Nothing is worse than owning a closer you drafted… you get comfortable and things are going well.  You’re sitting pretty, a dalmation on the beer cart.  Then poof!  The dreaded word that for fantasy players and save connaisseurs is worse than the “I’m pregnant” line; That word is a “group”, from singular to plural.  It isn’t fair.  These guys don’t know the hours of time we devote to drafting a team and then getting pimped to the waiver wire for the next dude up.  Well, that is where we are currently sitting with Atlanta and Philadelphia.  Adding more names to the donkeycorn factory at the end of the chart.  Joining the fray are now Tommy Hunter, A.J. Minter, Seranthony Dominguez, Dan Winkler, and a slew of other candidates that are all in bathrobes in a line by height down the hallway.  Save orgies are good for one thing and one thing only, diversifying the stat and keeping you closer to the leader by expanding the save universe.  But we all live in “a one man, one save” lifestyle like the Puritans.  So what do we make of all this mess, besides getting a waiver wire mop and roster as many as possible? Stay calm if you own the old closer.  There was a reason they had the job initially, and they are still in the running.  Dropping a potential save candidate to the wire is never a good idea, unless you are upgrading and getting a better save option that has the job outright.  This savey save advice is keen when you are middle of the pack, but if you are chasing saves and falling behind by the day, trading for one of a higher caliber is the tact to go.  Let us see what else is happening in the end game of fantasy…

  • I wanted to add the Angels sitch to the above column, but Scioscia is a maniac.  Justin Anderson is the own, screw Cam (we waited too long), but with Mike usually drunk off Grandpa’s wowie sauce, anything can happen in the land of glitz and glamour.  Just for gags, the Angels lead baseball in blown saves.
  • Bruce Rondon adds his name to the list of crappy options for the White Sox.  If you are into home/away splits bet against the Sox at home they are abysmal. They only have 15 save chances on the year so keep your expectations to a minimum with the FAAB love.
  • Jordan Hicks has passed Greg Holland, that is all.
  • How low do I go with Kenley?  His K/9 rate over the last 14 games is 3.6.  Three point six.
  • Brad Brach is back from the DL, but how long do we hold down Mychal Givens for?  I would rather own Givens than Brach personally, but that is just me, as I am a little wacky.
  • Sleepy reliever of the week – Buck Farmer, EIEIO.


$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 –  (Joe Kelly,  Matt Barnes)

2. Edwin Diaz – (Juan NicasioNick Vincent)

3. Aroldis Chapman – (David RobertsonDellin Betances)

4. Wade Davis – (Adam OttavinoJake McGee)



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. Sean Doolittle – (Ryan MadsonBrandon Kintzler)

6. Cody Allen – (Andrew MillerTyler Olson)

7. Felipe Vazquez – (Richard RodriguezMichael Feliz)

8. Brad Hand –  (Craig Stammen, Tyler Yates)

9. Kenley Jansen – (Josh FieldsPedro Baez)

10. Raisel Iglesias – (Jared Hughes, Amir Garrett)

11. Brandon Morrow – (Carl Edwards Jr.,  Steve Cishek)

12. Kelvin Herrera – (Brian FlynnBrad Keller)

13. Jeurys Familia – (A.J. RamosRobert Gsellman)

14. Alex Colome – (Jose Alvarado, Sergio Romo)

15. Brad Boxberger – (Archie BradleyYoshihisa Hirano)

16. Corey Knebel – (Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress)

17. Blake Treinen – (Yusmeiro Petit, Santiago Casilla)



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.


18. Hunter Strickland – (Tony WatsonCory Gearrin)

19. Ken Giles – (Chris Devenski, Brad Peacock)

20. Keone Kela – (Jake Diekman, Jose Leclerc)

21. Shane Greene – (Buck FarmerJoe Jimenez)

22. Bud Norris  – (Jordan Hick, Greg Holland)

23. Brad Ziegler – (Drew SteckenriderKyle Barraclough)


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.

24. Fernando Rodney – (Addison ReedZach Duke)

25. Arodys Vizcaino / A.J. Minter / Dan Winkler

26. Hector Neris / Tommy Hunter / Seranthony Dominguez

27. Tyler Clippard / Ryan Tepera / Seung-hwan Oh

28. Justin Anderson / Jim Johnson / Blake Parker

29. Brad Brach / Mychal Givens / Darren O’Day

30. Bruce Rondon / Joakim Soria / Nate Jones

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Ender's Game
Ender's Game
4 years ago

I am in a holds league + saves. I currently employ Archie Bradley, Carl Edwards, David Robertson and Josh Fields. Jordan Hicks and Gsellman are on the wire tempting me with their lucius 105 and locks…are any an upgrade to my current talent?

Mr. A Knife
Mr. A Knife
4 years ago

16 teamer with holds and saves sold separately. i have
raise the church, archie, boxy, nicasio, kelly, hunter and lyons in DL slot. lyons hadn’t been good when he was healthy, BUT matheny is well known to overwork his lefties (or anybody really that’s doing well or even sometimes when not doing well). who’s the drop out of these, lyons supposedly back later this week. nicasio actually getting very unlucky on his ERA (3.79/5.82 FIP/ERA)

4 years ago

Heya Smoke,

Hope you’re having a good weekend. No Premier League so I can obsess even more about my RPs.

I think I know the answer but if we’re looking for saves it’s Nate Jones > Greg Holland, right?

I can hold on to Holland but don’t want to waste my time. I’ve got Davis and Knebel and I’m speculating with Minter. So best option for my fourth guy?


Reply to  Smokey
4 years ago

@Smokey: Thanks Smokey. No one else really. Bear Claw but Ziegler has been doing better of late — he’s no longer a brain freeze I see… Just the three CWS guys and maybe guys who come on and move up into roles after trades go down later. I’ll keep a look out.

Happy Cup Final day. There is the Mourinho aspect and it is a proper red v blue final. No rooting interest here but hope it’s a good match.

Reply to  JakeTPE
4 years ago

@JakeTPE: Justin Anderson? I didn’t see him before. LAA seems about as bleak as CWS right now for SV so it wasn’t on my radar…

4 years ago

Thanks Smokey.

Do you think Edubray Ramos should be listed somewhere here? Looks like he is tagged but I don’t see where he is mentioned. Do you have him somewhere behind Tommy Hunter in that pecking order? I’m currently holding him in a standard league on Save spec.

Reply to  Smokey
4 years ago

@Smokey: Would you recommend
Nate Jones
Dellin Betances
Miychal Givens
Richard Rodriguez, Pit RP
Kirby Yates
over carrying Edubray Ramos in a non-Holds league?

If real save upside is there it is a plus given format, but I’m thinking if there isn’t a quality spec in Saves the other numbers might be better from others if you see Edubray lower in the bullpen order. I had Nate Jones since draft but dropped him for Edubray recentlyish.

I also play in a Holds league. There, would you drop one of these for Richard Rodriguez, Pit RP? Or pretty much a wash, all things considered?
Nicasio (got a clean Hold last night and is up to 13 holds. I’m thinking I need to keep him around.)

4 years ago

3.6 k/9 for Jansen. Seems to only be a matter of time before he is on the floor

Count de Monetball
Count de Monetball
4 years ago

Love that I have 5 donkey’s and only 1 emplyoed, paid highest for Giles, and he looks much better than he did early on. Thanks for the pre draft rankings, I was most helpful

4 years ago

Hey Smoke,

Great update! Very happy to see Boxberger finally moved up to DonkeyCorn status. My relievers in an RCL are Box, Kela, Hader, Minter, Winkler. Should I be satisfied going forward with those? Would you replace any of the last two with any of these wire options: Justin Anderson, J Johnson, Mychal Givens, N Jones, R Madson and R Rodriguez?

Thanks very much!