August Reliever Rankings

Matthew Pouliot
Rotoworld
Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of saves and steals with an emphasis on setup men

All About Setup Men

Brad Johnson covers the latest in the world of saves and steals with an emphasis on setup men

Here are the August Rankings. Players are ranked for the remainder of the season based on how I believe they’ll perform in 5x5 leagues. Players are also listed at the positions where they’re most valuable, so if you don’t see that third baseman you’re looking for, he’s probably listed at second or short.

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Top 300 | SP | OF | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | C | DH

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Relief pitcher Rankings

Aug

RP

Team

2014

May

June

July

1

Craig Kimbrel

Braves

2

2

1

1

2

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

1

1

2

2

3

Greg Holland

Royals

4

4

3

3

4

Aroldis Chapman

Reds

13

9

5

5

5

Jake McGee

Rays

39

37

32

24

6

Trevor Rosenthal

Cardinals

3

3

4

4

7

Sean Doolittle

Athletics

44

38

9

6

8

David Robertson

Yankees

10

8

7

7

9

Koji Uehara

Red Sox

5

10

8

8

10

Glen Perkins

Twins

6

5

6

9

11

Zach Britton

Orioles

112

NR

26

19

12

Mark Melancon

Pirates

36

28

30

17

13

Fernando Rodney

Mariners

19

20

19

16

14

Cody Allen

Indians

30

31

28

20

15

Huston Street

Angels

29

23

22

22

16

Steve Cishek

Marlins

17

15

16

15

17

Jonathan Papelbon

Phillies

15

12

13

12

18

Rafael Soriano

Nationals

20

13

15

10

19

Francisco Rodriguez

Brewers

56

7

17

13

20

Joe Nathan

Tigers

7

6

10

11

21

Joaquin Benoit

Padres

27

30

31

30

22

Santiago Casilla

Giants

70

64

78

26

23

Jenrry Mejia

Mets

105 SP

108 SP

21

23

24

Casey Janssen

Blue Jays

25

22

20

21

25

Hector Rondon

Cubs

169

27

25

33

26

Addison Reed

Diamondbacks

12

16

18

18

27

Chad Qualls

Astros

37

44

27

25

28

Neftali Feliz

Rangers

45

NR

NR

NR

29

Jake Petricka

White Sox

180

NR

59

41

30

LaTroy Hawkins

Rockies

33

26

29

27

31

Wade Davis

Royals

50

46

39

35

32

Joakim Soria

Tigers

18

14

14

14

33

Brad Boxberger

Rays

118

NR

NR

NR

34

Joe Smith

Angels

100

39

41

31

35

Sergio Romo

Giants

11

11

11

28

36

Zach Putnam

White Sox

NR

NR

NR

34

37

Brad Ziegler

Diamondbacks

48

42

42

38

38

Tyler Clippard

Nationals

42

49

46

43

39

Darren O'Day

Orioles

47

56

45

39

40

Danny Farquhar

Mariners

61

33

44

46

41

A.J. Ramos

Marlins

43

41

47

40

42

Kelvin Herrera

Royals

46

67

56

50

43

Pedro Strop

Cubs

38

34

61

56

44

Dellin Betances

Yankees

172

NR

70

58

45

Ken Giles

Phillies

NR

NR

NR

NR

46

Javy Guerra

White Sox

271

NR

NR

44

47

Jason Grilli

Angels

14

25

23

29

48

Tommy Hunter

Orioles

24

18

38

42

49

Junichi Tazawa

Red Sox

41

47

48

53

50

Jordan Walden

Braves

90

66

80

NR

51

Jean Machi

Giants

72

62

49

55

52

Joel Peralta

Rays

54

55

52

37

53

Luke Gregerson

Athletics

80

43

60

54

54

Jonathan Broxton

Reds

63

65

63

59

55

Ryan Cook

Athletics

68

53

73

70

56

Jeurys Familia

Mets

202

NR

NR

72

57

Adam Ottavino

Rockies

123

NR

NR

NR

58

Josh Fields

Astros

58

60

NR

NR

59

Shawn Tolleson

Rangers

187

NR

NR

NR

60

Neil Ramirez

Cubs

285 SP

NR

57

32

61

John Axford

Indians

28

24

35

48

62

Tony Watson

Pirates

95

70

62

57

63

Brandon Maurer

Mariners

178 SP

NR

NR

NR

64

Rex Brothers

Rockies

31

45

50

52

65

Dale Thayer

Padres

129

NR

NR

61

66

Drew Storen

Nationals

65

58

54

63

67

Danny Otero

Athletics

74

61

67

64

68

Andrew Miller

Orioles

89

NR

71

65

69

Pat Neshek

Cardinals

167

NR

76

71

70

Aaron Loup

Blue Jays

60

76

72

82

71

Bryan Shaw

Indians

97

NR

36

68

72

Kevin Jepsen

Angels

195

NR

NR

NR

73

Bryan Morris

Marlins

126

NR

NR

NR

74

Joba Chamberlain

Tigers

134

NR

40

36

75

Will Smith

Brewers

73

48

43

45

76

Daniel Webb

White Sox

40

36

33

73

77

Jeremy Affeldt

Giants

182

NR

NR

76

78

Sam LeCure

Reds

51

51

53

74

79

Kevin Quackenbush

Padres

NR

NR

NR

NR

80

Craig Stammen

Nationals

53

69

65

69

Dropping off: Jesse Crain (No. 47), Grant Balfour (No. 49), Shae Simmona (No. 51), Juan Carlos Oviedo (No. 60), Alex Torres (no. 62), Ernesto Frieri (No. 66), Nate Jones (No. 67)

  • While Huston Street and Joakim Soria moved on earlier this month, there were no deadline deals to shake up the closer ranks. There are few situations in much doubt at the moment, though Zach Putnam could again challenge Jake Petricka for saves in Chicago once he comes off the disabled list.

  • Of course, Jonathan Papelbon figures to clear waivers, making him a trade candidate this month. I still think it’s unlikely that he goes, but if he does, Ken Giles would be worth a shot in the closer’s role. Joaquin Benoit probably won’t clear waivers completely, but he could make it to the Dodgers, opening up the possibility of a trade there. Chad Qualls is another possible waiver deal candidate; the Astros made it clear before the deadline that it’d take a lot to move him, but they may soften their stance now that Josh Fields is pitching so well in a setup role and bring Mike Foltynewicz up for a look in short relief.

  • For some reason, Soria has struggled mightily since arriving in Detroit. When that deal was made, I probably would have had Soria ahead of Joe Nathan for the rest of the season, even though the Tigers said they were standing by their man. Now, though, Nathan looks pretty safe, barring a multi-outing meltdown.

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