Everyone likes maximizing stuff, hell, it’s the reason we shop at Costco for wholesale BJ’s. [Jay’s Note: They have that at Costco? I thought it was just hot dogs and slices… I’ve been doing it wrong.]  Wait that’s not right, not completely wrong, but off-topic slightly.  So maximizing, we are all looking to divest our teams with the best stat stuffers as possible, and the K department is tough to make up when you are chasing it.  So how can you make it up slightly?  Well relax, I am here to point you in the right direction like a well-trained German Shorthair.  So everyone knows the top guys and then the handcuffs, but what about the guys who are owned tiny amounts in almost every format, but have been lighting it up the last few weeks? (And they are just as good as the known guys.)  Sounds good to me, though, I did just write it so I kinda have to believe it.  The trick is getting you to buy into it.  If you’re losing, and not everyone is in first place in every league, you may wanna peer at what I have to say.  So bullpens are where we need to focus and sometimes it gets tricky because of the limitations on roster size sometimes.  So analyze your roster and keep that in mind with space and such.  The relievers that have SP eligibility and give you the best stats are like a chick who has a sense of humor.  So stick around, it’s a bit of a change up on the week’s review of holds fellas.

So relievers that can help with a decent K/9 and have enough usage to make them rosterable in almost all formats aren’t as few and far between as you may think.  We get sucked into the whole percentage owned thing and then mentally bypass them as usable options.  First thing to look for is usage.  Usage period, doesn’t have to be just in games with a lead, though that does get a bonus in my opinion.  Second, look at K% of batters faced.  Lastly is the best one of all and we all have it and don’t have to go to sabermetric school to figure it out.  It’s called common sense.  Let the stats and numbers speak to you not the ownability of the guy in leagues.  Because stats are stats my friends whether you are owned in .2% of leagues or 25%.  So I am focusing on relievers that aren’t closers and don’t really have a true identity as a hand-cuff, because in the save chase most of those guys are owned and just being sat on.  Here is a chart comparing the top 10 non closers to some of the better hand-cuff/Wade Davis types….note Wade Davis is included.  Chart is the last 30 days of games ending on 7/7, and owned percentage is for RCL leagues though they aren’t the end all be all factor for rostering just a useful tool.

Player App. K/9  K%    Owned %
Wade Davis 13 11.08 32.8 63.8
Carter Capps 12 19.06 53.3 6.3
Justin Grimm 13 13.50 36.6 0.6
Mark Lowe 11 16.55 44.2 1.9
Brian Matusz 10 15.43 42.1 0.2
Tommy Kahnle 12 13.15 33.9 0.1
Darren O’Day 11 14.66 44.2 12.6
Zach Putnam 10 15.00 40.5 0.4
Aaron Loup 15 12.71 34.1 0.4
Mike Dunn 11 18.47 38.2 0.8
Justin Wilson 11 12.19 35.2 3.2

So as you can see from the chart there is plenty of value to be had and stat wise are comparable if not better than the standard bearer of Wade Davis.  I by no means am telling you to drop or devalue Wade Davis because he should be owned and for my money he is the most valuable relief pitcher over the last year and a half in all of baseball.  I am just using this chart as the guys to use for a rotational basis and get them in and out of your line-ups to maximize your innings pitched every day.

 

 

 
  1. Tehol Beddict says:
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    FIRST

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      SECOND!

      • Clint says:
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        @Grey:
        “Threeve! And I wager $Texas, Alex.” -French Stewart

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  2. Clint says:
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    I’ve got Giles to buffer against any Paps trades. Who, if any, would you grab in lieu of a Brewers trade of K-Rod? Despite being a Brewer fan I feel like that roster unload’s coming w/the Jays already sniffing around him again, I haven’t got a good lead on the bullpen hierchy there. I thought it was K-Rod/Broxton/Smith but now I’m hearing both of the first two could be dealt and Jeffress is actually the 8th inning man?

    • Zeus says:
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      @Clint: Jeffers has been pitching the 8th and smith the 7th. So that could be an indication. I own both in a deep league just in case

    • Smokey

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      @Clint: I have it Jeffress, Smith

  3. anthony says:
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    Just a matter of when the Phils trade Pap..

    Have a quick question for you…would you trade Braun for Sale and Eaton?!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @anthony: Yes.

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @anthony: yup

  4. Curt C. says:
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    Need a closer for ROS, options are Motte, Ziegler or Tolleson….Please Rank?

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:
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      @Curt C.: tolleson, Zig-Zag, Motte

  5. Hal Incandenza says:
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    Tolleson, Ziegler, Motte

  6. Bro Jackson says:
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    What about McAllister? He has both SP/RP eligibility.

    • Smokey

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      @Bro Jackson: Only wanted to hit on 10, he was number 11, but yea him too

  7. Who Dat Ninja! says:
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    Yo Smokes~!

    I need to stream a pitcher this weekend, thinking about dropping Jesse Chavez for Jungmann. But SON has him at -25? It has him pitching against Eric Surkamp, who is a +7!

    Do I ignore that and pick up Jungmann?

  8. JoeG414 says:
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    I own Box. I just dealt Buehrle for McGee. Will McGee pitch enough to at least help with the K categories ?

    • Smokey

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      @JoeG414: Yea he is getting plenty of opps, owned a bit much for this exercise. He has 10 appearances with a K rate over 14 over the last 30 days so yea he is useful

  9. greg says:
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    How likely do you think Motte will be closing by the end of the month?

    G

    • Smokey

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      @greg: That’s about when he will be tested with Soriano.

  10. Gordon Shumway says:
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    Thanks, Smokey- is this based upon ESPN eligibility? Not sure if any of these chaps have SP in yahoo. Also- with Miller coming back, do you think Justin Wilson takes any kind of knock in usefulness? Thanks again!

    • Smokey

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      @Gordon Shumway: Yea it’s ESPN, I think Wilson will get enough quality looks the Yankees SP is bad at going deep into games

  11. jakeTPE says:
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    Hey Smokey. A must-read every week, thanks!

    O’Day has just 7 holds this season. He’s bypassed for HD in some games. Can you detect anything in his usage that explains his poor results here? Just unlucky?

    I’d like to Hold (haha) O’Day — great K% as you outlined — but does a guy like Shaw have more upside? Basically, I’m getting frustrated…

    • Smokey

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      @jakeTPE: I think it’s just a matter of the team isn’t getting any either, they only have 29 as a team and he has 7 that’s fairly a good percentage. O’Day is the better option

      • jakeTPE says:
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        @Smokey: Thanks, Smokey. Let’s hope the Orioles give D.O.D. more chances in the 2nd half. Thank goodness I have T Watson to do the heavy lifting in Holds…

  12. osnam says:
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    Hey, great read. Question for you.. In a hold’s league would you rather own Benoit or Lowe? Thanks.

    • Smokey

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      @osnam: Benoit is like that granola bar in a variety pack that has no chips, fruits, peanut butter. Go with Lowe he has better K potential by a ton

  13. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    recently in a dynasty 16 team roto with K/BB and net saves and holds over saves, i dropped lowed to activate a.miller, since rodney has pushed lowe back to 7th inning. I shoud’ve noticed that srop is having the same problem, and that’s even before soriano comes up. drop strop for any of these (just missed getting lowe back too): jeffress/w.smith/hoover/parnell/neshek?

    2. different league, a 14 team H2H with holds and K/9, relief appearnces and relief wins. i have these in RP slots: strop/kela/tolleson/ramos/pomeran/britton/rodon (don’t want to drop any of my players for extra RP but eventually i should).
    drop which for romo (just dropped, but clearly his FIP shows how good he is and his role is set well)?
    2A same league. any other drops for jeffress/kahnle/putnam?

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: that should read “lowe” and “strop” not lowed and srop, lack of sleep making for bad taping.

    • Smokey

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      @Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey: Jeffress is getting a lot of quality looks and that bullpen seems to be getting narrower with all the trade banter for the guys at the back end.

      I have sailed from Strop personally and went to Grimm (I know he wasn’t avail just wanted to throw that at ya) So Strop for Romo. No room for the others.

  14. slimbo says:
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    What’s up buddy would you drop Zeigler motte or Tony Watson in a saves n holds league for any of these guys?

    Lowe kahnle or finnegan?

    Thanks man

    • Smokey

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      @slimbo: no hold

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    20 team dynasty with holds, K/9, relief appearances and relief wins. what’s best side o these deals. the team with jeffress already has 3 closers, and Tolleson is one of them, so it doesn’t need the possible saves jefress might get.
    1. kela + vince Vela for heaney + jeffress
    2. vince vela for heaney

    • Smokey

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      @goodfold2: Jeffres and Heaney sides

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Smokey: Grey agreed. you aren’t worried heaney is more likely to go back down than vince when weaver is back? (which i’m reading is soon)

  16. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    i’ve never heard of one person who’s generally good in fantasy even use owned %, unless in a very specific situation of having few weekly adds left and wanting to add 2 players that are valued equally, and you’d likely want to add the higher % owned guy so that when end of week occurs you’d be less likely to get scooped to the lesser owned guy when you get more adds again for the next week. I know you fantasy writers who write “deep league” and/or “buy” columns need to use owned % as a function of your columns.

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