Justin Mason Relief Pitcher Ranks: 3/11/22

As we head into primetime drafting season, I will be rereleasing my positional ranks. Here are my current ranks for relief pitchers for 2022, my third of the offseason. I will post updates as things change with signings, injuries, or news in Major League Baseball. On the Sleeper and the Bust Patreon, you can see the rankings updated live.

You can review my ranks for other positions here: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/category/rankings/

Justin Mason Relief Pitcher Ranks: 3/11/22
Rk Player Team ADP Notes
1 Josh Hader MLW 25.73 I like Hendriks a bit more, but there is no competition for Hader.
2 Liam Hendriks CWS 25.98 Once Kimbrel is traded, he becomes #1
3 Raisel Iglesias LAA 36.18 Belongs in the same conversation with Hader and Hendriks.
4 Emmanuel Clase CLE 44.53 Could take another step forward.
5 Edwin Diaz NYM 46.38 Skills are amazing, but 2019 still sticks in my head.
6 Aroldis Chapman NYY 59.48 Not as safe as he once was.
7 Will Smith ATL 69.88 Feels pretty safe.
8 Kenley Jansen FA 68.88 Will close no matter where he lands.
9 Ryan Pressly HOU 47.95 I think he is pretty safe.
10 Mark Melancon ARZ 111.53 Safe, but the Diamondbacks aren’t good.
11 Jordan Romano TOR 72.9 I worry that the Blue Jays upgrade.
12 Craig Kimbrel CWS 120.25 Will jump once traded
13 Dylan Floro MIA 211.1 I think he is safer than most going ahead of him.
14 Corey Knebel PHI 125.33 I am afraid Philly adds another piece to close
15 Lou Trivino OAK 225.15 Should be safe unless traded.
16 Giovanny Gallegos STL 86.53 I don’t think he is “the guy.”
17 Kyle Finnegan WAS 358.98 Should start with the role. Can he keep it?
18 Taylor Rogers MIN 149.18 Probably is the closer if he is not traded.
19 Blake Treinen LAD 141.98 I think the Dodgers bring someone in.
20 Scott Barlow KC 139.35 Should get first shot.
21 Joe Barlow TEX 201.45 Should get first shot.
22 Rowan Wick CHC 300.93 He is the front runner, but will the Cubs add someone?
23 Camilo Doval SF 160.28 Skills are amazing, but I don’t know that he is the closer.
24 Matt Barnes BOS 241.53 Seems like he is the front runner, but Boston could bring someone in or go to Whitlock.
25 Jake McGee SF 248.13 I think he could actually be the guy or at least share the role with Doval.
26 David Bednar PIT 160.28 I think him and Stratton share duties.
27 Gregory Soto DET 165.83 Seems like he is the front runner, but for how long with that walk rate?
28 Chris Stratton PIT 472.23 Finished the year as the main guy, but Bednar is better.
29 Michael Fulmer DET 316.43 First man up when Soto fails.
30 Ian Kennedy FA 313.23 Should be in line for a job depending on where he lands.
31 Paul Sewald SEA 292.5 I think Seattle has a frustrating committee.
32 Diego Castillo SEA 390.6 I think Seattle has a frustrating committee.
33 Ken Giles SEA 270.3 I think Seattle has a frustrating committee.
34 Drew Steckenrider SEA 189.1 I think Seattle has a frustrating committee.
35 Andrew Kittredge TB 245.7 Never trust a Rays closer.
36 Pierce Johnson SD 410.33 I think San Diego brings someone in.
37 Cristian Javier HOU 308 Might start in the rotation
38 Aaron Ashby MLW 278.75 Probably the sixth starter for now.
39 Robert Suarez SD 398.48 Dark Horse in SD.
40 Tanner Rainey WAS 353.63 Next man up in Washington.
41 Lucas Sims CIN 190.78 I think Cincy has a frustrating committee.
42 Art Warren CIN 468.1 I think Cincy has a frustrating committee.
43 Amir Garrett CIN 706.48 I think Cincy has a frustrating committee.
44 Tyler Wells BAL 354.23 Will Baltimore win enough games for a closer to matter?
45 Cole Sulser BAL 428.6 Will Baltimore win enough games for a closer to matter?
46 Chad Green NYY 381.95 If Chapman falters, Green is next up.
47 Hector Neris HOU 471.4 Neris is next man up in Houston.
48 Jorge Alcala MIN 393.8 Could be the guy if Rogers is traded.
49 Carlos Estevez COL 407.8 Do we care about a closer in Colorado?
50 Alex Colome FA 454.68 Could find a role if a cheap team wants a “proven closer.”
51 Devin Williams MLW 302.23 If Hader is ever traded, he could be an elite closer.
52 Anthony Bender MIA 365.35 If Floro struggles, he is next up.
53 Garrett Whitlock BOS 225.48 Should be the guy, but it sounds like he is being stretched out.
54 Brent Suter MLW 621.4 Sneaky wins play.
55 A.J. Puk OAK 528.73 I think he could be an amazing closer if given the chance.
56 Collin McHugh FA 531.13 Value depends on landing spot.
57 Robert Stephenson COL 586.7 Do we care about a closer in Colorado?
58 Daniel Bard COL 620.7 Do we care about a closer in Colorado?
59 Alex Reyes STL 343.53 I can’t believe they are making him a starter.
60 Josh Staumont KC 406.95 Could be next up if Barlow struggles.
61 Brad Boxberger FA 526.5 Value depends on landing spot.
62 Mychal Givens FA 685.75 Value depends on landing spot.
63 Brad Hand FA 522.95 Value depends on landing spot.
64 Tyler Duffey MIN 593.75 Could factor in if Rogers is traded.
65 Yimi Garcia TOR 613.15 Just the set up guy now.
66 Tyler Rogers SF 513.58 Probably third in the pecking order.
67 Ryan Tepera FA 572.18 Value depends on landing spot.
68 Jordan Hicks STL 514.93 I can’t believe they are making him a starter.
69 Kendall Graveman CWS 527.35 Should be next man up if Kimbrel is traded.
70 Brusdar Graterol LAD 607.7 Skills are amazing, but I don’t know that he ever gets a chance.
71 Trevor Rosenthal OAK 488.05 Value depends on landing spot and health.
72 Richard Rodriguez FA 532.03 Value depends on landing spot.
73 Emilio Pagan SD 588.38 I think San Diego brings someone in.
74 Jose Alvarado PHI 619.23 Just the set up guy now.
75 Julian Merryweather TOR 621.3 Injuries derailed him.
76 Mike Mayers LAA 633.25 Just the set up guy now.
77 Drew Pomeranz SD 635.7 I think San Diego brings someone in.
78 Tanner Scott BAL 736.28 Will Baltimore win enough games for a closer to matter?
79 Hansel Robles FA 723.88 Value depends on landing spot.
80 Yusmeiro Petit FA 749.78 Value depends on landing spot.
ADP is based on NFBC Draft Champions leagues since 2/12/22.
Ranks are intended for 5×5 Roto leagues.





Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as other periodic articles. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, and the owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.

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LightenUpFGmember
5 months ago

So basically… anyone outside of the top 10 is a gamble right now. Try to draft a little later, everybody!