As we began our conference call hammering out these early fantasy baseball rankings we weren’t even in the ballpark of agreement as to who would be our overall number one relief pitcher. But I think that speaks to the historical volatility of the closer position.
I wanted Craig Kimbrel at number one and to make my point I threw out words like nasty and filthy. Dixon wanted Mariano Rivera and simply used the phrase ‘Hall of Fame.’ Up and down the rankings we were negotiating and, unlike congress, we finally came to a compromise.
I have theories as to discrepancy of opinion and in future posts I’ll wade into those, but as a teaser I think that some fantasy baseball managers want consistency in this position while others are looking strikeouts or upside. I think both are valid strategies.
I hope the early top 25 are helpful and look for our final rankings during spring training. For now, please let us know your thoughts in the comments.