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March 7, 2014 6:00 am

Graphical Fantasy Rankings: Relief Pitchers

12

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

6

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

9

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

Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 Relief Pitchers

12

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

13

Craig Goldstein

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

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March 4, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Tier Rankings: Relief Pitchers

8

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

State of the Position: Closers

7

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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January 6, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

8

Ben Carsley

The defending World Series champions are low on elite fantasy talent, but have numerous useful assets.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profiles as top-100 options heading into next season.

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What makes Koji Uehara amazing enough to retire 37 consecutive batters?

On Tuesday, Koji Uehara allowed a baserunner. Before that, he had retired 37 batters in a row, setting a Boston record and getting within a good week of the all-time record, 45, by Mark Buehrle. Before that, he was still one of the stories of the season, a flash closer who had gone from low-leverage innings in Texas to Boston's ninth inning within a year. And before that, he was one of the most interesting pitchers in baseball, going months at a time without issuing a walk and producing historically great FIPs and the best strikeout-to-walk ratio ever.

What you probably know about Uehara is that he has excellent fastball command and a dynamite splitter. In any game he pitches, an announcer will mention his dynamite fastball command and excellent splitter. But how excellent is that fastball command? How dynamite is that splitter? And how, really, can that be enough to turn an 89-mph reliever into the American League's Craig Kimbrel?

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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Casting the Most Unconventional MVP Vote

14

Sam Miller

Creative arguments in favor of several players whom the courageous writer can support.

If you’re one of the 60 writers who get to vote on the MVP award this year, then by all means, take it seriously and vote in good faith for the player you think was most valuable. If you’re one of the hundreds of writers who don’t: Man, I feel for you. This all over again.

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August 30, 2013 8:38 am

Raising Aces: A Closer Look at Relievers

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Doug Thorburn

Mechanical analysis of three of the AL's dominant closers.

Relief pitchers have been in vogue lately, whether carving out air time on TINSTAAPP or funking up Raising Aces. The RP-Funk All-Stars may have all hailed from the senior circuit, but some of the most impressive performances of the season have come from the American League. Ninth-inning relievers have been dominating hitters and shortening games all across the AL, as no fewer than five different closers entered Thursday's action with an ERA under 2.00. Although he falls just short of inclusion to that particular club this season, we start the show with none other than the greatest stopper of all time.

(all stats through 8/28/13, PITCHf/x stats are courtesy of BrooksBaseball.net)

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January 2, 2013 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Boston Red Sox

0

Ben Carsley

John Farrell's club is low on fantasy superstars, but it has plenty of useful assets on both sides of the ball.

The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. They did so thanks in large part to bounce-back campaigns from many of their pitchers, career (or near-career) years from the likes of Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, full seasons from Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury, and David Ortiz, and an out-of-nowhere dominant season from Koji Uehara.

Despite the deep and talented team in Boston, this roster isn’t quite the fantasy goldmine you might expect. There are a ton of fantasy-relevant players here to be sure, but only a handful profile as top-100 options heading into next season.

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