Paul Sporer’s 2022 Reliever Rankings and Closer Chart

The lockout makes this position the most uncertain on the fantasy diamond. With the lack of December and January moves, there is still so much unsettled in the closer market. To give you an idea of just how wild things are, my #14 RP is in the same bullpen as my #1, but I firmly believe Craig Kimbrel will be traded before the season starts so I’m treating him as a pretty impactful closer right now. I’ll start with a standard 1-70 ranking of relievers and then give 1-2-3 outlook of each team based on how things set up right now.

CWS Liam Hendriks High Craig Kimbrel Kendall Graveman
MIL Josh Hader High Devin Williams Jake Cousins
LAA Raisel Iglesias High Mike Mayers Aaron Loup
CLE Emmanuel Clase High James Karinchak Anthony Gose
HOU Ryan Pressly High Héctor Neris Ryne Stanek
NYM Edwin Díaz High Trevor May Seth Lugo
NYY Aroldis Chapman High Chad Green Jonathan Loaisiga
ATL Will Smith High Tyler Matzek Luke Jackson
ARI Mark Melancon High J.B. Wendelken Taylor Widener
STL Giovanny Gallegos Medium Alex Reyes Jordan Hicks
TOR Jordan Romano Medium Julian Merryweather Yimi García
MIN Taylor Rogers Medium Tyler Duffey Jorge Alcala
BOS Matt Barnes Medium Garrett Whitlock Josh Taylor
DET Gregory Soto Medium Michael Fulmer Alex Lange
KCR Scott Barlow Medium Josh Staumont Dylan Coleman
MIA Dylan Floro Medium Anthony Bender Anthony Bass
PHI Corey Knebel Medium Jose Alvarado Sam Coonrod
CIN Lucas Sims Medium Luis Cessa Amir Garrett
COL Carlos Estévez Medium Daniel Bard Robert Stephenson
LAD Blake Treinen Medium Daniel Hudson Brusdar Graterol
SFG Camilo Doval Low Jake McGee Tyler Rogers
BAL Tyler Wells Low Cole Sulser Tanner Scott
TBR Andrew Kittredge Low Pete Fairbanks J.P. Feyereisen
OAK Lou Trivino Low Domingo Acevedo A.J. Puk
SEA Ken Giles Low Drew Steckenrider Paul Sewald
TEX Joe Barlow Low Spencer Patton Josh Sborz
WAS Kyle Finnegan Low Tanner Rainey Austin Voth
SDP Pierce Johnson Low Luis García Dinelson Lamet
CHC Rowan Wick Low Codi Heuer Manuel Rodríguez
PIT David Bednar Low Chris Stratton Me?

Paul is the Editor of Rotographs and contributes to ESPN's Daily Notes. Follow Paul on Twitter @sporer and on Twitch at sporer.

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David Chenokmember
10 months ago

Thanks for doing this—it’s good to get a stake in the ground, but I’ll bet your chart will look pretty different by the time the season starts!