If history teaches us anything about fantasy baseball, it’s that the proof is in the pudding.  If history actually teaches us anything, it’s that Brad Pitt killed Hektor.  See what I did there, I pulled the ole okie doke.  It’s a favorable trick passed down through the years of dudes who vape and like to talk about how a dime won’t even buy a nickle anymore.  Those first few sentences are brought to you by filth and non-sense, because life isn’t fitting if there isn’t filthy or nonsensical.  So onto Holds, which about six actual readers, and one of the female variety still get all excited about.  The title says it all this week for the lede, Hector Neris has been carried in most formats all year because he brings some fantasy goodness to the table.  As a handcuff, there’s no way he can do it for the whole year, even with Jeanmar, or the fact that he has sexy enough reliever numbers, 11-plus K-rate, under 3 ERA.  I could go on and on and bore the crap out of you, but let’s just put it this way: he has 27 Holds behind a closer that has 34 saves for a surprise bullpen asset in the Phillies.  So in the last two weeks with the Phil’s getting there fair share of victories he has been an augmenter to your hold total notching a league high 5 holds.  He is a key cog down the stretch for not only the Phils , but for your fantasy team regardless of format.  So go take a look, just in case the late year shuffle has thrown him by the wayside.  After you do that follow the bottom for some Holds, set-up and other relief goodies…

  • The man named after the famous mathematician is now piloting the hold-ship Lollypop in Seattle.  Arquimedes has been money for them over the last fortnight with 5 holds. Ignore the periphs, it’s late enough in the year that you have to take the good with the bad with relievers, but the hold stat is what matters.
  • The Cubs are infusing the Grimm and Edwards technique for relief lately.  It’s more Grimm, but not in the way you think of the word as an adjective.
  • The D-backs relief corp has imploded,  I understand the chase, but sometimes it’s better to just call Uber and go home and be alone.
  • The Royals haven’t missed Wade Davis in the least bit, he’s coming back possibly next week, but have an ERA under a buck for the last 30 days as a unit.  Sleeper there Matt Strahm, your welcome.
  • Do rookies and young flame-throwing prospects look better in relief or is the other way around, regardless he will have dual eligibility next year because of it.  Alex Reyes is the youthful vigor in front of Oh and he is the goods.  A save and a hold in his favor overcast 10-plus a K-rate over most other human beings.
Player Holds/BS App with Lead IR Runners/IR Scored
 Addison Reed  31/3 43 29/9
 Dellin Bettances  27/3 42 19/6
 Neftali Feliz 27/2 38 30/7
Hector Neris   27/2 38 19/4
Kyle Barraclough 25/3 35 16/3
Nate Jones  25/8 41 28/6
Jake Diekman   23/1 39 18/6
Justin Wilson  23/5 42  17/8
Joe Blanton   22/1 33 23/10
Zach Duke   22/3 34 35/11
Boone Logan   22/2 34 41/8
Brad Brach   20/4 37 20/1
Andrew Miller  20/2 37 4/1
Felipe Rivero  20/2 38 25/4
Xavier Cedeno  19/5  30 23/7
Will Harris   19/3 35 6/2
Bryan Shaw  19/3 35  15/3
Josh Osich   18/3 28 40/2
Tyler Clippard   17/2 29 13/6
Daniel Hudson  17/0 27 19/4