I am looking to see who you all think will be the top HOLDS guys this year. I know this can change for year to year. I am in a league where we have a Saves + Holds category so I am looking for the creme of the crop in Holds guys and it's an added bonus if there is one or more Holds guys that will possibly have more Holds + Saves than the other top Holds guys.
Of course other categories like K's, W's, WHIP and then ERA also matter (it is a 5x5 traditional season long roto league...i.e. not head to head).
I imagine that Pestano, Robertson, Storen, Jansen, Frieri & Clippard will be some top options. Walden, Fujikawa, Melancon, Boggs, D. Hernandez, Gregerson, Casilla, Strop, Thornton, Benoit, Dotel, Crow, Herrera, Cook and Soria should be owned. Looking for a sleeper pick in the latter rounds look no further than Carter Capps. This kid is nasty. I think that the M's could sneak up on some teams this season.
rib217 wrote:This will be my leagues first year using holds. Is it safe to say that the setup guy will receive a majority of teams Holds?
I love my holds league. Holds are distributed a little more evenly in the bullpen, so the 7th inning guys will get their share too. But MLB managers pretty uniformly like to keep their guys in set roles, so concentrating on the main 8th inning guy is a safe bet.
From a fantasy perspective, it's a good opportunity to make up some points, because people still chase saves and you can grab the Pestano's/Robertson's of the world and get the same points for less. Assuming your league counts saves and holds.
Element wrote:I imagine that Pestano, Robertson, Storen, Jansen, Frieri & Clippard will be some top options. Walden, Fujikawa, Melancon, Boggs, D. Hernandez, Gregerson, Casilla, Strop, Thornton, Benoit, Dotel, Crow, Herrera, Cook and Soria should be owned. Looking for a sleeper pick in the latter rounds look no further than Carter Capps. This kid is nasty. I think that the M's could sneak up on some teams this season.
Sounds like Frieri and Boggs will open the season as the saves guys due to injuries to Madson and Motte respectively.
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As for holds themselves, they are pretty much completely random. Just take really good pitchers who are in a setup role and hope you get good holds from them. If you are in an odd league that has Holds but not Saves you want guys pitching behind really good closers. If you are in a league with both saves and holds you want guys who can step into the closers role since it is easier to replace holds than saves to be honest.
also focus on high K rate and low whip. using top end MRs is a very effective way of stabilizing your ratios and boosting your K's. my top guys for this year are: Hernandez Jansen Robertson Frieri Benoit Peralta Cook McGee Benoit Venters Bastardo
CRob44 wrote:just saw this, so u can merge my thread if u want.
Lets just say i disagree with the holds lists so far
+1 on the
As to Joe Mauer's original query, bayside has the idea ... go for the known quantities in the 7th-8th innings who can boost you in other categories (K/9, WHIP, ERA, etc.). In some cases you may even be pleasantly surprised when they ascend to the 9th inning spot in place of a struggling/injured closer.