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Note: All stats and Player Rater values are accurate through Sunday’s games.

Player Rater Top 15 (5×5 Standard)

# Name Team Pos $ $/G PS PA/IP $W $SV $ERA $WHIP $K R%
1 Ryan Helsley STL RP 21.4 6.1 7.7 18 2.2 14.3 2.1 1.2 0.5 100
2 Reed Garrett NYM RP 20.8 14.5 7.5 18 13.6 -1.3 4.2 -0.7 4 31
3 Kirby Yates TEX RP 19.8 13.9 7.1 14 6 5 3.9 4.4 -0.4 99
4 Clay Holmes NYY RP 19.3 7.1 7 16 -1.6 14.3 4.7 0.7 0.2 100
5 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP 19 5 6.8 17 -1.6 12.8 4 2.7 0.2 100
6 Robert Suarez SD RP 14.5 8.1 5.2 14 -1.6 12.8 2.8 1.6 -2 100
7 Kyle Finnegan WSH RP 14.3 5.3 5.1 14 -1.6 14.3 0.9 0.7 -1 100
8 Craig Kimbrel BAL RP 13 4.6 4.6 13 6 9.6 -1.7 -3 1.2 100
9 Mason Miller OAK RP 12.8 8.5 4.6 14 -5.4 9.6 1.9 2 3.7 100
10 A.J. Minter ATL RP 11.5 1 4.1 15 13.6 -2.9 -0.8 0.7 -0.1 3
11 Griffin Jax MIN RP 9.3 1.4 3.3 14 2.2 3.4 0.8 1.1 0.8 27
12 Jeff Hoffman PHI RP 8.6 1 3 16 2.2 0.3 2.5 0.5 2.1 65
13 Luke Weaver NYY RP 8.5 5.3 2.9 22 6 -2.9 -0.6 3.9 1.2 0
14 Bryan Hudson MIL RP 8.4 4 2.9 19 2.2 -2.9 3.6 3.4 1.2 0
15 Justin Slaten BOS RP 8.4 6.7 2.9 19 2.2 -1.3 3.5 3.8 -0.7 0

Player Rater Top 15 (6×6 w/ Holds)

# Name Team Pos $ $/G PS PA/IP $W $SV $ERA $WHIP $K $HLD R%
1 Ryan Helsley STL RP 25.9 14.9 7.8 18 4.1 20.2 2.3 2.1 1.2 -5.1 100
2 Clay Holmes NYY RP 23.7 16.7 7 16 0.1 20.2 4.9 1.6 0.9 -5.1 100
3 Emmanuel Clase CLE RP 22.4 13 6.5 17 0.1 17.7 4.2 3.6 0.9 -5.1 100
4 Kirby Yates TEX RP 20.8 22.5 5.9 14 8.2 4.8 4.2 5.3 0.3 -2.9 99
5 Kyle Finnegan WSH RP 18.5 15.2 5 14 0.1 20.2 1 1.6 -0.4 -5.1 100
6 Reed Garrett NYM RP 18.2 20.4 4.9 18 16.2 -5.5 4.4 0.2 4.8 -2.9 31
7 Robert Suarez SD RP 17.8 18.6 4.8 14 0.1 17.7 3 2.5 -1.3 -5.1 100
8 Craig Kimbrel BAL RP 15.6 13 4 13 8.2 12.5 -1.7 -2.2 1.9 -4 100
9 Mason Miller OAK RP 13.9 17.8 3.4 14 -4 12.5 2.1 2.9 4.5 -5.1 100
10 Griffin Jax MIN RP 12.1 8.1 2.7 14 4.1 2.2 0.9 2 1.6 0.3 27
11 Jason Foley DET RP 11.1 10.1 2.3 14 4.1 15.1 -0.3 -4.1 -0.7 -4 98
12 A.J. Minter ATL RP 9.8 5.1 1.9 15 16.2 -8.1 -0.8 1.6 0.6 -0.8 3
13 Jeff Hoffman PHI RP 9.4 6.4 1.7 16 4.1 -2.9 2.7 1.4 2.9 0.3 65
14 David Robertson TEX RP 8.9 5.6 1.5 18 0.1 -5.5 3.2 2.6 1.9 5.6 21
15 Andres Munoz SEA RP 8.9 10.8 1.5 13 4.1 4.8 0.7 -0.4 0.6 -1.9 100


2024 SVHD Leaders

Everyone with 7+ SVHD in 2024

Weekly Saves Leaders

Everyone with 2+ SV over the Last 7


Well lookie there. It was Hector Neris leading the way in SV this week, so maybe he Ner-is the answer after all. He’s doing well enough to keep the job for the time being, but it really just feels like a matter of time before those ghastly walks catch right on up to him and cause lots of problems. You can see how pedestrian the overall metrics are lately, and his Statcast is a sea of blue. It’ll make you wanna grab your fishin pole.

Jhoan Duran is back and doing all the damn things already. Don’t normally factor in Monday games for these reports, but I’m making an exception for the headline boi (the pic above doesn’t reflect last night’s outing): he’s pitched four games and has 4 SVHD. All while rockin a 7:0 K:BB. Man is money. I know it’s annoying he already has two holds due to seeing the heart of the lineup in a couple different 8th-inning outings, but I encourage you to hold steady in SV-only formats. Gotta think primary saves come in due time. The quality is worth hanging onto anyway.

Jose Alvarado looks like he’s pulling ahead for saves in Philly, and even pulled off a trifecta (W/SV/HLD) this week. He’s now up to 7 SV on the year, while his counterpart Jeff Hoffman has just two (with 5 HLD). Has to be said that the latter’s numbers are a lot more impressive. For the year, Hoffman has 39.3 K%, 8.2 BB%, 17 SwStr%, and 32.4 CSW%, while Alvarado is at 25 K%, 11.7 BB%, 9.4 SwStr%, and 27.5 CSW%. For what it’s worth, Gregory Soto also earned a save this week. It’s kind of a committee I guess, but then again Alvarado is only four saves away from the league lead.

Clay Holmes, Ryan Helsley, and Kyle Finnegan each had 2 SV, bringing their season totals up to 11 SV apiece. Lots and lots of names went ahead of these guys on draft, yet here they sit at the top. Finnegan’s ratios are elite right now (spoiler alert: they will probably regress toward his mean). With Helsley and Holmes, you’ve got yourself the #1 and #2 RP according to the 6×6 Player Rater.

Emmanuel Clase has done everything you drafted him to do, ye of much faith! I faded him due to regression last year and a price tag I didn’t feel like paying — but if you paid, you’ve been rewarded. I’m still sitting pretty with Helsley on literally every team, though! To each their own.

Jason Adam wasn’t his usual self but was still able to get his owners 1 W and 2 SV this past week. Pete Fairbanks is due to start rehab today, however, so Adam’s SV-only value is gonna take a hit once he’s back. Both remain elite SVHD options in my mind ROS.

Craig Kimbrel had 1 SV and 1 HLD this week, though that hold came cuz he got pulled out of a save opp early after struggling (Cano closed it out). He’s in kind of a weird situation. The totals are good and the ratios are decent, but he’s also already blown three saves on the young season. I’m inclined to think he’s got a long leash, and like I’ve been saying on the Twitter, his K stuff is about as good as it’s ever been. He missed a little time with some back soreness, only to come back and K the side for a SV on Friday. Then his next outing was on Saturday, when he got yanked early after allowing 2 H, 1 ER, and 1 BB while recording just one out.

Josh Hader took an L this week, but he also earned a win and a save. Overall, his line this past week was solid: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, and 7 K. Can’t overstate how disappointing he’s been; however, the 2024 totals are really in fine shape. It’s just annoying he could have like 6 SV instead of the 3 SV he really has. Otherwise, he’s got 24 K in 14.2 IP and is getting a good amount of swinging strikes. Better days are in store.

Weekly Holds Leaders

Everyone with 2+ HLD over the Last 7


Joe Kelly with a lovely 4 HLD week, which is extra lovely since no one else even had three. And now that Evan Phillips is out with a hamstring injury, maybe another couple weeks like this are on the horizon? Tough to say, cuz that Blake Treinen guy is back and Daniel Hudson is also still a thing. Treinen looked great is his first outing in what feels like decades, earning a hold and picking up a strikeout in a perfecting 8th inning. It’s quite possible Treinen resumes primary setup duties or even enters the saves mix while Philips is out. Hudson has been struggling a little bit, while Kelly has been great. Interested to see how this pen shakes out in the near future. Tuesday morning edit: Kelly hit the IL late last night with a shoulder injury. Vesia got the interim save, and Treinen pitched another 8th inning to collect his second hold in as many days as he’s been off the IL. Hudson was rested and passed over…could be telling, or it could just be Roberts felt he needed a little more time after earning a BS in each of his last two outings. One thing’s for sure: Treinen is already back to being must-own in SVHD formats.

Jeff Hoffman and Yennier Cano each had 2 HLD and 1 SV. Both have been great SVHD assets, and so they shall remain.

Griffin Jax earned 2 HLD and also a win. His SV-only value has mostly gone kaput with the return of Du-Man, but otherwise his SVHD value is exactly what it has been: noice.

Other dudes earning 2 HLD and 1 W were John Schreiber, Mark Leiter Jr., and Hunter Harvey. All three are in good positions for holds purposes. Harvey is basically elite at this point: 2 W, 11 HLD, 2.45 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and a 22:5 K:BB in 18.1 IP. Schreiber has 2 W and 4 HLD over the last two weeks, while Leiter has 1 W and 3 HLD in that span.

Reed Garrett picked up 2 HLD in 3.1 scoreless. Did allow five baserunners, however. Kinda trending the wrong lately: 5 H and 6 BB allowed in just his last 7.1 IP. Yikes. Sell high while you can? Brooks Raley needs more recovery time, so the window is still open to move him for good value, if’n you’re of a mind to do so.

Caleb Ferguson was the only Yanks reliever with 2 HLD this week, getting the call in the 7th inning on Wednesday and the 6th inning on Saturday. Kinda weird that Holmes has all these saves and Ferguson leads the team with just 6 HLD. Luke Weaver is getting bulkier innings and has a couple holds over the last couple weeks, putting up a ridonkulous line in that timeframe: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, and 12 K.

Matt Moore collected 2 HLD but the ratios were ugly. Luis Garcia has been in the holds mix as well there. Thought Moore would be better than he has been, so this pen is looking kinda like a situation I’d avoid if I could. These two dudes and Carlos Estevez all have ERAs north of 5 (and in Estevez’s case, north of 6).

Joe Jimenez picked up a couple holds and should see a little bit of a bump for holds for the time being (Pierce Johnson on the IL with elbow inflammation). I don’t think it’s much to worry about, but it’s worth mentioning nonetheless: A.J. Minter hasn’t been his sharpest, allowing 10 baserunners and 3 ER over the last two weeks (5.1 IP).

Weekly Blown Saves Leaders :'(

Everyone with 1+ BS over the Last 7


Poor Daniel Hudson as the only feller with 2 BS this week. Wasn’t the ugliest line, at least, and there were no walks. As mentioned earlier, Phillips is out, so Hudson is probably the favorite for saves, unless it’s one of those super fun carousel committees.

Erik Swanson has been straight garbage. I figured he’d be rusty, but gol’ damn! I think this dude is a drop! Yimi Garcia is dealing with some lower back issues, but it doesn’t sound too serious.

I already kinda talked about Carlos Estevez above, but I’ll bring him up again cuz wooooof, look at that 21.60 ERA and 3.00 WHIP. I wouldn’t have felt good about drafting him this year, but I also wouldn’t be dropping him in a SV-only format just yet. He probably shouldn’t be on any rosters in SVHD formats, though, unless we’re talking real deep leagues.

Jason Foley allowed five hits and two runs while recording just two outs this week. Meanwhile, Alex Lange is looking more like the Alex Lange I talked up in all my preseason stuff. Foley SV-0nly shares are still in fine shape for now, but it’s definitely something to keep on your radar.

Chris Martin has been unavailable for almost a week. That non-throwing shoulder is bothering him again. Ruh roh. I’d go add all the Justin Slaten I can.


That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading. Leave me a comment below so I feel all warm and fuzzy.

I specialize in bullpens, and I also do some fantasy hockey as well here at Razzball. Find me on Elon’s Disaster: @jkj0787. DMs are always open for questions, comments, concerns, complaints, etc. Odds are good I’m drinking black coffee, dark beer, or some form of bourbon at any given time of day. 

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1 month ago

Foley pitched 7th today … should I drop him asap for Lange?

1 month ago

I’ve been rolling out Doval since opening day but his opportunities have been few and far between.
In a points league counting Saves (no Holds) would you cut bait or ride it out?
Options are:
the Dodgers’ closer
the Ray’s closer

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

I hear ya! We can only start one RP in our 12 team league and 2-3 owners could be more proactive.
I like your column quite a bit. Keep up the great info! Thx.

Norman Ginsberg
Norman Ginsberg
Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

In a points league, Saves are under-valued. Sometimes better for extra starter than anyone except ~ Top 5 closer.

1 month ago

I picked up Treinen yesterday and with Kelly going onto the IL for the Dodgers, I picked up Vesia this morning. Does it make sense to hold onto both in SVHD league or drop one for the any of the following:

I have:

Austin Adams
Enyel De Los Santos
Ryan Thompson
Cionel Perez

Reply to  Dude
1 month ago

I am currently 5th in SVHD. The leader is +18 on me

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

Just curious, why Aroldis? His ratios are probably the worst of the available bunch with not many more SVHLDs and not many more Ks, but twice as many BBs.

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

Thank you sir!

1 month ago

I’m currently rolling with Holmes, Ginkel and Pressly in a SVHD league (where SV count double) with Fairbanks and Sewald on the IL. I have room for five RPs.

Like any of these guys more than my five? Yimi Garcia, Scott Barlow, Bryan Hudson, Kittredge, Sandlin, Sborz, Schreiber, Slaten, Yarbrough, Luke Weaver, Ryan Walker, Strahm…

1 month ago

Does Sir Douglas Fairbanks Jr, aka Peter Fairbanks resume his closer role when he returns or does he share it with the suddenly shut down Adam? Do you like *The General* MacArthur more than Fairbanks, upon his return?

Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

Good call on The Private, who soon to be losing his closers gig to Wil Smith.

1 month ago


Griffin Jax was just put on the wire. I have no RPs. Would you believe that I waived Minter. Would you take Jax? Would you call Jax as a must add?

If yes, who would you drop among my streamers: Kutter, Cristopher Sanchez, Flaherty, Jon Gray, Reese Olson and Christian Javier.

Another option is to take him and look to cut a batter?

i now understand why MamosDad says that you are a must read!


Reply to  JKJ
1 month ago

You get a point for hold and 5 points for save plus 1 point for each K and -1 for each walk. Does that change your thoughts?

thanks again!