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Targeting Relief Pitchers

Chris Meaney FNTSY Senior Analyst February 20, 2017 4:31PM EDT
There are many different strategies when it comes to drafting relief pitchers. Although I don’t suggest it, you can get by in head-to-head leagues by punting the position at draft day. It’s difficult to win a competitive roto league without drafting closers.

It’s no fun chasing saves all year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find the category on the waiver wire. Jeanmar Gomez led the majors in saves for most of the season before finishing tied for eighth with 37. I wouldn’t count on 30 from him in 2017. In fact, I wouldn’t draft him, even though he was just named 2017 closer for the Phillies.

Sam Dyson did not begin Opening Day 2016 as the Rangers’ closer, yet he saved 38 ball games for them. The same can be said for Alex Colome and Seung Hwan Oh. That’s exactly why I aim to get someone among the Top 10 relievers and look for the upside or strikeouts from the position later in the draft.

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