All rankings are based off of a standard 5×5 rotisserie scoring system (wins, saves, strikeouts, era, whip) in mixed AL/NL leagues. For additional fantasy information on players and their teams, click on the team name link after each player to view a fantasy team preview for that team in 2008. Good luck in your league this season!
BUST = player will register far below their 2007 stat totals
BREAKOUT = player will surpass expectations and/or have a career year in 2008
SLEEPER = player will be a late round pick or go undrafted and has a good chance of producing fantasy worthy stats in 2008
1. Jonathan Papelbon – Boston Red Sox
2. Francisco Rodriguez – Los Angeles Angels
Rodriguez, Papelbon. Papelbon, Rodriguez. Both are deserving of the number one spot.
3. JJ Putz – Seattle Mariners
Became an elite closer in ’07.
4. Joe Nathan – Minnesota Twins
Has been an elite closer since ’04.
5. Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees
Has been an elite closer since 1997!
6. Billy Wagner – New York Mets
Gee who isn’t an elite closer? Wagner has only had 1 season out of 13 where his ERA was above 2.85.
7. Jose Valverde – Houston Astros BUST
A breakout performance in ’07 will be tough to match in ’08.
8. Huston Street – Oakland Athletics
If only he could get over his recent injury problems.
9. Trevor Hoffman – San Diego Padres
Another elite closer who has posted 40 plus saves and sub 3.00 ERA’s in past 4 seasons.
10. Francisco Cordero – Cincinnati Reds BUST
The Reds won’t win as many games as Milwaukee did in ’07.
11. Bobby Jenks – Chicago White Sox
An improved offense should give Jenks more save opportunities in ’08.
12. Jason Isringhausen – St. Louis Cardinals
13. Chad Cordero – Washington Nationals
The best fantasy option in Washington.
14. Takashi Saito – Los Angeles Dodgers
Broxton is breathing down his neck.
15. BJ Ryan – Toronto Blue Jays
If Ryan can come back from Tommy John surgery he will be dominant once again.
16. Brad Lidge – Philadelphia Phillies
17. Todd Jones – Detroit Tigers
Terrible stats, but somehow he still manages to get saves.
18. Rafeal Soriano – Atlanta Braves BREAKOUT
Has the potential to become a great closer.
19. Manny Corpas – Colorado Rockies
Came out of nowhere in ’07. With a healthy Fuentes around his role is less secure.
20. Joakim Soria – Kansas City Royals
The best fantasy player on the Royals team…and he’s rated 20th at his position…
21. Brandon Lyon – Arizona Diamondbacks BREAKOUT
22. Matt Capps – Pittsburgh Pirates
23. Joe Borowski – Cleveland Indians
24. CJ Wilson – Texas Rangers SLEEPER
25. Carlos Marmol – Chicago Cubs SLEEPER
26. Brian Wilson – San Francisco Giants
27. Jonathan Broxton – Los Angeles Dodgers
28. Eric Gagne – Milwaukee Brewers
Steroid issue looms.
29. Joba Chamberlain – New York Yankees
Joba’s good. Now whether he stays in the bullpen is another issue.
30. Jeremy Accardo – Toronto Blue Jays
31. Brain Fuentes – Colorado Rockies
32. Hideki Okajima – Boston Red Sox
33. Joel Zumaya – Detroit Tigers
34. Pat Neshek – Minnesota Twins
35. Kerry Wood – Chicago Cubs
36. Al Reyes – Tampa Bay Rays BUST
37. Ryan Dempster – Chicago Cubs
38. Mike Gonzalez – Atlanta Braves
39. Troy Percival – Tampa Bay Rays
At age 38, Percival has a decent shot at being the Rays closer in ’08.
40. Tony Pena – Arizona Diamondbacks SLEEPER
41. Kevin Gregg – Florida Marlins
42. Bob Howry – Chicago Cubs
43. Derrick Turnbow – Milwaukee Brewers
44. Scot Shields – Los Angeles Angels
45. Chad Qualls – Arizona Diamondbacks
46. Aaron Heilman – New York Mets
47. Jon Rauch – Washington Nationals
One of the best 8th inning pitchers in the league. If Cordero gets hurt, Rauch will be the man.
48. Dan Wheeler – Tampa Bay Rays
49. Taylor Tankersley – Florida Marlins SLEEPER
Every other position on the Marlins team is going young.
50. Danny Baez – Baltimore Orioles
51. Rafael Perez – Cleveland Indians
52. Seth McClung – Milwaukee Brewers
Gagne’s steroid issue and Turnbow’s late inning explosiveness may give McClung a shot at the closers role.
53. Brandon League – Toronto Blue Jays
54. Tom Gordon – Philadelphia Phillies
If Lidge falters, which is a real possibility, Gordon may be fantasy worthy once again.
55. Rafael Betancourt – Cleveland Indians
56. Jared Burton – Cincinnati Reds
57. Masahide Kobayashi – Cleveland Indians
58. Salomon Torres – Milwaukee Brewers
59. David Weathers – Cincinnati Reds
60. Armando Benitez – San Francisco Giants