When taking a closer look at our 2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings we need to keep a few things in mind. If there is one thing I have learned, especially over the past three seasons is that Closers are valuable in Fantasy Baseball, however they are also the most implosive position in baseball. Closers lose their jobs frequently, or they get traded and become Set-Up men for contending teams. Others attempt to become Starting Pitchers, only to move back to closing (See Aroldis Chapman).
As with all things in Fantasy nothing is certain, but if there is one position that is not trustworthy, aside from a few players it is Relief Pitching. Be sure to keep tabs on teams 8th Inning Set-Up guys as they are a few bad outings, an injury, or a trade away from closing themselves. For extra guidance be sure to read the Best Non-Closing Relievers article, and stay ahead of the game on future potential closers, and other valuable relievers.
Be sure you don’t over-value relievers on draft day, while also utilizing their importance.It sounds difficult and risky, because it is. Knowing that you can stay competitive in saves is great, but also realize that at any moment you could be with two “Former Closers”. I personally wait on them, but every owner should follow their draft strategies and hope for the best.
We hope these help, and be sure to check out all of our rankings below as well as Draft Strategy, and Mock-Draft Results. Good luck this Fantasy Season!
2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings
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