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Fantasy Baseball RP ranking: narrower levels, sleepers, draft strategy

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Everyone knows closures are the worst, so it’s fair to ask why most fantasy baseball leagues still have backups as a category. Even though your league is shut down and holds as one category – which really opens up the pool of players to include all relief pitchers and causes a lot less stress in the draft or the season – those thirds of one – the round, the four point implosions really sting. Nonetheless, most leagues still have stoppages, and therefore most owners need a good set of RP rankings before draft day.

Each season, it becomes more difficult to rank the relievers. About two-thirds of farmers lose their jobs, at least temporarily, at one point or another every year. It could be due to injury or poor performance, but there will be significant turnover anyway. On top of that, more teams seem to be opting for a late-round “committee match” strategy, which ultimately adds more potential contributors but also makes it harder to find the right ones. There are only a limited number of spots on a list, and you can’t devote too many to PRs that strength get one save chance per week.

DOMINATE YOUR PROJECT: 2021 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet

Our PR rankings elevate the closest ‘safe’ ones, but even our No.2 Josh Hader could be on more of a committee than you think. His K rate and peripherals are so good, however, that he can still be a major contributor in any type of league. The same goes for his mate Devin Williams, who could also end up in the mix for saves. Maybe we overvalued him, but it shows how difficult it is to navigate in this position. There aren’t many “safe things” for backups, and there are even fewer “safe things” that will actually have good EER and WHIP.

2021 BASEBALL FANTASY RANKING:
Recipient | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Entrance | Top 300

RP is an important position, but it is the most difficult position to handicap in March. This means that you shouldn’t invest too much interim capital in it. Yes, you want a closer stud, maybe even two, but unless they have ultra-high K-rates and have proven themselves over the past few seasons, you shouldn’t go too far. There will be a lot of closures showing up on the waiver thread throughout the year, and if you trust yourself to get them, there is no need to pass on more reliable hitters or starters.

SLEEP FANTASY 2021
Recipient | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Launcher | Each team

We’ll be updating these RP rankings frequently throughout the spring, so check back for the latest player moves.

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Fantasy Baseball RP ranking: narrower levels, sleepers, draft strategy

Rankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Ks, ERA, WHIP, Wins and Save as pitching categories.

Eligibility for position based on Yahoo default settings

Rank Player (throws) Age (from 4/1) Team Floor
1 Liam Hendricks (R) 32 White Sox 1
2 Josh Hader (left) 26 Brewers 1
3 James Karinchak (R) 25 Indians 1
4 Aroldis Chapman (L) 33 Yankees 1
5 Brad Hand (L) 31 Nationals 2
6 Raisel Iglesias (R) 31 angels 2
7 Edwin Diaz (R) 27 Food 2
8 Ryan Pressly (R) 32 Astros 2
9 Kenley Jansen (R) 33 Dodgers 2
ten Nick Anderson (right) 30 Rays 2
11 Devin Williams (R) 26 Brewers 3
12 Hector Neris (R) 31 Phillies 3
13 Richard Rodriguez (R) 31 The Pirates 3
14 Drew Pomeranz (L) 32 The fathers 3
15 Trevor Rosenthal (R) 30 As 3
16 Greg Holland (R) 35 Royals 4
17 Jordan Romano (R) 27 Blue jays 4
18 Matt Barnes (R) 30 Red Sox 4
19 Giovanny Gallegos (R) 29 Cardinals 4
20 Amir Garrett (L) 28 Red 4
21 Taylor Rogers (left) 30 Twins 4
22 Anthony Bass (R) 33 Marlins 5
23 Emilio Pagan (R) 29 The fathers 5
24 Diego Castillo (right) 27 Rays 5
25 Jordan Hicks (R) 24 Cardinals 5
26 Alex Colome (R) 32 Twins 5
27 Craig Kimbrel (right) 32 Cubs 5
28 Joakim Soria (R) 36 D-backs 5
29 Rafael Montero (R) 30 Browsers 5
30 Will Smith (L) 31 Brave 6
31 Daniel Bard (R) 35 Rocky mountains 6
32 Jake McGee (L) 34 giants 6
33 Stefan Crichton (R) 29 D-backs 6
34 Sean Doolittle (L) 34 Red 6
35 Bryan Garcia (R) 25 Tigers 6
36 Hunter Harvey (R) 26 Orioles 6
37 Matt Bush (R) 35 Rangers 7
38 Ian Kennedy (R) 36 Rangers 7
39 Daniel Hudson (R) 34 Nationals 7
40 Yimi Garcia (R) 30 Marlins 7
41 Luke Jackson (R) 29 Brave 7
42 Mike Mayers (R) 29 angels 8
43 Freddy Peralta (R) 24 Brewers 8
44 Archie Bradley (R) 28 Phillies 8
45 AJ Minter (L) 27 Brave 8
46 Scott Oberg (R) 31 Rocky mountains 8
47 José Cisnero (R) 31 Tigers 8
48 Luke Jackson (R) 29 Brave 8
49 Zack Britton (L) 33 Yankees 8
50 Tejay Antone (R) 27 Red 8
51 Cesar Valdez (R) 36 Orioles 8
52 José Leclerc (R) 27 Rangers 8



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