2019 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Relief Pitcher Tiers 1.0
Relief pitcher is obviously a position for closers, but with dedicated closers becoming scarcer, the position is becoming thinner at the top, as Scott White's tiers show.
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Tiers, for the uninitiated, are an alternate form of rankings that groups players by expected level of production. While it's true every player is expected to produce less than the player ranked ahead of him, there are points in the rankings where the drop-off in expected production is more significant. And at those points, a new tier begins.
The goal is to give you a clear depiction of the distribution of talent at each position so that, in the heat of a draft, you can determine at a glance which position is the ideal one to target. Naturally, the one closest to dropping into the next tier is the one you'll regret having passed up a round later.
Below are the relief pitcher tiers for 2019. They depictthan ever.
The Elite: Edwin Diaz, Blake Treinen, Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman
The Near-Elite: Kenley Jansen, Sean Doolittle
The Next-Best Things: Roberto Osuna, Felipe Vazquez, Brad Hand, Kirby Yates, Jose Leclerc, Wade Davis, Raisel Iglesias
The Fallback Options: Josh Hader, Will Smith, Cody Allen, Ken Giles, Archie Bradley
The Last Resorts: David Robertson, Arodys Vizcaino, Jordan Hicks, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, Jose Alvarado, Pedro Strop
The Deep-Leaguers: Trevor May, Mychal Givens, Drew Steckenrider, Shane Greene, Kelvin Herrera, Wily Peralta
The Next in Line: A.J. Minter, Andrew Miller, Brandon Morrow, Alex Colome
So which Fantasy Baseball sleepers should you snatch in your draft? And which undervalued pitchers can help you win a championship? Visit SportsLine now to get Fantasy Baseball rankings for every single position, all from the model that called Scooter Gennett's huge breakout last season, and find out.
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