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Fantasy Baseball 2022 Relief Pitcher Rankings

In most standard league we really try not to push up closers to high in the rankings. The uncertainty around many bullpen situations coupled with free agency delay has forced many of us to embrace the uncertainty through early draft season.

While some of the dust has settled, a number of situations remain murky throughout the league. The top two tiers of closers contain 18 names that we consider “safe” to get you some saves early in the season and even some of those are on rocky footing.

ADP Targets

Kenley Jansen lands in Atlanta and boots Will Smith out of fantasy relevance (we think). I except his ADP to rise from its current level right around pick 100, but I’ll likely still be in even with a few rounds of helium…  Jordan Romano (106) was an absolute stud in 2021 and if he gets the role consistently could easily breeze into the top five at the position… Blake Treinen (135) may be one of the most fun relievers to watch and he’s could pile up a TON of saves for the loaded Dodgers. Joe Barlow (208) and Gregory Soto (209) are safer than you think while pitching for teams that will be better than you think. Paul Sewald (284) proved worth it without the saves last season, maybe he can take the job and run with it.

ADP Fades

They are both awesome, but I’m out on both Josh Hader (37) and Liam Hendriks (40), there is just too much talent on the board to justify a top-40 pick on a closer.

2022 Relief Pitcher Rankings

RankNameTeam
Tier 1
1Liam HendriksCWS
2Josh HaderMIL
3Kenley JansenATL
4Raisel IglesiasLAA
5Emmanuel ClaseCLE
6Edwin DiazNYM
7Aroldis ChapmanNYY
8Jordan RomanoTOR
9Ryan PresslyHOU
10Giovanny GallegosSTL
Tier 2
11Mark MelanconARI
12Camilo DovalSF
13Blake TreinenLAD
14Taylor RogersMIN
15Scott BarlowKC
16Paul SewaldSEA
17Gregory SotoDET
18Matt BarnesBOS
Tier 3
19Corey KnebelPHI
20Andrew KittredgeTB
21David BednarPIT
22Devin WilliamsMIL
23Craig KimbrelCWS
24Will SmithATL
25Garrett WhitlockBOS
26Pete FairbanksTB
27Kyle FinneganWSH
28Lucas SimsCIN
29Joe BarlowTEX
30Alex ColomeCOL
31Dylan FloroMIA
Tier 4
32Alex ReyesSTL
33Mychal GivensCHC
34Ian KennedyARI
35Hector NerisHOU
36Ken GilesSEA
37James KarinchakCLE
38Rowan WickCHC
39Brad HandPHI
40Lou TrivinoOAK
41Diego CastilloSEA
42Jordan HicksSTL
43Brusdar GraterolLAD
44Dinelson LametSD
45Jake McGeeSF

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