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Welcome to the fantasy wrestling league.  (If that is why you are not in the right place.) If you came for some fantasy baseball holds league info, then please, by all means, get comfy for a spell.  We as a people who play in holds leagues all know the big name guys.  The proven commodities.  The reason we know about them is because I have talked about them in my Holds Ranking Post.  Go check it out, there’s fun for the whole family in there, with coloring sections and a pop-up section for the Misses.  So bigger leagues that rely on deep knowledge into hold-dom require some names that in special situations would garner interest.  This is why we are here… I am going to break down some names in each league (for your league-specific needs) so you can win the deep end of the draft.  None or almost all of these guys aren’t going to be in the handy dandy chart I provide below, because they are off the beaten path a a bit.  So enjoy some depth to the bullpen discussion…

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American League

Danny Barnes – Big time K-potential here, and moves to a team with bullpen stalwarts like “Fragile” Joe Smith, Joe Biagini and J.P. Howell.  No clue if Mrs. Howell made the excursion north though.  What I am saying is, there is a ton of high leverage spots open. Oh, and don’t forget Mat Latos is there too.

Tommy Layne – Most Yankee games wil go Clippard, Betances then Chapman.  Unless there is a second lefty required.  Enter Tommy.  Joe Girardi tried to be Buck Showalter with his bullpen, but usually bumbles it up some how.  Could get into the teens in holds just because of the 1-2 out appearances.  Could be a decent win vulture as well.

Chase Whitley – TB loves the overall mass of bullpen stuff.  I think Maddon left it there carved into a desk.  Cedeno is the only real intriguing name after Box and Colome, but TB is the place for reliever dreams come true.

J.T. Chargois – The Twins ma have one of the worst bullpens in the majors.  Lots of hopes and wishes on Glen Perkins being healthy. A 10-plus K-rate in the minors may not fully relate to pros, but he was a pedigree pitcher coming out of the draft and has always been a reliever.  Love me guys who always no who to relieve themselves.

James Hoyt – Older reliever makes good, story at 11.  In his age 31 season this year, and saves 29 games last year in the minors with a 15 plus K/9 rate.  Houston will win some games, and Gregerson isn’t a spring bullpen chicken anymore.  If Feliz is more you liking look that way instead.

Chris Beck – Every deep list needs a SP/RP guy, enter this guy.  Way off the list of normal dual eligible guys and the Sox pen may get a shake-up via trade.

 

National League

Adam Liberatore – Gets shoved down the Dodgers list a bit because of the Romo signing and the emergence of Grant Dayton.  His best asset is he will be the most utilized LH for the Dodgers.  He is not quite a LOOGY, but isn’t that great against RH.  For a 90-ish win team there will be tons to go around.

Jacob Barnes – One of my more favorite sleepers this year.  Teams that are in desperate need to find effective relievers usually turn up the best options for future closers or saves.  Big K , low walk kinda guy and will usually, but not always hold the door for people.

Edubray Ramos – If there is a name that I lave and have no chance to pronounce right, it’s him.  A K-per kinda-reliever that is lost in the malaise of the Neshek, Neris, Gomez shuffle.  Big up-an-comer me thinks.

Ian Krol – Lots of power arms are in front of the guy who sounds like a landholder in Game of Thrones.  Managed a 9-plus K-rate last year and 10 holds for an awful team.  Depending in the pecking order he should be sandwiched between Cabrera and Vizcaino.

Koji Uehara – Has anyone watched Rondon pitch in the WBC?  Yea spectacular.  In a pen filled with RH, what Koji actually is as well, he gets LH out more effectively then everyone else there.  Maddon is a tinkering manager at the back-end.

American League

Team First Chair Second Fiddle Three’s a Crowd
Baltimore Darren O’Day Brad Brach Mychal Givens
Boston Tyler Thornburg Matt Barnes Joe Kelly
Chicago Nate Jones Dan Jennings Zach Putnam
Cleveland* Andrew Miller Bryan Shaw Boone Logan
Detroit Justin Wilson Mark Lowe Bruce Rondon
Houston Will Harris Luke Gregerson Michael Feliz
Kansas City Joakim Soria Matt Strahm Scott Alexander
Los Angeles* Cam Bedrosian Andrew Bailey Jose Alvarez
Minnesota Glen Perkins Ryan Pressly Michael Tonkin
New York Dellin Betances Tyler Clippard Chasen Streve
Oakland* Santiago Casilla Ryan Dull Liam Hendiks
Seattle Steve Cishek Nick Vincent Dan Altavilla
Tampa Bay Brad Boxberger Xavier Cedeno Shawn Tolleson
Texas Jeremy Jeffress Matt Bush Keone Kela
Toronto Jason Grilli Joe Smith Danny Barnes

National League

Team First Chair Second Fiddle Three’s a Crowd
Arizona Enrique Burgos Jake Barrett Randall Delgado
Atlanta Arodys Vizcaino Mauricio Cabrera Ian Krol
Chicago Hector Rondon Pedro Strop Carl Edwards Jr.
Cincinnati* Raisel Iglesias Tony Cingrani Mike Lorenzen
Colorado* Adam Ottavino Mike Dunn Jake McGee
Miami Brad Ziegler Kyle Barraclough David Phelps
Los Angeles Sergio Romo Grant Dayton Pedro Baez
Milwaukee* Corey Knebel Carlos Torres Michael Blazek
New York Addison Reed Hansel Robles Fernando Salas
Philadelphia* Hector Neris Joaquin Benoit Pat Neshek
Pittsburgh Daniel Hudson Felipe Rivero Antonio Bastardo
St. Louis Trevor Rosenthal Kevin Siegrist Brett Cecil
San Diego Carter Capps Brad Hand Ryan Buchter
San Francisco Hunter Strickland Derek Law Will Smith
Washington* Blake Treinen Trevor Gott Enny Romero

Remember these chats only reflect the HOLD situations and the closer is not included.

*Denotes team in a closer by committee.

   
  1. Jp says:
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    Jenmar Gomez @$5 and Anthony Rendon @ $14 for Jose peraza @$10 which side do you like son in a 13 team NL only 4×4 roto. Hr, RBI, Avg, and Sb. Wins, saves, whip and era.

    • Jp says:
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      @Jp: my apologies I said son instead of Smokey. Thanks.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Jp: Rendon side, no worries

  2. Brett says:
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    Any word on that write up on relievers with sp eligibility for holds or saves?

    • Smokey

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      @Brett: besides the list, which is underwhelming what else do you wanna know.

  3. Chucky says:
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    Holland have any life left in that arm? Got pounded pretty good yesterday after his first outing. Holland a more realistic closer maybe a month or two in?

    • Smokey

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      @Chucky: Holland has ups and downs, Ottavino gets first shot until the the Rockies lose faith in their own losing efforts.

  4. Matt B says:
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    Hey Smokey, love the article. In a weekly h2h 5×5 where getting saves from your two RP slots is key, how would you rank: Feliz, Koda Glover, Iglesias, Rodney, Madson?
    Also going to be monitoring C Capps/Maurer, Ottavino/Holland (though it seems like you says Ottavino is the 1 to own first), Perkins/Kintzler, Gomez/Neris. Seems like Capps getting the job would the best of that bunch.

    • Smokey

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      @Matt B: For straight saves feliz and Glover, followed by madson Rodney and Iggy

      The Capps/ Maurer combo isn’t awful by any stretch, Maurer in a setup role could be nice

  5. KBC says:
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    Smokey, thanks for this analysis. I am the 33% with holds. I like holds guys with a lot of job security — almost always pitches in the 8th inning regardless of matchups and is behind a well-established closer. Raw stats are less important — I just need a lot of holds. Who is that guy? Also, I looks like Gott may be headed to AAA for the Nats. What about Solis as the second fiddle?

    • Smokey

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      @KBC: Miller and Betances are the high hanging fruits followed by Thonrburg, Reed, Strickland, Soria types. I agree on Solis being that 3rd guy there now, with maybe Nathan getting a run of value

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