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2017 Relief Pitcher Rankings: Top 40

2017 Relief Pitcher Rankings: Top 40

We wrap up each week of positional coverage with our 2017 rankings. In addition to the rankings, we will pose a number of questions to our panel covering topics such as reaches and targets, players to avoid and late-round impact players. Taking part in our rankings will be Kevin Jebens, Jim Finch, Ron Vackar, Josh […]

Relief Pitcher Tiers

Relief Pitcher Tiers

You can’t win your fantasy league with a strong bullpen alone, but you can absolutely lose it with an awful one. Getting this position wrong means watching your ERA and WHIP race skyward, one blown save at a time. Saves are vitally important to winning your 5×5 fantasy leagues. The following relief pitcher tiers are all […]

Late Draft RP Diving – 2017

Late Draft RP Diving – 2017

Last year I shared with you one of my favorite draft strategies – drafting quality relief pitching late. The idea is to grab high-end set up pitchers who will help your ratios while waiting for the inevitable closer carousal to land in their place. I’m much more concerned with grabbing the best arms than looking at their closer competition. It’s […]

Seung-hwan Oh: Underrated Dynasty Closer

Seung-hwan Oh: Underrated Dynasty Closer

The first names that come to mind when say the words dynasty league and closer are Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Zach Britton. After that opinion vary as you’ll see by our closer rankings which come out Sunday. The one person that is suspiciously absent from the top-10 is a name we wouldn’t normally associate […]

The AL September Primer

The AL September Primer

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening — whichever is applicable to you. Last week I took a tour around the National League, identifying one fantasy storyline per team that was of interest to me. Some of the stories could have an impact for this season, while some may be more about early prep work […]

The NL September Primer

The NL September Primer

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. Living in a somewhat rural setting has its drawbacks. For a 16-year-old gamer, our WiFi, would be high on the list of life’s biggest kick to the groin. With the lackluster quality of our WiFi the service area in the house is […]

The Closer: Is Rosenthal the New Rodney?

The Closer: Is Rosenthal the New Rodney?

I’m sure Trevor Rosenthal owners are not too happy that what was probably their top drafted closer has just 12 saves on the season. You know who else has 12 saves? Fernando Rodney, that’s who! It’s ironic that these two men are tied with saves, because there are a number of similarities in their career […]

The Closer: Not All Injury Returns Are Created Equal

The Closer: Not All Injury Returns Are Created Equal

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Three pitchers who were expected to get a bunch of saves in 2016 returned from injuries this week: Will Smith, Brad Boxberger, and Huston Street. Some of you may have taken the potential saves to the bank, but I hope it was not all of you. As always, we’ve learned once […]

The Closer: A Vote of Confidence

The Closer: A Vote of Confidence

Posted by: Michael Zakhar If you’ve paid attention to the late innings for any period of time, you know that a vote of confidence is the kiss of death. If you own a closer who has gotten a vote of confidence you have shuddered I imagine. In recent seasons a veritable fantasy baseball rogue’s gallery […]

The Closer: Post Friday the 13th Edition

The Closer: Post Friday the 13th Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar This column usually goes up on Saturday, but last week I was able to wrap up a little early so I went up on Friday, May 13th – Friday the 13th. As Wikipedia says, it is usually considered an unlucky day in Western culture. Who am I to doubt Wikipedia? Not […]

The Closer: Underowned Middle Relievers

The Closer: Underowned Middle Relievers

Posted by: Michael Zakhar A popular fantasy baseball axiom states, “Draft Skills, Not Roles.” This was frequently quoted in the preseason when we are not sure about who is slated to get the saves for a team as the season begins. If there is some uncertainty, go with the player who has shown the superior […]

The Closer: What’s Wrong with Cody Allen?

The Closer: What’s Wrong with Cody Allen?

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Last year Cody Allen got off to a rough start. He finished the month of April with an ERA of 11.57 and walked a batter per inning. Allen eventually settled down to become a solid second tier closer, but he had put owners in a bit of a hole and never […]

The Closer: Yankee Castoff Edition

The Closer: Yankee Castoff Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar You’ve probably read a fair bit about the Yankee bullpen coming into the season, and this is the one aspect of the team that is looking spectacular. As I write this Andrew Miller has yet to give up an earned run and has 15 strikeouts in 9 innings. Dellin Betances finally […]

The Closer: What Are You Waiting For

The Closer: What Are You Waiting For

Posted by: Michael Zakhar The season is only a couple of weeks old and we don’t want to do rash things, but early in the season is often the best time to find value on the waiver wire. Have you really been passing on promising arms like Vincent Velasquez or Matt Moore because you’re hanging […]

The Closer: Are Commitees Making You Crazy?

The Closer: Are Commitees Making You Crazy?

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Hello and welcome to the Closer Report. We have a key injury to discuss, and I’ll take you on a tour of places that call to mind those three dreaded words: Closer. By. Committee. All this plus the Grid, so let’s get to it. As If the Twins Didn’t Have Enough Problems […]

The Closer: Opening Week Overreactions

The Closer: Opening Week Overreactions

Posted by: Michael Zakhar This is the time of year where every notable fantasy baseball writer preaches patience, but when it comes to the back of the bullpen we can’t help but react with superlatives. The phrase “epic meltdown” is overused and “epic” should not describe any actions taken up by a mediocre reliever. Likewise, […]

The Closer Report-Almost Opening Day Edition

The Closer Report-Almost Opening Day Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Greetings and welcome to the Closer Report. Opening day is almost here, and while there will be changes to bullpens throughout the season, I find that the opening month or so is the most eventful. While there has been news on some of the murkiest situations, others have yet to shake […]

Can Super Bullpens Win in Fantasy?

Can Super Bullpens Win in Fantasy?

I picked sixth this season in one of my keeper drafts. I already had Mark Melancon, Craig Kimbrel, and Luke Gregerson for relievers, and my offense was set. My primary target was one of four top-20 starting pitchers, or I’d “settle” for Josh Donaldson. As it turned out, I got none of these players, because […]

The Yankees Bullpen

The Yankees Bullpen

Posted by: Scott Rowland We aren’t here to discuss the moral implications of the allegations against Chapman, whether or not the suspension was fair, too short, or too long. We’re going to discuss the fantasy implications of the Yankees acquisition of Aroldis Chapman and what type of numbers and seasons we can expect from him, […]

The Closer Report – Spring Training Edition

The Closer Report – Spring Training Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar On opening day of the 2014 season, I was flipping around and saw the Brewers were going into the ninth with a small lead. I was expecting to see closer Jim Henderson come in to protect it.  In case he has already been forgotten, Henderson came out of nowhere to grab […]