Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Fantasy Focus: Multi-Inning Relievers

A major trend in MLB, which has not quite caught on in fantasy baseball is the multi-inning reliever.  With Saves being a category in most fantasy formats, even bad Closers are generally more sought after than the multi-inning guys who aren't generally going to be around in the 9'th inning.  With both starting pitching and Closer positions getting very thin at the MLB level, smart fantasy players will want to take another look at some of these guys and find significant value late in their drafts and off the FA list.

I will start by using Yusmeiro Petit as an example.  I don't think he was ever rostered in my league last year, yet he was a 5-category asset as a multi-inning reliever for the D'Backs:  5 Wins, 4 Saves, 96 K's, 2.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 87.1 IP.  Whether he can repeat that in 2018 with the A's is debatable, but those numbers will help most fantasy teams in almost any format.

If your interest is piqued, here is a partial list of other RP's with similar profiles who can help your team:

Chris Rusin(Rockies)- 5 Wins, 2 Saves, 71 K, 2.65 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 85 IP.

Chris Devenski(Astros)- 8 Wins, 4 Saves, 100 K, 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 80.2 IP.

Michael Givens(Orioles)- 8 Wins, 0 Saves, 88 K, 2.75 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 78.2 IP.

Mike Minor(Rangers)- 6 Wins, 6 Saves, 88 K, 2.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 77.2 IP.

Anthony Swarzak(Mets)- 6 Wins, 2 Saves, 91 K, 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 73 IP.

Archie Bradley(D'Backs)- 3 Wins, 1 Save, 79 K, 1.73 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 73 IP.

Chad Green(Yankees)- 5 Wins, 0 Saves, 100 K, 1.61 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 67 IP.

Andrew Miller(Indians)- 4 Wins, 2 Saves, 95 K's, 1.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 62.2 IP.

Tommy Kahnle(Yankees)- 2 Wins, 0 Saves, 96 K's, 2.59 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 62.2 IP.

Dellin Betances(Yankees)- 3 Wins, 10 Saves, 100 K, 2.87 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 59.2 IP.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that these type of relievers can help your team if injuries/poor performance start to occur with your starting pitching and closers during the season. Chris Devinski really helped my team 2 months into the season. Good pitching is hard to find during the season.