Tag Archive | relief pitchers

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 […]

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 […]

SP eligible RP to Target for Points Leagues in 2017

SP eligible RP to Target for Points Leagues in 2017

So, you’re a roto and categories pro that is stepping into the arena of a weekly points league, huh? Or maybe you’re a fantasy football player trying fantasy baseball for the first time. Point based leagues is a format that is becoming more and more popular. Like any format, it has some positives and negatives. […]

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 […]

2017 Relief Pitcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

2017 Relief Pitcher Dynasty/Keeper Rankings

After each week of positional coverage, we will wrap things up here on Sunday with our 2016 dynasty/keeper rankings. Players are ranked with the next five years of production in mind, so when you see Ken Giles ranked ahead of a player like Andrew Miller – that does not mean that we believe Giles will […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]