THE HOLD UP

The Hold Up 4/12: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

The Hold Up 4/12: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham's weekly update of the relievers to own for Holds in 2018.


The Hold Up 4/5: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds

The Hold Up 4/5: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds

Rick Graham's weekly update of the relievers to own for Holds in 2018.


The Hold Up 3/29: Ranking The Top 80 Relievers For Holds Every Thursday

The Hold Up 3/29: Ranking The Top 80 Relievers For Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham's weekly update of the relievers to own for Holds in 2018.


The Hold Up 9/28: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 9/28: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

Welcome back to the final edition of The Hold Up. I would like to thank everyone for reading throughout the year, it really has been a fun ride. With there being only a few more games left in the season, I figured it could be of some help for those in keeper or dynasty leagues […]


The Hold Up 9/21: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 9/21: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The season is quickly coming to a close but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop evaluating your roster yet. With September call ups, some roster situation become more dicey, especially for non-playoff teams and definitely when it comes to bullpen roles. There are a few options most likely available in your leagues right now who […]


The Hold Up 9/14: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 9/14: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

At this point of the year, there are only 2-3 weeks left for your 2017 fantasy baseball squad, at best, so hopefully you have a roster you feel comfortable rolling with. There are always some minor tweaks and streaming options that you may be considering, especially when looking for bullpen help. This list is essentially a […]


The Hold Up 9/7: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 9/7: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The fantasy baseball season is coming to an end now and now more than ever owners need to be shrewd with their remaining pick ups. There still remain some bullpen situations that continue to change, with the two biggest ones being with the Yankees and Angels. It sounds as if the Yankees are ready to […]


The Hold Up 8/31: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 8/31: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

A trio of well-known relievers came off the disabled list this past week, all three of which having significant fantasy value in save+hold leagues. I’ll talk about the two proven set-up men in a little bit, but for now I am interested in figuring out whether or not Jeurys Familia will be useful for fantasy […]


The Hold Up 8/24: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 8/24: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

Injuries and ineffectiveness have begun to really water down the potential hold relievers. At the time being, there isn’t one set-up man in that truly elite category. It’s certainly not ideal for fantasy owners scrounging to come up with Saves+Holds heading into the final weeks of the season. For owners who are locked into a playoff […]


The Hold Up 8/17: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 8/17: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

With Aroldis Chapman becoming a legitimate concern for the Yankees, all 5 Yankee relievers on the list get a boost this week. Chapman may get a few days off here as he battles a hamstring injury, and it sounds like David Robertson will be used in the 9th shall a save situation come up. It’s interesting […]


The Hold Up 8/10: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 8/10: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The state of the MLB set up man is in a precarious spot right now. Whether due to injuries, ineffectiveness, lack of usage or adjusting to new teams, relievers have had a tough go at it in the past few weeks, which has resulted in predicting reliable holds options very volatile. Even in SV+HD leagues, contending teams […]


The Hold Up 8/3: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 8/3: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

We are now post the non-waiver MLB deadline and with that, I decided to revamp these reliever rankings a bit for the rest of the season. This formula is roughly 40% fantasy value to this point, 40% peripheral numbers (FIP, xFIP, SwStr%, etc.) and 20% opportunity. There are some major changes this week due to […]


The Hold Up 7/27: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 7/27: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

With the trade deadline creeping closer, it is time to take a look at how some potential deals could impact teams bullpen situations. Closers Justin Wilson, Addison Reed and AJ Ramos seem the most likely closers to be traded. Wilson would be a Tier 2 hold’s option wherever he ends up most likely, with Bruce […]


The Hold Up 7/20: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 7/20: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

Brian Cashman made a power move on Monday night, not in acquiring Todd Frazier, but bolstering an already solid bullpen by getting David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle. Arguably now the best bullpen put together in recent memory, they have at least 5, possibly 6 legitimate fantasy options for those in holds leagues. To me, they are […]


The Hold Up 7/13: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 7/13: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

While it’s been a quiet week due to the MLB All-Star break, now is a good time to take a deeper look at potential future closers in these tiers. There are also two of the better options sitting on the DL currently in Arodys Vizcaino and Keone Kela. Both should be back soon after the […]


The Hold Up 7/6: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 7/6: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

A tough week for relievers, with most of Tier 2 hitting a rough patch at some point, with the biggest being Dellin Betances. All the while, Andrew Miller and Chris Devenski continue to be pretty dominant basically every week. As far as the future closer watch goes, I still like Arodys Vizcaino (when healthy) and Tommy […]


The Hold Up 6/29: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 6/29: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

As distinct bullpen roles begin to steady throughout the league, it’s nice to see all but 1 RP in tier 2 pitching well recently. That one outlier being Tommy Kahnle, who had been lights out basically all year up until his past 2 outings. He’s allowed 4 earned runs over his past inning of work, doubling […]


The Hold Up 6/22: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 6/22: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

Another week down, and another top set-up man goes down with it. Joe Smith who had been in the middle of a nice little comeback season winded up on the DL with shoulder inflammation.  While the injury isn’t considered too serious right now, any type of shoulder problem that could potentially linger is obviously a […]


The Hold Up 6/15: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 6/15: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

Some changes in the top few tiers this week, as Adam Ottavino and Sean Doolittle made their returns from the DL. Felipe Rivero also graduated to closer status, which was bound to happen sooner rather than later. The next reliever on this list to earn save opportunities is very much up in the air. If […]


The Hold Up 6/8: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

The Hold Up 6/8: Ranking the Top 70 Relievers for Holds Every Week

No major chances this week, with Joaquin Benoit being the biggest name to land on the DL. While no closers were officially deposed this week, Felipe Rivero has to be close to taking over in Pittsburgh, while Pat Neshek may get have a short stint saving games until Hector Neris figures out his splitter. TIER […]