Opening Day is rapidly approaching, which means it's time to begin prepping for your 2021 fantasy baseball drafts.
Here at The Duel we'll have you covered every step of the way, and that begins with the first step of draft prep — identifying this year's top fantasy baseball assets. You can check out our top-100 fantasy baseball player rankings here and top-20 team names as well.
With that in mind, here are the top 10 fantasy relief pitchers/closers for the 2021 MLB season.
Fantasy Baseball RP Rankings 2021
10. JamesKarinchak, Cleveland Indians
9. Raisel Iglesias, Los Angeles Angels
8. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers are World Series favorites, and they should be doing plenty of winning in 2021. That should also mean no shortage of save opportunities for Kenley Jansen. Jansen had 11 saves in the shortened 2020 campaign, and before that has 47, 41, 38 and 33 in the previous four seasons. His strikeouts-per-nine were up to 12.21 last season, and there's a lot to like in 2021.
7. Edwin Diaz, New York Mets
6. Carlos Carrasco, New York Mets
5. Corbin Burnes, Milwaukee Brewers
4. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
3. Liam Hendricks, Chicago White Sox
2. Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers
Josh Hader was doing typical Josh Hader things in 2020, and he's the top true closer on the list. His 13 saves ranked No. 3 in the majors, which marks back-to-back season ranking that high. His walks were up in 2020, but this is still a guy who boasts a 44.1% strikeout rate and 2.66 xFIP across 223 2/3 career major league innings.
1. Kenta Maeda, Minnesota Twins
Kenta Maeda has both SP and RP eligibility on Yahoo! this season since they're carrying over 2019 eligibility due to the shortened 2020 season, making him an interesting value. He was stellar in his first season with the Twins, twirling a 2.70 ERA and 2.63 xFIP across 11 starts while notching 10.8 strikeouts and a career-low 1.35 walks per nine innings. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) isn't going to stick at .208, but even with some regression there, he should be in for another big season.
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