Hey, you’re not Smokey. What gives? Smokey has passed on. From our fantasy collective that is. I’m Roto-Wan. You may remember me from such Razzball posts as Draft: DFS Tuesdays. I’m filling the bear-shaped hole left in your fantasy hearts the rest of the way. Strap in save-chasers. The end of 2018 could get bumpy.

    • I’m kicking things off in bold fashion and adding Jose Leclerc to the top tier. He has as many earned runs as walks since July 1. Two of each, lowering his ratios to a 1.93 ERA and a .90 WHIP, with a 14.3 K/9. Dude is bad.
    • It’s been a weird stretch for the Dodgers. Jansen was diagnosed with a heart issue and DL’d. No one excelled in his absence. Then he returned and blew some saves in ugly fashion. I have to drop them some.
    • Terry Francona has made it clear both Allen and Hand will get save opportunities.
    • Would you look at that? Sergio Romo has become useful in 2018. Nothing spectacular, but fairly dependable in the one number we care about.
    • As gross as the name is, Wily Peralta seems to be the preferred option for the Royals. In a bold-bullpen-calls article prior to the season, he was the boldest one I made. It says something about the nature of saves that the name I thought was the most ridiculous I included is getting regular ninth inning work.

$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. Craig Kimbrel –  (Matt BarnesHeath Hembree)

2. Edwin Diaz – (Alex ColomeJames Pazos)

3. Jose Leclerc – (Alex Claudio, Cody Gearrin)


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.

4. Raisel Iglesias – (Jared HughesDavid Hernandez)

5. Kenley Jansen – (Scott Alexander, Kenta Maeda)

6. Blake Treinen – (Jeurys Familia, Fernando Rodney)

7. Felipe Vazquez – (Keone KelaKyle Crick)

8. Bud Norris  – (Jordan HicksDakota Hudson)

9. Brad Boxberger – (Archie BradleyYoshihisa Hirano)

10. Cody Allen / Brad Hand


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.

11. Sergio Romo – (Jose Alvarado, Ryan Stanek)

12. Shane Greene – (Joe JimenezAlex Wilson)

13.Will Smith – (Tony Watson, Hunter Strickland)

14. Pedro Strop – (Brandon Kintzler, Steve Cishek)

15. A.J. Minter – (Dan WinklerBrad Brach)

16. Trevor Hildenberger(Addison Reed / Trevor May)

17.  Josh Hader / Jeremy Jeffress

18. Dellin Betances – (David RobertsonZach Britton)

19. Kirby Yates – (Craig StammenPhil Maton)

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.

20. Roberto Osuna – (Hector Rondon, Colin McHugh)

21. Seranthony Dominguez / Pat Neshek / Victor Arano

22. Mychal Givens – (Paul FryTanner Scott)

23.Wily Peralta – (Kevin McCarthyBrandon Maurer)

24. Drew Steckenrider – (Adam Conley, Tayron Guerrero)

25. Ken Giles – (Ryan Tepera / Tyler Clippard)

26. Wade Davis – (Adam Ottavino, Seung-hwan Oh)

27. Kelvin Herrera – (Koda GloverJustin Miller)

28. Blake Parker  (Justin AndersonCam Bedrosian)

29. Robert Gsellman / Seth Lugo / Jerry Blevins

30. Jeanmar Gomez/ Luis Avilan / Thyago Viera

  1. Hater Bell

    Grey says:

    Love the aggressive Leclerciness!

    • Roto-Wan says:

      @Grey: He was my choice to get saves in that Pen from the start of the year. Was quietly solid in 2017.

      • Grey

        Grey says:

        Think he could be top five next year and drafted like a number 12-15 closer

  2. Schmohawks Bob says:

    Knebel was demoted to minors so these rankings need to be updated.

    • Roto-Wan says:

      @Schmohawks Bob: Happened between submitting and posting. We’ll see if someone can consolidate saves between now and the next ranking.

  3. Ken Plane says:

    I know it is your first day……… but where oh where is Betances?

    • Roto-Wan says:

      @Ken Plane: I know he’s an option, but he hasn’t earned a save yet, despite some openings earlier. For me, the pecking order behind Chapman is Robertson, Britton, Betances. Robertson is old and Britton is still working out a kink or two, so it’s not a terrible idea to speculate on Betances while getting some ratio smoothing in the meantime, though.

  4. Slick Gray the Ruler says:

    Welcome to the Closer/RP updates Roto-Wan . Thanks for taking this on!

  5. Slick Gray the Ruler says:

    Also, Blake Treinen has been lights out, is the 52nd play on the player rater (Yahoo! 10 team) and is the 2nd highest rated RP. Maybe a $12 salad now… 32 SV’s, 1.00 ERA, .98 Whip, 12.4 K/9 (granted his ranking is bumped up by his 6 W’s)

    • Roto-Wan says:

      @Slick Gray the Ruler: I’m a huge fan of the Witch. I worry some that they have added such a plethora of veteran relievers. Kind of telegraphing we don’t trust you. He’ll likely be higher next go around, though.

  6. LenFuego says:

    I would swap Osuna and Hildenberger myself. I do not trust Hildy any farther than I can throw him, but Osuna has been announced as the closer (and has now picked up a save in his most recent appearance) on an excellent team and has been solid through 7 post-suspension appearances. Still a woman-beater, mind you, but he’ll likely produce like a donkeycorn the rest of the way.

    • Roto-Wan says:

      @LenFuego: If Hinch shows some faith in Osuna I probably would. He had people warming up in an odd order the other night, so I’m keeping an eye peeled.

  7. VictoriaB

    VictoriaB says:

    Ahhhhh, they dragged you over to the dark, non-DFS side! Nice post, RW :-)

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      You let RW fulfill his true destiny!

  8. Uncle Ernie says:

    Any inside scoop on Dr Dolittle. Any word on his return to Nats closing duties? Thanks

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