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Sunday, February 23, 2020

2020 Fantasy Baseball: The Save Game

Wins may be the most challenging part of fantasy baseball to figure out, but closers are the most frustrating. On draft day, I have a tough time using a high draft pick on a one-category player. I also hate chasing closers and closers in waiting around in the free-agent market. The last couple of years in the high stakes games, I’ve tried to cheat saves. At times it can work, but many times a weakness will cost me a bench spot, which hurts my team in other areas. If you cheat saves and you’re mistaken, you need to roster more inventory to increase your chances of finding the next closer to earn a job.

In the high stake’s market in 15-team leagues in most seasons, you need about 85 to 90 saves on the year (about 3.5 saves per week) in finish the top 20 percent. In 2019, saves were down across the board, which led to only 73 saves to rank at the 20 percentile. In 12-team leagues last year, a fantasy owner needed to secure 82 saves for the same ranking.

The best teams will use seven starters and two closers. If you fall behind in saves, you are forced to use a third closer to make up ground. It can work as long as you are in the right position in wins and strikeouts.

Closers can make an impact in multiple ways – saves, strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP. At times, they can be a difference-maker in wins. A great example of a five-category closer was Edwin Diaz. His 2018 season should be my goal when I’m looking for a number one closer. He saved 57 games (45 saves would be a reasonable target) with two wins, 1.96 ERA, 0.791 WHIP, and 124 strikeouts. Ideally, it would be great to get a minimum of four wins from each of your top two closers to help in the win category.

For those wondering why so many people out there grossly overrate relief pitching…..

 

QLE Posted: February 23, 2020 at 12:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
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