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Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet: Relief Pitcher Rankings for 2017

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In fantasy baseball, relief pitching is one of the most difficult positions to rank each and every season. There are always your elite options, those closers who rack up the saves (and usually the strikeouts) that have no worries about losing the job aside from an injury.

Related: 2017 Fantasy Baseball Top 300 Rankings

However more and more teams either have closers with shorter leashes or will be using more than one pitcher to finish games. These factors make getting one of the elite options helpful, but that doesn’t mean you are out of luck in terms of finding another pitcher that is line to get saves later in the draft.

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Another possible strategy when it comes to your relievers is to draft those with high K/9 numbers, a low WHIP and ERA whether they are getting save opportunities or not. I have employed this approach before and the main benefit is that while you may not get many saves, your other pitching numbers should benefit.

Needless to say this will be the one position that can literally change each and every week. Be ready.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Rankings powered by FantasyProsECR ™ - Expert Consensus Rankings
ADP - Average Draft Position

— Rankings by Chris Meyers, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a member of the FSWA. Meyers' work appears on many other sites, including Follow him on Twitter @FantsyChillpony.

(Zach Birtton photo courtesy of @EddieInTheYard)