2018 Fantasy Baseball ROS Rankings

Expert Consensus Ranking (12 of 12 Experts) -
Rank Player (Team, Position) Overall Notes
1 Kenley Jansen (LAD - RP) 51 1 4 1.4 1.0 38.0 -13.0
If you are going to draft a closer early, of course it ought to be Jansen. He has been the best closer in baseball for years running. With that said, why not wait 100 picks and grab 85% of the production from Archie Bradley or Sean Doolittle?
2 Craig Kimbrel (BOS - RP) 62 1 3 2.0 0.4 50.0 -12.0
After a disappointing 2016, Kimbrel bounced right back to being among the best relievers in the sport. His 126 Ks a 0.681 WHIP are virtually video game numbers. He is a top 3 closer in baseball again this year.
3 Aroldis Chapman (NYY - RP) 75 2 8 3.3 1.5 63.0 -12.0
While it's true that Aroldis is officially a human, that doesn't mean we should expect his disappointing season to repeat in 2018. Rather, he looks like a safe bet for 30+ saves and 100+ Ks on top of solid ratios.
4 Roberto Osuna (TOR - RP) 84 3 5 4.5 0.8 78.0 -6.0
Osuna's ERA ended at 3.38 last year which is not ideal, but he is among the best closers in baseball and still just 23 years old. You can count on him for a stellar WHIP , 35+ saves and 80 Ks.
5 Edwin Diaz (SEA - RP) 109 4 12 6.8 2.1 93.0 -16.0
As is true with most closers, Diaz has gone through some rough spells, but overall, the 23-year-old has been spectacular and may only get better from here.
6 Felipe Vazquez (PIT - RP) 115 5 16 8.5 3.1 88.0 -27.0
Don't expect the Pirates to offer Rivero 40+ save opportunities this season, but Rivero is a safe investment if you want 25 saves and killer ratios from a mid-round closer.
7 Cody Allen (CLE - RP) 116 6 12 8.5 1.7 87.0 -29.0
Allen has been the same pitcher now for five straight seasons so we have a pretty strong idea of what to expect: 30+ saves, 2.70 ERA and 90+ Ks. That's a clear-cut top-10 closer.
8 Raisel Iglesias (CIN - RP) 124 4 14 8.8 2.9 102.0 -22.0
Iglesias took another big step forward last season, seeing his K/9 jump 1.4 and both of his fantasy ratios improve. While he may not get many save opportunities, Iglesias is safe this season as a fantasy asset.
9 Brad Hand (SD - RP) 123 5 13 9.8 2.3 118.0 -5.0
Hand has been lights out in back to back seasons, posting stellar WHIPs with over 100+ Ks in each season. This year, he should have the closer job full-time too so he has top-5 reliever upside and a fairly safe floor.
10 Wade Davis (COL - RP) 138 6 19 11.3 3.7 112.0 -26.0
Davis has been a top 3 closer in baseball over the past four seasons. With that said, moving to Colorado should bump his ERA north of 3.00 and WHIP up above 1.2 so he is only a fringe top-10 fantasy closer this year.
11 Kenneth Giles (HOU - RP) 133 6 19 12.3 3.9 92.0 -41.0
Giles had a rough 2016, but bounced rigt back to being one of the top 5 closers in baseball last year. His WHIP likely won't be under 1.00, but you can bet on 80+ Ks and 30+ saves.
12 Sean Doolittle (WSH - RP) 145 6 23 13.0 4.8 116.0 -29.0
You might not know much about Doolittle because he took over as the closer for Washington mid-season, but he is the real deal and should see 40+ save opportunities this year, making him a likely top 10 fantasy reliever.
13 Jeurys Familia (NYM - RP) 154 4 32 15.2 6.6 160.0 +6.0
Familia missed most of last season with an injury but even when he was going, we weren't talking about the same old Familia. Be careful about expecting him to return to old form, but the potential is of course still there.
14 Brandon Morrow (CHC - RP) 171 8 31 15.7 5.5 154.0 -17.0
The Cubs are intent on using Morrow as their closer and believe he can be one of the best in the game. His ratios were stellar last season and that should be a ton of save opportunities so don't hesitate to reach for him over his ADP.
15 Alexander Colome (TB - RP) 169 13 30 18.5 4.3 132.0 -37.0
Colome led the AL with 47 saves last year, but the ratios were mediocre and he doesn't strike many batters out. Seeing that the Rays are forfeiting their season, 40+ saves seems unlikely in 2018.
16 Kelvin Herrera (KC - RP) 192 13 25 19.9 3.3 185.0 -7.0
Herrera used to be among the best relievers in baseball, but last season he was merely mediocre. He may be the lock at closer, but the Royals might not even provide 30 save opportunities this season.
17 Hector Neris (PHI - RP) 172 14 29 19.9 5.0 153.0 -19.0
While it seems clear that Neris is the best reliever in the Phillies bullpen, his role as the closer may not be a lock. He is worth owning regardless, but make sure to keep tabs on the news coming out of camp, as it would effect his draft stock nearly 100 slots.
18 Blake Treinen (OAK - RP) 198 15 27 22.1 3.3 178.0 -20.0
After being dealt to the A's Treinen was quietly a superb reliever. He currently has little competition for the job, and while there might not be many save opportunities, every save counts. The ratios and Ks should be solid as well.
19 Andrew Miller (CLE - RP) 176 15 24 19.9 3.3 186.0 +10.0
Outside of Kenley Jansen, there has been no better reliever in all of baseball over the past few seasons. He is a near-lock to strikeout 90+ with unbelievable ratios, but don't expect more than 5 saves.
20 Arodys Vizcaino (ATL - RP) 199 18 28 23.1 3.5 159.0 -40.0
Vizciano traded some of his amazing k-rate last season for substantially better control, and as a result, posted a 2.83 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. He may still strike out 80 hitters this season with those ratios and 30+ save opportunities for the Braves. If they opt to sign Holland, however, he would be ranked near RP50.
21 David Price (BOS - SP,RP) 121 1 18 6.9 5.2 96.0 -25.0
Price struggled at times last year, but he nearly matched his career ERA, WHIP and K/9 so don't be so quick to assume he is done. We may again see the top 10 pitcher he once was.
22 Corey Knebel (MIL - RP) DL10 197 4 58 23.6 15.9 73.0 -124.0
It is rare for a reliever to have such a dominant season (1.78 ERA, 126 Ks in 76 IP) and fall apart the next year outside of an injury. Expect more of the same from the Brewers' star closer in 2018.
23 Brad Brach (BAL - RP) 232 19 37 25.8 4.5 204.0 -28.0
If we knew Brach was certain to be the closer, he would be a top 30 reliever, but Buck Showalter suggests Givens or even O'Day might be the Orioles closer. Draft Brach late since he is the favorite for the job, but be careful to not reach in case you get burned.
24 Greg Holland (STL - RP) 218 9 126 30.7 31.0 201.0 -17.0
We don't know where Holland will sign yet, but we can count on him being the closer wherever he ends up. He should see a major improvement in his ratios pitching away from Coors this season.
25 Bradley Boxberger (ARI - RP) 226 15 103 31.3 24.1 256.0 +30.0
 
26 Fernando Rodney (MIN - RP) 265 23 42 29.8 5.1 208.0 -57.0
The Twins are planning on using Rodney as their closer and saves are saves so go ahead and draft him late if you need to fill the category. That doesn't mean his role will last long, however, as Rodney is one of the worst closers entering the season.
27 Keone Kela (TEX - RP) 247 18 115 35.9 26.7 340.0 +93.0
The Rangers have not given a conclusive answer as to who their closer will be, but it is seeming more and more likely that Kela, the best man for the job, will be handed the role. If it happens, he would immediately become a top 15 reliever in baseball with even larger upside.
28 Shane Greene (DET - RP) 262 22 94 35.3 18.8 218.0 -44.0
 
29 Michael Clevinger (CLE - SP,RP) 208 10 33 20.0 7.6 197.0 -11.0
Clevinger is officially in the rotation to start the season and may just be the steal of fantasy drafts this year. He was a top 15 pitcher when he was on the mound for 21 starts last season and might strikeout 220 this year if he has the chance from Cleveland.
30 Mark Melancon (SF - RP) DL10 244 14 46 31.3 10.5 166.0 -78.0
For four consecutive seasons, Melancon was a dynamite closer. After signing the huge contract with San Francisco, however, he had a terrible season. He's got dibs at the save opportunities, but the ratios aren't a guarantee to bounce back.
31 Hunter Strickland (SF - RP) 276 19 91 40.7 22.6 665.0 +389.0
 
32 Josh Hader (MIL - RP) 260 10 70 33.8 16.5 282.0 +22.0
Hader is a former top prospect for the Brewers who was stuck in the bullpen last year. Now, that may happen again, but even if it does and he doesn't find a way to steal the closer job from Corey Knebel, Hader is dominant enough to be owned in even standard leagues. Over the second half of the season, he was better than Craig Kimbrel, Edwin Diaz and a host of other top closers. This season, you can expect him to strike out near 100 hitters with a great ERA and WHIP. Don't sleep on the idea that he ends up as the Brewers closer if Knebel stumbles, or better yet, gets his crack in the rotation where he just may be a future ace.
33 Archie Bradley (ARI - RP) 264 19 47 33.7 8.6 184.0 -80.0
After struggling in the rotation through 34 career starts, Arizona made the decision to move Bradley to the bullpen where he was lights out last season. He posted stellar ratios and struck out nearly 10 hitters per 9 innings. If the Diamondbacks do name him the closer, we would be looking at a top 10 reliever in baseball.
34 Keynan Middleton (LAA - RP) 318 18 105 46.4 30.2 671.0 +353.0
 
35 Dellin Betances (NYY - RP) 281 20 56 36.9 11.0 238.0 -43.0
Betances likely won't be saving more than a handful of games, but even in last year's down season, he still managed 100 Ks and solid ratios. You can bet on the safety late in drafts if you need help in those three categories.
36 Brad Peacock (HOU - SP,RP) 283 26 43 33.3 5.7 234.0 -49.0
It seems as though the Astros will be forced to leave Peacock out of the starting rotation to open the season, but even with that being the case, he was so dominant out of the pen last year that he ought to be drafted. He also provides that rare SP eligibility for a relief pitcher than essentially gives you free quality innings.
37 Brad Ziegler (MIA - RP) 320 30 61 40.3 9.2 322.0 +2.0
Ziegler has had a great run in this league and still has plenty to offer big league teams, but he doesn't provide loads of strikeouts and may have trouble holding off Kyle Barraclough should he improve his command this season.
38 Chris Devenski (HOU - RP) 272 14 56 36.3 12.1 291.0 +19.0
 
39 Blake Parker (LAA - RP) 297 22 49 37.3 8.6 228.0 -69.0
The Angels seem to be going with the inferior Bedrosian as their closer to begin the season, but if he slips up one bit, you can bet on Parker taking over again. If and when he is the closer, he is a top 15 reliever in baseball.
40 Joakim Soria (CWS - RP) 308 24 48 37.3 7.1 335.0 +27.0
Soria is slated to start the year as the White Sox closer, and while he was solid last year, Zack Burdi will be breathing down his neck in no time. Plus, Chicago shouldn't offer much in the way of save opportunities so his upside is limited.
41 David Robertson (NYY - RP) 345 30 71 43.2 13.2 255.0 -90.0
Robertson is the number three reliever for the Yanks so saves aren't in the cards, but he has been so good for quite a while that you can still rely on him to provide loads of strikeouts and both a terrific WHIP and ERA.
42 Chad Green (NYY - RP) 288 23 71 40.4 15.7 262.0 -26.0
Apologies to Kenley Jansen, but Green was the best reliever in baseball during the second half after a rather dominant first half. Batters hit just .147 off him over the entire season and struck out in 45% of their at-bats. That is not a typo! The Yankees finally got wise and decided to put him in the rotation for 2018. There is, of course, some risk here, but he is going undrafted in most leagues. Buy yourself a lottery ticket and maybe just maybe you will end up with this year's breakout starter of the year.
43 Matt Albers (MIL - RP) 315 29 111 51.1 29.1    
 
44 Nate Jones (CWS - RP) 349 27 85 47.8 15.7 328.0 -21.0
 
45 Mike Minor (TEX - SP,RP) 340 26 88 46.0 22.4 392.0 +52.0
 
46 Cameron Bedrosian (LAA - RP) 334 21 59 43.2 9.4 260.0 -74.0
The Angels have been grooming Bedrosian to be the closer from some time and he has shown considerable potential, but is not nearly as polished as Blake Parker who seems to be the best reliever in their bullpen. Apparently, Bedrosian is the favorite for the job though. Don't draft him as though it is locked into place, nor that if he has the job, he is bound to hang onto it for too long with Parker breathing down his neck.
47 Luke Gregerson (STL - RP) 369 31 68 44.6 11.5 301.0 -68.0
To begin Spring Training, Mike Matheny said Gregerson would be the Cardinals closer, but as it stands now, Dominic Leone is looking more and more like the guy. Don't give up on Gregerson altogether, but at this point he isn't worth drafting in standard leagues.
48 Zach Britton (BAL - RP) DL60 324 32 56 42.8 8.4 308.0 -16.0
The former shutdown closer is expected back in the first few months of the season but even when he comes back, he will need to be eased back into the closer role. Just know that if you draft him, you better be willing to keep a non-closer on your bench for muiltiple months and he might not even be the same pitcher after surgery.
49 Tyler Chatwood (CHC - SP,RP) 301 20 61 40.9 12.4 230.0 -71.0
 
50 Bud Norris (STL - SP,RP) 394 28 71 43.7 13.9 464.0 +70.0
 
51 Jacob Barnes (MIL - RP) 362 31 106 51.0 23.6 606.0 +244.0
 
52 Addison Reed (MIN - RP) 344 32 67 48.6 11.4 293.0 -51.0
 
53 Alexander Claudio (TEX - RP) 385 36 74 49.6 13.9 264.0 -121.0
 
54 Dominic Leone (STL - RP) 347 31 60 45.1 8.7 265.0 -82.0
Oh, you actually believed the rumor that Luke Gregerson (4.57 ERA, 13 HR allowed) was going to be the Cardinals closer over Leone? It is only a matter of time before the entire fantasy baseball community catches wind of the fact that Leone is far and away the best reliever in St. Louis. Over the second half, he morphed into a force of nature for the Blue Jays, posting a 2.05 ERA with 11.5 K/9 and a .205 batting average against. This is the cheapest closer you can find right now, and he may just end up top 10 at the position this year.
55 C.J. Edwards (CHC - RP) 365 34 81 53.0 14.7 350.0 -15.0
Brandon Morrow has more of a locked down closers job than many others, but if he were to falter, Edwards might just be a top 5 closer from that point on. He has elite strikeout stuff and will be a tremendous help with both ERA and WHIP regardless of whether or not he sees save opportunities.
56 A.J. Ramos (NYM - RP) 373 32 59 47.8 9.4 370.0 -3.0
The Mets are expected to give Familia the job back, but if he isn't quite his old self, don't be surprised if they hand the keys over to Ramos who would then become a top 25 relief pitcher. In deeper leagues he is worth owning just for the strikeout and ratio help.
57 A.J. Minter (ATL - RP) 379 33 58 46.1 8.8 337.0 -42.0
The Braves and many around the industry seem to think Minter may be the next Craig Kimbrel. We haven't seen enough yet to warrant owning a project reliever, but he is worth keeping an eye on even if he isn't notching saves for another year. He might be able to be a big help in three categories.
58 Kyle Barraclough (MIA - RP) 395 35 59 47.6 7.1 414.0 +19.0
Barraclough needs to work on his command so that he can bring the ratios down to a more favorable level for fantasy teams, but he is a good bet to rack up 75+ strikeouts and happens to be second behind one of the shakiest closers in baseball.
59 Mychal Antonio Givens (BAL - RP) 415 39 109 55.6 22.3 418.0 +3.0
 
60 Erasmo Ramirez (SEA - SP,RP) DL10 386 29 66 47.5 18.5 523.0 +137.0
 
61 Tyler Glasnow (PIT - SP,RP) 440 42 83 54.2 13.5 442.0 +2.0
Glasnow may have been the worst pitcher in the big leagues last year because he struggled with his command. He also happened to be the best pitcher in the minors last year too with video game numbers. Expect a major bounceback, and while he may may not be an ace right away, he does offer that type of upside.
62 Drew Steckenrider (MIA - RP) 427 41 123 76.2 31.5 440.0 +13.0
 
63 Joe Musgrove (PIT - SP,RP) DL10 372 41 58 50.7 5.8 402.0 +30.0
 
64 Brent Suter (MIL - SP,RP) 414 37 96 68.4 22.7 499.0 +85.0
 
65 Darren O'Day (BAL - RP) 384 40 91 60.0 16.9 568.0 +184.0
 
66 Joe Jimenez (DET - RP) 418 41 76 61.0 14.7 439.0 +21.0
 
67 Ryan Madson (WSH - RP) 424 46 73 54.6 8.5 317.0 -107.0
Sean Doolittle should have no trouble hanging on to the coveted Nationals' closer job which should yield 40+ save opportunities. With that said, Madson is next in line and well worth owning even without the saves considering how absolutley dominant he was in the second-half last year.
68 Trevor Hildenberger (MIN - RP) 420 43 110 79.3 24.1 536.0 +116.0
 
69 Anthony Swarzak (NYM - RP) DL10 434 45 107 76.2 23.8 462.0 +28.0
 
70 Juan Minaya (CWS - RP) MiLB 425 46 103 74.2 19.4 386.0 -39.0
 
71 Seung-Hwan Oh (TOR - RP) 431 46 95 67.2 16.5 327.0 -104.0
 
72 Tony Watson (SF - RP) 498 47 99 72.1 15.1 359.0 -139.0
 
73 Sam Dyson (SF - RP) 457 47 98 65.9 16.0 483.0 +26.0
 
74 Pat Neshek (PHI - RP) DL10 441 47 69 57.2 6.6 321.0 -120.0
 
75 Robert Stephenson (CIN - SP,RP) MiLB 471 49 73 61.0 12.0 487.0 +16.0
Stephenson had a terrible start to the season, but closed the year with a strong second-half. He's got some potential so monitor him so you can pick him up before any kind of breakout takes place.
76 Walker Buehler (LAD - SP,RP) 470 50 120 72.5 23.8 410.0 -60.0
 
77 Mike Montgomery (CHC - SP,RP) 455 50 90 67.3 15.3 375.0 -80.0
 
78 Juan Nicasio (SEA - RP) 448 50 89 67.0 16.3 497.0 +49.0
 
79 Will Harris (HOU - RP) 452 51 105 79.0 22.1 325.0 -127.0
 
80 Amir Garrett (CIN - SP,RP) 459 51 105 65.4 20.3 504.0 +45.0
We saw Garrett jump out to a hot start to begin his career, but then it all came tumbling down. He finished the season with terrible numbers, but it turns out he was pitching at less than 100% most of the season. Garrett is healthy now, however and his velo has spiked 4 MPH, so don't be shocked if he breaks out.
81 Tyler Lyons (STL - RP) 460 51 104 66.7 18.1 407.0 -53.0
 
82 Jeremy Jeffress (MIL - RP)   53 100 79.3 16.9    
 
83 Yusmeiro Petit (OAK - RP) FME 467 54 78 66.0 12.0 548.0 +81.0
 
84 Yoshihisa Hirano (ARI - RP) 468 56 107 72.6 20.1 391.0 -77.0
 
85 Michael Lorenzen (CIN - RP) DL10 473 58 100 77.8 16.3 525.0 +52.0
 
86 Matthew Strahm (SD - SP,RP) DL10   58 75 66.5 8.5 594.0  
The Padres have not committed to putting Strahm in their rotation yet or he would be worthy of a draft pick even in shallow leagues. Either way, he is well worth watching because once the plug him into the rotation he should be owned everywhere. The young lefty has incredible stuff and should be fantasy relevant for years to come.
87 Jim Johnson (LAA - RP) 481 59 109 76.2 16.5 644.0 +163.0
 
88 Kirby Yates (SD - RP) DL10 478 59 102 79.0 18.8 472.0 -6.0
 
89 Matt Barnes (BOS - RP)   60 113 86.5 26.5 706.0  
 
90 Tommy Kahnle (NYY - RP) DL10 509 60 86 72.6 11.1 339.0 -170.0
Kahnle would need a total Yankees disaster to get save opportunities as he is either fourth or fifth in line for New York. Still, his stuff is good enough that we should be looking at one of the top non-closers in baseball again this season.
91 Pedro Baez (LAD - RP) 487 61 94 73.3 14.7 685.0 +198.0
 
92 Trevor Williams (PIT - SP,RP) 499 61 79 67.7 8.1 455.0 -44.0
 
93 Junior Guerra (MIL - SP,RP)   62 116 89.0 27.0 789.0  
 
94 Emilio Pagan (OAK - RP) 518 62 114 91.7 21.9 347.0 -171.0
 
95 Jose Ramirez (ATL - RP) DL10 500 63 124 85.7 22.6    
 
96 Brandon Kintzler (WSH - RP) 510 63 110 83.7 18.0 303.0 -207.0
 
97 Anthony Banda (TB - SP,RP) MiLB 526 63 97 80.0 17.0 823.0 +297.0
 
98 Matt Bush (TEX - RP) 536 63 74 67.8 4.0 522.0 -14.0
 
99 Ryan Tepera (TOR - RP) 501 64 80 69.3 7.5 654.0 +153.0
 
100 Trevor Cahill (OAK - SP,RP)   65 96 80.5 15.5 626.0  
 
101 Steve Cishek (CHC - RP) 503 65 69 66.7 1.7 555.0 +52.0
 
102 Hector Rondon (HOU - RP) 502 65 66 65.5 0.5 633.0 +131.0
 
103 Ty Blach (SF - SP,RP) 517 66 101 78.0 16.3 378.0 -139.0
 
104 Pedro Strop (CHC - RP) 516 66 75 70.7 3.7 580.0 +64.0
 
105 Santiago Casilla (OAK - RP)   67 117 92.0 20.4 830.0  
 
106 Jose Urena (MIA - SP,RP)   67 102 84.5 17.5 412.0  
 
107 Liam Hendriks (OAK - RP) DL10 531 67 82 74.5 7.5 786.0 +255.0
 
108 Tyler Clippard (TOR - RP)   68 106 87.0 19.0    
 
109 Carter Capps (SD - RP) MiLB 525 68 101 83.0 11.9 661.0 +136.0
 
110 Nick Vincent (SEA - RP) 508 68 85 76.5 8.5 741.0 +233.0
 
111 Brandon Maurer (KC - RP) MiLB 528 69 82 73.7 5.9 646.0 +118.0
 
112 Jeff Hoffman (COL - SP,RP) DL10 527 69 72 70.5 1.5 660.0 +133.0
 
113 Jake McGee (COL - RP)   70 103 86.5 16.5 588.0  
 
114 David Hernandez (CIN - RP) DL10 537 71 88 79.5 8.5    
 
115 Tommy Hunter (PHI - RP) DL10 523 72 75 73.7 1.2 625.0 +102.0
 
116 Zach McAllister (CLE - RP) 540 73 84 78.5 5.5    
 
117 Adam Ottavino (COL - RP)   75 106 93.0 13.1 825.0  
 
118 Shawn Kelley (WSH - RP)   76 79 77.5 1.5    
 
119 Joshua Fields (LAD - RP) 533 76 78 77.0 1.0 755.0 +222.0
 
120 Francisco Liriano (DET - SP,RP)   77 97 87.0 10.0 708.0  
 
121 Joaquin Benoit (WSH - RP) DL10   85 104 94.5 9.5    
 
122 Bryan Shaw (COL - RP)   85 90 87.5 2.5 624.0  
 
123 Nick Goody (CLE - RP)   91 121 106.0 15.0 638.0  
 
124 Brock Stewart (LAD - SP,RP)   95 97 96.0 1.0 623.0  
 
125 Joe Biagini (TOR - SP,RP) MiLB   107 114 110.5 3.5 578.0