The obscure bargains on the tricky market for fantasy baseball closers


Drawing a closer / relief is like going to Best Buy to buy a DVD for your collection (yes, we've heard about this whole streaming thing, but play along): you need to know where you are in the store have to look for the best deals.

Since this is a position that changes constantly over the course of the season, you need to make sure that you spend your money wisely.

When you enter the store, the first thing you will see is the new releases – films that you hurry after because you are likely to watch them again and again. These films are like the top-end closers – Josh Hader from Milwaukee, Aroldis Chapman from Yankees, Roberto Osuna from Houston, Kirby Yates from San Diego or Liam Hendriks from Oakland – but they'll cost you and it's not always worth the price ,

For example, according to Fantasy Alarm, Hader has the highest average draft position of all reliefs (63.84), which means that you would choose him over valuable position players like DJ LeMahieu, Matt Olson, Eloy Jimenez, Bo Bichette and Paul Goldschmidt. or starters like Noah Syndergaard and Mike Soroka.

If you look at the lower shelves, you will find older titles that you have seen hundreds of times, such as "Jaws" or "Raiders of the Lost Ark". This corresponds to the often injured Blue Jays closer to Ken Giles (135.34), the slowly decreasing ninth inning man of the Dodgers, Kenley Jansen (120.47), or Clevelands Brad Hand (115.24). They're classics, but they may cost more than you'd like to spend.

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To get the best deals, you have to search the bargain basket.

You don't have to dig too deep to find Taylor Rogers (122.85) from Minnesota, one of Roto Rage's primary aid goals this season. Not only did Rogers have a fastball in the mid-1990s, the left also collected 30 saves with 36 chances, a career-low ERA (2.61), and a career high of 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

You will also find the Mets & # 39; Edwin Diaz (129.41), a Roto Rage bounce-back favorite, who is just one year from recording 57 saves with 1.96 ERA and 124 swings in 73 ¹ / ₃ -Innings is removed.

If you continue browsing this upper level, you will come across solid titles for your collection, e.g. B. "Mrs. Doubtfire" or "My Cousin Vinny". Here you will find people like Alex Colome (162.74) from White Sox, who may not be the sexiest name in the stack, but has had an ERA of 2.78 and Has 126 parades (including 30 last year), and you'll find more here: Boston's Brandon Workman (170.07), Philadelphias Hector Neris (152.96) and Arizona's Archie Bradley (184.06), all 18 of his parades, one ERA of 1.71 and an opponent average of 0.191 in the second half of 2019.

In the middle of the trash are just "Weekend at Bernie & # 39; s" and "Grandma & # 39; s Boy" that are fun, but many will question your judgment if you own them. Here you will find the Angels Hansel Robles (182.05), the Rangers Jose Leclerc (186.27) and the Kansas City Ian Kennedy (208.73) who have almost revived his career by switching to the Bullpen and collecting 30 parades.

There may also be some highly acclaimed overseas films worth trying just because they are cheap and you have the opportunity. Here's someone like St. Louis & # 39; Giovanny Gallegos (224.90) who scored 11.3 per nine with a swinging strike rate of 16.3 percent and may get a shot to close if Carlos Martinez hits one Gets shot at the rotation.

There are also combo packs (also known as "close-by committees" like Tampa Bay or Washington) for great films with several inferior sequels. Mark Melancon (235.69) is a great option, but is listed here since All-Star Will Smith (145.67) was added in 2019.

If you dig really deep, almost to the bottom of the tank, you'll find some 1980s films that once gave you a lot of fun (no matter how bad), like the classic Hulk Hogan vehicle "No Holds Barred". People may laugh that you own them, but Detroit Joe Jimenez (231.12), Pittsburgh's Keone Kela (226.03) and Colorado's Scott Oberg (268.73) will make you smile if you just have them in yours See RP spot. You can also find other helpers who may not collect many parades but compile the statistics in other categories – such as Seth Lugo (296.92), A.J. Puk (240.93) or even Dellin Betances (351.9).

When your hand touches the bottom of the container, look at the situations of Orioles, Mariners and Giants. That means you're staring at Carrot Tops' 1998 thriller "Chairman of the Board", which means you can just as well saw your hand off and keep it in the bin.

Reliever ranking

1. Josh Hader, Mil
2. Kirby Yates, SD
3. Aroldis Chapman, NYY
4. Roberto Osuna, Hou
5. Liam Hendriks, oak
6. Brad Hand, Cle
7. Kenley Jansen, LAD
8. Raisel Iglesias, Cin
9. Taylor Rogers, min
10. Edwin Diaz, NYM
11. Ken Giles, goal
12. Will Smith, Atl
13. Emilio Pagan, TB
14. Archie Bradley, Ari
15. Craig Kimbrel, ChC
16. Carlos Martinez, tL
17. Sean Doolittle, was
18. Jose Leclerc, Tex
19. Hector Neris, Phi
20. Brandon Workman, Bos
21. Alex Colome, CWS
22. Hansel Robles, LAA
23. Nick Anderson, TB

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24. Ian Kennedy, KC
25. Joe Jimenez, Det
26. Kenta Maeda, LAD
27.Mark Melancon, Atl
28. Seth Lugo, NYM
29. Giovanny Gallegos, StL
30. Andrew Miller, StL
31. Julio Urias, LAD
32. Keone Kela, Pit
33. Dustin May, LAD
34. Ian Kennedy, KC
35. Scott Oberg, Col.
36. Adam Ottavino, NYY
37. Dellin Betances, NYM
38. Ryan Pressly, Hou
39. Zack Britton, NYY
40. Joe Musgrove, Pit
41. Andres Munoz, SD
42. A.J. Puk, oak
43. Mychal Givens, Bal
44. Shane Greene, Atl
45. John Gant, StL
46. ​​Diego Castilla, TB
47.Daniel Hudson, What
48. Sergio Romo, min
49. Blake Treinen, LAD
50. Josh Hames, Hou