Fantasy Baseball RP Rankings: Top closers, sleepers at relief pitcher for 2020

first_img2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Top 300Regardless, most leagues still have saves as a category, and most fantasy owners overvalue closers on draft day as a result. After all, there are only 30-35 players at a given time getting saves, so especially in H2H leagues, those 30-some pitchers have tremendous value. We’ve separated the “expected closers” from the middle relievers in our rankings below, but there are plenty of setup guys who will have more overall value, particularly in Roto leagues.That’s especially true with the “closers” from the Mariners, Orioles, and Giants — teams that will likely employ a closer-by-committee approach, at least to open the season. The Cardinals, Rays, and Red Sox also fall into that category, although those teams have at least a couple high-upside relievers who could run away with their respective jobs if given the chance. That said, Giovanny Gallegos, Nick Anderson, and Brandon Workman could all be ranked too highly if they’re only getting one save chance per week. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverAs far as the top 10, none are without risks. Josh Hader saw a big uptick in HRs allowed last year, while guys like Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen appear to be on a gradual decline. Liam Hendriks could be a one-year wonder, and Kirby Yates is part of a stacked ‘pen that has multiple closing options. There’s also the distinct possibility that former top closers Edwin Diaz and Craig Kimbrel shake off disastrous 2019s and return to form. Perhaps the biggest unknown in the RP world will be how the new three-batter minimum rule will alter stats, particularly for lefty/righty specialists. It likely won’t affect closers too much (though there could be fewer multi-inning saves), but middle relievers could be a little less reliable. Either way, it’s just another thing to worry about for an already volatile position. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamIdeally, you will have at least three reliable closers after your draft. That isn’t possible for every team, so if you’re one of the owners who doesn’t have that depth, grab a middle reliever or two who could earn a closing job early on and be prepared to be active on the waiver wire. We’ll be updating our RP rankings as needed, so check back for the latest player movement! DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball Closer and RP RankingsRankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with ERA, WHIP, Ks, Ws, and Saves as categoriesMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorRankingPlayerTeam1Kirby YatesPadres2Josh HaderBrewers3Roberto OsunaAstros4Brad HandIndians5Aroldis ChapmanYankees6Liam HendriksA’s7Taylor RogersTwins8Ken GilesBlue Jays9Kenley JansenDodgers10Raisel IglesiasReds11Edwin DiazMets12Craig KimbrelCubs13Brandon WorkmanRed Sox14Hansel RoblesAngels15Nick AndersonRays16Alex ColomeWhite Sox17Archie BradleyD-backs18Sean DoolittleNationals19Jose LeClercRangers20Hector NerisPhillies21Ian KennedyRoyals22Mark MelanconBraves23Keone KelaPirates24Brandon KintzlerMarlins25Joe JimenezTigers26Wade DavisRockies27Mychal GivensOrioles28Matt MagillMariners29Tony WatsonGiants30Kwang-Hyun KimCardinals31Kyle CrickPirates We’ll start our 2020 RP rankings with a yearly plea: Get rid of saves as a category in your fantasy baseball league. Replace it with saves plus holds so the player pool expands to more than just “closers”. Middle relievers are often better pitchers anyway, so they deserve more fantasy love. Regardless closers lose their jobs far too often and cause far too many headaches for fantasy owners, which makes the position tough to navigate on your cheat sheet, never mind throughout the season. Around two-thirds of closers eventually lose their jobs, even if just temporarily, at some point during the season. Looking at the rankings below can only help you so much. We all know injuries can strike anyone at any time, and with relatively limited chances to pitch, even a three-game slump can cost a closer his job. There’s very little margin for error, as “bad games” often result in memorable losses for a closer’s team (and lost weeks for fantasy owners). center_img 32Giovanny GallegosCardinals33Will SmithBraves34Emilio PaganPadres35Drew PomeranzPadres36Ryan PresslyAstros37Seth LugoMets38Matt BarnesRed Sox39Tyler DuffeyTwins40Luke JacksonBraves41James KarinchakIndians42Josh JamesAstros43Chad GreenYankees44Scott ObergRockies45Hunter HarveyOrioles46Shane GreeneBraves47Ryan HelsleyCardinals48Diego CastilloRays49Tommy KahnleYankees50Sam TuivailalaMariners51Tyler RogersGiants52Trevor GottGiants53Blake TreinenDodgers54Freddy PeraltaBrewers55Ty ButtreyAngels56Will HarrisNationals57Yoshihisa HiranoMariners58Drew SteckenriderMarlins59Jose AlvaradoRays60Andres MunozPadres61Darwinzon HernandezRed Sox62Buck FarmerTigers63Tanner RaineyNationals64Adam OttavinoYankeeslast_img

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