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We all exploit it, and with good reason.  The elusive RP/SP eligibility is a sassy beast.  She entices you with peripherals and gaudy cheeses, and let’s you fill up starter spots with relievers and vice versa.  I mean, if cheese and dual-eligibility don’t draw you in, I don’t know what else to say.  As we are basically 45 games into the season for most teams, it is time to reassess the eligibility of some players.  Lots of eligibility has been added to a lot of pitchers, and that is a benefit to your fantasy roster.  Guys like J.C. Ramirez, Matt Andriese, and Jose Urena all have SP next to their names and on the reflexive, the names of Brad Peacock, Archie Bradley, and Jorge de La Rosa have been on some rosters at some points in the year. So do yourself a favor and scour the waivers in your leagues and recheck the eligibility of some of the players that have some use in some leagues.  It is a coveted thing in the preseason, so why not now? Get comfy, it is the closer report for this week!  Lot’s of tibits or bittids for you folks battling dyslexia.

  • The Friars finally did the Hand-off at closer… maybe.  Maurer did pitch in a spot of need, but was then piggy-backed by Brad Hand, Hand should be owned everywhere already, but should be doubly owned now.  If your league allows double ownership, let me join up.  Me thinks it is a showcase for trade scenario.
  • One hit.  That is what Craig Kimbrel has allowed over the last month.  Guess who also does…?  Fernando Rodney. Crazy enough, he has 8 clean appearances and 0 ER allowed.
  • I ranked Raisel Iglesias low last closer report to the chagrin of a few, but have some ammo there.  In last 30 innings, 5 saves.  Yes, he has a zero ERA and 9+ K/9, but there are 11 relievers with more saves and a higher K/9 during those last 30 days.  He is not a volume closer, I have moved him up a tad, but he doesn’t pitch on back to back days and Cincy is near the bottom in save opportunities.
  • Bud Norris is staying as closer, sorry baby Bedrock owners.  He is the fourth ranked RP eligible pitcher in the RCL universe.
  • Take a breath for a moment Edwin Diaz owners, he is back in the saddle… almost.  Command still looks wonky, but control isn’t a stat, we need them saves!
  • Congrats on Dusty Baker on finally making a decision.
  • The chase for saves after Britton went on DL again has been futile.  One save for the entire bullpen in last 15, and more blown saves then actual saves over the last 25 games.  O’day and Brach are both ownable options, I would just sell higher while they have an appealing name… sorta.
  • Go check and make sure Kyle Barraclough isn’t owned everywhere.  Ramos looks blah and the Marlins, albeit limited in opportunities, don’t look comfy with him at the helm.

$12 Salads

You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.

1. Kenley Jansen – (Josh FieldsPedro Baez)

2. Craig Kimbrel – (Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly)

3. Greg Holland – (Adam Ottavino, Mike Dunn)

4. Dellin Betances – (Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren)

Donkeycorns

Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.

5. Ken Giles – (Luke Gregerson, Chris Devenski)

6. Cody Allen – (Andrew MillerBryan Shaw)

7. Wade Davis(Hector Rondon, C.J. Edwards)

8. Seung-Hwan Oh – (Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist)

9. David Robertson(Tommy Kahnle, Anthony Swarzak)

10. Mark Melancon(Derek Law, Hunter Strickland)

11. Alex Colome – (Danny Farquhar, Jose Alvarado)

12. Matt Bush – (Keone Kela, Tony Barnette)

13. Kelvin Herrera – (Joakim Soria, Mike Minor)

14. Roberto Osuna – (Jason Grilli, Joe Smith)

15.  Koda Glover – (Shawn Kelley, Matt Albers)

16. Bud Norris – (Blake Parker, David Hernandez)

17. Corey Knebel – (Jacob Barnes, Neftali Feliz)

18. Brandon Kintzler – (Taylor Rogers, Matt Belisle)

19. Tony Watson – (Felipe Rivero, Juan Nicasio)

Employed

These guys are the men that make the save market go round. They punch in, punch out. Have the job, no real threat to speak of, and are basically just there to collect great benny’s so they can take care of their crippled brother. Who is only really crippled because he is scared of the sun.

20. Jim Johnson –  (Arodys Vizcaino, Jose Ramirez)

21. Brad Brach – (Darren O’Day, Mychal Givens)

22. A.J. Ramos– (Brad ZieglerKyle Barraclough)

23. Raisel Iglesias – (Drew Storen , Michael Lorenzen)

24. Justin Wilson – (Alex Wilson, Shane Greene)

25. Addison Reed – (Fernando Salas, Jerry Blevins)

Brain Freezes

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Carlos Marmol– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Castro in the head with a pick-off throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.

26. Edwin Diaz – (Nick Vincent, James Pazos)

27. Fernando Rodney  – (J.J. Hoover, Archie Bradley)

28. Hector Neris – (Joaquin Benoit, Edubray Ramos)

29. Santiago Casilla  (Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull, John Axford)

30.  Brad Hand / Brandon Maurer

 

   
  1. birrrdy! says:
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    Pretty off the mark with Iglesias, I’d say. Borderline elite so far with the 2 inning saves and the great ratios. Definitely top half of the Donkeycorns, I would argue.

    Great stuff!

    • Daniel Moran says:
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      @birrrdy!:

      Raisel’s xFIP is north of 3 with a BB/9 = 4, not quite elite so I’m with OP on this one.

      I’m selling high for a bat if possible and manufacturing another closer off the wire by grabbing Hand, Kahnle, etc.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @birrrdy!: arguments are what make me write posts. Thanks for the read

    • birrrdy! says:
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      @birrrdy!: yet Raisel with another save tonight, .2 IP and a K. I also have Watson who is supposedly a Donkeycorn, but I would never trade Iglesias before him. What y’all smokin? Spanish Church has got a 0.71 ERA and I believe a sub 1 WHIP after tonight. xFIP to hell, I’m not calling him a $12 salad, but he is way more than “Employed”. Back me up Grey!!

  2. jack florida says:
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    thanks–great info every week, always helpful and useful

  3. Fungazi says:
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    At the start of the season I drafted a $12 Salad and 2 donkeycorns to try to avoid the constant closer turnover. I now have 1 donkeycorn, 1 employed, and a brainfreeze. Owning closers is as much fun as covering your nose and mouth when sneezing in public only to end up sharting.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Fungazi: it’s always a fun game we play

  4. Daniel Moran says:
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    Barraclough’s xFIP is north of 5 with a BB/9 of 7.5… I’m leaving him on the wire for now.

    Trying to flip Raisel for a catcher, right now targetting Perez.

    I turned Bedrosian into Manaea, I think I ended up on top depending if Sean can start pumping out some innings.

    I also turned Holland into Severino, I think I still take that deal every day with the state of SPs. It’s way too easy to manufacture SVs.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Daniel Moran: ok
      Good deal for Sally boy
      bedrock is doomed unless crazy mike goes north for the winter
      Seems like a need over want trade both wins though

  5. Andy says:
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    Better DL stash
    Bedrock or street

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Andy: Bedrock

      • Bob L says:
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        @Smokey: What about Britton if he’s available?

        • Smokey

          Smokey says:
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          @Bob L: he shouldn’t be and yes him

  6. Al Koholic says:
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    Great job here once again does street have any value left and will Jones take over in whitesox country

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Al Koholic: Street has minimal value, but it is also Scoscia so anything could happen, he loves his vets. I would think Jones eases into the mix of Swarzak in the set-up game for the Pale hose

  7. ThE sHiT says:
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    Smokey:

    Im in a 14 team H2H 5×5 league where i own Kershaw, Darvish, Archer, McCullers, Morton, Cobb, Shoemaker, Urias and Thor (DL). The kick is theres a max 12 games started for pitching categories per week. Im carrying one or two too many bench bats (Pham, Castellanos) and am not married to keeping Cobb and Shoe for obvious reasons. I scooped Urias after he was dropped a few days ago because im a Dodger homer, so im keeping him for the time being. Ive pretty much punted saves all year cuz i refused to pay big (first time auction draft for me), and the league hoards and overvalues closers. So i know punting one of ten cats isnt that sound of a strategy, but ive done well so far, 2nd place.

    My question is this, given the max starts rule, i have to get a couple MRs with high K/good ratios right? Given that most good handcuffs are gone and i have no closers. Guys like Peacock, Kahnle, Joe Smith, Blake Parker, Law, Pazos, and Edwards are available. Im thinking of grabbing Peacock, Kahnle or Law and dropping Cobb and Pham. What say you?

    • Fausto

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      @ThE sHiT: i say solid play there. Peacock and Parker will drop your ratios and add ks. Also vulture W’s and I say Parker because with scoscipath and LAA pen situation could snag some Saves because scoscia makes Dusty Baker look sane.

    • Smokey

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      @ThE sHiT: grabbing MR is a good idea, and maximize with 2 start guys. Careful with Peacock he is now in the rotation. Kahnle and Joe smnith would be adds out of the gusy listed here.

  8. SheaSeraSera says:
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    Is it worth stashing Houston Street? No holds in the league, wondering if he will get save chances?

    • Smokey

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      @SheaSeraSera: I dont see it right out of the gate, but like I said above in another comment Scoscia is a looney toon

  9. Fausto

    Fausto says:
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    Barraclough the spec grab over Zieg? (Z has been brutal for last month ERA close to 13.0 and a whip over 2.0)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Fausto: after last appearance by Barraclough it could go either way now. I am avoiding adding any if I can help it.

  10. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    16 teamer with saves/holds. norris appears healthy again.
    with these
    norris/bearclaw/rivero/betances/glover/bradley
    bearclaw looking like shit again, came in today when losing (only by 1)
    drop for any of: greene/minor/parker/j.smith/farq/hoover/barnes (appears back in saddle in 8th inning)

    i’ve seen the above comment about MIA, but bearclaw has been worse than ramos for maybe a month or so. if they change at all it could easily be ziegler or even phelps (but god help me why they are dicking around with like 3 of the guys they are at SP over phelps)

    • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: saves/holds separately here, so while it’s good to have closers, i also need holds guys.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: its a battle for awful in MIa. Barnes is the add easily over Bear

  11. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    in general best for holds going forward order, barnes (seems back in 8th inning now and doing well)/j.smith/farq

  12. jason batteiger says:
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    ok, it’s been weeks since grilli has been used anything near a leverage pitcher, and with good reason. even my crush from 2 or 3 years ago (or maybe it just seems that long with how bad he was the year i jumped on him) has been getting more leverage than grilli (along with about 4 other guys and i don’t even think i’m including smith in this)

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @jason batteiger: forgot to mention the name i meant, leone.

      • Smokey

        Smokey says:
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        @jason batteiger: Leone seems to do this every year, does well for a10 appearances then fizzles out

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @jason batteiger: It sucks because Grilli could just coast there with out any push besides from Joe Smith.

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