In the last seven days, 32 different relief pitchers have logged a save for their respective team. Do you have the right relievers getting saves for your team to maximize your save opportunities each week?
One fantasy baseball tip we highly recommend is carrying one more closer than your league minimum (get 3 if your league has 2 RP spots, for example) so you can lock down saves each week in your head-to-head matchups.
We will try to help you make sense of some of the most confusing closer situations each week this season. Below are some of the most crowded closer situations, a list of who has logged a save for these confused teams over the past seven days, and insight on who to add/drop based on each team’s situation.
See below for this week’s tips and insight.
- Most Saves Over The Last Week: LaTroy Hawkins (1)
- Pitchers To Watch: Jose Valverde (DL)
Insight: Hawkins is the man for the next few weeks in Houston as Jose Valverde hit the DL yesterday with a strained calf that has been nagging him for some time. Hawkins is a must add for the next few weeks only because of the save opportunities he will see as the Astros closer. On the year, Hawkins has a 3.60 ERA and 6 strikeouts in 10 innings. He seems to be available in around 85% of fantasy leagues.
Toronto Blue Jays
- Most Saves Over The Past Week: Scott Downs (2)
- Pitchers To Watch: B.J. Ryan (DL)
Insight: Downs is finally getting some save opportunities thanks to B.J. Ryan’s injury. If Ryan wasn’t such a high-priced closer, there’s a good chance he might have lost his job to Downs earlier than this DL trip. Currently, Ryan has 2 saves… he also has an 11.12 ERA and 4 strikeouts in 5.7 innings of work. Downs has been great as the setup man to this point, logging a 0.84 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 10.3 innings of work. If there is a must add closer on loan, Scott Downs is the man. He should be available in around 40% of fantasy leagues.
- Most Saves Over The Past Week: Mike Gonzalez (2)
- Pitchers To Watch: Rafael Soriano
Insight: The Braves closer situation seems to be a committee situation, which is bad news for fantasy owners trying to stream saves for their fantasy team. Mike Gonzalez seems due for the majority of save opportunities, so we would recommend owning or keeping Gonzalez on your fantasy squad. Soriano is likely to steal save opportunities in back-to-back games or when the matchup favors a righty, however, so perhaps Gonzalez owners should handcuff Soriano? We’ll need to continue to keep an eye on this situation.