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09-08

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Closer to Me: Week 22: Looking Back, Looking Forward
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Mauricio Rubio

08-25

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Closer to Me: Week 22
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Mauricio Rubio

08-18

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Closer to Me: Week 21
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Mauricio Rubio

08-11

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Closer to Me: Week 20
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Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Closer to Me: Week 19
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Mauricio Rubio

07-28

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Closer to Me: Week 18
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Mauricio Rubio

07-21

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Closer to Me: Week 17
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Mauricio Rubio

07-14

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Closer to Me: Week 16
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Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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Closer to Me: Week 15
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Mauricio Rubio

06-30

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Closer to Me: Week 14: Closer Swap
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Mauricio Rubio

06-23

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Closer to Me: Week 13
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Mauricio Rubio

06-16

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Closer to Me: Week 12
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Mauricio Rubio

06-09

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Closer to Me: Week 11: The Ballad of Kevin Gregg
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Mauricio Rubio

06-02

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Closer to Me: Week 10
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Mauricio Rubio

05-28

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Closer to Me: Week Nine
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Mauricio Rubio

05-22

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Closer to Me: Week Eight
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Mauricio Rubio

05-19

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Fantasy Freestyle: My Closer Lost His Job and Now I Hate Everybody
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Mike Gianella

05-15

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Closer to Me: Week Seven
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Mauricio Rubio

05-06

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Closer to Me: Week Six
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Mauricio Rubio

04-29

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Closer to Me: Week Five
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Mauricio Rubio

04-22

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Closer to Me: Week Four
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Mauricio Rubio

04-15

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Closer to Me: Week Three
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Mauricio Rubio

04-08

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Closer to Me: Attrition
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Mauricio Rubio

04-01

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Closer to Me: Week One
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Mauricio Rubio

03-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations
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Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Mauricio Rubio

03-07

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TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief Pitchers
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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

03-07

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-06

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Tale of the Tape: Joe Nathan vs. Sergio Romo
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Wilson Karaman

03-06

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 Relief Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

03-05

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
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Craig Goldstein

03-05

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Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-04

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Paul Sporer

03-03

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11

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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State of the Position: Closers
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Ben Carsley

02-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Rising Cost of Pitching
by
Mike Gianella

09-19

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Bullpen Report: Looking Back, Looking Forward
by
Mike Gianella

09-12

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Bullpen Report: Looking Ahead
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Mike Gianella

09-06

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Five to Watch: Would-Be, Could-Be Closers
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Craig Goldstein

09-05

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Bullpen Report: Examining Trends
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Mike Gianella

08-30

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Raising Aces: A Closer Look at Relievers
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Doug Thorburn

08-22

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Overthinking It: Scouting Closers in the Batter's Box
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Ben Lindbergh and Jason Parks

08-22

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Bullpen Report: Farquhar Rises to the Top
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Mike Gianella

08-15

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Bullpen Report: Mo Moves Down
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Mike Gianella

08-12

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Baseball Therapy: Using the Closer to Keep a Deficit Small
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Russell A. Carleton

08-08

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Bullpen Report: Meeting the Criteria
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Mike Gianella

07-25

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Bullpen Report: On the Grilli
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Mike Gianella

06-13

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Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Closers and Extra-Inning Games
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Russell A. Carleton

06-06

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Bullpen Report: A Test of Wil'
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Mike Gianella

05-29

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Fantasy Freestyle: Your Annual Reminder: Don't Pay for Saves
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Jason Collette

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March 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Three Murky Closer Situations

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Mauricio Rubio

A rundown of the ninth-inning candidates in Houston, Cincinnati, and Cleveland.

Closers are the most fungible commodity in fantasy baseball. Predicting saves is a quixotic quest that frequently ends in heartbreak and confusion.

You don’t need to search long to find examples of how volatile the saves market can be. Kevin Gregg was a discarded reliever when the Cubs reached out for his services in the ultimate act of desperation. Carlos Marmol had imploded and their in house options were either hurt or ineffective. Gregg, who was unable to survive spring training with the Dodgers, ended up accruing 33 saves before being released in a much-publicized spat with management.

So if you have Chapman on the DL or you were just caught off guard ahead of a massive closer run and are in need of saves don’t fret. I’m here for you, friends.

Let’s take a look at three situations in which a closer could emerge from the shadows

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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Relief Pitchers

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Mauricio Rubio

A visual breakdown of the players at this position and the fantasy categories in which they could help your team.

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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

TTO Scoresheet Podcast: Relief Pitchers

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Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss

Breaking down the bullpen arms for Scoresheet leagues.

BP Fantasy closes out positions with reliever week, the position pretty much everyone considers a necessary evil. If not just plain evil. In this week’s podcast, linked at the end of the article, we spend some time discussing relievers. Not a ton of time, because there’s really not too much to say. We also take some reader questions. And have a pretty interesting discussion on when (if ever) it is OK to lose a trade, which we think will be worth your time to check out. We also spend some time discussing the lower tiers of starting pitching, which is relevant to your Scoresheet bullpen, for reasons we explain below. We’ve also updated our ranking list for all positions.

Here’s how we rank relievers. And read on for reliever strategy, picks, and more.

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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

You might want to let someone else draft or buy these closers in your leagues this spring.

At long last, our journey has come to an end.

Over the past two months, we've worked tirelessly (read: written two blurbs a week) to bring you a player to target and to avoid for each fantasy position. We hope our collective experience has helped you recoup some value and avoid some mistakes in your drafts this year, and we've enjoyed the debates that many of the names we've listed have spurred.

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March 6, 2014 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Joe Nathan vs. Sergio Romo

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Wilson Karaman

The first-year Tiger has a longer résumé in the ninth inning, but is he a better value than the bearded Giant on draft day?

It happens in every draft. That moment when, despite your best intentions to avoid forking over a draft pick for a closer, you realize you’ll probably need to at least be somewhat competitive in saves if you’re going to make a run at your standard league title. And while I prefer waiting and speculating on saves as much as the next guy, there’s very definite value to be had in grabbing an established closer to anchor your bullpen in these formats. When that moment comes, and you’re actually going to sacrifice a pick to make this scenario a reality, it’s really important that you come through with the safest option possible to bag you the saves you need.

So, let’s take a look at a couple of the “safer” proven-closer types you’re likely to encounter around the middle rounds of your draft. In one corner, Joe Nathan, the newly signed and minted closer for the Detroit Tigers. In the other, Sergio Romo, another veteran coming off of his first full season saving games in San Francisco. Nathan is currently the seventh closer going off the board in NFBC drafts, with Romo following as the ninth closer about two rounds later. Over in Paul’s astute breakdown of relief pitcher tiers, Nathan checks in as a four-star option, while Romo leads the pack of three-star options. Let’s take a look at how they stack up, and see whether Nathan is really worth the slightly higher price on draft day.

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March 6, 2014 6:00 am

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 Relief Pitchers

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Bret Sayre

A long-term outlook on the relievers who could be fantasy assets in the coming years.

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers

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Craig Goldstein

Projecting the ninth-inning stoppers from 2014 through the end of the 2016 season.

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March 5, 2014 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

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Ben Carsley

From true relievers to starters who might convert, a look at the arms that could rack up saves or holds down the road.

Nope. I'm not doing it. I'm not dignifying the reliever position with an introduction.

To warrant inclusion here, every pitcher has to a) project to have at least eighth-inning upside, b) project to reach the majors by 2015, and c) project to have a huge impact in either strikeouts or WHIP.

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers

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Paul Sporer

Breaking down the position, from the top-shelf closers to the setup men who might be on the cusp.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

A look at the best values to help your fantasy squad rack up saves.

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March 3, 2014 12:00 pm

State of the Position: Closers

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Ben Carsley

Breaking down the ninth-inning stoppers by league for the present and future and examining the optimal mixed-league strategy.

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February 27, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: The Rising Cost of Pitching

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Mike Gianella

Examining the reasons why pitchers are costing more in auctions this year.

Last week, CBS Sports held their NL-only and AL-only expert league auctions (I participated in the NL auction while Paul Sporer represented Baseball Prospectus in the AL auction). While the League of Alternate Baseball Reality (LABR) and Tout Wars are better-known expert leagues, CBS has been running their expert leagues in an auction format since 2008. Questions of stature or importance aside, these auctions happen before the LABR and Tout Wars auctions do so they give us the opportunity to look at some early spending trends. Many home leagues are influenced to at least some degree by how owners spend in the expert leagues.

The first thing I noticed is that pitching prices are up this year.

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