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2021 Consensus Top-40 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings

That’s right, it’s finally Fantasy Baseball draft season! While some of us degenerates were drafting back in October and November, January is the first month where fantasy baseball drafts really kick into high gear. We here at FantraxHQ have been pumping out a ton of great content all offseason long and now are diving head-first into our 2021 Fantrax Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit. A big part of any draft kit are the rankings, and we’re continuing our staff consensus rankings for 2021 with our fantasy baseball relief pitcher rankings.

Below you’ll find the consensus rankings that seven of our MLB writers were involved in. Those being Eric Cross, Chris Clegg, Jorge Montanez, Justin Johnson, David Mendelson, Nic Civale, and Dave Swan. Each writer provided anywhere from 40 to 60 relievers so we could create our consensus top-40.

Formulating relief pitcher rankings can be a pain in the butt. That’s especially true in 2021 as there are several of those dreaded “closer by committees” which always makes outlooks a bit murky while limiting the fantasy value of all involved in it. But we did our best and hope that these rankings can help give you an edge in your fantasy drafts.

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2021 Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitcher Rankings

1Liam Hendriks2211122
2Josh Hader1122411
3Aroldis Chapman4433334
4Edwin Diaz3385245
5Raisel Iglesias5644566
6Brad Hand85671273
7Ryan Pressly61256658
8Kirby Yates79791089
9James Karinchak107910797
10Kenley Jansen9813881011
11Devin Williams11101111201410
12Nick Anderson12111412151612
13Taylor Rogers1413161491515
14Craig Kimbrel1715NRNR111316
15Drew Pomeranz18181023NR1114
16Alex Colome15141913132713
17Trevor Rosenthal13162016141917
18Rafael Montero16171520181818
19Giovanny Gallegos19231719222323
20Will Smith23212924161221
21Richard Rodriguez211928NR212919
22Matt Barnes24203131272420
23Diego Castillo20374515191729
24Amir Garrett22292232312227
25Lucas Sims28252128323525
26Jake Diekman31311221352641
27Greg Holland34263229232826
28Tyler Duffey37332722NR2142
29Archie Bradley32282436293828
30Mark Melancon2524374137NR24
31Hector Neris26273634NRNR37
32Stefan Crichton27304339282538
33Jose Leclerc35393054172039
34Jordan Hicks29383435333630
35Anthony Bass36NR39402431NR
36Trevor May4041333030NR33
37Yimi Garcia33324237253340
38Daniel Bard303650NR263736
39Josh Staumont3849NR2739NR32
40Hunter Harvey41354142423935

Did you find these consensus rankings useful? For more great rankings, strategy, and analysis check out the 2021 FantraxHQ Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit. We’ll be adding more content from now right up until Opening Day!

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