagues, I think Sean Doolittle and Santiago Casilla both get a little bump. They should be both see hold and save opportunities, while Ryan Madson should pick up double digit holds as well. Ryan Dull seems like the odd man out for holds in Oakland now.
  • While he has been passed over for the closers role, Hector Neris is still the ideal Philly reliever to own here. He still very well may get a chance to earn some saves in the second half, and his overall value should make him just as if not more useful than Joaquin Benoit.
  • If I had to guess, I’d say the Braves, Tigers and Padres are the next three teams to make a change at closer. Arodys Vizcaino is due a shot at the role and given a chance to run with the job. Jim Johnson should interest some teams near the trade deadline as a solid veteran set-up man. I really hope no playoff contender considers him a closer candidate (looking at you Texas).
  • Fransisco Rodriguez just really looks worn down. His changeup still has nasty movement to it and can be deceptive, but the problem is hitters should be able to make adjustments as the season goes on due to the only 4 MPH difference in his changeup and fastball (87 to 83). Justin Wilson is the obvious next in line answer, and if K-Rod blows up sooner rather than later, Wilson will probably be the guy. Joe Jimenez is still my favorite to end the season as the teams closer. His fastball/slider combo is just flat out filthy.
  • I hope for fantasy purposes for everyone, Carter Capps can come back healthy and take over as the closer in San Diego. He is just fun to watch and I’d love to see him in that 9th inning role full time for the first time in his career.

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

One response to “Reliever Rankings 4/14: Top 100 Relief Pitchers For Saves + Holds Leagues”

  1. Rob says:

    No Familia?

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