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03-17

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The Quinton: Selecting Relievers and Anticipated Discounts vs. Realized Discounts
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Jeff Quinton

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers
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Scooter Hotz

03-10

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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Alex Chamberlain

03-09

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Tale of the Tape: Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias
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Mark Barry

03-09

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5

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-09

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings Continued: Relief Pitchers on the Ocean Floor
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Wilson Karaman

03-08

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-08

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The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers
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Eric Roseberry

03-07

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12

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

03-07

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State of the Position: Relief Pitchers
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George Bissell

03-06

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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-06

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Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers
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Matt Collins

08-17

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Fantasy Freestyle: Recent Top Performers: Pitchers and Outfielders
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J.P. Breen

07-07

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Fantasy Freestyle: Gimme Some of That Sweet Ratio Love
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Wilson Karaman

03-11

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-10

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Mychael Givens vs. Corey Knebel
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J.J. Jansons

03-10

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 75 Relief Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

03-09

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 40 Relief Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-09

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7

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-08

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7

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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J.P. Breen

03-08

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5

The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-07

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8

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
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Mike Gianella

03-07

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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-03

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers
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Scooter Hotz

12-03

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Retrospective Player Valuation: Mixed League Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

12-02

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2015 Endgame and Waiver-Wire Recap: NL-Only Pitchers
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Keith Cromer

10-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: 2015 Endgame and Waiver-Wire Recap: AL-Only Pitchers
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Keith Cromer

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Relievers, Left and Right
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R.J. Anderson, Christopher Crawford, Matthew Trueblood, Jeff Long, Dustin Palmateer and Kate Morrison

05-21

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Fantasy Freestyle: Revisiting the AL-Only Reliever Landscape
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Nick Shlain

05-12

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Closer Report: Seventh Edition, 2015
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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
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Matt Collins

04-21

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Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

03-06

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Player Profile: Neftali Feliz
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Nick Shlain

03-06

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-05

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The -Only League Landscape: National League Relievers
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Keith Cromer

03-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Relief Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

03-04

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The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers
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Wilson Karaman

03-04

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
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Ben Carsley

03-04

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Relief Pitchers
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Nick Shlain

03-03

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
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Mike Gianella

03-03

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Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Craig Goldstein

03-02

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

03-02

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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

12-03

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Fantasy Freestyle: Relief Help
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Keith Cromer

03-05

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Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
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Ben Carsley

03-03

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Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

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Helping you craft a better strategy for drafting your fantasy bullpen.

Selecting Relievers and Anticipated Discounts versus Realized Discounts

Nine weeks ago we began the positional series with the goal of preparing for upcoming drafts and auctions. My fellow writers have provided us with insights about decisions teams might make, how players will likely perform, and how valuable those performances will likely be. Over here at The Quinton, we have been working on trying to better act on those aforementioned insights. This being a week after reliever week (it was intended for reliever week—sorry Bret and Mike), we have come to the end of our journey; and while relievers, outside of catchers, tend to be the lowest earning position, they tend to have a great impact on the decisions we make. How so?

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March 10, 2017 10:50 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers

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Scooter Hotz

Scanning the menu of senior-circuit options at this position.

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.

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March 10, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers

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Alex Chamberlain

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

Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
Craig Kimbrel is not a bad closer. He's a very good closer. Since 2011, he leads all relievers in saves by a mile, trails only Aroldis Chapman in strikeout rate (K%) and ranks third in ERA (although not behind anyone who has logged as many innings). That'll do. Last season didn't go so well, though. Don't blame the torn meniscus -- Kimbrel's ERA improved after he returned from surgery and rehab. But that ERA remained inflated all season, and potentially irreversible trends could be to blame.

Kimbrel walked more than five hitters per nine innings last year. Five! Maybe that one can be chalked up to his injury -- he walked almost seven hitters per nine upon returning -- but it had hovered above 4.0 BB/9 even prior to his stint on the disabled list. Ironically, Kimbrel threw more first-pitch strikes than ever before, and it's not even close; you'd think that'd portend better control. Yet he threw fewer pitches in the zone than ever before -- a stark contrast. Combine that with the fact he kept leaving pitches up in the zone, and it all may be enough evidence to suggest he's losing it a bit. His velocity dipped ever so slightly last year, making me wonder if he reached back a bit extra to maintain his velocity at the expense of control.


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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Tale of the Tape: Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias

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Mark Barry

Which of these two high-octane 'pen arms is a better fantasy bet this year?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A converted starter walks into a bar, and um, well I forget how it goes exactly, but the punchline is something about turning into an elite reliever. This week we’re looking at two guys that couldn’t stick in the rotation, and turned into dominant relievers. Imagine that. It’s the Tale of the Tape. It’s Dellin Betances vs. Raisel Iglesias. And it’s next.

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March 9, 2017 6:00 am

Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects

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Ben Carsley

Identifying future fantasy bullpen contributors might be a fool's errand, but we made Ben do it anyway.

Previous entries in this series

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A deeper dive to find future fantasy assets at this position.

While actively refraining from dropping any Boyz II Men lyrics in here, I’ll instead note that we’ve come…a long way in our journey to the corners of organized baseball where the bright lights of Bret’s Top 50 Dynasty lists don’t shine. And for our trouble, we didn’t even get a lousy t-shirt, we got an article all about marginal and minor-league relievers. Weee! I tried to make what follows as helpful and potentially useful in some capacity as I could. And as always, if I didn’t mention one of the 8.6 million other relievers in the world that you happen to like, feel free to inquire within the comments. Bret’s Top 75 relievers can be found here, while previous pieces in this positional series can be found here:

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March 8, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers

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Greg Wellemeyer

Stacking up the bullpenners based on their projected fantasy values through the end of the 2019 season.

We did it, gang. We made it to the end. In case you missed any of the previous installments, let’s get you caught up before going any further:

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March 8, 2017 6:00 am

The Adjuster: Relief Pitchers

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Eric Roseberry

Identifying bullpen arms worth targeting in leagues that count holds this season.

The final edition of the Adjuster for 2017 will focus on relievers. Specifically, we’ll look at relievers you should pay extra attention to if your league uses holds as a category. There are several ways you can go about choosing the middle relievers you’ll focus on in a fantasy draft.

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March 7, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers

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Mike Gianella

Stacking up the closers and setup men for 2017 leagues.

At long last, we have come to the end of our positional tier series, and as we always do this time of year, we’re ranking closers. In a good year, six closers will lose their jobs at some point during the regular season and you’ll get nothing or next-to-nothing for your investment. Thank you for reading.

Five-star players are the studs at their position. In general, they are the players who will be nabbed in the first couple of rounds of the draft, and will fetch mixed-league auction bids over $30. Four-star players are a cut below the studs at the position. They will also be early-round selections, and are projected to be worth more than $20 in most cases. Three-star players are the last tier in which players are projected to provide double-digit dollar value in auctions, and two-star players are projected to earn single digits in dollar value in auctions. One-star players are late-round sleepers and roster placeholders. The positional tiers aren't a regurgitation of last year's values but rather offer insight into what we expect will happen in 2017.

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March 7, 2017 6:00 am

State of the Position: Relief Pitchers

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George Bissell

The 30,000-foot-high view of the fantasy bullpen.

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March 6, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Players to Target: Relief Pitchers

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BP Fantasy Staff

Our fantasy team identifies bullpen arms who might be good value picks this season.

Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
2016 was the fourth consecutive season that Allen threw at least 68 innings, a stretch during which he’s never struck out fewer than 11.3 batters per nine innings. On top of his regular season excellence, Allen threw 13.2 innings of scoreless ball in the playoffs, striking out 24 of the 55 batters he faced. Andrew Miller’s postseason grabbed most of the headlines because of the creativity with which he was used and the sheer volume of innings he racked up, but Allen’s performance matched the tall lefty’s on a per inning basis. Most importantly for our game, Allen notched six October saves to Miller’s zero, continuing the predominant usage pattern Terry Francona established after Miller’s arrival at the trade deadline. Allen saved 12 games to Miller’s three from August on. You have to take these things with a grain of salt, but Tito affirmatively declared Allen the primary closer recently. Will Miller poach a save here or there? Yeah, sure, but given what saw down the stretch last year, there’s little reason to believe a sea change is coming.


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March 6, 2017 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers

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Matt Collins

A look at where players at htis position have been selected in drafts held to date.

Welcome to reliever week, which I can only assume is everybody’s favorite week here at Baseball Prospectus. In this space, we’ll be looking at average ADP data from NFBC for the final time. One thing I notice right off the bat is that people are willing to be a bit more aggressive at RP this year. On top of that, there aren’t many fallers at this position, since ineffective relievers are usually rendered irrelevant for fantasy purposes. As always, the average round reflects a 15-team league.

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