Robert Quast - RotoBaller

Washington Nationals closer and free agent to be, Mark Melancon, provided a 2016 that should lead to a nice paycheck in the off-season. With an ERA of 1.64, a WHIP of 0.90, and 47 saves, he is well-deserved of any forthcoming raise. The early word is that Melancon would prefer to be used similar to... Read More

Welcome back to the series that further proves that the itch of fantasy baseball never goes away. We're gathered here to look at my thoughts on the top players at each position. Assume a standard 5x5 redraft league with the rankings. We led off with catchers before hitting first, second, and third base before going to shortstop, and after... Read More

Rookie Ryan Merritt might not have many innings under his belt, but does he ever have some important ones. On Wednesday night, he started against the Blue Jays in their elimination game and shut them out over 4.1 innings, allowing only two hits while striking out three. Before anyone gets too excited about his fantasy... Read More

When Brad Boxberger went down at the beginning of the season, Alex Colome stepped into the closer role and never relinquished his new title. He cashed in on 37 of his 40 save opportunities — including each of his first 21 — and posted a 1.91 ERA, a 1.02 WHIP and 71 K in 56.2... Read More

The Dodgers leaned on their ace starter for the first seven innings and then leaned on their ace reliever for the remaining two in Game 2 of the NLCS, as Kenley Jansen recorded a six-out save for the first time in his career to protect a 1-0 lead and tie the series at one game... Read More

The puns keep coming, baby. Anyways, Huston Street very much had a year to forget in 2016. Street hit the DL multiple times due to oblique and knee injuries, and while he was healthy he posted a 6.45 ERA and a 6.42 FIP through 22.1 innings, notching nine saves in 12 chances. Street might still... Read More

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasted no time going to his best reliever Kenley Jansen when things got dicey in the seventh inning of Game 5. Sometimes you have to throw convention out the window in a do-or-die playoff game, and it paid off for the Dodgers, as Jansen threw a career high 51 pitches and... Read More

At the beginning of the year, my friend and mentor, Brad Johnson, invited me to join his dynasty league “The Devil’s Rejects.” The owner of the West Reading Phillies had left the league, leaving a team without an owner. Without more than a moment’s hesitation, I leaped at the opportunity to join. And in case... Read More

Starting pitcher Michael Wacha put up the first bum season of his career in 2016. He finished the year going 7-7 with a 5.09 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 7.4 K/9 in 138 innings. While Wacha is still too young for the Cardinals to just give up on at 25 years of age, he'll certainly have... Read More

The Cardinals have quite the decision on their hands for 2017. After having to remove ace closer Trevor Rosenthal from his role anchoring the bullpen due to ineffectiveness (later discovered to be due to injury), rookie Seung Hwan Oh took the mantle and ran away with it. Oh finished the year 6-3 with a 1.92... Read More

Hunter Strickland picked up three saves in 2016, and the hard-throwing 28-year-old should see that number skyrocket next year. The Giants' deplorable bullpen needs a steady arm at the back-end, and it's surprising that Strickland wasn't called on more this season. 2017 should be different, and the job should be his (barring a free agent... Read More

Santiago Casilla was literally in tears after the Giants got knocked out by the Cubs in the NLDS. Casilla was shook up by not being called upon in the disastrous ninth inning that saw the Giants' bullpen (sans Casilla) blow a 5-2 lead. Casilla was atrocious down the stretch, culminating in his loss of the... Read More

Ken Giles did not earn the closer role to begin the season, but eventually seized the job from Will Harris. During the second half of the season Giles converted 14-of-16 save chances, holding opposing hitters to a .202 average. He struck out 52 hitters in only 28.2 innings, giving him plenty of hope for next... Read More

Brandon Maurer became the Padres' closer midway through the year once Fernando Rodney was dealt. He kept that job and finished with 13 saves and a solid 9.3 K/9. His 4.52 ERA and 1.26 WHIP aren't encouraging to see, but he was much better in the second half as the full-time closer, posting a 3.10... Read More

After taking over as the Pittsburgh closer on August 2nd, Watson converted 15 of 18 save opportunities. He posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP over that time span. Having never served as closer before 2016, Watson did little to prove he can handle the responsibility. The southpaw is arbitration eligible, and there is... Read More

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