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March 4, 2014

Fantasy Tier Rankings

Relief Pitchers

by Paul Sporer


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Today, our positional tier rankings series continues with a look at relief pitching.

Players at each position are divided into five tiers, represented by a numerical star rating. Five-star players are the studs at their respective position. In general, they are the players that will be nabbed in the mid-single digit rounds of most drafts and often go quickly once someone opens the floodgates. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will go a little bit after that first tier, usually in the early-double digit rounds.

Three-star closers still have plenty of value because of how important saves are, especially in 4x4 leagues. Most of the three-stars have a wart or two, but if they can patch them up, you could have a stud on your hands. Two-star closers have both the warts and a tenuous hold on their role so you don’t want them being your top closer unless you’re looking to attack the saves game in-season. The one-star arms are the guys who could take the job of those who have those tenuous holds on their roles. The positional tiers aren't simply a regurgitation of last year’s values but rather try to offer some insights into what we expect will happen in 2014.

Five-Star

Kimbrel holds the throne so it’d be silly to take him off of it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Chapman takes the top spot in 2014. Rosenthal is the unproven one of the group without a full season in the role, but he showed he can handle it in the most pressure-packed of situations: the playoffs. He could easily start if given the opportunity, but instead he’s a 100-strikeout stud reliever ready to ascend up the closer ranks.

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