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The Baller Ranks: Weekly Top 101 Relief Pitcher Rankings

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With the final week of June upon us, we are all crossing the season's 50% checkpoint. As we all know, that means it's the perfect time to change rules for pitchers...sigh. Manfred shenanigans aside, we push on with 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 (click it!) 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 13

Tier Player Rank (+/-) EV $ $PV Trend Notes
1 Josh Hader 1 0 6.9 15.0 15.0 0.0 ▬
1 Liam Hendriks 2 0 5.3 14.0 14.0 0.0 ▬
1 Craig Kimbrel 3 0 6.0 14.0 14.0 0.0 ▬ Any of these top 3 are aces
1 Matt Barnes 4 1 1.6 13.5 12.0 1.5 ▲
2 Raisel Iglesias 5 1 5.2 12.0 12.0 0.0 ▬
2 Edwin Diaz 6 1 4.9 12.0 12.0 0.0 ▬ Been electric in SV situations
2 Aroldis Chapman 7 -3 -3.8 12.0 13.5 -1.5 ▼ Control is waning, Ricky Vaughn out there
2 Kenley Jansen 8 0 2.6 11.0 11.0 0.0 ▬
2 Ryan Pressly 9 0 3.2 9.0 9.0 0.0 ▬
2 Mark Melancon 10 0 -2.6 8.0 8.0 0.0 ▬
2 Brad Hand 11 0 2.9 7.5 7.5 0.0 ▬ His cold start is well in the past
3 William Smith 12 3 1.3 5.5 5.0 0.5 ▲
3 Emmanuel Clase 13 0 3.1 5.0 5.0 0.0 ▬
3 Alex Reyes 14 -2 -1.9 5.0 5.5 -0.5 ▼ Plenty of Ks, BBs hard to stomach
3 Richard Rodriguez 15 -1 1.9 5.0 5.0 0.0 ▬
3 Jordan Romano 16 1 3.8 4.5 4.5 0.0 ▬
3 Daniel Bard 17 1 2.6 4.5 4.5 0.0 ▬
3 Lou Trivino 18 4 2.0 4.5 3.5 1.0 ▲ No ER since May 8th (18 games)
4 James Karinchak 19 0 -2.3 4.0 4.0 0.0 ▬
4 Tejay Antone 20 N/A 4.2 4.0 0.0 4.0 ▲ Off IL, Sims on; fluid 8th/9th role
4 Tyler Rogers 21 3 1.0 3.5 3.0 0.5 ▲
4 Jake McGee 22 3 1.4 3.5 3.0 0.5 ▲
4 Diego Castillo 23 3 2.1 3.5 3.0 0.5 ▲
4 Yimi Garcia 24 -3 -0.4 3.0 3.5 -0.5 ▼ 6th L on Tuesday, on thin ice
4 Taylor Rogers 25 5 4.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 ▲
4 Ian Kennedy 26 -3 -0.5 3.0 3.5 -0.5 ▼ DTD w/ illness; trade concern
4 Kendall Graveman 27 0 -2.0 3.0 3.0 0.0 ▬ Yielded a run in 3 of 5 since return
5 Giovanny Gallegos 28 3 3.6 2.5 2.0 0.5 ▲
5 Hansel Robles 29 -1 -1.4 2.0 2.5 -0.5 ▼
5 Joakim Soria 30 2 0.1 2.0 1.5 0.5 ▲ JS seeing 9th, ARZ can't win; trade bait?
5 Paul Fry 31 2 1.3 1.5 1.5 0.0 ▬
5 Hector Neris 32 -16 -1.9 1.5 4.5 -3.0 ▼ Red alert, possible closer change
5 Greg Holland 33 26 0.3 1.5 1.0 0.5 ▲ Looks like KC's primary CL now
5 Jake Diekman 34 -5 -2.4 2.0 2.0 0.0 ▬ Effective but Trivino is 1A option
5 Gregory Soto 35 1 2.8 1.5 1.5 0.0 ▬
5 Jose Cisnero 36 1 5.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Blake Treinen 37 2 -0.8 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Austin Adams 38 -4 -0.4 1.5 1.5 0.0 ▬
6 Ryan Tepera 39 2 6.4 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Scott Barlow 40 2 2.2 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Should be closer, stuck as fireman
6 Seth Lugo 41 2 1.8 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 J.P. Feyereisen 42 -2 0.1 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Castillo is still TB's primary CL
6 Pete Fairbanks 43 4 2.3 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Yusmeiro Petit 44 1 -2.6 1.5 1.0 0.5 ▲
6 Chad Green 45 1 1.9 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Jonathan Loaisiga 46 2 5.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Lasagna and Green may spell Aroldis
6 Michael Fulmer 47 N/A 1.3 1.0 0.0 1.0 ▲
6 Cristian Javier 48 -4 1.0 1.0 1.5 -0.5 ▼
6 Jose Alvarado 49 34 -0.4 1.0 0.5 0.5 ▲ High BBs be damned, Neris is worse
6 Victor Gonzalez 50 0 -0.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
6 Joely Rodriguez 51 39 -0.5 1.0 0.5 0.5 ▲ Got SV w/ Kennedy unavailable
7 Cole Sulser 52 -17 2.0 1.0 1.5 -0.5 ▼
7 Chris Martin 53 -4 0.2 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Josh Staumont 54 -16 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ Hasn't reclaimed share of 9th
7 Collin McHugh 55 -2 5.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Anthony Bass 56 -5 -0.4 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Aaron Bummer 57 -5 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
7 Drew Steckenrider 58 N/A 0.4 1.0 0.0 1.0 ▲ 2.78 FIP, 47.6% grounder rate in '21
8 Garrett Whitlock 59 -4 2.5 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Matt Wisler 60 -4 3.2 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Garrett Crochet 61 -4 1.6 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Rafael Montero 62 -4 2.7 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬ How desperate are you? Ask yourself
8 Emilio Pagan 63 -3 1.9 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Mike Mayers 64 -3 4.4 1.0 1.0 0.0 ▬
8 Brad Boxberger 65 -3 3.0 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
8 Carlos Estevez 66 0 0.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Jorge Alcala 67 -3 -0.6 0.5 1.0 -0.5 ▼
9 Josh Sborz 68 -3 -2.6 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Anthony Bender 69 4 2.4 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Rising stud, CL of the future type
9 Taylor Clarke 70 -3 2.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Tanner Scott 71 -3 3.4 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
9 Devin Williams 72 -3 2.2 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Big Ks but bloated WHIP hurts
9 Aaron Loup 73 N/A 3.9 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
10 Kyle Zimmer 74 -3 1.4 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Tyler Matzek 75 -3 1.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Josh Taylor 76 N/A 3.4 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
10 Amir Garrett 77 12 -3.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Working back into circle of trust
10 Andrew Chafin 78 -3 2.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 A.J. Minter 79 -3 -0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Brent Suter 80 -2 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Tyler Duffey 81 -2 1.8 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Dylan Floro 82 13 0.2 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ 2.63 FIP, scoreless in 29 of 33 gms
10 JT Chargois 83 N/A 3.4 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
10 Tanner Rainey 84 2 -1.6 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
10 Brad Brach 85 N/A 1.0 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲ Got SV Thursday, Antone in 8th
11 Hirokazu Sawamura 86 -6 -0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Craig Stammen 87 -5 -1.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Keynan Middleton 88 -7 0.1 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Kyle Crick 89 N/A -0.2 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
11 Nick Sandlin 90 -2 2.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬ Big K profile playing up in MLB
11 Jacob Barnes 91 -7 -1.4 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Jarlin Garcia 92 -1 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
11 Ryan Thompson 93 N/A 1.2 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
11 Steve Cishek 94 -2 1.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Ranger Suarez 95 -2 2.5 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Kyle McGowin 96 -2 1.8 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Miguel Diaz 97 0 0.8 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Nick Wittgren 98 0 0.3 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Jeffrey Springs 99 0 0.0 0.5 0.5 0.0 ▬
12 Ryne Stanek 100 N/A -1.8 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲
12 Archie Bradley 101 N/A -2.3 0.5 0.0 0.5 ▲ BB>K is bad, but PHI is desperate



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