2014 Relief Pitcher Rankings

Aroldis Champman, 2014 Cincinnati Reds Preview

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

Craig Kimbrel, 2013 Fantasy Baseball Reliever Rankings

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel had 50 saves last season. he shows no signs of slowing down in 2014. Photo Credit: NJ Baseball

2014 RP Rankings     
PlayerTeamDavid GonosChris MeyersStaff Composite
Craig KimbrelATL111
Aroldis ChapmanCIN232
Kenley JansenLAD323
Trevor RosenthalSTL544
Greg HollandKC455
Joe NathanDET766
Koji UeharaBOS687
Glen PerkinsMIN878
Sergio RomoSF999
David RobertsonNYY101010
Jonathan PapelbonPHI131411
Grant BalfourTB141312
Jim JohnsonOAK191213
Rafael SorianoWSH151614
Addison ReedARI171515
Steve CishekMIA182016
John AxfordCLE281117
Huston StreetSD221718
Ernesto FrieriLAA211819
Casey JanssenTOR251920
Jason GrilliPIT113521
Tyson RossSD123422
Jim HendersonMIL262223
Fernando RodneySEA242424
Bobby ParnellNYM272325
Alex WoodATL164126
Nate JonesCWS292827
Neftali FelizTEX312728
Drew SmylyDET204029
Jose VerasCHC342630
Tommy HunterBAL303031
Danny FarquharSEA362932
Joakim SoriaTEX333233
LaTroy HawkinsCOL353134
Rex BrothersCOL323735
Mark MelanconPIT373936
Cody AllenCLE403837
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