Fantasy baseball relief pitcher rankings

Fantasy baseball relief pitcher rankings

By David Ferris
CSNChicago.com

The following relief pitchers are ranked assuming a 5x5 format (wins, saves, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts).

1. Craig Kimbrel, Braves
2. Fernando Rodney, Rays
NOTE: You trust him completely - until next spring.
3. Joel Hanrahan, Pirates
4. Aroldis Chapman, Reds
NOTE: Is he a starter in 2013?
5. Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies
6. J.J. Putz, Diamondbacks
7. Jason Motte, Cardinals
8. Rafael Soriano, Yankees
9. Chris Perez, Indians
NOTE: Looking tired in dog days of August.
10. Jim Johnson, Orioles
11. Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
12. Huston Street, Padres
NOTE: Unreal numbers but team holds back value.
13. Joe Nathan, Rangers
14. Addison Reed, White Sox
15. Casey Janssen, Blue Jays
16. Jose Valverde, Tigers
17. Tom Wilhelmsen, Mariners
NOTE: Former bartender turns into lights-out closer.
18. Rafael Betancourt, Rockies
NOTE: Surprisingly wasn't traded, but waiver deal possible.
19. Carlos Marmol, Cubs
NOTE: Back on the beam, reliable again.
20. Ernesto Frieri, Angels
21. Greg Holland, Royals
22. Alfredo Aceves, Red Sox
23. Tyler Clippard, Nationals
24. Frank Francisco, Mets
25. Steve Cishek, Marlins
NOTE: How badly do they want to try Heath Bell again?
26. Ryan Cook, Athletics
27. Jeremy Affeldt, Giants
NOTE: Lefty or not, he's the best option they have right now.
28. Jared Burton, Twins
29. Joe Henderson, Brewers
NOTE: Ten-year journeyman gets a shot.
30. John Axford, Brewers
31. Grant Balfour, Athletics
32. Heath Bell, Marlins
33. Sergio Romo, Giants
NOTE: Nightmare for righties, but how durable is he?
34. Glen Perkins, Twins
35. Drew Storen, Nationals
NOTE: Likely to see the ninth soon enough.
36. Wilton Lopez, Astros
NOTE: Ready to close if the elbow is healthy.
37. Vinnie Pestano, Indians
38. Pedro Strop, Orioles
39. Santiago Casilla, Giants
40. Sean Marshall, Reds
41. Alexi Ogando, Rangers
42. Sean Burnett, Nationals
43. David Hernandez, Diamondbacks
44. Andrew Bailey, Red Sox
NOTE: Back soon, but role uncertain.
45. Jonathan Broxton, Reds
46. Luke Gregerson, Padres
47. David Robertson, Yankees
48. Brayan Villarreal, Tigers
49. Scott Downs, Angels
NOTE: Desperately needed back in Anaheim.
50. Jake McGee, Rays
51. Octavio Dotel, Tigers
52. Jason Grilli, Pirates
53. Bobby Parnell, Mets
54. Joaquin Benoit, Tigers
55. Joel Peralta, Rays
56. Brett Myers, White Sox
NOTE: Move to Chicago meant move out of ninth.
57. Edward Mujica, Cardinals
58. Matt Belisle, Rockies
NOTE: Likely successor if Betancourt is moved.
59. Ronald Belisario, Dodgers
60. Darren O'Day, Orioles
61. Kevin Jepsen, Angels
62. Jon Rauch, Mets
NOTE: Say this, he looks the part.
63. Boone Logan, Yankees
64. Joe Smith, Indians
65. David Phelps, Yankees
66. Mike Adams, Rangers
67. Robbie Ross, Rangers
68. Wesley Wright, Astros
NOTE: Probably their second-best reliever.
69. Aaron Crow, Royals
70. Mitchell Boggs, Cardinals
NOTE: The trusted bridge to Motte.
71. Craig Stammen, Nationals
72. Brandon League, Dodgers
73. James Russell, Cubs
74. Charlie Furbush, Mariners
75. Dale Thayer, Padres
76. Tim Collins, Royals
77. Javy Guerra, Dodgers
78. Matt Thornton, White Sox
NOTE: Not a favorite of Robin Ventura.
79. Andrew Miller, Red Sox
NOTE: Nice reclamation work here.
80. Jose Arredondo, Reds
81. Eric O'Flaherty, Braves
82. Rex Brothers, Rockies
83. Josh Lindblom, Phillies
84. Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers
85. Shawn Camp, Cubs
86. Kameron Loe, Brewers
NOTE: Got a brief closing shot, didn't convert.
87. Kyle Farnsworth, Rays
NOTE: Typical of Tampa, closers last just one year.
88. Phil Coke, Tigers
89. Fernando Salas, Cardinals
90. Francisco Cordero, Astros
NOTE: Gas tank is empty.
91. Vicente Padilla, Red Sox
92. Brian Fuentes, Cardinals
NOTE: Unsafe in any league.

Cubs make it official: Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod extended

Cubs make it official: Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod extended

It was no secret after Theo Epstein's contract extension on Wednesday, but the Cubs officially announced extensions for general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod on Friday.

The new contracts run through the 2021 season.

Both Hoyer and McLeod joined the Cubs on Nov. 1, 2011. The team is set for its second straight postseason appearance this October.

CSN Chicago's Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney had more on Epstein keeping the band together when Epstein's deal was first announced on Wednesday.

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 4

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 4

Sometimes in fantasy football you have to go out on a limb.

As injuries have decimated most of our rosters in just three short weeks, now is the time to really scour the waiver wire in an attempt to use the plug and play strategy because of a juicy matchup. That is exactly what we're doing this week.

If you have any questions, hit us up on @CSNFantasy and tune in to our weekly Fantasy Fix Facebook Live shows every Thursday.

Let's get right into the Week 4 Start/Sit and as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:

START

Brian Hoyer, QB, CHI (vs. DET) - I understand that I'm going to get criticism for this one, but I'm confident I'll be the one laughing come Sunday afternoon. In his first start in a Bears uniform, Hoyer tossed two touchdowns and threw for 317 yards. This week he draws the league's worst pass defense in what I believe will be quite the shootout at Solder Field. Hoyer shouldn't have any difficulties finishing in the 15-20-point range against the Lions. (Scott Krinch)

Terrelle Pryor, WR, CLE (@ WSH) - Man do I wish I drafted Pryor in all of my leagues. The 27-year-old converted quarterback put on a show in Week 3, finishing with 144 receiving yards, 21 rushing yards, 35 passing yards and a touchdown. His 14 receiving targets were also led Cleveland. With no Corey Coleman or Josh Gordon, Pryor is entrenched as the Browns No. 1 wide receiver as he gears up for a matchup with a Redskins defense which ranks 28th against opposing fantasy wideouts. (Krinch)

Charles Sims, RB, TB (vs. DEN) - Sims may not do anything to help the Buccaneers pull off an upset victory on Sunday, but he'll definitely give your fantasy team a major boost. Expect Sims to load up on dump off receptions as the Broncos defense gives Jameis Winston fits in Week 4. With no Doug Martin once again, Sims needs to be in all of your fantasy lineups. (Krinch)

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SIT

Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN (vs. NYG) - Benching the No. 1 fantasy quarterback this week is a risk that I believe will pay off. Ryan has feasted on the likes of the Buccaneers, Raiders and Saints (three of the worst defenses in the NFL). This week Ryan draws a Panthers defense which is coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Vikings. It's a stiff test for Ryan which I believe he will fail. (Krinch)

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL (vs. CAR) - In his first start of the season, McKinnon rushed for just 45 yards and 16 carries, and was virtually non existent in the passing game with one catch. I envision more of the same in Week 4 as it will be tough sledding for McKinnon against a Giants defense which is only allowing 3.2 yards per carry. (Krinch)

Tajae Sharpe, WR, TEN (@ HOU) - Sharpe was the flavor of the week after bursting onto the scene in his NFL debut in Week 1, but since then he's compiled just seven total receptions for 81 yards and has yet to find the end zone. Sharpe is merely a boom or bust play this week as the Texans have allowed the fifth-fewest receptions to opposing wide receivers in 2016. (Krinch)