A tough week for relievers, with most of Tier 2 hitting a rough patch at some point, with the biggest being Dellin Betances. All the while, Andrew Miller and Chris Devenski continue to be pretty dominant basically every week. As far as the future closer watch goes, I still like Arodys Vizcaino (when healthy) and Tommy Kahnle as the two most likely options, although Brad Hand certainly deserves a longer chance in San Diego, assuming he isn’t dealt at the deadline.
TIER 1: Good Vibrations
- The move up to tier one for Chris Devenski probably feels long overdue, as he keeps putting together top 5-10 RP weeks on a consistent basis. His usage, which is similar to Andrew Miller’s typical role, also keeps him in the mix for a win or two a week, which can be a huge boost for fantasy owners.
TIER 2: I’ll Be There For You
11. Pedro Baez (Los Angeles Dodgers)
- Dellin Betances doesn’t seem to be right at the moment and has not pitched like his normal self for 2 weeks now. Since June 22nd, the numbers are just ugly. Over 4.2 innings, he has issued 12 walks to go along with 5 hits while allowing 9 earned runs. There is clearly some major issue going on here, whether it is injury related or a mechanical problem, he can’t be counted on as a top-tier RP right now.
- All Taylor Rogers does is accumulate holds. Despite the less than stellar K/9 number, he has done a masterful job limiting runs, and for the most part, baserunners in general. His xFIP, FIP, SwStr% numbers suggest regression is all but certain, but for the time being, there aren’t too many trustworthy options.
TIER 3: Torn
19. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
21. Michael Lorenzen (Cincinnati Reds)
22. Hector Rondon (Chicago Cubs)
27. Jose Leclerc (Texas Rangers)
- Brad Boxberger finally return after a longer than expected DL stint due to both lat and forearm injuries and figure to slot into a setup role early on. With Alex Colome falling apart lately, there’s a chance here for Boxberger to earn his job back Colome. He struggled last year with injuries and ineffectiveness, but was awesome in 2014 and half of 2015. Even if he just reverts back to his 2015 self, he should be useful in most leagues that count holds.
- After a couple of brutal early season outings, Brett Cecil has put together a nice little string of performances. He has been one of if not the most consistent contributor for that Cardinals bullpen that is in need of sorting out there late inning options as soon as possible. He may not get a chance to close out games, but he should continue to see plenty of hold chances.
TIER 4: You Get What You Give
40. Joaquin Benoit (Philadelphia Phillies)
43. Shane Greene (Detroit Tigers)
48. Drew Storen (Cincinnati Reds)
49. Jose Ramirez (Atlanta Braves)
- Matt Bowman could be the other option for Cardinals most consistent reliever lately. He came in and cleaned up Trevor Rosenthal’s mess this past weekend, earning his first career save. While Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh seem to be locked in a committee right now, Bowman’s role is certainly trending in the right direction for him to have fantasy value.
- Anthony Swarzak had a monster week, picking up a win, 2 holds and 9 K’s in 4 games, while only allowing 2 hits (0 BB’s). If David Robertson does get traded, the White Sox seem to be in good shape going forward regarding their late inning bullpen options.
TIER 5: There She Goes
53. Alex Wilson (Detroit Tigers)
55. Phil Maton (San Diego Padres)
60. Tony Cingrani (Cincinnati Reds)
- Chad Green is another nice upside arm in the Yankees system, who could see himself moving up the Yankees bullpen ladder quicker than expected. Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard and to a lesser degree, Aroldis Chapman have all been on the struggle bus lately, while Green has been stellar. He is certainly worth watching in deeper leagues, regardless of what his future role may be.
Top 50 RP’s for SV+HD Leagues
16. Felipe Rivero (Pittsburgh Pirates)
26. Pedro Baez (Los Angeles Dodgers)
33. Alex Colome (Tampa Bay Rays)
41. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
42. Pat Neshek (Philadelphia Phillies)
43. A.J. Ramos (Miami Marlins)
44. Michael Lorenzen (Cincinnati Reds)
46. Hector Rondon (Chicago Cubs)