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2008 Fantasy Preview: AL-Only RP
02/04/2008 12:20 PM ET
Below is a chart of every American League reliever 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 AL-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.    
AL-only rankings: C | 1B | 2B | SS | 3B | OF | SP | RP | Top 100        Go to: Mixed RP | NL RP
 Relievers TM $$ W SV SO ERA WHIP Notes
Jonathan Papelbon BOS 30 4 40 86 1.53 0.88 Young, gifted and bulletproof.
J.J. Putz SEA 30 5 41 84 1.72 0.81 Last year's dominance no fluke.
Francisco Rodriguez LAA 29 4 42 88 2.94 1.28 Lives up to nickname, but command is iffy.
Joe Nathan MIN 29 5 44 81 1.93 1.00 As reliable as they come.
Mariano Rivera NYY 26 4 35 69 2.44 1.00 Still an elite option.
Bobby Jenks CWS 25 6 43 63 2.71 0.76 Has joined upper echelon.
Huston Street OAK 23 5 35 75 2.66 1.06 Could be bargain after injury-plagued '07.
Joakim Soria KC 18 5 32 72 2.71 1.02 Here to stay after unheralded rookie year.
B.J. Ryan TOR 16 2 27 64 2.44 1.05 Question mark after TJ surgery.
Joe Borowski CLE 16 2 28 57 4.66 1.45 Often dances with disaster.
Todd Jones DET 15 1 32 26 4.63 1.39 Warning: Saves come with indigestion.
Joba Chamberlain NYY 15 12 0 170 3.86 1.17 Golden arm expected to ease back into rotation.
Troy Percival TB 10 2 20 40 3.42 1.39 Can he keep partying like it's 1999?
Joaquin Benoit TEX 7 4 17 83 3.22 1.39 Promotion could await top setup man.
Jeremy Accardo TOR 7 5 12 55 2.49 1.25 Must-have insurance for B.J. Ryan owners.
C.J. Wilson TEX 6 3 15 66 3.45 1.36 Will battle Joakin Benoit for closer job.
Hideki Okajima BOS 3 5 6 60 2.45 1.05 Top insurance policy for Jonathan Papelbon
Rafael Betancourt CLE 3 3 7 72 2.45 0.99 Could claim closer job if Joe Borowski falters.
Al Reyes TB 3 4 8 68 3.88 1.02 Insurance for Troy Percival.
Pat Neshek MIN 3 5 8 80 2.34 0.83 Sleeper candidate if Joe Nathan gets moved.
Jamie Walker BAL 3 4 8 39 3.52 1.20 Could see SVO given lack of alternatives in BAL.
Scot Shields LAA 3 4 4 76 3.39 1.23 Expect rebound.
Chad Bradford BAL 3 4 8 39 3.49 1.48 Steady vet in chaotic O's 'pen.
George SherrillBAL238592.941.00Might steal saves in unsettled O's 'pen.
Alan Embree OAK 2 3 7 45 3.81 1.40 Value directly tied to Huston Street's health.
Fernando Rodney DET 2 6 5 57 3.62 1.23 Awaiting Todd Jones' demise.
Octavio Dotel CWS 2 2 3 54 3.94 1.34 Revival hinges entirely on destination.
Kazuo Fukumori TEX 1 4 5 51 3.73 1.24 Japan experience could lead to SVO in young 'pen.
Scott Linebrink CWS 1 4 3 59 4.18 1.47 Could get SVO when Bobby Jenks gets a break.
Eddie Guardado TEX 1 1 8 48 3.45 1.46 Dark-horse closer candidate.
Yasuhiko Yabuta KC 1 3 5 55 4.17 1.31 Could be next in line for SVO if Joakim Soria struggles.
Justin Speier LAA 1 3 1 52 4.01 1.06 Source of Ks and good ratios in AL-only play.
Manny Delcarmen BOS 1 4 0 49 2.88 1.02 Expect continued improvement.
Brandon Morrow SEA 1 3 2 81 3.98 1.43 Could be joining rotation.
Matt Guerrier MIN 1 3 3 61 2.88 1.11 Steady option coming off strong all-around campaign.
Justin Duchscherer OAK 1 4 3 52 3.41 1.15 Expected to try out for starting role.
Akinori Otsuka FA 1 4 5 37 4.09 1.24 Free agent's ability to rebound in question.
Dan Wheeler TB 1 3 3 70 4.06 1.27 Mild rebound candidate.
Santiago Casilla OAK 1 2 0 64 3.77 1.13 Don't expect return to early '07 form
Joel Peralta KC 1 4 3 71 3.75 1.31 In hunt to be Joakim Soria's top setup man.
Joel Zumaya DET 1 2 4 36 3.66 1.08 Expected to return around midseason.
Rafael Perez CLE 1 2 0 65 3.01 1.14 Tough left likely to remain highly effective.
Keith FoulkeOAK134354.281.30Consider if Huston Street gets dealt.
Jason Frasor TOR 1 2 0 60 4.19 1.18 Good source of Ks, but better alternatives abound.
Bob McCrory BAL 1 1 4 27 4.51 1.46 Future closer with ability to get Ks, grounders.
Jim Hoey BAL 1 2 5 53 4.08 1.32 Cheap relief option could sneak in saves.
LaTroy Hawkins NYY 1 4 0 31 4.15 1.35 Expect rough return to AL East.
Edwar Ramirez NYY 1 0 0 42 4.55 1.40 Intriguing power reliever.
Mike MacDougal CWS 1 2 1 56 4.09 1.33 Health woes derailed '07 season.
Kyle Farnsworth NYY 1 2 0 71 4.14 1.34 Fading K rate a concern.
Chris Ray BAL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 On long road back from TJ surgery.
Ross Ohlendorf NYY 1 3 1 47 3.97 1.38 Could develop into high-impact setup man.
Casey JanssenTOR1----------Out for season with torn labrum.

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