If the RP position couldn’t get any more volatile, we saw another slew of injuries this past week to complicate matters even further. For those in deep leagues that have 60+ relievers owned, any waiver pickup at this point is basically just a coin flip. You are probably better off steaming relievers at that point, going with who is hot at the moment and/or playing match ups for the week. Nevertheless, we’ve ranked 70 non-closer relievers for you again this week, with the bottom 30 or so essentially being more watch list or streamer types to hold you over while we wait to see some pitchers get healthy.
TIER 1: Good Vibrations
- Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances continue to pay dividends for those who drafted them early this year. The K numbers are there for both and the holds are starting to show up now as well.
TIER 2: I’ll Be There For You
8. Cory Knebel (Milwaukee Brewers)
- Carl Edwards Jr. has been as good as advertised to begin the season, only allowing 4 hits in 14 innings to go along with 19 K’s. Joe Maddon will have to start using him in more hold situations if he continues this dominance.
- Of the names in this tier, the 3 most likely to end up saving games later in the year have to be Felipe Rivero, Corey Knebel and possibly Trevor Rosenthal. Rivero and Knebel are good trade targets in dynasty or keeper leagues, but your opportunity to buy low may be closing fast.
TIER 3: Torn
20. Michael Lorenzen (Cincinnati Reds)
24. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
- Kyle Barraclough has been disappointing all year, with Tuesday night being a complete disaster for him. He was too good last year for it to be just an anomaly, so I’d expect him to turn things around soon.
- Joe Smith is the set up man to own in Toronto right now. He’s staging some comeback this season, striking out 23 in 16 innings while only allowing 17 baserunners. The Jays are starting to pick things up now, so the holds will come.
TIER 4: You Get What You Give
40. Alex Wilson (Detroit Tigers)
41. Anthony Swarzak (Chicago White Sox)
43. Shane Green (Detroit Tigers)
44. Matt Strahm (Kansas City Royals)
46. Nick Vincent (Seattle Mariners)
48. Drew Storen (Cincinnati Reds)
50. James Hoyt (Houston Astros)
51. Liam Hendriks (Oakland Athletics)
52. Chase Whitley (Tampa Bay Rays)
- The White Sox seem to just be turning journeymen pitchers into stud relievers this season, with the latest being Anthony Swarzak. Hold’s may not be in abundance, but the ratios and K’s right now make him very interesting in deep leagues.
- Welcome back to the list, Matt Strahm and Nick Vincent. Both relievers need to be effective and play a big role at the end of games for their respective teams to be successful going forward. Strahm has been better, but not great since being called back up in late April, while Vincent has pitched well but has yet to tally a hold on the year.
- If the Astros bullpen wasnt already loaded, it looks like James Hoyt could be another weapon for them. He’s only pitched in 4 games so far, but the stats are eye-popping. 13 K’s in 5.2 IP and only 1 BB + 3 hits. He may not see too many hold chances, but he can still be useful for the ratios and K’s. Brad Peacock and Michael Feliz also probably deserve a spot on this list as well.
TIER 5: There She Goes
58. Ryan Dull (Oakland Athletics)
59. Jonathan Holder (New York Yankees)
63. JJ Hoover (Arizona Diamondbacks)
65. Mike Minor (Kansas City Royals)
66. Donnie Hart (Baltimore Orioles)
- Jonathan Holder is an intriguing deep dynasty option, as I’d imagine he will move into a set-up role as early as next season if he continues to pitch well at the MLB level. He definitely has + stuff to be effective in a high leverage late inning role.
- When Zach Britton was out earlier in the year, Donnie Hart had plenty of fantasy relevance in holds leagues, and he could see a big jump in these rankings in the following weeks if that continues to be the case.
Zach Britton (Baltimore Orioles)
Mark Melancon (San Francisco Giants)
Houston Street (Los Angeles Angels)
Sam LeClerc (Texas Rangers)
Glenn Perkins (Minnesota Twins)
Xavier Cedeno (Tampa Bay Rays)