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2022 Fantasy Baseball Rankings (NL)

Expert Consensus Ranking (46 of 46 Experts) -

Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Josh Hader (SD - RP) 21 16.0 -5.0
Every year, there are arguments about the value of closers. Fantasy managers who consistently win leagues say having one or two elite closers is a season maker. Fantasy managers who say closers are always available on the wire and to never draft one before the 12th round usually spend August and September complaining that they lost the league by a half-dozen points because of a lack of saves and a bloated WHIP. Hader isn't just a closer. His numbers are so spectacular in just one or two innings of work at a time that rostering him is like getting half a season of an ace starter while also getting 35 saves. His Ks can cover for your lower-tier starters who can't reach that baseline K/IP number you want, and his paper-thin WHIP can move the needle. If you're on the wrong end of the snake draft and he's there at the fifth-round/sixth-round turn, grab him and start the closer run.
2 Raisel Iglesias (ATL - RP) 34 34.0
The Angels' closer keeps getting better and better. His K rate has risen in each of the last three seasons. His walk rate has shrunk in each of the last four seasons. Iglesias struck out 103 batters in 70 innings last year and walked only 12. He's notched at least 28 saves in each of his last four full seasons going back to 2017, and he's cemented his reputation as one of the best, most reliable closers in the game. If you don't have the stomach for saves speculation and are willing to pay for quality, Iglesias is well worth the price.
3 Edwin Diaz (NYM - RP) 38 40.0 +2.0
If you like your closers to deliver saves with a side of anxiety, Diaz is your guy. He gets the job done, but it won't always be pretty. The Mets have tried to overhaul their team this offseason, so Diaz should be in position to save more games in 2022 than in 2021. The flamethrower is an elite strikeout option at the position. When the closer run starts, Diaz is a relatively safe top-10 choice at the position.
4 Giovanny Gallegos (STL - RP) 57 47.0 -10.0
Gallegos hasn't been named the closer and both the coaching staff and front office have gone out of their way to avoid annointing him the ninth-inning man. But considering his success the past two years and Alex Reyes's injury, there seems to be little doubt. Gallegos has everything you want in a closer - strong strikeout numbers, good command, and two elite pitches with his fastball and slider. You'll need to drop him below some of the more established closers because of the current uncertainty, but if you bet on him to be the primary closing option for St. Louis, you'll almost certainly be correct.
5 Mark Melancon (ARI - RP) 72 64.0 -8.0
If you saw 39 saves coming from Melancon last year, you're a fibber. He emerged from a crowded San Diego bullpen to become one of the most reliable closing options in the game. Yes, he's old for a closer and no, his strikeout numbers won't help you. But he'll be the undisputed closer for the Diamondbacks this year, and job security is more than half the battle. You have to knock a ton of saves off his projections given that he'll be pitching for a poor Arizona team, but 25-30 should be in the cards, and the guy did have a 2.23 ERA last season. His contract should keep him in Arizona for the full year, so grit your teeth and draft him as a fairly reliable option in the bullpen.
6 Ranger Suarez (PHI - SP,RP) 73 66.0 -7.0
Suarez was fantastic as both a reliever and a starter last year, compiling a 1.36 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He was almost equally dominant as a starter and a reliever, though it's worth noting that he had a very soft run of opponents during his 12 starts. More troubling for projecting Suarez is that he had a comically low home run rate (just 0.34/9 innings). Yes, his sinker moves a ton and avoids hard contact, but that's simply not a sustsainable number. He's dealt with visa issues this spring, though looks to be on track for the season, so don't let that concern you much. Instead, just understand that he's due for some major regression, and is likely to pitch closer to a 4.00 ERA this year.
7 Camilo Doval (SF - RP) 88 79.0 -9.0
Doval was outstanding in his limited innings last year, striking out more than a third of the batters he faced while pitching to a 3.00 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He's a two-pitch pitcher, but that's fine for a reliever so long as at least one of those pitches is elite, which his slider is (.167 BAA, .202 wOBA). He's got the stuff to close full-time, and many fantasy pundits believe he will this year. But Jake McGee remains, as does Tyler Rogers, and it takes a lot for Gabe Kapler to hand the closer reins over to a single pitcher. He'll get some saves at the very least and likely help your ratios, but don't plan on him locking down the role all year without a fight.
8 David Bednar (PIT - RP) 85 87.0 +2.0
Bednar tallied the first three saves of his career last season and had stellar numbers overall with a 2.23 ERA and 0.97 WHIP with good strikeout numbers. There was reason to think he'd be the closer heading into 2022, but all signs point to a committee with Chris Stratton. The Pirates should again be one of the weakest teams in baseball, so save chances aren't going to be abundant anyway. Given his team and the current lack of clarity with his situation, don't draft him any higher than as a third reliever.
9 Blake Treinen (LAD - RP) 83 70.0 -13.0
 
10 Devin Williams (MIL - RP) 102 105.0 +3.0
 
11 Lucas Sims (CIN - RP) 111 119.0 +8.0
Sims is going to begin the year on the IL after battling some elbow soreness, but he'll factor in for saves once he's healthy. He has major strikeout stuff with his fastball and slider combination, but his control wanes at times, enough to keep him from becoming a lockdown, guaranteed option in the ninth inning. He is worth drafting late, but do so expecting 15 saves or fewer.
12 Dylan Floro (MIA - RP) 126 107.0 -19.0
Floro is slated to be the Marlins' closer but he is battling an arm injury right now that could threaten his availability for Opening Day. When healthy, he's an above-average reliever, though not one with a classic closer's outlook. He doesn't throw that hard or have elite command, but he limits hard contact at an elite rate, and that's really the key to his success. Assuming he's ready for the beginning of the season or shortly thereafter, he should be good for at least 15 saves. Anything more is gravy.
13 Jesus Luzardo (MIA - SP,RP) 133 101.0 -32.0
 
14 Aaron Ashby (MIL - SP,RP) 100 112.0 +12.0
 
15 Robert Suarez (SD - RP) 112 97.0 -15.0
 
16 Anthony Bender (MIA - RP) 129 138.0 +9.0
 
17 Dinelson Lamet (COL - SP,RP) 145 168.0 +23.0
 
18 Rowan Wick (CHC - RP) 136 139.0 +3.0
 
19 Kyle Finnegan (WSH - RP) 116 154.0 +38.0
 
20 Cole Sulser (ARI - RP) 152 129.0 -23.0
 
21 Tanner Rainey (WSH - RP) 158 174.0 +16.0
 
22 Tyler Rogers (SF - RP) 170 128.0 -42.0
 
23 Chris Stratton (STL - RP) 165 175.0 +10.0
 
24 Collin McHugh (ATL - SP,RP) 183 130.0 -53.0
 
25 Brusdar Graterol (LAD - RP) 117 155.0 +38.0
 
26 Adbert Alzolay (CHC - SP,RP) 187 117.0 -70.0
 
27 Nick Martinez (SD - RP,SP) 173 194.0 +21.0
 
28 Zach Thompson (PIT - SP,RP) 178 219.0 +41.0
 
29 Daniel Bard (COL - RP) 171 184.0 +13.0
 
30 Daniel Hudson (LAD - RP) 176 160.0 -16.0
 
31 Luis Cessa (CIN - RP,SP) 216 250.0 +34.0
 
32 A.J. Minter (ATL - RP) 130 178.0 +48.0
 
33 Jordan Hicks (STL - RP,SP) 154 159.0 +5.0
 
34 Drew Pomeranz (SD - RP) 227 256.0 +29.0
 
35 Jose Alvarado (PHI - RP) 172 254.0 +82.0
 
36 Sean Doolittle (WSH - RP) NRI 162 187.0 +25.0
 
37 Alex Vesia (LAD - RP) 211 190.0 -21.0
 
38 Jake Cousins (MIL - RP) 217 285.0 +68.0
 
39 Tanner Scott (MIA - RP) 195    
 
40 Luis Garcia (SD - RP)      
 
41 Genesis Cabrera (STL - RP) 179 170.0 -9.0
 
42 Tyler Matzek (ATL - RP) 189 126.0 -63.0
 
43 Seranthony Dominguez (PHI - RP) 214 203.0 -11.0
 
44 Brent Suter (COL - RP) 233 252.0 +19.0
 
45 Austin Adams (SD - RP) MiLB 264    
 
46 Richard Bleier (MIA - RP) 218    
 
47 Spencer Strider (ATL - RP,SP) 208 275.0 +67.0
 
48 Robert Stephenson (PIT - RP) 213 262.0 +49.0
 
49 JT Chargois (MIA - RP,SP) 200 296.0 +96.0
 
50 Matt Bush (MIL - RP,SP) 254    
 
51 Tony Santillan (CIN - SP,RP) 237 272.0 +35.0
 
52 Ryan Helsley (STL - RP) 247    
 
53 Hansel Robles (LAD - RP) MiLB 192 234.0 +42.0
 
54 Phil Bickford (LAD - RP) 228    
 
55 Caleb Ferguson (LAD - RP) 196    
 
56 Jose Urena (COL - SP,RP) 197    
 
57 Nick Anderson (ATL - RP) 253 302.0 +49.0
 
58 J.B. Bukauskas (ARI - RP) 256    
 
59 Sam Coonrod (PHI - RP) MiLB 201    
 
60 Ryan Weathers (SD - SP,RP) 252 278.0 +26.0
 
61 Steven Okert (MIA - RP) 231    
 
62 Connor Brogdon (PHI - RP) 209    
 
63 Alec Mills (CHC - SP,RP) MiLB 340 255.0 -85.0
 
64 Humberto Castellanos (ARI - SP,RP) MiLB 210    
 
65 Tim Hill (SD - RP) 242    
 
66 Patrick Murphy (WSH - RP) MiLB 241    
 
67 Kolby Allard (ATL - SP,RP) 243 299.0 +56.0
 
68 Dennis Santana (ATL - RP) 311    
 
69 Kervin Castro (CHC - RP) MiLB 262    
 
70 Sam Long (SF - SP,RP) 279 246.0 -33.0
 
71 Brad Wieck (CHC - RP) MiLB      
 
72 Justin Steele (CHC - SP,RP) 293 261.0 -32.0
 
73 Bailey Falter (PHI - RP,SP) MiLB 234 282.0 +48.0
 
74 Jesse Chavez (ATL - SP,RP) MiLB 239 208.0 -31.0
 
75 Zack Littell (SF - RP) MiLB 240    
 
76 John Brebbia (SF - RP,SP) 266    
 
77 Drew VerHagen (STL - RP,SP) 258    
 
78 Drew Smith (NYM - RP) 246    
 
79 Kodi Whitley (STL - RP) MiLB 263    
 
80 Jakob Junis (SF - SP,RP) 287    
 
81 Duane Underwood Jr. (PIT - RP) 249    
 
82 Kirby Yates (ATL - RP) 257 268.0 +11.0
 
83 Evan Phillips (LAD - RP) 250    
 
84 Keegan Thompson (CHC - SP,RP) 313    
 
85 Nick Nelson (PHI - RP) 255    
 
86 Dauri Moreta (PIT - RP) 289    
 
87 T.J. McFarland (STL - RP) MiLB 290    
 
88 Michael Rucker (CHC - RP) 259    
 
89 Victor Gonzalez (LAD - RP)   199.0  
 
90 Nabil Crismatt (SD - RP) 291    
 
91 Taylor Widener (ARI - SP,RP) 306 307.0 +1.0
 
92 Keone Kela (LAD - RP) MiLB      
 
93 Ryan Sherriff (PHI - RP) MiLB 292    
 
94 Paolo Espino (WSH - SP,RP) 334 276.0 -58.0
 
95 Manuel Rodriguez (CHC - RP) 295    
 
96 Brandon Kintzler (SD - RP) MiLB 298    
 
97 Brad Brach (ATL - RP) MiLB      
 
98 Joe Mantiply (ARI - RP) 299    
 
99 Jace Fry (PHI - RP) MiLB      
 
100 Nick Mears (PIT - RP) 303    
 
101 Tyler Kinley (COL - RP) 325    
 
102 Grant Holmes (ATL - RP,SP) MiLB 304    
 
103 Jake Woodford (STL - SP,RP) 323 303.0 -20.0
 
104 Codi Heuer (CHC - RP)   236.0  
 
105 Yency Almonte (LAD - RP) 314    
 
106 Andres Machado (WSH - RP) 316 224.0 -92.0
 
107 J.C. Mejia (MIL - SP,RP) NRI      
 
108 Lucas Gilbreath (COL - RP) 330    
 
109 Justin Lawrence (COL - RP) 331    
 
110 Jordan Sheffield (COL - RP) MiLB 341