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2008 Fantasy Preview: Relievers
01/30/2008 1:46 PM ET
Below is a chart of every reliever ranked and covered in MLB.com's 2008 Fantasy Preview, a rundown that includes established big leaguers and up-and-coming prospects.

The list features dollar values compiled by our MLB.com staff based on standard 23-man, $260, 5x5 mixed-league play. We included projected stats for the 2008 season as well as a one-liner prediction that encapsulates every player's value in 10 words or fewer. This page will be updated throughout the spring to reflect the impact of inevitable transactions, injuries and changing job situations.

An indispensable part of the draft-day kit, the cheat sheet can make the difference between winning and losing your fantasy league. With quick-hitting rankings and forecasts, it'll help you keep the remaining players on the board in order as the draft wears on. The last thing you want to be doing is flipping through some magazine when it's your turn to pick.

So play fair, but don't forget your cheat sheet when you head to your draft.

Stats listed are 2008 projections.
Dollar values based on standard 5x5 play, $260 budget per 23-man team.   
Mixed rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: AL RP | NL RP
 Relievers TM $$ W SV SO ERA WHIP Notes
Jonathan PapelbonBOS27440861.530.88Young, gifted and bulletproof.
J.J. PutzSEA27541841.720.81Last year's dominance no fluke.
Francisco RodriguezLAA26442882.941.28Lives up to nickname, but command is iffy.
Joe NathanMIN26544811.931.00As reliable as they come.
Mariano RiveraNYY24435692.441.00Still an elite option.
Bobby JenksCWS23643632.710.76Has joined upper echelon.
Billy WagnerNYM23336762.911.21Age may soon start taking its toll.
Takashi SaitoLAD23437742.080.85Handcuff with setup man Jonathan Broxton.
Jose ValverdeHOU23336703.111.32Don't pay for '07 saves total.
Francisco CorderoCIN23334713.881.22Hurt by move to smaller ballpark.
Huston StreetOAK21535752.661.06Could be bargain after injury-plagued '07.
Trevor HoffmanSD21335393.071.18Continues to defy Father Time.
Manny CorpasCOL19434602.131.03Should thrive in first full season as closer.
Jason IsringhausenSTL15431553.451.35Expect a decline.
Joakim SoriaKC15532722.711.02Here to stay after unheralded rookie year.
B.J. RyanTOR14227642.441.05Question mark after TJ surgery.
Matt CappsPIT14530592.571.01Save chances limited in PIT.
Chad CorderoWAS14431603.811.45Warning signs abound.
Eric GagneMIL13229553.151.24Durability remains major hurdle.
Rafael SorianoATL13331613.130.89High upside available at good price.
Brad LidgePHI13227953.861.33Slated to come off DL April 5.
Kevin GreggFLA13229723.651.31Needs to improve shaky control.
Joe BorowskiCLE13228574.661.45Often dances with disaster.
Todd JonesDET12132264.631.39Warning: Saves come with indigestion.
Joba Chamberlain NYY 12 12 0 170 3.86 1.17 Golden arm expected to ease back into rotation.
Carlos MarmolCHC7315912.671.18Only needs opportunity.
Troy PercivalTB5220403.421.39Can he keep partying like it's 1999?
Brandon LyonARI5422373.431.27Has yet to hold closer job for entire season.
Joaquin BenoitTEX5417833.221.39Promotion could await top setup man.
Jeremy AccardoTOR5512552.491.25Must-have insurance for B.J. Ryan owners.
Ryan DempsterCHC5215794.631.47Role TBA.
Jonathan BroxtonLAD339942.541.18Takashi Saito injury away from closing.
C.J. WilsonTEX2315663.451.36Will battle Joakin Benoit for closer job.
Brian WilsonSF2317503.821.34Default closer needs to maintain control.
Tony PenaARI2312603.461.30Worth grabbing in case Brandon Lyon falters.
Bob HowryCHC168683.221.19May steal saves if Ryan Dempster starts.
Jon RauchWAS1610783.611.24Could be closing by season's end.
Hideki OkajimaBOS156602.451.05Top insurance policy for Jonathan Papelbon
Rafael BetancourtCLE137722.450.99Could claim closer job if Joe Borowski falters.
Al ReyesTB148683.881.02Insurance for Troy Percival.
Heath BellSD155832.851.06Vulture saves await when Trevor Hoffman rests.
Chad QuallsARI157693.191.37Could receive emergency SVO.
Pat NeshekMIN158802.340.83Sleeper candidate if Joe Nathan gets moved.
Brian FuentesCOL137702.941.19Ninth inning now Manny Corpas' territory.
Jamie WalkerBAL148393.521.20Could see SVO given lack of alternatives in BAL.
Derrick TurnbowMIL157714.471.55Risky business even if Eric Gagne gets injured.
Scot ShieldsLAA144763.391.23Expect rebound.
Brad HennesseySF158443.711.29Could close again if Brian Wilson struggles.
Chad BradfordBAL148393.491.48Steady vet in chaotic O's 'pen.
Matt LindstromFLA155683.311.32Possible future closer.
Aaron HeilmanNYM156663.141.17Insurance for Billy Wagner owners.
Tom GordonPHI127494.281.17An option only if Brad Lidge falters.
George SherrillBAL138592.941.00Might steal saves in unsettled O's pen.
Alan EmbreeOAK137453.811.40Value directly tied to Huston Street's health.
Fernando RodneyDET165573.621.23Awaiting Todd Jones' demise.
Octavio DotelCWS123543.941.34Revival hinges entirely on destination.
Justin Miller FLA132733.711.39Stuck behind Bobby Jenks in setup role.
Taylor TankersleyFLA144553.431.58Fireballing lefty needs to show consistency.
Kazuo FukumoriTEX145513.731.24Japan experience could lead to SVO in young 'pen.
Lee GardnerFLA134573.161.37Expect return to earth after amazing second half.
Michael WuertzCHC131713.221.39Good source of Ks, but don't expect any saves.
Scott LinebrinkCWS143594.181.47Could get SVO when Bobby Jenks gets a break.
Juan CruzARI150913.451.21Cheap source of Ks for NL-only leaguers.
Peter MoylanATL145542.531.13Top insurance option for Soriano owners.
Eddie GuardadoTEX118483.451.46Dark-horse closer candidate.
Yasuhiko YabutaKC135554.171.31Could be next in line for SVO if Joakim Soria struggles.
Justin SpeierLAA131524.011.06Source of Ks and good ratios in AL-only play.
Manny DelcarmenBOS140492.881.02Expect continued improvement.
Brandon MorrowSEA132813.981.43Could be joining rotation.
Matt GuerrierMIN133612.881.11Steady option coming off strong all-around campaign.
Kevin CorreiaSF11001124.011.41Might land rotation spot after promising audition.
David WeathersCIN165483.981.35Returns to setup role with Francisco Cordero in town.
Justin DuchschererOAK143523.411.15Expected to try out for starting role.
David RiskeMIL123574.041.26One of many Eric Gagne insurance options.
Kerry WoodCHC144603.151.23Could thrive in second year of relief work.
Cla MeredithSD163583.431.44Slick control artist burried in deep 'pen.
Duaner SanchezNYM143434.131.22Looking to regain '06 form after missing all of '07.
Akinori OtsukaFA145374.091.24Free agent's ability to rebound in question.
Ryan MadsonPHI142533.961.23Will battle Tom Gordon for top setup job.
Luis VizcainoCOL153714.461.44Expect slight improvement in home numbers.
Dan WheelerTB133704.061.27Mild rebound candidate.
Santiago CasillaOAK120643.771.13Don't expect return to early '07 form
Joel PeraltaKC143713.751.31In hunt to be Joakim Soria's top setup man.
Joel ZumayaDET124363.661.08Expected to return around midseason.
Rafael PerezCLE120653.011.14Tough left likely to remain highly effective.
Keith FoulkeOAK134354.281.30Consider if Huston Street gets dealt.
Jason FrasorTOR120604.191.18Good source of Ks, but better alternatives abound.
Bob McCroryBAL114274.511.46Future closer with ability to get Ks, grounders.
Geoff GearyHOU132504.251.45Middling reliever needs to regain command.
Chris PerezSTL102443.781.31Future closer could take over from Izzy next year.
Jim HoeyBAL125534.081.32Cheap relief option could sneak in saves.
J.C. RomeroPHI121542.531.26"Lefty specialist" means little in fantasy.
LaTroy HawkinsNYY140314.151.35Expect rough return to AL East.
Edwar RamirezNYY100424.551.40Intriguing power reliever.
Matt WiseNYM122483.841.39Could enjoy resurgence in new surroundings.
Mike MacDougalCWS121564.091.33Health woes derailed '07 season.
Saul RiveraWAS134553.741.44Has potential value only if Chad Cordero gets dealt.
Shawn ChaconHOU160834.791.49Could wind up starting again.
Taylor BuchholzCOL150654.361.33Long reliever until rotation spot opens up.
Guillermo MotaMIL110514.991.30Steer clear of fading setup man.
Bill BrayCIN130384.451.60Promising lefty fighting for job.
Mike GonzalezATL100102.040.83Will spend most of '08 rehabbing after TJ surgery.
Kyle FarnsworthNYY120714.141.34Fading K rate a concern.
Byung-Hyun KimPIT150924.771.53Erratic sidewinder to pitch in both rotation, 'pen.
Bob WickmanFA124324.031.61Proven FA vet could see SVO.
Jorge JulioCLE100435.121.57Former closer will have to battle for bullpen spot.
Ryan FranklinSTL150464.381.49Control artist best suited for 4x4 formats.
Salomon TorresMIL131544.451.45Minimal value in crowded 'pen
Armando BenitezFA102355.521.84Creaky ex-closer trying to hang on.
Chris RayBAL100000.00On long road back from TJ surgery.
Ross OhlendorfNYY131473.971.38Could develop into high-impact setup man.
Casey WeathersCOL110254.611.2807 draftee on fast track with closer potential.
Daniel MoskosPIT110164.721.65Former college reliever should move fast.
Evan MeekPIT111334.911.89Hard-throwing Rule 5 pick will get Ks.
Casey JanssenTOR1----------Out for season with torn labrum.

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