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Fantasy Baseball RP Rankings, Dollar Values 2023: Top players, sleepers at closer

Relief pitching in fantasy baseball can be a polarizing subject. Most leagues feature saves as a category in head-to-head or roto formats, while the minority of leagues include niche categories like holds (or “solds”). Let’s focus solely on the concept of saves in our 2023 fantasy closer rankings and projected RP dollar values. Oh, what a tangled web the closer position has become. 

Last season, the MLB saw 1,232 total saves — the most since 2018 — and a whopping 222 different pitchers logged at least one save throughout the season. These numbers are the product of a few different factors:

  1. Not many everyday closers exist anymore
  2. Many teams have closer “committees”
  3. Some teams employ “high-leverage” closers and “low-leverage” closers
  4. Relief pitching is about as deep as it’s ever been

Looking over the closer charts, we can say with confidence that 10 different teams have one true closer you can rely upon to get the vast majority of that team’s save opportunities. The Guardians’ Emmanuel Clase and the Padres’ Josh Hader easily lead the list, but everyone in the top 10 is solid. Five other teams have above-average options who we would bank on being that guy or becoming that guy in short order.

Cs | 1Bs | 2Bs | 3Bs | SSs | OFs | SPs | Top 300

If you can’t lock down one of the top eight closers — or two of the top 15 — you might want to consider punting saves altogether. As we discussed in our starting pitcher rankings, drafting RP-eligible starters can pay off handsomely in punt-save builds (but you don’t want to just blindly grab any SP that also has an “RP” next to their name).

Personally, we go for saves, but that doesn’t mean we target closers to the detriment of our offense. Look back at your league’s past draft results and take a look at how many owners who grabbed closers in the first 50 draft picks ended up hoisting fantasy trophies (hint: It’s going to be close to zero). 

Typically, we will draft one stud closer by the eighth or ninth round — we’re looking at guys like Cardinals’ Ryan Helsley, the Orioles’ Felix Bautista, or the Red Sox’s Kenley Jansen — and then target a second closer around the ADP range of 150-180 (Daniel Bard, Pete Fairbanks, and if he rightly gets the nod as the Twins closer, Jhoan Duran). 

From there, you can grab a sleeper third closer and just dump him for someone who emerges early in the season if your sleeper fails to pan out. The Rangers’ Jose Leclerc has plenty of upside if he can stay healthy, and we would also feel pretty confident about the Dodgers’ Evan Phillips until Daniel Hudson returns from rehabbing his torn ACL.

We also like the idea of drafting both White Sox closers, Kendall Graveman and Liam Hendricks. Hendricks notched 37 saves last season but dealt with a forearm injury and announced in January that he has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He’s a set-it-and-forget-it closer when active, and Graveman could ably fill his shoes if he misses the start of the season (we might not grab one without the other). Leclerc, Phillips, Hudson, Graveman, and Hendricks all have early ADPs of 209 or later, so make sure to clean up the values late.

Fantasy Baseball RP Rankings 2023: Top players, sleepers at closer

Position eligibility based on Yahoo’s default settings

Rank Player Other Pos. Elig.
1 Emmanuel Clase, Guardians  
2 Josh Hader, Padres  
3 Edwin Diaz, Mets  
4 Raisel Iglesias, Braves  
5 Ryan Helsley, Cardinals  
6 Ryan Pressly, Astros  
7 Jordan Romano, Blue Jays  
8 Felix Bautista, Orioles  
9 Devin Williams, Brewers  
10 Camilo Doval, Giants  
11 Kenley Jansen, Red Sox  
12 David Bednar, Pirates  
13 Clay Holmes, Yankees  
14 Daniel Bard, Rockies  
15 Jhoan Duran, Twins  
16 Andres Munoz, Mariners  
17 Alexis Diaz, Reds  
18 Pete Fairbanks, Rays  
19 Paul Sewald, Mariners  
20 Scott Barlow, Royals  
21 Jose Leclerc, Rangers  
22 Spencer Strider, Braves SP
23 Evan Phillips, Dodgers  
24 Jorge Lopez, Twins  
25 Seranthony Dominguez, Phillies  
26 Kyle Finnegan, Nationals  
27 Cristian Javier, Astros SP
28 Giovanny Gallegos, Cardinals  
29 Dylan Floro, Marlins  
30 Daniel Hudson, Dodgers  
31 Jeffrey Springs, Rays SP
32 Taylor Rogers, Giants  
33 Kendall Graveman, White Sox  
34 Alex Lange, Tigers  
35 Hunter Brown, Astros SP
36 Garrett Whitlock, Red Sox SP
37 Liam Hendriks, White Sox  
38 Gregory Soto, Phillies  
39 Craig Kimbrel, Phillies  
40 Aroldis Chapman, Royals  

Fantasy Baseball RP Projected Dollar Values

Dollar values courtesy of Fantasy Pros and based on a 12-team mixed league with a $260 budget (70 percent allocated for hitting)

Player Dollar Values
Edwin Diaz (NYM – RP) $15
Emmanuel Clase (CLE – RP) $14
Cristian Javier (HOU – SP,RP) $13
Josh Hader (SD – RP) $11
Raisel Iglesias (ATL – RP) $10
Ryan Pressly (HOU – RP) $10
Ryan Helsley (STL – RP) $9
Devin Williams (MIL – RP) $9
Jordan Romano (TOR – RP) $8
Felix Bautista (BAL – RP) $7
Jeffrey Springs (TB – SP,RP) $6
Andres Munoz (SEA – RP) $6
David Bednar (PIT – RP) $6
Pete Fairbanks (TB – RP) $6
Paul Sewald (SEA – RP) $5
Camilo Doval (SF – RP) $5
Kenley Jansen (BOS – RP) $5
Jhoan Duran (MIN – RP) $5
Clay Holmes (NYY – RP) $5
Zach Eflin (TB – SP,RP) $4
Garrett Whitlock (BOS – SP,RP) $4
Alexis Diaz (CIN – RP) $4
Scott Barlow (KC – RP) $4
Giovanny Gallegos (STL – RP) $4
Evan Phillips (LAD – RP) $3
A.J. Minter (ATL – RP) $3
Jason Adam (TB – RP) $3
Steven Matz (STL – SP,RP) $2
Daniel Bard (COL – RP) $2
Taylor Rogers (SF – RP) $2
Daniel Hudson (LAD – RP) $2
Craig Kimbrel (PHI – RP) $2
Alex Vesia (LAD – RP) $2
Michael King (NYY – RP) $2
Alex Lange (DET – RP) $2
Robert Suarez (SD – RP) $2
Ross Stripling (SF – SP,RP) $1
Matthew Boyd (DET – RP) $1
Seranthony Dominguez (PHI – RP) $1
Hector Neris (HOU – RP) $1
Hunter Brown (HOU – RP) $1
James Karinchak (CLE – RP) $1
Jose Leclerc (TEX – RP) $1

All other players valued at $0

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