bigh0rt wrote:It's a not uncommon strategy to use relievers to help control ratios. If you count holds, that makes your setup men even more valuable, as well as if you count things like K/BB and K/9. However, even in standard 5x5, often it is better to carry elite relievers over some of the WW garbage starters who are out there.
Right on it as usual h0rt. Also, some of those guys might convert into closers or even starters. Rodney, for example, is worth having for vulture wins as well as his potential to step into the closer's role. Liriano, obviously, would have been a good reliever to have due to his potential as a starter.
The best example of a guy who fits the mold of this topic over the past few seasons has been Shields. Great for vulture wins, occasional save ops, extra K's and good rate numbers. Rodney, Cassidy, and Saito are all in the same boat this year, but Rafael Soriano might be the best guy to target right now. Only one win and one save, but he's been amazing in all other categories. He's bound to get a few more vulture wins this year, and possibly some save ops if Putz or Guardado lose their jobs.