February Rankings – Relievers

We’re going position by position this week and next with our initial roll out of rankings. We will update these in March based on Spring Training activity and injuries.

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. We can also be reached via Twitter:

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. The chart is sortable. If a ranker didn’t rank someone that the others did, he was given that ranker’s last rank +1.

Key:

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

Previous Editions:

Al originally ranked a few RP-eligible SPs but no one else did so I removed them and figured I’d just leave a list of them here. These players are particularly useful in H2H leagues that use specific SP and RP spots. If you’re able to put a starter with relief eligibility in that spot, it can be a huge leg up, especially if they’re actually good. So here are the best RP-eligible SPs:

  1. Danny Duffy
  2. Patrick Corbin
  3. Dylan Bundy
  4. Luis Perdomo
  5. Clay Buchholz
  6. Matt Andriese
  7. Luis Severino
  8. Andrew Triggs
  9. Mike Montgomery*
  10. Christopher Devenski*
  11. Jhoulys Chacin
  12. Zack Godley*
  13. Cody Anderson*

*-not yet starting, but keep a close eye on them

Matt Strahm hasn’t started in the majors yet, but could do so in 2017 and he’d be a very intriguing RP-eligible SP, too.

February RP Rankings
Rk NAME Paul S Ben Al Alan AVG Adj. AVG Split
1 Kenley Jansen 1 1 1 2 1.3 1.0 1
2 Aroldis Chapman 3 2 3 1 2.3 2.5 2
3 Zach Britton 2 3 2 3 2.5 2.5 1
4 Mark Melancon 4 5 8 4 5.3 4.5 4
5 Seung Hwan Oh 6 6 5 5 5.5 5.5 1
6 Ken Giles 5 4 12 6 6.8 5.5 8
7 Edwin Diaz 9 7 6 9 7.8 8.0 3
8 Craig Kimbrel 10 10 7 7 8.5 8.5 3
9 Roberto Osuna 8 8 11 8 8.8 8.0 3
10 Kelvin Herrera 7 9 10 10 9.0 9.5 3
11 Wade Davis 12 12 4 12 10.0 12.0 8
12 Alex Colome 13 11 9 13 11.5 12.0 4
13 Cody Allen 11 13 13 11 12.0 12.0 2
14 Andrew Miller 14 20 16 14 16.0 15.0 6
15 Tony Watson 18 18 15 15 16.5 16.5 3
16 A.J. Ramos 15 15 21 17 17.0 16.0 6
17 Adam Ottavino 16 14 20 19 17.3 17.5 6
18 Francisco Rodriguez 17 17 18 18 17.5 17.5 1
19 David Robertson 20 21 14 16 17.8 18.0 7
20 Jeurys Familia 23 16 17 20 19.0 18.5 7
21 Sam Dyson 22 19 19 22 20.5 20.5 3
22 Jim Johnson 19 25 24 21 22.3 22.5 6
23 Neftali Feliz 21 22 23 25 22.8 22.5 4
24 Dellin Betances 26 24 22 23 23.8 23.5 4
25 Shawn Kelley 27 23 27 24 25.3 25.5 4
26 Raisel Iglesias 25 28 26 27 26.5 26.5 3
27 Ryan Madson 28 26 25 32 27.8 27.0 7
28 Brandon Maurer 29 27 29 29 28.5 29.0 2
29 Addison Reed 24 40 30 26 30.0 28.0 16
30 Nate Jones 30 31 31 34 31.5 31.0 4
31 Cam Bedrosian 32 35 34 30 32.8 33.0 5
32 Hector Neris 33 30 38 31 33.0 32.0 8
33 Fernando Rodney 34 29 38 33 33.5 33.5 9
34 Joaquin Benoit 31 39 38 28 34.0 34.5 11
35 Brandon Kintzler 36 32 33 35 34.0 34.0 4
36 Jeanmar Gomez 39 33 35 37 36.0 36.0 6
37 Sean Doolittle 35 37 38 38 37.0 37.5 3
38 Carter Capps 44 36 28 42 37.5 39.0 16
39 Huston Street 49 34 32 41 39.0 37.5 17
40 Matt Bush 37 38 38 43 39.0 38.0 6



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is strahm not listed because he’s considered a starter, a prospect or just didn’t make the cut?