Rotographs Rankings First Run – Relievers

Some of this is being repeated from the Primer piece that went up this morning. 

We’re bringing them to you earlier this year, but that also means that they’re far from set in stone so take that into consideration as you peruse them. There are still strong arms on the free agent market, let alone all the moving and shaking that happens once players start reporting to camp.

We’re using Yahoo! eligibility requirements which is 5 starts or 10 appearances. These rankings assume the standard 5×5 categories and a re-draft league.  If we forgot someone, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure he’s added for the updates. If you have questions for a specific ranker on something he did, let us know in the comments.

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There will be differences, sharp differences, within the rankings. The rankers have different philosophies when it comes to ranking, some of which you’re no doubt familiar with through previous iterations. Of course the idea that we’d all think the same would be silly because then what would be the point of including multiple rankers?!

Think someone should be higher or lower? Make a case. Let us know why you think that. Like I said, it’s early. Things are going to change.

The chart is sortable and by default it’s sorted by AVG. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1. That would be 61 for Alan and Paul K., 56 for Colin, 54 for Ben, and 51 for Brad. They are indicated in red on the chart.

Key:

  • AVG– just the average of the seven ranking sets
  • Adj. AVG– the average minus the high and low rankings
  • SPLIT– the difference between the high and low rankings

Relievers – January Edition
PLAYER Paul S Alan Paul K Darren Colin Benjamin Brad AVG Adj. AVG Split
1 Kenley Jansen 2 1 3 1 3 1 2 1.9 1.8 2
2 Wade Davis 1 2 1 3 1 2 3 1.9 1.8 2
3 Craig Kimbrel 3 4 4 2 2 4 1 2.9 3.0 3
4 Aroldis Chapman 5 3 2 7 4 3 4 4.0 3.8 5
5 Zach Britton 4 7 6 4 6 5 5 5.3 5.2 3
6 Ken Giles 6 5 5 6 5 7 7 5.9 5.8 2
7 Jeurys Familia 10 6 7 5 9 6 10 7.6 7.6 5
8 Cody Allen 8 11 10 8 7 10 6 8.6 8.6 5
9 Trevor Rosenthal 7 9 9 10 11 11 8 9.3 9.4 4
10 David Robertson 9 10 8 11 10 8 11 9.6 9.6 3
11 Mark Melancon 14 8 13 9 13 9 9 10.7 10.6 6
12 Hector Rondon 11 12 11 13 16 14 13 12.9 12.6 5
13 A.J. Ramos 12 13 12 12 14 12 18 13.3 12.6 6
14 Brad Boxberger 18 18 17 15 8 13 17 15.1 16.0 10
15 Francisco Rodriguez 15 19 14 14 15 15 20 16.0 15.6 6
16 Huston Street 17 14 15 19 19 18 19 17.3 17.6 5
17 Glen Perkins 24 16 18 24 12 16 12 17.4 17.2 12
18 Shawn Tolleson 19 15 16 16 18 17 29 18.6 17.2 14
19 Carter Capps 13 20 20 23 26 25 15 20.3 20.6 13
20 Dellin Betances 16 24 22 17 22 20 24 20.7 21.0 8
21 Jonathan Papelbon 21 21 23 21 23 22 22 21.9 21.8 2
22 Andrew Miller 26 17 28 18 21 28 16 22.0 22.0 12
23 Sean Doolittle 20 23 22 25 17 21 30 22.6 22.2 13
24 Drew Storen 22 22 25 22 32 23 23 24.1 23.0 10
25 Steve Cishek 25 26 26 20 27 27 28 25.6 26.2 8
26 Santiago Casilla 30 27 19 27 28 24 25 25.7 26.2 11
27 Jake McGee 29 40 37 32 24 19 14 27.9 28.2 26
28 Will Smith 33 32 24 34 20 34 21 28.3 28.8 14
29 Jason Grilli 23 25 27 26 42 29 34 29.4 28.2 19
30 David Hernandez 27 29 29 28 35 31 31 30.0 29.6 8
31 Fernando Rodney 28 28 30 29 36 32 32 30.7 30.2 8
32 Arodys Vizcaino 34 31 33 31 37 26 26 31.1 31.0 11
33 Brad Ziegler 39 35 39 30 29 40 27 34.1 34.4 13
34 Joaquin Benoit 33 33 31 38 33 37 37 34.6 34.6 7
35 Corey Knebel 32 30 32 37 39 39 36 35.0 35.2 9
36 Jumbo Diaz 35 34 36 33 31 35 45 35.6 34.6 14
37 Jeremy Jeffress 34 38 40 35 30 33 51 37.3 36.0 21
38 Tony Watson 38 37 34 36 40 41 38 37.7 37.8 7
39 Darren O’Day 41 39 35 40 43 38 39 39.3 39.4 8
40 Hunter Strickland 31 36 43 44 34 36 51 39.3 38.6 20
41 Roberto Osuna 47 41 61 41 25 30 51 42.3 42.0 36
42 Ryan Madson 44 45 41 45 52 44 33 43.4 43.8 19
43 Nate Jones 43 52 42 39 47 54 35 44.6 44.6 19
44 Jason Motte 37 44 38 44 56 42 51 44.6 43.8 19
45 Joakim Soria 46 46 45 49 41 43 51 45.9 45.8 10
46 Joe Smith 45 53 44 47 51 54 46 48.6 48.4 10
47 Kevin Quackenbush 51 43 47 61 44 45 51 48.9 47.6 18
48 Koji Uehara 50 47 46 42 56 50 51 48.9 48.8 14
49 Kevin Jepsen 48 42 60 46 56 51 47 50.0 49.6 18
50 Brett Cecil 42 58 61 54 49 47 48 51.3 51.2 19





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brittle.fuz
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brittle.fuz

Great stuff, Gents.
Does the Boxburger ranking reflect yesterdays trade of McGee ?

czar
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Mine does, but only because I’m a procrastinator and finally sat down and wrote them out last night.

RP rankings are generally more fluid than other positions (particularly prior to ST) because so much value is derived from opportunity (ex: if Carter Capps was closing for the Marlins, I’d have ranked him in the top 5).

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olerudshelmet

It seems like everyone is discounting Capp’s injury to close out last year. Or should I be less afraid of forearm tightness?

Brad Johnson
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I’m discounting it for now. I don’t think the club announces he’ll compete for the ninth inning if they had serious concerns.

Brad Johnson
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And I also sort of fuzzed in the McGee trade. It’s not in there perfectly, but it’s good enough. Every ranking always comes with a small +/-