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2023 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (AL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (24 of 28 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Emmanuel Clase (CLE - RP) 20 19.0 -1.0
Emmanuel Clase led MLB with 42 saves last season, cementing his status as an elite closer and giving fantasy managers a reason to pay for saves in 2023. He pitched 72 2/3 innings, striking out 77, and maintaining a microscopic 1.36 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. He is in the 90th percentile and above in nine of 12 categories on Statcast, and even some slight regression in his overall numbers still leaves him in "elite" territory. Clase will turn 25 before the season and is locked into the closer role in Cleveland, making him and Edwin Diaz the clear top two at the position heading into 2023.
2 Jordan Romano (TOR - RP) 29 36.0 +7.0
Jordan Romano saved 36 games for the Blue Jays in 2022, and he is the clear-cut closer going into 2023. The two knocks against him are that he walks more batters than he should, and his xERA and xFIP were an entire run above the actuals. All the same, Romano struck out 73 batters in 64 innings while maintaining a 2.11 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. The 29-year-old does not fit the profile of a truly elite closer, but he should collect another 30 saves, securing a good base in 5x5 leagues.
3 Ryan Pressly (HOU - RP) 34 44.0 +10.0
If spin rate is your jam, you'll love what Ryan Pressly has to offer. The 34-year-old closer for the World Series Champions is in the 97th percentile in fastball spin and the 100th percentile in curveball spin. He used a four-pitch arsenal to get 33 saves with a 2.98 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. He is not as highly sought after as the overpowering, high-strikeout guys above him, but he will provide everything fantasy managers need in a closer and then some.
4 Cristian Javier (HOU - SP,RP) 35 33.0 -2.0
Cristian Javier began 2022 in the bullpen and then started 25 games, bringing joy to fantasy managers' hearts everywhere. The 25-year-old tossed a 94-mph fastball with a 77-mph curve and mixed in a slider and changeup to create an 11.74 K/9. He struck out 194 batters in 148 2/3 innings and held a 2.54 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. His BABIP and LOB% are both due for regression, and his xFIP was 3.53, so it's important to temper expectations in those departments. All in all, Javier will make a great SP3 with SP2 upside.
5 Felix Bautista (BAL - RP) 44 61.0 +17.0
Felix Bautista is a hard-throwing righty who arrived in Baltimore and immediately became a high-impact reliever. He struck out 88 batters in 65 2/3 innings while maintaining a 2.19 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He collected 14 holds before the Orioles traded Jorge Lopez at the deadline, after which he notched 15 saves. As long as the 27-year-old continues to rein in the free passes, the saves should be plentiful and competition for the role won't be. Bautista is a Tier 2 closer worth targeting in drafts.
6 Kenley Jansen (BOS - RP) 65 56.0 -9.0
 
7 Clay Holmes (NYY - RP) 68 82.0 +14.0
Clay Holmes had two seasons in 2022. Before the All-Star Break, he had 16 saves, seven holds, an ERA of 1.34, and a 41:8 K:BB ratio. After the ASB, he hit the IL with a back strain and had four saves, an ERA of 4.44, and a 25:13 K:BB ratio. With the Yankees letting Chapman go to the Royals, Holmes currently stands alone on the closer depth chart. If you buy into his first half from 2022, he is a steal at his current ADP. If you don't, it is wise to stay clear.
8 Scott Barlow (KC - RP) 81 83.0 +2.0
Scott Barlow held a lot more fantasy appeal before the Royals went out and signed Aroldis Chapman. Barlow will still get his fair share of save opportunities, but this smells like a closer by committee to start the season.
9 Andres Munoz (SEA - RP) 87 112.0 +25.0
 
10 Jhoan Duran (MIN - RP) 82 97.0 +15.0
 
11 Paul Sewald (SEA - RP) 91 117.0 +26.0
 
12 Liam Hendriks (CWS - RP) 76 47.0 -29.0
Liam Hendriks quietly had a very solid year for a disappointing White Sox team. He collected 37 saves, while pitching 57 2/3 innings and striking out 85 batters. He remained in the 90th percentile or higher in xBA, K%, fastball velocity, extension, xERA, and Whiff%. He missed some time with a right forearm strain; though there were no immediate signs of this lingering issue, it is something to take into consideration. He announced in January that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, so his timetable for return is in question.
13 Pete Fairbanks (TB - RP) 98 137.0 +39.0
 
14 Jeffrey Springs (TB - SP,RP) 93 90.0 -3.0
 
15 Jose Leclerc (TEX - RP) 126 138.0 +12.0
 
16 Jorge Lopez (MIN - RP) 139 133.0 -6.0
 
17 Hunter Brown (HOU - SP,RP) 118 122.0 +4.0
 
18 Alex Lange (DET - RP) 112 168.0 +56.0
 
19 Garrett Whitlock (BOS - SP,RP) 144 145.0 +1.0
 
20 Jason Adam (TB - RP) 138 162.0 +24.0
 
21 Kendall Graveman (CWS - RP) 142 188.0 +46.0
 
22 Trevor May (OAK - RP) 161    
 
23 Tanner Houck (BOS - SP,RP) 165 187.0 +22.0
 
24 Chris Martin (BOS - RP) 201 293.0 +92.0
 
25 Rafael Montero (HOU - RP) 171 199.0 +28.0
 
26 Brock Burke (TEX - RP) 132 337.0 +205.0
 
27 A.J. Puk (OAK - RP) 148 226.0 +78.0
 
28 Carlos Estevez (LAA - RP) 190 169.0 -21.0
 
29 Aroldis Chapman (KC - RP) 164 160.0 -4.0
 
30 Reynaldo Lopez (CWS - RP)   298.0  
 
31 James Karinchak (CLE - RP) 173 179.0 +6.0
 
32 Zach Eflin (TB - SP,RP) 162 193.0 +31.0
 
33 Jimmy Herget (LAA - RP) 172 161.0 -11.0
 
34 DL Hall (BAL - RP) 251 242.0 -9.0
 
35 Michael King (NYY - RP) 150 325.0 +175.0
 
36 Yusei Kikuchi (TOR - SP,RP) 281 223.0 -58.0
 
37 Michael Lorenzen (DET - RP,SP) 248 250.0 +2.0
 
38 Dany Jimenez (OAK - RP) 263 309.0 +46.0
 
39 Hector Neris (HOU - RP) 206 327.0 +121.0
 
40 Matt Brash (SEA - SP,RP) 187 248.0 +61.0
 
41 Bryan Abreu (HOU - RP) 159 275.0 +116.0
 
42 Erik Swanson (TOR - RP) 209 290.0 +81.0
 
43 John Schreiber (BOS - RP) 211 282.0 +71.0
 
44 Zach Jackson (OAK - RP) 239 333.0 +94.0
 
45 Matthew Boyd (DET - RP) 238 253.0 +15.0
 
46 Chris Flexen (SEA - SP,RP) 270 279.0 +9.0
 
47 Jonathan Loaisiga (NYY - RP) 221 246.0 +25.0
 
48 Jovani Moran (MIN - RP) 218 415.0 +197.0
 
49 Jalen Beeks (TB - SP,RP) 176 399.0 +223.0
 
50 JP Sears (OAK - SP,RP) 217    
 
51 Diego Castillo (SEA - RP) 219 263.0 +44.0
 
52 Caleb Thielbar (MIN - RP) 222 405.0 +183.0
 
53 Aaron Bummer (CWS - RP) 185    
 
54 Jonathan Hernandez (TEX - RP)   312.0  
 
55 Garrett Cleavinger (TB - RP) 192    
 
56 Ryan Tepera (LAA - RP)   322.0  
 
57 Joe Barlow (TEX - RP) 273 216.0 -57.0
 
58 Lou Trivino (NYY - RP)   227.0  
 
59 Nate Pearson (TOR - RP) 227 294.0 +67.0
 
60 Clarke Schmidt (NYY - SP,RP) 213 300.0 +87.0
 
61 Brad Keller (KC - SP,RP)   387.0  
 
62 Joe Kelly (CWS - RP) 202    
 
63 Garrett Crochet (CWS - RP) 268 361.0 +93.0
 
64 Eli Morgan (CLE - RP) 269 362.0 +93.0
 
65 Jorge Alcala (MIN - RP) 289 358.0 +69.0