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Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Waiver Wire Pickups - Closers (RP)

To help you dominate all of your 2017 fantasy baseball leagues, below are some 2017 fantasy baseball closer/saves (RP) sleepers & waiver wire pickups to consider adding to your fantasy baseball teams.

We recommend MLB closers and relief pitchers for you to consider as 2017 draft sleepers, ADP values, or hot pickups off the waiver wire once the season starts.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Adds by MLB Position

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James Pazos (RP, SEA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Very Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: With Edwin Diaz removed as the closer for the Mariners earlier in the week, Seattle will scramble to fill the closer's role. Tony Zych and Nick Vincent could be solid options for Seattle and they are the front-runners, but 26-year-old reliever James Pazos is also a dark horse. Zych got saddled with the loss on Friday and Pazos's 12.05 strikeouts per nine in 18...continue reading

Nate Karns (SP/RP, KC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: While Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Nate Karns has yet to break double-digit wins in his career, his 10.71 strikeouts per nine this season (40 1/3 innings) just builds on his high strikeout profile. Karns struck out 9.64 batters per nine in 94 1/3 innings last season for Seattle and has struck out 9.4 / 9 IP in 305 2/3 career MLB innings. With strikeout numbers like that, Karns should be owned in fantasy leagues, but...continue reading

Tony Zych/Steve Cishek/Nick Vincent (RP, SEA) - Speculating the Mariners' Closer

Edwin Diaz looked like the best young closer in baseball down the stretch last season, mowing down opposing hitters to the tune of a 2.79 ERA and 5.87 K/BB. However, he has struggled to command his pitches in 2017, leading to a 5.28 ERA and just 2.00 K/BB. The Mariners finally made a change on Tuesday, pulling Diaz from the closer role. Tony Zych, Steve Cishek and Nick Vincent are expected to be the three main candidates

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Corey Knebel (RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 52% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: Any time a closer is newly minted, the fantasy community immediately takes notice. Corey Knebel is no exception, as he takes over Neftali Feliz's brief reign in Milwaukee. Knebel certainly has "closer stuff," with an eye-popping 41.1% K%, .156 BAA and no home runs allowed this season. He's also inducing a 12.5% swinging strike rate, which is well above last season's 7.7% SwStr%. He won't necessarily blow hitters away with a 96 MPH fastball,...continue reading

Santiago Casilla (RP, OAK) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add In All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Santiago Casilla has been up and down in his career, but is now the closer of the Athletics and an automatic addition to any fantasy roster. Casilla's current statistics are unappealing and the Athletics are not one of the top teams in baseball, but saves are a key part of most fantasy leagues and he is one of the 30 closers in baseball. His ERA is 5.02 in 14 1/3 innings and only has struck out 7.53 batters...continue reading

Derek Law / Hunter Strickland (RP, SF) - Speculating the Giants Closer

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 3% / 6% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Giants closer Mark Melancon has been placed on the disabled list, and either Derek Law or Hunter Strickland could be the next in line for saves.

Giants just placed Mark Melancon on the DL with a right pronator strain. They're playing a man short tonight.

— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) May 9, 2017 According to CSN Bay Area, Derek Law may...continue reading

Trevor Rosenthal (RP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After saving 93 games from 2014-2015, Trevor Rosenthal struggled to a 4.46 ERA and 14 saves in 2016, blowing four saves and seeing his WHIP balloon to an unslightly 1.91. After Seung-Hwan Oh had a strong 2016 season, with 103 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings and a 1.92 ERA, Oh was seen as a top-five RP and Rosenthal as an afterthought. In the early going, though, Oh has struggled to a 3.95 ERA and 1.39 WHIP...continue reading

Joaquin Benoit (RP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Phillies closers just seem to not want to hold on to the job for long, as Hector Neris was the latest to implode, giving up four runs in a third of an inning, including an insane three home runs in Saturday’s loss to the Dodgers. Neris still has the job as of this second, and he leads the team with three saves. Benoit still holds the veteran advantage, however, and he now also holds the edge in...continue reading

Bud Norris (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Bud Norris was a journeyman as a starter, going 61-69 with a 4.47 ERA in 185 starts spanning five teams, but Cam Bedrosian's injury has made Norris the unlikely closer for the Los Angeles Angels. Norris has thrived in this role thus far, posting four saves and striking out five batters in four innings and has 15 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed two runs in two separate outings this season,...continue reading

Digging Deeper: Week 4 AL Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome back to Digging Deeper! I'll be taking a look at some deeper AL waiver wire options for Week 4 of the fantasy baseball season. As we round up the first month of the season, we are beginning to see which small sample sizes are real, and which players will bounce back from rough starts. Take a look at your waiver wire to see if any of the latter players are available. If your leaguemates cut bait too soon, you can capitalize on a rebound in May and beyond. Along with the normal...continue reading

Digging Deeper: Week 4 NL Waiver Wire Targets

Welcome back to our Week 4 edition of Digging Deeper, our weekly column where we will focus on deep league waiver wire options. My counterpart Tom Bellucco will be handling the American League while I focus on the National League. For those that have played in limited size leagues, you are well aware that at-bats and innings are the precious commodities. You are not going to find a top-100 player on the wire at any point this season. In fact, top-150 is a stretch. And as the year goes on, the options are going to...continue reading

Trevor Rosenthal (RP, STL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 30% of Yahoo! leagues ANALYSIS: After an inauspicious start to the 2017 season with a stint on the DL, Trevor Rosenthal is back on fantasy radars. Any time a former closer with two seasons of 40+ saves finds his way back to the ninth inning, it's noteworthy. In this case, it's only one save for Rosenthal so far and Seung Hwan Oh is still the closer, but the distance between the two could be closing. Oh has...continue reading

Chris Devenski (SP/RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10- and 12-Team Leagues OWNED IN: 60% Yahoo! ANALYSIS: Chris Devenski burst onto the scene last season as a 26-year-old right-hander split between the starting rotation and the bullpen. He posted a 2.16 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and a 5.20 K/BB rate that was fourth in all of baseball (min. 100 IP), and has somehow improved upon those numbers in 2017— 1.35 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 25.00 K/BB rate. Obviously that stat line will not hold up over the course of a season, but Devenski has...continue reading

Bud Norris & Blake Parker (RP, LAA) - Closers & Saves Speculation

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Leagues OWNED IN: 7% / 5% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Cam Bedrosian was the latest closer to go down. Bedrosian was moved to the 10-day DL with a groin injury, but it's unclear how long he'll be out. When healthy, Bedrosian is a top-10 closer, so don't drop him in any league. In his place, Bud Norris or Blake Parker will fill in. Norris picked up the save last night with a strikeout and a hit in one...continue reading

Hector Neris (RP, PHI) - Closers & Saves Speculation

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: The closer landscape remains a wild, crazy ride for fantasy baseball owners in 2017. After Jeanmar Gomez was yanked from the closer's role, veteran Joaquin Benoit nailed down the first save opportunity for the Phillies. It seemed that the new closer had been chosen, but that may not be the case anymore. In tonight's game against the Mets, Benoit pitched in the 8th inning and Hector Neris was called upon...continue reading

Koda Glover, Shawn Kelley (RP, WAS) - Closers and Saves Draft and Waiver Targets

BALLER MOVE: Add in Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 17% / 55% of Yahoo Leagues for Glover / Kelley ANALYSIS: Figuring out the Nationals closer situation has been a headache since before the season started. Blake Treinen was given the job initially, but as manager Dusty Baker said “This ain’t working.” Now, we’re left with Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. Baker has said the two will split closing duties moving forward, and have Treinen come in in the sixth or seventh...continue reading

Matt Bush (RP, TEX) - Fantasy Baseball's Next Elite Closer?

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 37% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After getting torched repeatedly to start the season, and blowing multiple games, the Rangers have finally done something about it by placing Sam Dyson on the disabled list. This is the best possible situation for most folks involved. Dyson can have time to work out his issues and maybe regain the closer's role at some point in the future, the Rangers get to replace him with someone effective, and fantasy owners can stash him in their DL slot if...continue reading

Brad Brach (RP, BAL) - Closers and Saves Waiver Wire Targets

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 32% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Current closer Zach Britton had been placed on the disabled list for the Baltimore Orioles with a forearm injury. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined for, and Brad Brach is expected to serve as the closer for now. This is a surprising turn of events for the Orioles and fantasy owners, as Britton is considered one of the best closers in the game. Darren O'Day may be another...continue reading

Chris Devenski (RP, HOU) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo! Leagues ANALYSIS: Chris Devenski was one of the better relievers in all of baseball last season, compiling a 2.16 ERA and 0.91 WHIP over 108.1 innings. He held a tidy 4.9% walk rate, with a good but not elite 25.5% strikeout rate. His play was supported by a 2.34 FIP, which would have placed him 12th among all qualified relievers last season. So far in 2017 he's proven that performance was no fluke. Devenski has made two...continue reading

Joaquin Benoit (RP, PHI) - Closers and Saves Waiver Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Surprise surprise, the thin ice that Jeanmar Gomez was tip-toeing around on cracked rather quickly. Replaced as the closer, Gomez's fantasy value has plummeted. He is no longer worth owning in any fantasy baseball league, even deep NL-only leagues.  Drop him immediately, if not sooner! Stepping into the void is Joaquin Benoit, who is a spry 39-years-young. Don't let the age fool you though. Over the past decade-and-a-half, Benoit has put up steadily solid...continue reading

Hector Neris (RP, PHI) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 10-Team Leagues, Monitor in All Leagues OWNED IN: 41% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Jeanmar Gomez entered the 2017 season as a closer on a short leash, and it hasn't taken long to tighten. He has allowed two home runs in three appearances which nearly cost the Phillies two wins in the early going. If Gomez completely loses his grip on the closing gig, Hector Neris is the ideal candidate to move into the role. Neris was one of the best Phillies relievers all of last season....continue reading

Matt Bush (RP, TEX) - Closers & Saves Speculation

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Sam Dyson blew the save chance tonight against the Indians, giving up a grand slam to Francisco Lindor. His final stat line ended up being five earned runs, with three hits and two walks. Not good, especially after losing the same for the Rangers on Opening Day. That's two entries Dyson acting in the closer's role, and two failed attempts. Whether or not Dyson loses his job, Matt Bush should be owned in more than...continue reading

Jason Grilli (RP, TOR) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Most Mixed Leagues OWNED IN: 37% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Jason Grilli had command issues last season that led to inflated walk and home run rates, but he logged a 12.0 K/9 for the second straight year and fourth time in five seasons. With Roberto Osuna on the disabled list to begin the year, Grilli will take the closer baton in Toronto for at least a couple of weeks.

Hector Rondon (RP, CHC) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, NL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: By virtually any measure, Hector Rondon has been one of the best relievers in baseball over the last three seasons. He has served as the Cubs' closer for the bulk of that time, but the defending champs opted to bring in Wade Davis via trade to handle closing duties. Davis had some arm troubles last season, though, and is coming off an extremely shaky spring. Rondon could find himself back in the ninth...continue reading

Andrew Bailey (RP, LAA) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in Deep Mixed, AL-only Leagues OWNED IN: 1% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Andrew Bailey will work in tandem with Cam Bedrosian in the Angels’ closer role to start the season, according to manager Mike Scioscia. Bailey, 32, totaled 75 saves across his first three big league seasons with the Athletics, but has struggled to stay afloat over the last four years. He enters 2017 with an ERA north of 5.00 in three of his last four seasons— granted, two of those three campaigns saw him...continue reading

Santiago Casilla (RP, OAK) - Closers and Saves Waiver Wire Adds

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 36% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: After an entire off-season of speculation, the Athletics may have tipped their hand on their closer for this season. Last night, Santiago Casilla nailed down the first save opportunity for Oakland. Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle were not chosen to close the game out, and were brought in to pitch the eighth inning instead. Update: On Tuesday April 4th, Ryan Dull was brought in with a save opportunity,...continue reading

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 0-25% Owned Pickups

Baseball is finally back. In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Here are the best players who are owned in 0-25% of Yahoo leagues. You can see our column on 25-50% owned players as well. These are your deeper Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already been completed. Deep League Waiver Wire Adds Catcher: Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies (16% owned) Rupp is mainly keeping...continue reading

Week 1 Waiver Wire: 25-50% Owned Pickups

Wow, we're really here. After all this time, baseball is truly back. Happy Opening Day RotoBallers! In light of this, let's give that free agent pool one last look over before the stats start flying. Today, we'll look at players who are owned in 25-50% of Yahoo leagues and see who stands out. You can see our deeper leagues list of 0-25% owned players as well. These are your Week 1 waiver wire pickups and adds - players that should be considered as additions to your teams, after your drafts have already...continue reading

Jason Grilli (RP, TOR) - Closers and Saves Draft and Waiver Targets

BALLER MOVE: Draft / Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 6% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: Roberto Osuna will start the season on the DL for the Toronto Blue Jays. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined for, and Jason Grilli is expected to serve as the closer for now. Joe Biagini may be another option for saves opportunities, but we anticipate Grilli getting the first chance given his experience. Over the past few years, he's served as the closer for the Braves,...continue reading

Addison Reed (RP, NYM) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~ 220 CURRENT ADP: ~ 250 ANALYSIS: Addison Reed had himself a career year last season with the Mets. The former closer set new career highs in innings pitched, K/BB rate, ERA, among many other things. By all accounts it was his most successful season as a reliever, and at 28-years of age there’s no reason to suspect some kind of big drop off for him. With Jeurys Familia getting a 15-game suspension, Reed will open the season as the...continue reading

Blake Treinen (RP, WAS) - Closers and Saves Draft and Waiver Targets

BALLER MOVE: Draft / Add in All Saves Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of Yahoo Leagues ANALYSIS: At last, the speculation is over. Blake Treinen has officially been announced as the closer for the Washington Nationals. Not Shawn Kelley, and not Koda Glover (gasp!). If you are in a league that values saves, go add him now. If you haven't drafted yet, be sure to prioritize Treinen over anyone other Nationals relief pitcher once the closer runs start. Still only owned in 15% of Yahoo...continue reading

Draft Values: The 2017 All-Bargain Team

This article first appeared on the Metro news publication. Our long national nightmare is nearly over. No, not that one…here we’re referring to the lack of baseball. Opening Day is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon. After last week’s look at the busts, let’s end draft season on a happy note with the 2017 All-Bargain team. Best Draft Values in 2017 Catcher: Brian McCann, Houston Astros McCann has hit at least 20 home runs in nine straight seasons, and has averaged 135 games played over the...continue reading

Neftali Feliz (RP, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~190 CURRENT ADP: ~222 ANALYSIS: The former closer has had an up-and-down career since 2014 so he will look for consistency in 2017 as the best candidate to close down wins for the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the season under a rebuilding phase, the Brewers may trade Feliz if his value warrants a desire by other teams over the course of the season. Feliz is a reliable pick for a 3rd closer as long as he stays on the Brewers. At his current draft day cost, he can return nice value for...continue reading

Brandon Kintzler (RP, MIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~200 CURRENT ADP: ~248 ANALYSIS: The Minnesota Twins are slowly developing pieces for the future. A secure spot on the roster appears to be closer Brandon Kintzler. While he pitched to a 3.15 ERA with just 17 saves, his job appears to be secure. Former closer Glen Perkins is recovering from a significant injury so his likelihood to be ready for the start of the season is slim. Until Perkins proves he's healthy and capable of progressing to high leverage situations, Kintzler...continue reading

Cam Bedrosian (RP, ANA) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~190 CURRENT ADP: ~210 ANALYSIS: The son of a legendary closer that won a Cy-Young Award, Cam Bedrosian could very well have the Angels closer gig sealed up by the end of spring training. After his call up last year, he threw 40.1 innings in which he earned a 1.12 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP, along with an 11.38 K/9. Huston Street is still owed salary, but no amount of money should keep a man in a closer role after suffering through a 6.45 ERA and...continue reading

Neftali Feliz (RP, MIL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~210

CURRENT ADP: 233

ANALYSIS: Neftali Feliz has had an up-and-down career since 2014, so he will look for consistency in 2017 as the best candidate to close out wins for the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the season in a rebuilding phase, the Brewers may trade Feliz if he becomes desired by other teams over the course of the season. Feliz is a reliable pick for a third closer as long as he stays on the Brewers.

Brandon Kintzler (RP, MIN) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~240

CURRENT ADP: 270

ANALYSIS: Brandon Kintzler pitched to a 3.15 ERA with just 17 saves, but his job appears to be secure. Former closer Glen Perkins is recovering from a significant injury so his likelihood of being ready for the start of the season is slim. Until Perkins proves he's healthy and capable of progressing to high-leverage situations, Kintzler is the go-to closer for the Twins. Kintzler is being drafted after several setup men, and

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Jim Johnson (RP, ATL) - 2017 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers & Draft Values

BALLER MOVE: Target ~220

CURRENT ADP: 251

ANALYSIS: Last year, Jim Johnson showed that he may have turned back to a better time in his 11-year career. Having recorded 20 saves on a 3.06 ERA while striking out just over a batter per inning, Johnson appears to have found success as closer of the Atlanta Braves. Is he a top-10 closer? No, but his recent success paired with the inexperienced relievers he shares the bullpen with provide stability for the 33-year-old veteran

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ADP Values for Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitchers

What's up RotoBallers. Welcome back to another article in our series of early ADP value analysis for fantasy baseball. Today, we'll cover some undervalued and overvalued relief pitchers, to try and help identify draft targets and avoids based on ADP. Opening Day is still over a month away, but it's never too soon for draft prep. ADP data from early NFBC rankings can give us a glimpse into what other owners are thinking heading into a new campaign. Undervalued Relief Pitchers Jim Johnson, Atlanta Braves (ADP: 219) Last year, ...continue reading

2016 in Review: Relief Pitcher (RP) Breakouts

Our review of the 2016 fantasy baseball season continues with a look at some of the top breakout relievers. Relief Pitcher Breakouts - 2016 Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays The Rays entered the season unsure of their closer. Brad Boxberger saved an AL-high 41 games in 2015, but was unavailable for the first two months of the year due to an abductor injury. Some speculated Danny Farquhar would get the nod since he had more game experience on his resume. Instead it was Colome who took the reins, and he didn't...continue reading

Reviewing Harris Yudin's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m continuing the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and ...continue reading

Reviewing Bill Dubiel's Bold Predictions for 2016

What’s even more fun than making bold predictions? Looking back at the end of the season to see how good (or so, so hilariously bad) they were. Just like with the preseason pieces in March, I’m continuing the review of our RotoBaller staff’s 2016 bold predictions. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our NFL Premium and ...continue reading

Reviewing Nick Mariano's Bold Predictions for 2016

Hello you beautiful RotoBallers, and welcome to this little retrospective ditty where I look back at my 10 Bold Predictions from before the 2016 baseball season started. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my fellow writers doing the same lately, but obviously there is only one Nick Mariano. Let’s see how ya boy did. Editor's Note: Purchase a full season NFL Premium Pass (including DFS Premium), and also get MLB Premium + DFS for free through the playoffs. Premium DFS research, lineup picks, expert lineups, tools and more. You can see screenshots of our...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 25 (National League)

This is the end... my only friend, the end... For some fantasy baseball owners, the season was a brutal mix of frustration and disappointment. If you're reading this, however, you're still grinding and looking for a chance to pull out a late-season victory. Good luck the rest of the way! This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 25 (American League)

The Athletics may have one of the worst records in the Majors this year at 66-84 going into Tuesday, and they may be 22.5 games behind the first place Rangers. But with the team striking gold multiple times this year with inexperienced and rookie players during the second half--including third baseman Ryon Healy, starting pitcher Sean Manaea and relief pitcher...continue reading

Tyler Thornburg (RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

Baller Move: Add in All Leagues Owned in: 58% of Fleaflicker Leagues Analysis: Tyler Thornburg was riding a hot streak from the mound well before Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress were traded away, leaving a lot of high-leverage innings vacant. August 1st is a distant memory now, and Thornburg has been a lights-out closer for Milwaukee. He is still having trouble finding ample takers for some reason. Let's start with the obvious:...continue reading

Deeper Waiver Wire Pickups for Week 24 (National League)

Football season is officially underway, but us die-hard baseball fans are still dedicated to the grind all the way to the bitter end. Whether you're in a crucial playoff battle or just hoping to stay out of the cellar, there are still waiver wire options that can improve your squad. This list represents players who haven't yet garnered a great deal of attention in mixed-leagues, streaming options suitable only for deeper leagues, or category specialists who may fill a specific need on your NL-only roster. Fantasy owners needing help should be on the lookout...continue reading

Bullpen Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 23

While holds are even tougher to predict than saves, the players we’ll highlight today include some elite setup men that have proven to be closer candidates to target off the waiver wire for Week 23 of the fantasy baseball season. The more likely a team is to win, the more likely a pitcher will be eligible to earn the holds that could be the difference between winning or losing in your fantasy league. Bear in mind, an effective relief pitcher highlighted today could find himself in a closer's role if the everyday...continue reading

The Cut List (Week 23): Players To Consider Cutting Bait On

It's playoff time folks! If you've made it this far congratulations. Whether you're in the winners' bracket or just playing for pride, it's time to make some tough decisions to end your seasons on a high note. And with that, if you have someone who is really becoming a waste of roster space, it's time to get rid of him. The longer you hang on, the lower your chances are of making the playoffs and winning your leagues. In that spirit, I'm doing away with the Reverse Jinx section just to...continue reading

Tyler Thornburg (RP, MIL) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 51% of Fleaflicker Leagues ANALYSIS: The trade deadline was certainly kind to Tyler Thornburg and all those who stand to gain from his success. This season the 27-year old reliever has a phenomenal line of 1.78 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 12 K/9. His 3.1 BB/9 is steady at its serviceable rate from last year and his 0.8 HR/9 in HR-friendly Miller Park is a vast improvement from his mark of 1.8 last season. In...continue reading