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Updated Fantasy Baseball Closer and Relief Pitcher Rankings - 2023 Points Leagues: Ryan Helsley, Andres Munoz, Jhoan Duran

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Do you play in fantasy baseball points leagues? Us too, and we have you covered with points league analysis all season long. Today we're here with our fantasy baseball closer and relief pitcher rankings for points leagues as of March 19thIn general, points leagues and H2H points formats are underserved by the fantasy baseball community and fantasy baseball outlets. Here at RotoBaller, we really take pride in points league formats and have specialized in this area for years. Throughout the preseason and MLB season, we'll publish rankings, tools, and analysis articles all geared for fantasy baseball points leagues.

In this article below, we will be taking a look at our closer and relief pitcher rankings list put together by RotoBaller's lead fantasy baseball points analyst, Nicklaus Gaut. More teams are shying away from using a traditional closer, making it tough for fantasy managers to accumulate saves. Teams either use a closer-by-committee or their top reliever in high-leverage situations. The Rays, for example, logged 44 saves between 11 pitchers, with Jason Adam and Pete Fairbanks tying for a team-high eight saves in 2022. Cleveland Guardians right-hander Emmanuel Clase and Boston Red Sox right-hander Kenley Jansen were the only two relievers to notch over 40 saves last season. New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz (knee) will undergo surgery on Thursday to fix a right patellar tendon injury and is out for the season, making the closer position even more volatile. Unlike standard roto leagues, fantasy managers can find greater value for relief pitchers in points leagues since they are not trying to chase a category. However, starters with relief pitcher eligibility provide value as they can rack up points in a starting relief spot. Cristian Javier, Nestor Cortes, Jeffrey Springs, Hunter Brown, and Zach Eflin are some vital options that will qualify as both relief and starter. Javier is the only pitcher with relief eligibility that is ranked in the top 50 of RotoBaller's top 300 overall rankings, making it a position that managers can wait on in points formats.  We're here to help sort it out with our 2023 fantasy baseball rankings. Let's see where key relief pitchers like Ryan Helsley, Andres Munoz, Jhoan Duran, Hunter Brown, Daniel Bard, and Garrett Whitlock rank, among others.

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Fantasy Baseball Closers and Relief Pitcher Rankings - Points Leagues

These rankings are for points and head-to-head points leagues. You can also see our roto fantasy baseball rankings.

Before we get to the rankings, let's quickly review points leagues and how they differ from other formats. Typically, points leagues have different league settings and scoring formats than other fantasy baseball leagues. Different MLB stats and categories are assigned different point values, which can vary by individual league settings. Those different point buckets are then added up over the course of a scoring period or season.

In many cases, hitters who walk more and strike out less are preferred for points leagues. Also, many league formats tend to give more weight to pitchers than normal, as they can easily accrue points through categories like Innings Pitched. These are the general frameworks that we use for our points league rankings below, and explain why they look different than more standard 5x5 roto fantasy baseball rankings.

Last updated on Sunday 3/19 at 8:00 pm ET:

 RP Tier RP Ranking Player Name Pos Overall
1 1 Cristian Javier SP/RP 46
1 2 Emmanuel Clase RP 81
1 3 Josh Hader RP 100
1 4 Jordan Romano RP 110
2 5 Raisel Iglesias RP 119
2 6 Nestor Cortes Jr. SP/RP 129
2 7 Devin Williams RP 134
2 8 Ryan Helsley RP 148
2 9 Ryan Pressly RP 158
2 10 Felix Bautista RP 169
3 11 Jeffrey Springs SP/RP 175
3 12 Camilo Doval RP 180
3 13 Kenley Jansen RP 191
3 14 David Bednar RP 192
3 15 David Robertson RP 194
3 16 Clay Holmes RP 201
3 17 Hunter Brown RP 216
3 18 Alexis Diaz RP 218
4 19 Scott Barlow RP 226
4 20 Pete Fairbanks RP 229
4 21 Daniel Bard RP 234
4 22 Garrett Whitlock SP/RP 238
4 23 Zach Eflin SP/RP 244
4 24 Paul Sewald RP 249
4 25 Alex Lange RP 252
5 26 Andres Munoz RP 258
5 27 Jhoan Duran RP 273
5 28 Ross Stripling SP/RP 299
5 29 Steven Matz SP/RP 313
5 30 Kyle Finnegan RP 334
5 31 Nick Martinez SP/RP 339
5 32 Jose Leclerc RP 356
5 33 Clarke Schmidt SP/RP 363
5 34 Yusei Kikuchi SP/RP 367
5 35 Seranthony Dominguez RP 368
5 36 Jorge Lopez RP 370
6 37 Kendall Graveman RP 375
6 38 Jason Adam RP 379
6 39 Evan Phillips RP 380
6 40 Brandon Hughes RP 387
6 41 Christian Bethancourt RP 395
6 42 Craig Kimbrel RP 404
6 43 Carlos Estevez RP 406
6 44 Dylan Floro RP 412
6 45 Giovanny Gallegos RP 415
6 46 Taylor Rogers RP 419
6 47 A.J. Puk RP 425
6 48 Seth Lugo RP 434
6 49 Alex Vesia RP 437
6 50 Trevor Williams SP/RP 444
6 51 Matthew Boyd RP 447
7 52 Trevor May RP 449
7 53 Daniel Hudson RP 451
7 54 A.J. Minter RP 455
7 55 Aaron Ashby SP/RP 460
7 56 Robert Suarez RP 462
7 57 Tyler Wells RP 465
7 58 Dany Jimenez RP 466
7 59 Rafael Montero RP 467
7 60 Jose Alvarado RP 469
7 61 Andrew Chafin RP 473
7 62 James Karinchak RP 482
7 63 Vince Velasquez SP/RP 484

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