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The Baller Ranks: Weekly Top 101 Relief Pitcher Rankings

June is heating up and with it, the craziness that is bullpen management. Stay vigilant with your budget and note other people's remaining funds. By now, you should be able to ascertain the market price for new closers and how your league is trending. As always, let me help guide the way! My top 101 RP Baller Ranks are geared towards traditional 5x5 roto leagues with some mentions for hold candidates and ratio anchors.

I decided to leave off most injured players because throwing darts at potential return dates and roles is usually a poor use of time. Each name below comes with the weekly rank, their movement compared to last week, their current value with my salary-cap lens, Earned Value per Fangraphs, and then many have some notes with brief thoughts with the EV column (and others in the sheet to follow) pertaining to the past month. April is so yesterday.

This article comes complete with a Baller Ranks google sheet where you'll find the usual 5x5 categories, saves, holds, strikeout rates, Called + Swinging Strike rates, and so on for the past month. Please note that those stats are exported from Fangraphs.

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Top 101 Relief Pitchers for Fantasy Baseball - Week 11

Tier Player Rank (+/-) EV $ $PV Trend Notes
1 Josh Hader 1 0 5.9 15.0 15.0 0.0 ▬ Chris Sale in closer form cruising
1 Aroldis Chapman 2 0 1.4 14.0 15.0 -1.0 ▼ Insane Ks have chilled, BBs up
1 Liam Hendriks 3 0 6.9 14.0 13.5 0.5 ▲ Remember that early panic? Ha
1 Craig Kimbrel 4 0 7.4 13.5 13.0 0.5 ▲ Big whiffs, low walks, 40+ CSW%!
2 Matt Barnes 5 0 3.5 12.0 12.0 0.0 ▬
2 Raisel Iglesias 6 0 3.2 12.0 12.0 0.0 ▬ Early BABIP wonkiness is gone, enjoy
2 Edwin Diaz 7 0 5.3 11.5 11.5 0.0 ▬
2 Kenley Jansen 8 0 3.8 10.0 10.0 0.0 ▬
2 Ryan Pressly 9 0 2.4 9.0 9.0 0.0 ▬
2 Mark Melancon 10 0 -2.2 8.0 8.0 0.0 ▬ Recent rise in BBs getting dangerous
2 Richard Rodriguez 11 0 4.6 7.5 8.0 -0.5 ▼
3 William Smith 12 0 0.2 5.0 5.5 -0.5 ▼ Runs in 3 of his last 5, only 1 blown SV tho
3 Hector Neris 13 0 2.3 5.0 5.0 0.0 ▬
3 Brad Hand 14 0 -2.1 5.0 5.0 0.0 ▬ Still turbulence but he's the 9th
3 Alex Reyes 15 0 -1.1 5.0 5.0 0.0 ▬
3 Emmanuel Clase 16 1 1.2 4.5 4.5 0.0 ▬ Tightrope; 5 hits/4 walks in last 5 IP
3 Jordan Romano 17 1 3.0 4.5 4.5 0.0 ▬ Light dry spell for SV opps, he's fine
3 Daniel Bard 18 2 7.1 4.5 4.0 0.5 ▲ Nearly lost it, been red-hot for last month
4 James Karinchak 19 0 -1.7 4.0 4.0 0.0 ▬ Rebounded from pair of 2 ER outings
4 Yimi Garcia 20 1 3.0 4.0 4.0 0.0 ▬ Ugly BS on June 2 followed by 2 clean IP
4 Jake McGee 21 1 0.8 3.5 3.5 0.0 ▬ Looks better than Rogers of late
4 Lucas Sims 22 1 4.1 3.5 3.0 0.5 ▲ Rattles off 3 SVs June 3-6; then used in 6th
4 Lou Trivino 23 2 0.5 3.5 2.5 1.0 ▲ It's been Trivino's time lately, can yo-yo
4 Jake Diekman 24 0 -2.1 3.0 3.0 0.0 ▬ OAK will ride the southpaw again
4 Tyler Rogers 25 1 -0.1 3.0 2.5 0.5 ▲ The blown SVs burn but it's 50/50 w/ McGee
4 Diego Castillo 26 5 0.8 3.0 2.5 0.5 ▲ 2 SVs on June 5 and 8, TB still loves him
4 Tejay Antone 27 0 7.1 2.5 2.0 0.5 ▲ Not available Thursday, update coming; hmm
5 Hansel Robles 28 0 3.1 2.5 2.0 0.5 ▲ Higher BBs pushing WHIP up but SVs coming
5 Taylor Rogers 29 0 3.1 2.0 2.0 0.0 ▬
5 Giovanny Gallegos 30 2 4.3 2.0 1.5 0.5 ▲
5 Joakim Soria 31 4 -0.8 2.0 1.5 0.5 ▲
5 J.P. Feyereisen 32 -2 -4.4 1.5 2.0 -0.5 ▼ No SVs in June, 1B to Castillo
5 Jesus Luzardo 33 5 0.5 1.5 1.5 0.0 ▬ Dinged by HR at Coors, 9/1 K/BB out of 'pen
5 Paul Fry 34 12 3.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 ▲ 1A over Sulser for 9th as of now
6 Austin Adams 35 2 1.0 1.5 1.5 0.0 ▬
6 Daniel Hudson 36 4 5.7 1.5 1.0 0.5 ▲
6 Cristian Javier 37 N/A 0.9 1.5 0.0 1.5 ▲ Scooped a 4 IP SV on Wednesday
6 Cole Sulser 38 -2 1.0 1.0 1.5 -0.5 ▼ Got 1st SV after Valdez demotion
6 Gregory Soto 39 -5 0.7 1.0 1.5 -0.5 ▼
6 Chad Green 40 1 -0.8 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Jonathan Loaisiga 41 1 2.6 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Jose Cisnero 42 N/A 5.6 1.0 0.0 1.0 ▲ 2 SVs last week, stepping up w/ Fulmer out
6 Josh Staumont 43 N/A -0.6 1.0 0.0 1.0 ▲ Healthy again, back to committee?
6 Demarcus Evans 44 N/A 0.1 1.0 0.0 1.0 ▲ High hopes, but runs in 2 of last 4
6 Blake Treinen 45 -1 -2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Rafael Montero 46 -7 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Graveman should be back soon
6 Josh Sborz 47 28 -0.6 1.0 0.5 0.5 ▲ 8 K in last 4.1 IP is closer-y; 3 ER in last 3 gms
6 Ryan Tepera 48 29 8.0 1.0 0.5 0.5 ▲ Elite form, many HLDs ahead of Kimbrel
6 Scott Barlow 49 19 3.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 ▲ Notched SV in Staumont's absence
6 Yusmeiro Petit 50 -5 2.2 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Greg Holland 51 -8 0.6 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ 1 SV w/ Staumont out, desperate territory
7 Rafael Dolis 52 -5 -0.4 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Chris Martin 53 -5 1.7 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Joely Rodriguez 54 -5 -1.1 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Part of committee but runs in 3 of last 4
7 Victor Gonzalez 55 -5 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Anthony Bass 56 -2 2.2 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Aaron Bummer 57 -6 1.1 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Garrett Whitlock 58 -6 0.1 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Pete Fairbanks 59 -6 1.7 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Trevor May 60 -5 -2.4 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Cesar Valdez 61 -5 1.7 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Fallen to 3rd at best in pecking order
8 Andrew Kittredge 62 -3 1.6 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Seth Lugo 63 25 1.2 1.0 0.5 0.5 ▲
8 Stefan Crichton 64 -4 -0.3 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
9 Emilio Pagan 65 -2 1.1 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
9 Mike Mayers 66 -5 0.8 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
9 Tanner Scott 67 -3 3.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Dylan Floro 68 -3 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Jorge Alcala 69 2 -1.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ 4 IP, 5 K, 1 baserunner in last 2 weeks
9 Taylor Clarke 70 -4 2.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Devin Williams 71 -2 3.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Ks on upswing but gaudy WHIP
10 Carlos Estevez 72 -2 0.8 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 A.J. Minter 73 -1 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Kyle Zimmer 74 -1 2.2 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Mychal Givens 75 -13 -0.2 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
10 Tyler Matzek 76 0 2.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Andrew Chafin 77 3 2.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Brad Boxberger 78 3 -0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Scoreless 9.2 IP since May 19
10 Garrett Crochet 79 20 2.6 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Brent Suter 80 -1 -1.6 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Nice spree of Ws in high-leverage spots
10 Sean Doolittle 81 -14 -1.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Keynan Middleton 82 -25 -0.1 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
11 Craig Stammen 83 -9 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Jose Alvarado 84 -26 -4.1 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼ Massive control woes limit upside
11 Jacob Barnes 85 -3 -0.8 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Sam Howard 86 -3 -0.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Tanner Rainey 87 N/A 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
11 Rex Brothers 88 -3 0.6 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Conner Menez 89 N/A 3.6 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲ 10/0 K/BB over 8 scoreless, long RP man
11 Jarlin Garcia 90 -3 1.6 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Steve Cishek 91 -2 1.9 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Ranger Suarez 92 N/A 3.4 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲ Wins on June 5 & 9 w/ 3 perfect IP in each
12 Daniel Ponce de Leon 93 0 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Miguel Diaz 94 0 -0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Tyler Duffey 95 N/A 1.6 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲ 4 perfect innings past 2 weeks, resetting?
12 Nick Wittgren 96 -6 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Jeffrey Springs 97 -2 -1.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Robert Gsellman 98 -1 -0.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Wander Suero 99 -3 1.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Tyler Chatwood 100 -22 -1.8 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Codi Heuer 101 0 2.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬



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