Fantasy Baseball 2012-Early ADP - RP


The conclusion of the ADP rankings is nigh. I always wanted to say that and have it make sense. So the final draft trends from our good ole friends over at Mock Draft Central focus on the Relief Pitchers today. I love relief pitchers, they are the glue to any contending team's pitching staff and can control your peripherals very soundly. So take a peek or if you have longer read the whole piece. Enjoy, more after the colorful palette of charted goodness.


Player
Pos Team ADP Earliest Latest Draft %
1 (57) Craig Kimbrel RP ATL 58.84 31 88 100.0%
2 (82) Drew Storen RP WAS 81.98 57 120 100.0%
3 (88) John Axford RP MIL 90.30 61 125 100.0%
4 (98) Mariano Rivera RP NYY 97.85 50 131 100.0%
5 (102) Jonathan Papelbon RP PHI 102.77 65 143 100.0%
6 (112) Brian Wilson RP SF 113.83 75 149 100.0%
7 (119) Jose Valverde RP DET 122.02 84 159 100.0%
8 (126) Heath Bell RP MIA 127.55 86 169 100.0%
9 (128) Joel Hanrahan RP PIT 128.98 95 167 100.0%
10 (133) J.J. Putz RP ARI 135.39 92 169 100.0%
11 (140) Ryan Madson RP CIN 144.55 98 182 100.0%
12 (156) Neftali Feliz RP TEX 156.75 104 207 100.0%
13 (157) Andrew Bailey RP BOS 158.23 108 192 100.0%
14 (158) Jordan Walden RP ANA 158.55 110 193 100.0%
15 (162) Carlos Marmol RP CHC 165.33 119 202 100.0%
16 (168) Joakim Soria RP KC 171.28 117 205 100.0%
17 (169) Sergio Santos RP TOR 172.24 112 -ND- 99.6%
18 (176) Kenley Jansen RP LA 176.60 100 -ND- 99.6%
19 (183) Brandon League RP SEA 182.70 126 -ND- 98.1%
20 (185) Joe Nathan RP TEX 184.83 111 -ND- 99.4%
21 (187) Jason Motte RP STL 188.20 120 -ND- 97.5%
22 (188) Huston Street RP SD 189.16 137 -ND- 97.1%
23 (196) Chris Perez RP CLE 195.85 142 -ND- 96.1%
24 (198) Rafael Betancourt RP COL 197.20 125 -ND- 97.5%
25 (216) Sergio Romo RP SF 214.33 196 -ND- 6.3%
26 (237) Francisco Rodriguez RP MIL 222.10 167 -ND- 87.5%
27 (244) Kyle Farnsworth RP TB 222.78 163 -ND- 79.4%
28 (245) Brad Lidge RP WAS 223.34 216 -ND- 2.5%
29 (266) Matt Thornton RP CHW 228.11 189 -ND- 31.7%
30 (273) David Robertson RP NYY 229.22 166 -ND- 34.1%
31 (275) Mark Melancon RP BOS 230.05 184 -ND- 79.6%
32 (278) Francisco Cordero RP TOR 230.34 190 -ND- 31.5%
33 (279) Jonny Venters RP ATL 230.49 165 -ND- 42.1%
34 (280) Chris Sale RP CHW 230.54 158 -ND- 72.7%
35 (282) Leo Nunez RP MIA 230.58 223 -ND- 6.2%
36 (297) Mike Adams RP TEX 231.76 187 -ND- 32.7%
37 (303) Tyler Clippard RP WAS 232.54 121 -ND- 72.9%
38 (313) Jim Johnson RP BAL 233.96 198 -ND- 46.2%
39 (314) Frank Francisco RP NYM 234.05 190 -ND- 56.7%
40 (316) Fernando Salas RP STL 234.22 174 -ND- 76.4%
41 (317) Javy Guerra RP LA 234.28 173 -ND- 74.9%
42 (318) Aroldis Chapman RP CIN 234.34 196 -ND- 36.6%
43 (324) Brandon Lyon RP HOU 235.75 228 -ND- 11.9%
44 (327) Dan Bard RP BOS 236.01 150 -ND- 52.5%
45 (329) Matt Capps RP MIN 236.21 175 -ND- 56.5%
46 (332) Grant Balfour RP OAK 236.56 193 -ND- 71.5%
47 (333) Addison Reed RP CHW 236.60 177 -ND- 63.4%
48 (340) Greg Holland RP KC 237.82 230 -ND- 6.6%
49 (346) Sean Marshall RP CIN 239.12 213 -ND- 50.9%
50 (357) Koji Uehara RP TEX 242.99 235 -ND- 2.9%
51 (375) Joel Peralta RP TB 260.57 252 -ND- 4.0%
52 (379) Brian Fuentes RP OAK 262.64 254 -ND- 3.9%
53 (387) Eric O'Flaherty RP ATL 268.84 260 -ND- 1.4%
54 (391) Vinnie Pestano RP CLE 269.87 261 -ND- 2.5%
55 (400) Fautino DeLosSantos RP OAK 281.25 272 -ND- 0.7%
56 (404) Ryan Franklin RP FA 282.28 273 -ND- 10.3%
57 (412) Kris Medlen RP ATL 295.72 286 -ND- 0.5%
58 (414) Luke Gregerson RP SD 297.79 288 -ND- 0.4%
59 (421) Tevor Bauer RP ARI 302.96 293 -ND- 0.5%
60 (432) David Carpenter RP HOU 318.47 308 -ND- 0.2%
61 (436) Rafael Soriano RP NYY 328.81 318 -ND- 1.9%
62 (438) David Hernandez RP ARI 329.85 319 -ND- 0.4%
63 (439) Juan Abreu RP HOU 330.88 320 -ND- 0.5%
64 (440) Antonio Bastardo RP PHI 331.91 321 -ND- 1.0%
65 (454) Joey Devine RP OAK 352.59 341 -ND- 0.4%

  • Much like SP, relief pitching shouldn't be drafted too early. They help your numbers only so much, and by only contributing to maybe 3 catergories they should be drafted as such. Kimbrel is going way too high for anyone to be drafted in the 6th round. I get it, he is awesome and pitches like every game but would you rather have Kimbrel or Brandon Phillips, Strasburg or even Desmond Jennings (All being drafted in the vicinity of pick 58). Yea i thought so.
  • I tend to resonate towards the same pattern I do when drafting SP. I like to take 2 closers back to back somewheres after rd 10 or there abouts. I have been coming up with Ryan Madson and Joel Hanrahan alot, with a sprinkle of Sergio Santos now and again. Once again I do this because then i'm done for like 8 rounds and can get the "sneaky" saves guys at the end.
  • I also like to load up on elite RP and draft zero bench bats. Most will be there around round 18 in a non-holds league, sooner if. Guys i focus on are the elite of the elite, Mike Adams, Vinnie Pestano, Tyler Clippard etc.. Guys that will help out those crappy starts from your SP from time to time and still get you 8 K's a week.
  • I like the value of closers on bad teams currently. Frank Francisco and Jim Johnson are definitely the closers and if you hear otherwise unsubscribe to those sites and come listen to me for free. Both are being drafted after the elite set-up guys, I repeat after the elite set-up guys.
  • Everyday I read the Kenley Jansen-Javy Guerra saga. It's like that scene in "Coming to America", "Rocky Marciano, Rocky Marciano". "He whooped Joe Louis' ass". Then followed by expletives which in my good christian nature can't repeat. We all know Jansen can strikeout the world but he also has the tendency to walk them first. He reminds me alot of, and you can tell me I'm wrong, Armando Benitez. That's neither a compliment or and insult because 'Mando had some very useful fantasy years. While Guerra prolly has the job for the first 2 months, there is a greater chance he regains the spot after an epic meltdown by Jansen.
  • This draft list really doesn't give any justice to the holds department, so take that into account and check out my previous post HOLDS. It's a decent read and will be constantly updated throughout the year
  • My sleeper type guys are way too many to list. I am a gluten for RP, what can I say. Vinnie Pestano is and will almost certainly be on every redraft team of mine this year. Greg Holland is a future closer in waiting that doesn't get talked about enough outside of KC. David Carpenter is prolly the most useful Astro's reliever that I would want to take a chance on, if forced.
Closers are a fical beast. It's always good to have at least 2 by the end of the draft. There are always cheap "swing" saves to be had every year on the waiver wire. So be heady when it comes to saves and don't be afraid to speculate because you think long, you think wrong. Happy drafting. Questions, comments or gratuity are never refused.
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