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RotoGraphs June Consensus Ranks: Relief Pitchers

Relievers are a volatile bunch. Some of you drafted the Greg Hollands and Koji Ueharas of the world early and you’re like “this closer game is easy.” Others are saying “I can’t believe I spent a ninth-round draft pick on Joe Nathan.” More are lauding their own snag of Francisco Rodriguez from the Opening Day waiver wire while their fellow players still lament that between Joe Smith, Rex Brothers, Mark Melancon, and Darren O’Day, their free agent scavenging has borne little fruit.

The good news? There is still time. Cody Allen and Zach Britton are quietly climbing up the ladder but can probably still be had relatively cheap (or even free) in some leagues. Maybe Dellin Betances or Wade Davis can save your rates and undo some of Clay Buchholz‘s damage. Perhaps you can take an educated gamble on Adam Ottavino or Joba Chamberlain and hope one of the veterans they are standing behind finally falls down.

While the top tier remains pretty defined, disagreement is starting to crop up. I love Joakim Soria‘s improved control and rediscovered changeup. Alan thinks Huston Street can maintain health and elite peripherals all year. Getting nervous about that SV category in your league or are you just riding the wave?

As Eno has pointed out, this is for rest of season 5×5 roto. If I can figure out color arrows, I’ll add them, but you can compare to our preseason rankings here. Our third ranker (that would be Ben, for those keeping score at home) is apparently off at some unknown music festival and will contribute to the consensus when he’s not hanging out under This Tent or That Tent.


  Player Colin Alan
1 Aroldis Chapman CIN 1 2
2 Craig Kimbrel ATL 2 1
3 Kenley Jansen LAD 3 4
4 Greg Holland KC 4 3
5 Koji Uehara BOS 6 5
6 David Robertson NYY 5 8
7 Sergio Romo SF 9 6
8 Sean Doolittle OAK 10 7
9 Glen Perkins MIN 8 11
10 Joakim Soria TEX 7 14
11 Trevor Rosenthal STL 12 9
12 Francisco Rodriguez MIL 11 12
13 Steve Cishek MIA 13 10
14 Fernando Rodney SEA 14 17
15 Rafael Soriano WAS 16 15
16 Huston Street SD 19 13
17 Jason Grilli PIT 15 20
18 Casey Janssen TOR 18 18
19 Jonathan Papelbon PHI 20 16
20 Ernesto Frieri LAA 22 21
21 Chad Qualls HOU 24 19
22 Addison Reed ARI 21 24
23 Cody Allen CLE 17 30
24 Zach Britton BAL 25 23
25 Joe Nathan DET 26 22
26 Hector Rondon CHC 23 27
27 Jenrry Mejia NYM 27 26
28 LaTroy Hawkins COL 30 25
29 Ronald Belisario CHW 29 29
30 Dellin Betances NYY 28 32
31 Grant Balfour TB 31 31
32 John Axford CLE 39 28
33 Joel Peralta TB 34 34
34 Joe Smith LAA 35 33
35 Adam Ottavino COL 33 36
36 Mark Melancon PIT 32 37
37 Wade Davis KC 37 40
38 Jake McGee TB 36 43
39 Tommy Hunter BAL 38 41
40 Joaquin Benoit SD 40 39
41 Brad Ziegler ARI 45 35
42 Joba Chamberlain DET 43 38
43 Brett Cecil TOR 41 45
44 Andrew Miller BOS 42 44
45 Jason Motte STL 46 42