Chad Young’s Ottoneu RP Ranks

Chad’s Other Ottoneu Rankings: C |1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP

I don’t spend on RP in part because I believe there are a large number of $1-$5 RP at auction every year who will return far more value and who, if they don’t return that value, can easily be cut until you find someone who does. As a result, I choose to spend elsewhere.

So why do I have tiers at $15+? Because I had to decide between a list that capped at $14 and was completely useless to you – Hendriks and Hader are never going that cheap – or tiers that were useful, even if I am not going to pay them.

This does not mean, by the way, that I think you should never pay those prices. Spending $20 on a reliever is a roster-building choice and it isn’t the strategy I use. Plenty of other managers pay those prices and are successful. It’s like any other position in that way. Not everyone has a $50 OF and plenty of people without $50 OF win leagues. I just choose not t have a $20 RP.

I also have very wide tiers at the bottom and there is significant overlap. There are going to be a bunch of players in my $0 tier or even not on this list who are valuable this year. More than any other position, you can’t rely on lists like this for RP. You have to keep your eyes open, grab guys who are pitching well, and see what you can find.

As with my SP ranks, there are no notes here, as I wanted to get them out quickly. A few notes that would have appeared in that column:

  • Josh Hader over Liam Hendriks is mostly about age, but honestly, I could go either way.
  • Craig Kimbrel and Kenley Jansen move down quite a bit if they are not closing.
  • I expect I will have plenty of Anthony Gose on my rosters on Opening Day, but I could see that being down to 0 by May 1 (or whatever date is roughly one month after Opening Day).
  • Being a Capital-C Closer matters more than you might think – yes, a save is only 1 more point than a hold, but closers also get more holds+saves than set up guys do.
Chad Young’s Ottoneu RP Ranks
Tier Rank Player Projected P/IP
$20-$25 1 Josh Hader 8.26
$20-$25 2 Liam Hendriks 8.49
$15-$19 3 Edwin Díaz 8.34
$15-$19 4 Emmanuel Clase 8.04
$15-$19 5 Aroldis Chapman 8.73
$10-$14 6 Raisel Iglesias 7.83
$10-$14 7 Ryan Pressly 7.74
$10-$14 8 Jordan Romano 7.67
$5-$9 9 Taylor Rogers 7.63
$5-$9 10 Camilo Doval 6.96
$5-$9 11 Blake Treinen 6.98
$5-$9 12 Scott Barlow 6.91
$5-$9 13 Giovanny Gallegos 6.76
$5-$9 14 Devin Williams 6.21
$5-$9 15 Craig Kimbrel 6.31
$5-$9 16 Kenley Jansen 4.33
$5-$9 17 David Bednar 6.82
$5-$9 18 Lucas Sims 6.99
$5-$9 19 Will Smith 6.52
$5-$9 20 Garrett Whitlock 6.56
$5-$9 21 Andrew Kittredge 7.04
$5-$9 22 Aaron Bummer 6.33
$5-$9 23 Corey Knebel 6.64
$1-$4 24 Garrett Crochet 5.38
$1-$4 25 Chad Green 5.91
$1-$4 26 Jonathan Loáisiga 5.96
$1-$4 27 Paul Sewald 6.03
$1-$4 28 Matt Barnes 6.73
$1-$4 29 Pete Fairbanks 6.48
$1-$4 30 James Karinchak 6.11
$1-$4 31 Kirby Yates 5.23
$1-$4 32 Drew Pomeranz 4.94
$1-$4 33 Kendall Graveman 5.29
$1-$4 34 Mark Melancon 6.30
$1-$4 35 Jake McGee 5.83
$1-$4 36 Ken Giles 5.85
$1-$4 37 Andrés Muñoz 5.95
$1-$4 38 Art Warren 5.46
$1-$4 39 Génesis Cabrera 5.81
$1-$4 40 José Alvarado 6.26
$1-$4 41 Aaron Loup 5.32
$1-$4 42 Rowan Wick 6.40
$1-$4 43 Tyler Matzek 5.84
$1-$4 44 Kyle Finnegan 6.13
$1-$4 45 Anthony Bender 6.23
$1-$4 46 Gregory Soto 6.90
$1-$4 47 Brusdar Graterol 5.95
$1-$4 48 Trevor May 5.96
$1-$4 49 Pierce Johnson 6.44
$1-$4 50 Lou Trivino 6.15
$1-$4 51 Tyler Wells 6.11
$1-$4 52 Diego Castillo 5.92
$1-$4 53 Joe Barlow 5.84
$1-$4 54 Jordan Hicks 5.74
$1-$4 55 Tommy Kahnle 5.65
$1-$4 56 Luke Jackson 5.62
$1-$4 57 Alex Reyes 5.60
$1-$4 58 Dylan Floro 5.85
$1-$4 59 Tanner Rainey 5.57
$1-$4 60 Josh Staumont 5.59
$1-$4 61 Alex Vesia 5.46
$1-$4 62 A.J. Puk 5.32
$1-$4 63 Brooks Raley 레일리 5.16
$1-$4 64 Caleb Ferguson 5.71
$1-$4 65 Seth Lugo 5.56
$1-$4 66 Jake Cousins 5.50
$1-$4 67 Daniel Hudson 5.53
$1-$4 68 Luis Garcia 5.54
$1-$4 69 Héctor Neris 5.55
$1-$4 70 Tyler Rogers 4.90
$1-$4 71 Colin Poche 5.19
$1-$4 72 Austin Adams 4.84
$1-$4 73 Jake Diekman 4.86
$1-$4 74 Adrian Morejon 4.80
$1-$4 75 Anthony Gose 3.31
$0 76 Sam Coonrod 5.32
$0 77 Mike Mayers 5.28
$0 78 Casey Sadler 5.22
$0 79 Brendan McKay 4.90
$0 80 Codi Heuer 4.89
$0 81 José Leclerc 4.88
$0 82 J.B. Wendelken 4.69
$0 83 Rex Brothers 4.81
$0 84 Jeffrey Springs 4.83
$0 85 Ryan Tepera 4.30
$0 86 Gregory Santos 4.16
$0 87 Brent Suter 4.65
$0 88 Spencer Strider 4.74
$0 89 Steven Wilson 4.70
$0 90 Collin McHugh 4.46
$0 91 Richard Rodríguez 3.28
$0 92 Braxton Garrett 3.90
$0 93 David Peterson 3.93
$0 94 Brandon Williamson 3.94
$0 95 Tommy Romero 4.30
$0 95 Andrew Chafin 4.06





A long-time fantasy baseball veteran and one of the creators of ottoneu, Chad Young's writes for RotoGraphs and PitcherList, and can be heard on the ottobot podcast. You can follow him on Twitter @chadyoung.

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Buhners Rocket Armmember
7 months ago

Chad, looking back at the past few years it seems like the top relievers have actually been a pretty safe option to return on their investment even if the potential for surplus is small. I see their value as being dependent on competitive cycle in established leagues rather than year 1 leagues. The expensive guys like Hader and Hendriks will get nominated early in any auction, and I completely agree with not wanting to spend $20+ on a RP and potentially missing out on later bargains. I think they are absolutely worth their price for competitive teams in established leagues, because I would much rather own a $20 Hader or Hendriks or Diaz prior to the auction than use that money to shop for a $10-14 OF who could go for $20+ at auction due to inflation.

With that written, I also do not want to get too bogged down in the $5-9 range of relievers unless the guy provides a clear surplus.