March 10, 2017
The -Only League Landscape
National League Relief Pitchers
Relievers: the most vexing part of just about any roto roster. They’re mostly on your roster to contribute in one category, and their ability to rack up stats in that category depend on a lot of luck as well as the whims of their manager. Talent and performance aren’t enough to get a guy the closer’s gig, either. These vagaries explain why saves are the most frequently punted category, and why many owners who don’t punt saves refuse to pay for them.
Let’s take a look at the ten most expensive relievers at auction in 2016 in NL-Only leagues:
Table 1: 10 Most Expensive* NL Relief Pitchers, 2016