Another week, another set of closer rankings. The following ranks are based on accumulating Saves with talent as a secondary consideration. The order is the ranking I would prefer to roster them. In some instances, I wasn’t sure (e.g. Ken Giles), I made a note.
I had a tough time ranking #12 to #30. Each of these pitchers has some questions surrounding them mainly be traded or being replaced by someone the team trades for. It’s a tough balance.
|1||Studs (won’t be replaced)||Josh Hader|
|7||Carlos Martinez||The Cards situation is unstable|
|8||Studs who may be traded||Kirby Yates|
|12||Decent but team could add a stud||Sean Doolittle||This and the next two groups form a blob of unknown|
|18||Uhhh … they have a job for now||Raisel Iglesias||He’s tough to rank/place. Must own and could see at #10|
|21||Scott Oberg (Wade Davis)|
|26||OK and likely to be traded||Shane Greene||Moved this group down. The above group and it have a trade off of talent vs role|
|27||Ken Giles||He could be up at #12, tough rank|
|31||Top of the queue if the closer is traded||Aaron Bummer||I moved this whole group up. Buy the talent.|
|37||Knocking on the door for a job||Blake Treinen||All are must own at this point|
|40||Wade Davis (Scott Oberg)|
|47||Stud backups with good ratios||Chris Martin|
|51||Dart throws||Jose Leclerc|
Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.