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07-28

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9

Closer Report: Week 18
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Matt Collins

07-21

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4

Closer Report: Trade Deadline Edition (Week 17)
by
Matt Collins

07-14

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4

Closer Report: Week 16
by
Matt Collins

07-07

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3

Closer Report: Week 14
by
Matt Collins

06-30

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10

Closer Report: Week 14
by
Matt Collins

06-23

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Closer Report: Week 13
by
Matt Collins

06-16

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4

Closer Report: Week 12
by
Matt Collins

06-09

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4

Closer Report: Week 11
by
Matt Collins

06-02

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8

Closer Report: 10th Edition 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-26

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8

Closer Report: Ninth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-19

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7

Closer Report: Eighth Edition
by
Matt Collins

05-12

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5

Closer Report: Seventh Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-05

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Closer Report: Sixth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-28

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Closer Report: Fifth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-21

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7

Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-14

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6

Closer Report: Third Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-07

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8

Closer Report: Second Edition
by
Matt Collins

04-03

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11

Fantasy Staff Predictions
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-31

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7

Closer Report: Week One
by
Matt Collins

03-06

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Player Profile: Neftali Feliz
by
Nick Shlain

03-06

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6

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

03-05

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6

Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Burdi vs. Derek Law
by
J.P. Breen

03-05

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20

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Relief Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

03-04

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10

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
by
Ben Carsley

03-04

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Player Profile: David Robertson
by
Jeff Quinton

03-03

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8

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

03-03

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6

Tale of the Tape: Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street
by
Matt Collins

03-03

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46

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
by
Craig Goldstein

03-02

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5

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
by
J.P. Breen

03-02

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6

The Quinton: Market Corrections and Undervaluing Closers
by
Jeff Quinton

03-02

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14

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
by
BP Fantasy Staff

12-04

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3

Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

09-08

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5

Closer Report: Week 22: Looking Back, Looking Forward
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-25

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Closer Report: Week 22
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-18

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Closer Report: Week 21
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-11

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Closer Report: Week 20
by
Mauricio Rubio

08-04

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Closer Report: Week 19
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-28

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Closer Report: Week 18
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-21

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16

Closer Report: Week 17
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-14

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5

Closer Report: Week 16
by
Mauricio Rubio

07-07

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7

Closer Report: Week 15
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-30

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5

Closer Report: Week 14: Closer Swap
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-23

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Closer Report: Week 13
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-16

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Closer Report: Week 12
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-09

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11

Closer Report: Week 11: The Ballad of Kevin Gregg
by
Mauricio Rubio

06-02

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Closer Report: Week 10
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-28

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Closer Report: Week Nine
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-22

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5

Closer Report: Week Eight
by
Mauricio Rubio

05-19

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3

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

05-15

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14

Closer Report: Week Seven
by
Mauricio Rubio

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March 4, 2015 6:00 am

Player Profile: David Robertson

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Jeff Quinton

A look at what's in store for the closer, who left the Bronx for the South Side of Chicago.

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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers

8

Mike Gianella

Stacking up the ninth-inning men.

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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street

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Matt Collins

Which of these AL Central closers is a better bet for your fantasy squad in 2015?

We’ve finally gotten to the week where we cover everyone’s favorite position. Who doesn’t love projecting and just generally thinking about relief pitchers with all of their spare time? It can’t just be me, right? For this week’s Tale of the Tape, we’re pitting two veteran division rivals against each other, both of whom possess the all-important “established closer” tag. Although neither are to be considered top tier options, both will be owned in all leagues, and figure to play significant roles in their respective team’s playoff chances. It’s Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street.

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March 3, 2015 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

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Craig Goldstein

Is there such a thing for fantasy purposes?

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March 2, 2015 6:00 am

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher

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J.P. Breen

An overview of the ninth-inning men and those who'll set them up.

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March 2, 2015 6:00 am

The Quinton: Market Corrections and Undervaluing Closers

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Jeff Quinton

Why some fantasy players might have taken the "don't pay for saves" mantra too far.

Like many, I have been dreading relief pitcher week. I would call closers my fantasy baseball Achilles heel, but that would be understating my other flaws. For years now, we have heard experts say, “Don’t pay for saves.” What these experts really meant by this sentiment is either (i) that we should not overpay for saves or (ii) that the (fantasy baseball) market was overvaluing saves.

While closers are still overvalued in some leagues, the closer market has corrected itself in many. Additionally, there appears to be some overcorrection happening—some owners end up avoiding saves all together. This can be a profitable strategy if the market is overvaluing saves, but it can also be a decision-making crutch for avoiding the most volatile position. If it is the latter (as it was for me last season), then we are likely to miss out on good values in the closer market and unnecessarily handicap our teams. While the majority of fantasy baseball participants are not undervaluing saves, this article is for those, like me, who have done so and are at risk of doing so in the future. We will take a look at how we came to do so and how we can hopefully overcome this weakness.

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March 2, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

14

BP Fantasy Staff

These 'pen arms might provide nice returns on investment in drafts and auctions this spring.

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December 4, 2014 6:00 am

Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed-League Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

An in-depth look at pitchers' returns on fantasy investments in mixed formats during the past season.

This is the final installment in a six-part series on player valuation. The first five parts of the series covered AL and NL-only league valuation for hitters and pitchers, and mixed-league valuation for hitters. This article concludes the series with a look back at pitchers.

As with the mixed league hitters, there are no plans to reinvent the wheel and run through the painstaking steps that got me to my mixed league valuations. There is a significant change on the pitching side of the ledger that will be addressed within the body of the article. A full look at the methodology behind the valuations can be found here.

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September 8, 2014 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 22: Looking Back, Looking Forward

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Mauricio Rubio

Mauricio evalutes his preseason closer strategy and reveals how he'll approach them in 2015.

This is my last Closer To Me article for 2014. Rather than run a vanilla update on what happened the last two weeks, let’s look back on the season as a whole and see how the highest ranked closers according to ADP and auction dollars according to Fantasy Pros.

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August 25, 2014 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 22

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the Ninth-Inning Situations Around the League

Oakland Athletics

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August 18, 2014 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 21

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league

Chicago White Sox
Jake Petricka has been the most reliable and healthy reliever in the White Sox bullpen this year. It’s been a nice surprise, but I’ve never thought of Petricka as a high-leverage reliever. He has a strikeout rate that is approaching acceptable at 18 percent, but generally, if you’re looking at relievers who operate lower in the strikeout rate department, you want a guy who has command. Petricka also loses the zone enough for an 11 percent walk rate. That’s unacceptable considering how many bats he fails to miss. Matt Lindstrom was activated off the disabled list and had a bad outing against Toronto this past Saturday. I believe in Lindstrom more than I do in Petricka as a speculative saves play down the stretch.

San Diego Padres
Joaquin Benoit is dealing with a barky shoulder, which is a situation that absolutely deserves monitoring. Benoit is having a tremendous season at 37, as he has a 0.85 WHIP and a 31.1 percent strikeout rate. He is slated to be available on Tuesday, but I think it would be prudent to check up on Kevin Quackenbush and Dale Thayer in the Padres bullpen. Quackenbush is the logical next man up.



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August 11, 2014 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 20

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Mauricio Rubio

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Detroit Tigers
The Detroit bullpen disease continues to find new victims as Joakim Soria (who was acquired for Corey Knebel and Jake Thompson) might be out until September with a strained oblique. It’s been a nightmare season for Detroit relievers, which is nothing new for the club. For all the good GM Dave Dombrowski has done, and he’s done a lot, the bullpen remains his Achilles heel. Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan are going to battle it out for saves down the stretch. Nathan refuses to die and Chamberlain has been bad in his brief tryouts for the job. Al Alburquerque is behind them and is a decent speculative play.

Chicago White Sox
Matt Lindstrom is coming back on Tuesday to hopefully stabilize what has been an absolute train wreck of a unit. The White Sox have run a parade of arms to handle the ninth inning with bad results. Lindstrom wasn’t missing bats when he was healthy this year, and his command was erratic. His past profile paints the picture of a ground-ball pitcher who strikes out 17-20 percent of batters faced. If he gets back to that, he might get a look at closing should Jake Petricka falter. It’s a long shot since Petricka has been very effective this season. Still, it’s worth it to claim him and hope Petricka goes the way of every other White Sox closer this season.



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