2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Relief Pitcher

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Closer -- the position you love to hate. Check out our 2018 relief pitcher rankings ahead of your fantasy baseball draft and get ideas for the top RP sleepers and busts.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Relief Pitcher

Closer -- the position you love to hate. Check out our 2018 relief pitcher rankings ahead of your fantasy baseball draft and get ideas for the top RP sleepers and busts.

Welcome to our 2018 fantasy baseball rankings for closer/relief pitcher. They're largely meaningless, but that doesn't mean they won't be fun to look back on at the end of the season and laugh. OK, that's not true -- they're still must-adds to your draft cheat sheet -- but RP, more than any other position, will frustrate you throughout the year. About two-thirds of teams will change their closer at some point -- be it because of injury or poor performance -- so there are plenty of sleepers and busts to go around.

The "Big 3" of Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel, and Aroldis Chapman will all be drafted fairly high, and Roberto Osuna shouldn't be far behind. After those four, things get more complicated. There's still plenty of talented pitchers who could have huge years, but some mixture of inexperience, job security, or injury worries can't be ignored. Just because we rank Ken Giles fifth doesn't mean you should reach for him in the first five rounds. Hitting and starting pitching is still far more important that high in your draft.

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Of course, the RP spot isn't just about closers. Middle relievers can carry plenty of value even if they never move into a ninth-inning role, and there are always several "next-in-lines" who are one blown save away from taking over closer duties. You can only stash a few of these guys on draft day, but by staying on top of things throughout the year, you can be ahead of the latest developments and demotions.

The list below is divided between relievers expected to open the season as closers and guys expected to open the season as middle relievers. Several teams, including the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Angels, Orioles, Rangers, A's, Mets, and White Sox, have unsettled/unstable closer situations, which affects the outlooks of the guys projected to close for them. Players such as Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances will almost certainly have more value than at least half of the "closers" on the list below, but depending on your format, it can be tough to roster guys who aren't getting saves.

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL RANKINGS:
Catcher | First | Second | Third | Shortstop | Outfield

2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Closer/Relief Pitcher

6 Cody Allen Indians | Starter

Outfield

2018 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Closer/Relief Pitcher

6 Cody Allen Indians

Rankings based on Wins/Saves/Ks/ERA/WHIP. Eligibility based on Yahoo's default settings.

Rank

Player

Team

1

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

2

Craig Kimbrel

Red Sox

3

Aroldis Chapman

Yankees

4

Roberto Osuna

Blue Jays

5

Ken Giles

Astros

6

Cody Allen

Indians

7

Corey Knebel

Brewers

8

Edwin Diaz

Mariners

9

Brad Hand

Padres

10

Sean Doolittle

Nationals

11

Raisel Iglesias

Reds

12

Felipe Rivero

Pirates

13

Wade Davis

Rockies

14

Brandon Morrow

Cubs

15

Alex Colome

Rays

16

Kelvin Herrera

Royals

17

Mark Melancon

Giants

18

Jeurys Familia

Mets

19

Arodys Vizcaino

Braves

20

Brad Boxberger

Diamondbacks

21

Hector Neris

Phillies

22

Fernando Rodney

Twins

23

Shane Greene

Tigers

24

Blake Treinen

A's

25

Blake Parker

Angels

26

Brad Ziegler

Marlins

27

Brad Brach

Orioles

28

Joakim Soria

White Sox

29

Dominic Leone

Cardinals

30

Keone Kela

Rangers

31

Andrew Miller

Indians

32

Dellin Betances

Yankees

33

Nate Jones

White Sox

34

Archie Bradley

Diamondbacks

35

Chad Green

Yankees

36

Brad Peacock

Astros

37

Josh Hader

Brewers

38

A.J. Minter

Braves

39

Darren O'Day

Orioles

40

Carl Edwards Jr.

Cubs

41

David Robertson

Yankees

42

Cam Bedrosian

Angels

43

Tyler Lyons

Cardinals

44

Luke Gregerson

Cardinals

45

Alex Claudio

Rangers

46

Mychal Givens

Orioles

47

Will Harris

Astros

48

Kirby Yates

Padres

49

Kyle Barraclough

Marlins

50

Drew Steckenrider

Marlins

51

Tommy Kahnle

Yankees

52

A.J. Ramos

Mets

53

Ryan Madson

Nationals

54

Chris Devenski

Astros

55

Addison Reed

Twins

56

Jerry Blevins

Mets

57

Zach Britton

Orioles

58

Hunter Strickland

Giants

59

Josh Fields

Dodgers

60

Pat Neshek

Phillies

61

Yoshihisa Hirano

Diamondbacks

62

Joe Jimenez

Tigers

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