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The debates will always rage on– the chicken or the egg, bacon or more bacon, and quality or quantity?  All are equally important discussions, I mean who doesn’t want more bacon?  But for pretend-baseball sake I am going to focus on quality vs. quantity.  Relief pitchers continue to get a bum rap, judged as useless and set to harsh shunning like dudes subjected to Megan’s Law.  Well, I’m here to learn you something, or at least completely waste your time for 10-12 minutes.  I ask you, who doesn’t want more K’s with low ratios?  Sounds like the 24-36-24 dimensions of that skin mag you “borrowed” from that zany uncle.   K/9 is the stat that people tend to light up there funky jazz cigarettes to.  They bask in it, the better… the more greedy.  So why not just stream SP and get all the K’s you want?  Well there are reasons for and against it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to stream.  Hell I even love Field and Stream….ahhh nature.  Is it wise to gamble on a SP that may get shelled against the Mariners on a random Wednesday and blow your rates for the week?  Or is it wiser to just ride a hot RP who will get you maybe 3 innings that week?  The answer is both, or neither.  It’s your team after all, you make the decisions. I am just here in an advisory role.  So my whole focus this week is RP that will give you lots of K goodies and not destroy your rates at the same time, and not eat away at those precious innings and GS limits.

Danny Farquhar — The love for Danny was lost when the man with the crooked hat was signed to get the stat that counts.  Look further as he sets up now, K/9 rate was 12.77 last year and he pitched better than his ERA by almost 2.50.  That to me looks like a Guiness… stout.

Steve Delabar — Sergio seems to be getting as much attention in Canada as Nick’s departure will do to the stripper community.  His injuries last year scared some people off him this year, understandably.  With K/9 of 12.58 his punch-out potential makes Great Tiger look like a punk.  PS: go back and look at the first 2 guys HR rate… that’ll do donkey, that’ll do.

Nick Vincent – I am your twin brother Julian, and this year is your night bro.  Street and Benoit are going to gobble alot of meaningful innings in SD this year.  Then who else is left to pitch there in the RP successful turnstile know as the Padres pen?  This dude, insert own thumbs pointing somewhere, boasting a 9.5 K/9 rate in both MLB seasons, plus extras in the Minors.  Lots of goodies are coming pitching in front of Calle and Juaquin.

Shawn Kelley — As a Yankee fan, I am nervous about the 7-8th inning guys.  Thornton?  Only if its Mellon.  Two years removed from being a decent pitcher and healthy.  Lots of retreaded SP turned RP (Warren and Phelps) and Kelley gets no pub.  All he did last year was boast a nifty k-rate of 11.98 and an ERA lower than expected based on xFIP.  Only caveat is he likes the taters, starch is a killer. Nice situation, winning team and 12K’s per 9 is nothing to famine over.

Casey Fien — I’ll start by saying that I like Jared Burton a lot this year, but someone has to pitch in front of him.  I mean, have you seen the Twins rotation?  As Fien takes a tertiary role in the pen he brings solid numbers that could be a nice 2-3 game stint on your roster here or there.  10.6 K/9 doesn’t grow on trees, it’s made in China and way cheaper.

David Carpenter —  Jesus was a carpenter, I am a carpenter… vis-à-vis, you should roster Carpenter.  Luis Avilan gets more notice in drafts, and Kimbrel is the teets, but has anyone noticed the Braves SP unit know as Dr. Andrews retirement plan?  What Avilan doesn’t offer, David does and that’s K’s.  K potential his whole career, go look it up.  While you’re there, look at last years nice shiny 10 plus K/9  season.  Venters is lying in the weeds after a month or so, so be on your toes, add wise.

Wade Davis — Luke is down, so in essence, is he cold? Davis has already been hinted of being the 8th inning guy.  It seems to be a growing trend every year that one or two players who were former starters blossom in the RP role.  Last year it was… oh what a coincidence, Hochevar and Brett Cecil.  Look for a growing K-rate over his career 7 rate.  Anywhere near 8.5, and you got a winner me thinks.

Will Smith — Lots of good options at the end game for the Brewers.  Smith is going to build his niche, and is going to become a similar Davis retread SP into RP helper.  Career K-rate over 11,  nice arsenal of pitches to augment his RP forte, just innings to pitch in is his only deterrent .  The deepest of sleepers on this list, though I see more success than the other Will’s movies lately.

 

  1. Drew says:
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    Smokey-

    I know you’re about to get asked this 100 times. Whats your take on the whole CIN bullpen for the next 6-8 weeks?

    Thanks

    • Drew says:
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      @Drew: Or longer… no telling what it does psychologically on Chapman

    • Smokey

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      @Drew: it’s Hoover right now as the lead guy in a committee. Marshall and Broxton are coming back from injury themselves and can’t be trusted early on. Ondrusek and Parra are the deeper adds.

      • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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        @Smokey: Sam LeClure has been pretty solid in the past, as a 7th inning guy.

  2. RandomItalicizedVoice says:
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    It’s likely to be a lot longer than “6-8 weeks”. That 6-8 is the timeframe for hi to heal. NO exercising at all during that time. You’ll be lucky to see him back before June, IMO.

  3. Seems like Hoover has got to get the first crack. Broxton and Marshall have got their own health issues.

  4. Ralph Lifshitz

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    So two of the leagues I’m doing this year have holds as a stat Going into my drafts tomorrow and Tuesday, who are the top 5 Middle Relievers I should be targeting? Farquhar is already on my radar as are Scheppers, Delabar, and Kelly. I also love the k rate’s from Alburquerque and Cody Allen, though Al’s walks are a bit much to take. Thanks Smokey!

    • Smokey

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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Siegrist, Burton, Kintzler, Benoit and Mujica are 5 others I would look at

  5. J-FOH says:
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    ATTN RAZZBALLERS, RAZZICANS AND THE RAZZHEADS:

    I HAD A LAST SECOND DROP OUT IN AN RCL THAT DRAFTS TONIGHT AT 11:00 PM EST/8:00 PST

    HERE IS THE LINK: http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tools/join?leagueId=116584

    PASSWORD: heartsky

    you can also e-mail me at john @ razzball.com

  6. Spammer Jay says:
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    are any of these guys you listed above a possibility to be starters?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Spammer Jay: No purely relievers

  7. ColdNeverBother Sonny Gray says:
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    Hey Smokey!

    Drop Peralta, Allen, Benoit, or Brothers for Hoover in a 10 team S+H league?

    • Smokey

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      @ColdNeverBother Sonny Gray: Hold, change in roles doesn’t make him sexier. He is still good but outside of the guys you listed.

  8. frankgrimes says:
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    joe smith?

  9. Ghost of the Dsappeared says:
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    Smoke: Good stuff there. Delabar does deserve more love. Farquhar is going early and often based on his past and rank in ESPN.

    Having a background in super deep single league play, I can tell you from experience that Demi- Closers have great impact on the standings – even in Weekly or Bi-Weekly play.

    Myself, I’m hot on McGee in Tampa Bay this season – He has been lights out (excepting one small rough patch for 2 years)

    A line of 7+ – 10+ – 2.30 – .80 – 100+ is not out of the realm of possibility – even if he is never the announced closer. Making him one of the top 80 pitchers in FFB

    In ESPN – until folks figure it out or ESPN puts in an IP limit (which they should) – not running at least 5 RPers minimum daily is a gross error in playing the game. IMO

    • chisox_22 says:
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      @Ghost of the Dsappeared:

      Same for Head to head(11 categories)? Only have two rps in frieri and cishek but if they aren’t the actual “closer” for said team they are available in our league due to no category for holds. Thanks

  10. John says:
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    You need to start writing in a way that makes sense. Your jokes suck…stick to the numbers.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @John: Now that was funny.

      • Benito says:
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        @Smokey: Ha, you’re a class act Smokey! Keep up the good work.

        • Smokey

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          @Benito: thanks Benny

    • Sick McNasty says:
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      @John: I disagree! I thought the Twins reference was hilarious! Maybe you just don’t get heeeeeeeeem Johnny….

  11. Mike says:
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    Would you cut Garza or Peavy loose for JJ Hoover rental if you need a third closer?

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Smokey

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      @Mike: sure depending on how your SP shapes up before Garza and Peavy.

      • Mike says:
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        @Smokey: Smokey,

        In the case of Peavy, the other SPs are:

        Anibal Sanchez
        Clay Buchholz
        Doug Fister
        Gerrit Cole
        Jeff Samardzija
        Jon Lester
        Matt Moore
        Zack Greinke

        In the case of Garza, the other SPs are:

        Clay Buchholz
        Hiroki Kuroda
        Homer Bailey
        Jeff Samardzija
        Sonny Gray
        Yordano Ventura
        Zack Wheeler

        Do I drop either?

        Thanks…

        Mike.

        • Mike says:
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          @Mike: Or do I drop somebody else on either team for JJ Hoover?

          Thanks…

          Mike.

          • Smokey

            Smokey says:
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            @Mike: peavy yes. Garza no

            • Mike says:
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              @Smokey: Thanks Smokey!

              Mike.

  12. Red Barons says:
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    Cut Sergio Santos for Hoover? It seems like Janssen is fine for now.

    • Smokey

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      @Red Barons: depends on who your other closers are. If janssen and another are it then no. If you have 3 closers then yes.

      • Red Barons says:
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        @Smokey: Closers went ridiculously early in my draft and were gone before I realized it. Bad mistake I know, but everything else is solid so I plan on trying to stream saves. Also, can probably trade some hitting midway through the season for a closer.

        I have Brothers, Melancon, and Santos.

        • Smokey

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          @Red Barons: def drop santos. Let me know how things work out with streaming saves.

  13. DSD says:
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    Tony Cingrani is a one-pitch pitcher and the 5th starter in the Reds rotation. He was a closer at Rice; so, I could see them using him in that role in Cinn.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @DSD: Interesting name to throw into the hat…would make a darn goodun I bet.

      • Smokey

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        @Swfcdan: good name but unlikely. Sp is more valuable to cincy in the long run. I do agree that Cingrani has the makeup to be a good one

        • DSD says:
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          @Smokey:
          The 5th starter gets no love for the first few weeks of the season and is often used in relief to stay sharp. In the Reds case, Broxton and Marshall aren’t 100% and I think it makes a lot of sense to use Cingrani in this manner for a few weeks. At which point, they can move him back into the rotation ala Chris Sale or keep him as a closer if he’s lights-out. The alternative is to risk losing a few games in the 9th inning with sub-par relief pitchers, which is more costly than “giving up” your 5th starter, IMO.

  14. Racehorse says:
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    What about Heath Bell?

  15. Swfcdan says:
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    lol @ at every question asked being the one I was about to (Hoover/Broxton).

    The closerpocalypse is back in action y’all!

    • Smokey

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      @Swfcdan: def is. It’s good because it gives me stuff to write about.

  16. papasmurf says:
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    I like Davis a lot this year for leagues in which SP-eligible RPs have an advantage. There aren’t many of those around this year.

    • Smokey

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      @papasmurf: not very usable options to start the year

  17. SMLV1 says:
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    Drop Hunter for Hoover? Rosenthal and Papelbon as other 2 closers.

    • Smokey

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      @SMLV1: hold

  18. The Thumb says:
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    Judging from your second paragraph, I’ll guess you also streamed Phil Hughes on that one day he had a 94 ERA in .1 of an inning? That was the day that, even as a Yankee fan, I hoped he would crash and burn en route to never being of any value again. My ERA never fully recovered after that.

    • Smokey

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      @The Thumb: I didn’t personally bit it does happen

  19. Korey says:
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    I love this article! I use RP a lot in yahoo leagues, even though it has inning caps. It really comes in handy in my AL only league where it is really hard to stream SP. Two or three of these guys will get better stats than one ‘stream’ in a weeks time.
    I use your stuff a lot Smokey, thanks for your time and effort.

    • Smokey

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      @Korey: thanks

  20. c0wfunk says:
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    Going into my draft tomorrow night – h2h categories 12 team 25 man rosters 11th pick- I have settled on a pitching staff goal of 9 starters, 2 closers (probably around 120 and 180 overall picks) and I will grab a setup man with my last pick, 299 overall. Qualities I’m hunting are ks, innings, and low Era / whip and vulture wins to stabilize my pitching staff. I’ve looked to guys like Santos, Lindstrom, and some other theoretical closers in waiting but most seem to have higher whips than I’m hunting for.
    Who would you target for this role? Farquhar (probably have to get earlier)? Delabar? Maybe grab Carlos Martinez who could be good in whatever role he ends up with? Whaddaya think?

    We get 7 transactions a week so I can flip him if it doesn’t work out.

    • Smokey

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      @c0wfunk: see who is available from the list above, Martinez and Farquhar should be gone though

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @Smokey: I’ll add them to my targets. If Martinez or Farq lingers maybe I’ll grab them 250ish and wait on the benchers. Thanks!

  21. EK says:
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    Add hoover or cmart?
    Roto 5×5
    RPs are rosenthal, street and feliz

    • Smokey

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      @EK: hold Feliz still will get some saves

      • EK says:
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        @Smokey: who would you add first if dropping a bat?

        • Smokey

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          @EK: Martinez is going to be electric regardless of role which I am still hoping is sp, but if chasing cheap saves Hoover is the add

  22. Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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    Smokey,

    Enjoy your articles.

    I’m in a weird but fun 7×7 H2H league that counts W SVs HLDs WHIP K/9 and BB/9

    There are 2 SPs, 2 RPs and 4Ps.

    I like to start 3 CLs and 3 set-up guys to win SV, HLDs, and K/9 each week.

    Walked out of my draft yesterday with:
    K. Jansen
    G. Balfour
    J. Soria
    J.J. Hoover
    K. Siegrist
    C. Allen

    Am I doing alright in my ratios? Any of these guys going to kill my WHIP and/or BB/9 that I should dump?

    • Smokey

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      @Jeff in Southern Indiana: you’re stellar. Jansen is going to be dominant this year and Allen and seigrist are the cats pajamas.

      • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks Smokey.

        I think I went undefeated in the holds categories last year thanks to you on my way to a title.

        Your work is appreciated.

  23. CL says:
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    Save & Holds league… WHIP too. Which two are on your roster:

    Wilhelmson, B. Wilson, Delabar, Vincent, Kelley

    • Smokey

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      @CL: Wilson and Vincent right now, but monitoring Delabar and Kelley.

      • CL says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks.

        My RPs…
        Janssen, Putz, Seigrest, Wilson, Farquhar, and now Vincent. Light on Saves, I know but that’s the way this shook out being Year 7 Dynasty everyone is a Keeper.

        • Smokey

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          @CL: look good just be ready to strike if necessary on the waiver wire. Good luck

  24. Lville Jim says:
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    My last league drafted yesterday and Chapman fell far enough that I took him. Will stash him on the dl and hope he doesn’t pull a Herb Score on me.

    • Smokey

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      @Lville Jim: fell in a draft last night got me also. Good value as long as he isn’t scarred

  25. paddyman says:
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    Hey Smokey
    My closers/RPs currently are:
    Street, Janssen, T Hunter, Melancon, C Allen (Cle)
    Would you prefer maybe Farquahar or some of the other above considering the following cats:
    IP, APPs, L, SV, HR, K, ERA, WHIP, QS,
    (For the record my starters are: Strausburg, Sale, Fernandez, Masterson, Bailey, Ventura)

    We replaced wins with QS this year and I’m trying to come up with a strategy that balances the APPS stat versus the new QS stat which replaced Wins.
    Thanks for your help!

    • Smokey

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      @paddyman: you look decent to me.

      • paddyman says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks. As for my hitting…..that’s another story that I’ll spare you

  26. JFK says:
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    Despite the deep pitching pool, I whiffed badly and have what’s likely the worst rotation ever compiled amongst the Razzball community; to be fair, I drafted from a wine bar which presented a number of distractions of both the grape and blonde variety.

    SPs: Salazar, Cueto, Kluber, Smyly, Gee, Leake, Perez, Skaggs, Hamels*, Holland*, Taillon*
    RPs: Kenley, Rosenthal, Henderson, Crain, Santos

    12-team, 7×7 keeper league that counts L, SV, K, HLD, ERA, WHIP, QS – with Hamels and Holland starting the season on the DL and Taillon probably not getting called up until June (I picked him up yesterday to replace Beachy), I’m wondering if I should drop some of the back-end SPs who are really just streamers anyway and shore up my K/HLD/ERA/WHIP cats by replacing them w/solid relief?
    I’m pretty good on saves w/my three closers (with Crain and Santos likely to pick up a few and potentially be in-line to take over their respective roles), so looking at the following setup/MR guys to replace Skaggs and/or Perez: Qualls, Fields, Herrera, Strop, Webb. All of the guys you went over above are also available (with the exception of Farquhar), of whom I like Delabar and Kelley the best. With that context, which moves do you like best to salvage this sad tragedy of arms?

    Finally, with Hanrahan getting healthy, do you see him doing anything of note this season?
    Thanks!

    • Jeff in Southern Indiana says:
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      @JFK: The only blonde at my draft was a golden retriever!

      I think you should grab some stud ratio holds guys and avoid Astros and Cubs. I would probably dump Crain too. There won’t be enough HLDs and SVs to make their possible set-up men and future closers better than an elite set-up man on a playoff team.

    • Smokey

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      @JFK: I agree with Jeff. Skaggs doesn’t do anything for me add a high k rate Rp and stream appropriately.

      • JFK says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks!

        Drop Skaggs for Herrera, out of that group?
        I’d traded Hawkins/Doolittle/Gregorson right after the draft for Werth, so I’d like to get back some holds…
        After Herrera, I’m not familiar enough with the others to identify the best target… Delabar? Kelley?

        Josh Johnson and Erasmo just hit the wire, too, so hoping to upgrade my staff with one (or both) of those guys.

        • Smokey

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          @JFK: if Delabar is there him also but Erasmo is awfully intriguing right now.

          • JFK says:
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            @Smokey: Yup, I’ve got about 3-4 roster spots to play with, so definitely going after Erasmo and Johnson.
            Just read your comment below, coupled with the blurb above – so, you think Davis over Herrera?
            Has Delabar supplanted Cecil in Toronto? He was so solid to start the season last year…

            • Smokey

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              @JFK: Delabar more valuable

  27. BC says:
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    What are your thoughts on Kelvin Herrera? Is Davis got the 8th over Herrera and Crow?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @BC: tots was preaching Davis recently. Herrera is a high k rate guy but is doomed by whip explosions. Davis for me is the more intriguing option right now

      • Smokey

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        @Smokey: tots=yost

  28. Kyle H says:
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    In my 12 team h2h with holds+saves, k:bb and K’s being stats, I have Rodney, Santos, Nate Jones, Kelvin Herrera, and Rex Brothers. Although, Cody Allen and Peralta are sitting out there staring at me. Recommend dropping any of these guys for them?

    • Smokey

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      @Kyle H: no way Allen or Peralta should be sitting on waivers in regular standard leagues. Herrera for either. Allen first.

  29. al koholic says:
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    great updates,thanks for the work my man,,whats your thoughts in balt. meeks in the running?

    • Smokey

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      @al koholic: who is Meeks? It’s still hunter in Baltimore until he stubs his toes.

  30. Travis says:
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    I’m in a saves and holds league. I have: Perkins, Reed, Paplebon, Cishek, Axford, Feliz…with Evan Reed getting the job in Detroit and doing pretty good, anyone droppable for him? I’m not to impressed with Papelbon this spring, but he is Papelbon….

    • Travis says:
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      @Travis: Allen and Soria are also out there… Torn with how to balance closers vs middle relievers, but like the idea of having the matched sets Axford/Allen, Soria/Feliz..

      • Travis says:
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        @Travis: Farquhar is also out there

  31. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    in 12 team h2h where we start 6 RP a day and have saves/holds/innings (instead of total K’s as usage stat)/wins/losses/relief wins/relief losses/ K/BB/ double plays, which of these is best if i already have 3 closers (rosie/robertson/parnell) and 2 others carmart/santos. looking for best last RP guy
    all of the above on yr list today plus
    cotts/cook/a.torres/wilson (PIT)/j.smith/breslow/loup/herrera/coleman?
    thanks

  32. brett says:
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    Smokey,

    Looking for holds.

    Who do you like Tazawa or Walden?

    Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @brett: tazawa by a smidge

  33. Travis says:
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    Smokey,

    Where you rank Evan Reed? I’ve got Perkins, Addison Reeed, Papelbon, Cishek, Axford.

    Also, in a holds league, I have Farquhar–any of my closers droppable to pickup a second middle reliever like Allen?

    Thanks!

    • Smokey

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      @Travis: reed is behind joba and al al. I’d want Allen over Farquhar. Just cause you own Axford.

      • Travis says:
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        @Smokey: my bad , thought I saw he’d been given the job–misread. I like Allen too–prolly should keep two middle guys, or 1 enough? Never played a holds league–4 closers and 2 middle maybe? Just not sure what closer to drop for the second middle reliever–Cishek?

        Walden is also out there–really most setup guys are other than Tazawa and Bell…

        • Smokey

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          @Travis: don’t drop cishek. It would be Allen for Farquhar

          • Travis says:
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            @Smokey: so 1 middle reliever enough?

            • Smokey

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              @Travis: yea of quality like Farquhar yea

  34. btd says:
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    Hey Smokey,

    What are your thoughts on Rafael Soriano? I’ve got him in a 16-teamer where I nearly punted saves (SAGNOF). He was supposed to be ‘anchor’ to build around as I waiver watch… He’s getting pumelled in ST. How much should I worry about it? I assume he’s in no danger of losing his gig for now, but who’s next?

    • Smokey

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      @btd: soriano is a sinking ship and his leash is short. Clippard is the cuff

  35. tank1 says:
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    In a deep league where we count holds. Currently have McGee, Avilan and Scheppers as set-up guys. Looks like Scheppers may start the year as a starter and not entirely sold on other two. Other available FA options include Delabar, Kintzler, Carpenter, Mujica, Tazawa, Cook and Siegrist. Replace any of my existing three holds guys with any of these options? Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @tank1: seigrist for scheppers.

  36. Jonas says:
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    I am waiting for Josh Johnson to hit the DL so I can make a move, do I:

    a. add Ryan Webb for speculation he takes the closer job
    b. add Drew Hutchinson
    c. add Drew Hutchinson now and drop Erasmo Ramirez (or James Paxton who I like more than Erasmo)
    d. add Tyler Clippard
    e. add Cody Asche
    ? assuming unhealthy mancrushes on all of the above…

    • Jonas says:
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      @Jonas: to be clear, I would be dropping Paxton.

      Also, to add good measure (or not), what about Kolten Wong in the above discussion (given my only 2B is Brad Miller)?

      • Smokey

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        @Jonas: add clippard

  37. Oz says:
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    Is Neftali Feliz useless now? I drafted him late in a very deep league hoping he’d show his rookie year form (he also looked good the next year when he started till injury.) Do you think he’ll become relevant later or is he relegated to fantasy irrelevance?

    • Smokey

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      @Oz: not useless. If you own soria he is a necessary cuff.

  38. goodfold2 says:
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    league 1. K/9/holds/K’s/innings/relief wins. who are best 4 of these
    frasor/swarzak/withrow/w.smith/maness/medina/ramos/harris/webb/parra/b.parker/v.black/rice/kelley/diekman/duensing/wooten/tonkin/russell/staffer/matusz.

    league 2. innings/wins/losses/relief wins/relief losses/double plays turned/holds/k to BB (not total K’s though)/on base against
    best 2 here
    watson/delabar/cotts/wilson (PIT)/a.torres/vincent/doolittle/j.smith/fien/cecil/f.rod/shaw/thielbar/kelley

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @goodfold2: 1- Kelley Smith Ramos black
      2-cotts and Delabar

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Smokey: thanks.

  39. Smokey –

    Hope your draft season is treating you well. Just drafted in my 14 team, 6×6 (holds/ops), redraft, H2H weekly league. It’s deep – we roster 30 players and play for lots of $, so your help is always appreciated on the RP front.

    Given the 6×6 nature – we have both saves & holds as categories, we also start 12 Pitchers weekly, with a requirement for 4 SP, 2 RP + 6 FLEX Pitchers. I typically like to start at least 6 RP in this format – I chase high upside k/9 guys as much as possible. Here is my RP roster (light on closers, but that was my strategy going in):

    RP (starters): Nate Jones, Carlos Martinez, Rex Brothers, Sergio Santos, Neftali Feliz, Alex Torres
    RP (bench): Drew Storen, Sean Marshall, Kevin Gausman

    Question: These 5 guys intrigue me for different reasons and was curious if you like any of them enough to add/dump someone from above: Santiago Casilla, Charlie Furbush, Casey Fien, Nick Vincent, Dane de la Rosa

    Thanks

    • Smokey

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      @EL BURRO: with Marshall most likely to start the year on DL I would add Vincent. Then monitor what Storen does as I am not very high on him early on this year.

  40. Appreciate the take, Smokey

    Like Vincent too. Will consider that. With Chapman shelved, and assuming he makes his way back within 1-2 weeks, I think he still could be valuable in this format…

    Regarding Storen – Agreed; He’s definitely been getting throttled early on this spring, but his stuff is still good. I’m gonna hold on that front.

    How would you rank the other possible additions? Thx

    • Smokey

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      @EL BURRO: Vincent Casilla furbush Fien DLR

  41. Cool; thx

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