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The Hold Up 8/20: Ranking The Top 25 Relievers For Holds

The end of the regular season for fantasy is quickly approaching, making every move an important one as teams make their playoff push. We try and help you make these...

The end of the regular season for fantasy is quickly approaching, making every move an important one as teams make their playoff push. We try and help you make these tough decisions by ranking players by their value through the end of the year.

Let’s see where we stand.

TIER 1: Cream of the CropThis group is the cream of the crop. Ample opportunity for holds, high K-rates and low ERA’s make these guys a must own in any Holds league.

1. Dellin Betances (Yankees)

2. Tony Watson (Pirates)

3. Wade Davis (Royals)

. Joe Smith (Angels)

5. Pat Neshek (Astros)

6. Sergio Romo (Giants) +1

7. Kevin Siegrist (Cardinals) +1

8. Drew Storen (Nationals) -2

TIER 2: Solid PerformersAll excellent relievers, but whether it be their role or consistency, they aren’t quite on that elite level.

9. Joaquin Benoit (Padres )

10. Kelvin Herrera (Royals)

11. Jim Johnson (Dodgers)

12. Joakim Soria (Pirates)

13.Aaron Sanchez (Blue Jays) +8

14. Justin Wilson (Yankees)

15.Pedro Strop (Cubs) +3

16. Jared Hughes (Pirates)

17. Tyler Clippard (Mets)

18. Will Smith (Brewers) +6

There is some potential for holds from this group, however don’t bet the farm on them being among the league leaders.

20. Carter Capps (Marlins) -1

21. Jake McGee (Rays) -8

22. Zach Duke (White Sox)

23. Arquímedes Caminero (Pirates)

24. Darren O’Day (Orioles)

25. Steve Geltz (Rays) UNRANKED

Moving On Up

– The Blue Jays seem set on using Aaron Sanchez as a high leverage reliever to help them make their playoff push and it’s hard to argue with them. Besides giving up a go ahead home run to the Yankees last week, Sanchez has delivered stellar results yielding just five baserunners in 12.1 innings since his return to the bullpen.
Steve Geltz has quietly carved out a spot for himself in the Rays bullpen and boasts a 0.91 WHIP and has deserved a spot on the list.

Falling Down

– After Wednesday nights game, the Rays sent back to Tampa to get tests done on his knee. While it is too soon to know the extent of the injury, sending McGee home is an ominous sign.
Kevin Jepsen has assumed closer duties while Glen Perkins is sidelined with a neck injury. This is not Perkins first issue with his neck, making me assume the worst that he might not return this year.
Carter Capps has yet to make an appearance since being put on the DL, but could return by the end of August. If he does there is loads of potential here.

Nick Pollack

Founder of Pitcher List. Creator of CSW, The List, and SP Roundup. Worked with MSG, FanGraphs, CBS Sports, and Washington Post. Former college pitcher, travel coach, pitching coach, and Brandeis alum. Wants every pitcher to be dope.

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