Tag Archive | closers

Relief Pitchers/Closers to Target/Avoid

Relief Pitchers/Closers to Target/Avoid

There’s always value to be had at every position.  Below is my take on the relievers I want vs. the relievers I don’t.  As always, I’m not saying I would pass on the no players if they slip, and I’m not saying to overpay for the yes guys either.  These are just the relievers/closers that […]

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 […]

The underrated Ken Giles

The underrated Ken Giles

When talking about relief pitching, closers are first (and rightly) going to dominate discussion – guys that come in and lock down the ninth inning. But lately, there has been a shift in the thought process, thanks in part to the Indians’ success in the playoffs with manager Terry Francona’s bullpen usage, towards the bullpen […]

Closing Concerns

Closing Concerns

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. Around 15 years ago one of my best friends left the area to pursue a career in the telecommunications field. For a man who had a bit of a wild streak; life on the road with a nice paycheck to boot had […]

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 […]

The Baseball Show Episode 13: Pitchers part 4

The Baseball Show Episode 13: Pitchers part 4

Trades, Prospects, Breakouts and Busts: join us each week as we talk about baseball from a fantasy angle – but not exclusively. This is the Baseball Show Episode 13 In today’s show Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@RalphLifshitzBB) discuss Edwin Diaz, Seung-hwan Oh and Sam Dyson as Closers to target in 2017. Episode 4 […]

Roberto Osuna as an emerging star closer

Roberto Osuna as an emerging star closer

It’s pretty easy to overlook Roberto Osuna when thinking of the Blue Jays. The big bats draw most of the attention, and then you have the emergence of Aaron Sanchez as an ace for the team and Marcus Stroman’s potential. There’s not a whole lot of chatter about Osuna which is unfair to him as […]

Don’t Get a Headache Projecting Saves, Closers

Don’t Get a Headache Projecting Saves, Closers

Here at Fantasy Assembly, we’ve been in dynasty mode for two months, looking at rankings and analysis that focuses on the next five years. Keeper leagues will eat this up, and there’s a lot of important information to dissect for hitters and starting pitchers. However, when it comes to relievers, the best advice I can […]

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 […]

Waiver Wire Report: Who’s Hot – Who’s Not

Waiver Wire Report: Who’s Hot – Who’s Not

If your league playoffs have not started yet, they will be either this week or next. As I have said before, it’s time to stop looking at the names and looking solely at production, because there is no tomorrow. Every category counts, so don’t look at a player and dismiss them because you don’t see […]

Waiver Wire Report: The Hot List

Waiver Wire Report: The Hot List

We are in the stretch run for fantasy baseball. Some teams are entering their playoff rounds while others are preparing to do so. Because of this, traditional waiver wire advise means nothing. At this point it does not matter what kind of potential a player has. At this point it doesn’t matter if the BABIP […]

Waiver Wire Report: Post Trade Deadline

Waiver Wire Report: Post Trade Deadline

The major league trade deadline has passed, and unless your league has custom settings the fantasy trade deadline has passed as well. That means the only way from here on out to improve your team is through waivers. And, that also means teams will starting to bring up their new toys to see what they […]

Waiver Wire Report: Who’s Ready for Football

Waiver Wire Report: Who’s Ready for Football

Are you ready for some football? I know I’m not, but some of you are. I used to play fantasy football, bu after eight year’s of playing I came to the inevitable conclusion that I suck. I’m sure if I put a little more effort in to it I could have been competitive (maybe), but […]

Waiver Wire Report: Keep Digging

Waiver Wire Report: Keep Digging

We kick off this weeks waiver wire with a quote from my buddy, and fellow fantasy writer, Seth Klein. If you’re neck and neck in a H2H league and don’t use all your allotted adds each week, you have only yourself to blame when u miss playoffs — Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan) July 23, 2016 Sadly, […]

Waiver Wire Report: Hitting the Reset Button

Waiver Wire Report: Hitting the Reset Button

Each year when the all-star break passes I hit the rest button here on the wire. That means that all previously recommended players should be looked at with skepticism. Sure, Didi Gregorius has done a fantastic job at shortstop, but things have a tendency of changing at the break. Hot streaks that carried a player […]

Waiver Wire Report: Closing out the First Half

Waiver Wire Report: Closing out the First Half

There has been a lot of bullpen activity over the past few weeks. The Padres shipped Fernando Rodney out-of-town, and the Diamondbacks did the same with Brad Ziegler. Add on injuries to Wade Davis and Craig Kimbrel and you’re left with a slew of fantasy owners scrambling to the waiver wire in search of a […]

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 […]