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Week 13 Bullpen Report

I’ll be taking over the Bullpen Report for Mick Ciallela and getting you up to date on the closer carousel every Saturday morning. We’re going to change up the format, but still provide the same in-depth look at the closer position as Mick. If all goes according to plan, here’s how the Bullpen Report going to work:

  1. Speculative Adds – A ranked list of top 10 relievers to add with an emphasis on future save potential.
  2. HOLDS!!! – If we do all this work to identify top relievers, we might as well surface the ones who provide value even if they aren’t earning saves. This will be guys who are worth an add to boost peripherals or if you are in a league with Holds as a category.
  3. A recap of the week prior – who earned saves, who blew saves, and what each pitcher’s peripherals were like in the past seven days. We’ll look at the top two or three options from each bullpen so we can also take a sneak peek at who is next in line for saves. We’ll also include Fantrax ownership in everything we do.
  4. Bullpen Matrix – An interactive visual of bullpen usage for the past seven days. The report is dynamic so you can change the lookback period to your heart’s desire, but we’ll focus on how each team’s bullpen was managed over the past seven days.

I’m open to any and all feedback, and I hope this article evolves to maximize effectiveness for the readers. Don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or on Twitter with comments, questions, suggestions about the article or fantasy baseball in general. Let’s get into it!

Week 13 Bullpen Report

Speculative Adds

Jake Diekman (TEX) – Keone Kela has been fine, but far from dominant. Diekman has pitched really well and even poached a save recently. He has the skills to run away with the closer job if ever given the chance.

Pedro Strop (CHC) – Brandon Morrow hits the DL with a freak injury, and I believe Strop is the guy to own in Chicago. He’s handled the highest leverage situation for the Cubs while CJ Edwards is on the DL, and should handle most of the save opportunities moving forward.

Justin Grimm (KC) – After the Herrera trade, Justin Grimm is my bet as the future Royals closer. There aren’t a ton of save opportunities presented in Kansas City, but Grimm has the pedigree and recent success to take over the role.


Tony Watson (SF) – With Sam Dyson moving into the closer role, Watson slides up the bullpen depth chart and figures to be in line for more holds in high-leverage situations.

Steve Cishek (CHC) – With Morrow on the DL, everyone moves up a spot in the Cubs bullpen. This puts Cishek in even more high leverage situations and a spot for more holds. He’s pitched well above expectations this year and is worthy of an add in any holds leagues.

Brad Peacock (HOU) – He’s been filthy of late, and with the Astros surging, he’s arguably the best source of holds in the fantasy baseball landscape. Still available in 42 percent of leagues, too.

Neil Ramirez (CLE) – A sneaky good add in an established bullpen for a winning team, Neil Ramirez is the low-owned type of player you can rack up holds with and is only owned in just one percent of leagues.

Prior Week Recap

Kenley JansenDodgers33933.18003
Arodys VizcainoBraves331202.51003
Aroldis ChapmanYankees3413.52.251.66003
Shane GreeneTigers331200.97003
Cody AllenIndians32.115.433.861.65003
Keone KelaRangers33633.85003
Sam DysonGiants23.15.403.36024
Fernando RodneyTwins22.115.4300.36002
Ryan TeperaBlue Jays231233.06002
Felipe VazquezPirates22180-0.91002
Kyle BarracloughMarlins231231.97002
Edwin DiazMariners22184.51.41002
Blake TreinenAthletics2415.754.52.32002
Raisel IglesiasReds22.111.5700.52002
Sergio RomoRays2213.595.54102
Brad BoxbergerDiamondbacks22184.54.67102
Joe JimenezTigers131501.39023
Archie BradleyDiamondbacks13.102.75.46023
Jake DiekmanRangers13902.18023
Adam MorganPhillies13304.6112
Robert GsellmanMets13.
Blake ParkerAngels12.119.297.713.47012
Craig KimbrelRed Sox119187.09001
Brandon MorrowCubs11180-0.91001
Reyes MorontaGiants12.115.4300.36001
Drew SteckenriderMarlins13336.14001
Hector RondonAstros13932.64001
Corey KnebelBrewers12184.52.22001
Tyler ClippardBlue Jays11.216.201.45101
Jake ThompsonPhillies11.16.7505.26001
Sean DoolittleNationals11009.62001
Wade DavisRockies13.12.716.29.85101
Hector NerisPhillies12.26.7504.65001
Adam OttavinoRockies04.114.542.081.62044
Tony WatsonGiants03.27.3603.23033
Dellin BetancesYankees03213-0.57033
Victor AranoPhillies02.119.293.862.19033
Pedro StropCubs031233.06022
Mark MelanconGiants01.
Josh FieldsDodgers03.
Brad PeacockAstros04.114.542.082.75022
Neil RamirezIndians02.23.383.385.91022
Will SmithGiants03.
David RobertsonYankees0294.54.22022
Chris RusinRockies00.213.52716.04022
Mychal GivensOrioles02.210.1303.29022
Scott AlexanderDodgers031530.76022
Kyle CrickPirates03902.18022
Ty BlachGiants08.
Randy RosarioCubs02.13.867.716.2022
Edubray RamosPhillies04.110.382.083.67022
Jonathan HolderYankees04.18.312.084.51022
Trevor HildenbergerTwins02.210.133.381.97022
Diego CastilloRays02.17.7101.38022
Jose AlvaradoRays0118186.72022
Yoshihisa HiranoDiamondbacks02.213.510.134.08022
Seranthony DominguezPhillies03.
Oliver PerezIndians03.18.102.76022
Shane CarleBraves031231.97022
Alex WilsonTigers02.206.755.95022
A.J. MinterBraves02.115.4301.76022
Steve CishekCubs02.13.863.865.62022
Austin GomberCardinals02.210.133.383.19022
Jared HughesReds024.502.91022
Dan WinklerBraves02901.91022
Tommy HunterPhillies031501.85122
Harrison MusgraveRockies0411.256.754.47022
Zach BrittonOrioles03.
Darren O'DayOrioles0213.502.54011
Kelvin HerreraNationals01006.35011
Greg HollandCardinals02180-0.91011
Craig StammenPadres0413.52.251.66011
Brad ZieglerMarlins04.25.795.794.08011
Juan NicasioMariners019010.35011
Kirby YatesPadres0294.55.04011
Louis ColemanTigers03.113.501.97011
Chaz RoeRays03902.18011
Addison ReedTwins01006.35011
Ken GilesAstros0294.53.41011
Andrew ChafinDiamondbacks02.26.7502.2011
Cam BedrosianAngels0496.755.38111
Tyler GlasnowPirates0591.82.02011
Michael LorenzenReds03.
Lou TrivinoAthletics046.7502011
Kevin McCarthyRoyals03364.97011
Chad GreenYankees01901.09011
Ryne StanekRays01904.35011
Tony BarnetteRangers03902.18011
Justin AndersonAngels031562.3011
Jordan HicksCardinals03933.72111
Tayron GuerreroMarlins02.216.883.382.91011
Yusmeiro PetitAthletics02.103.865.78011
John AxfordBlue Jays02901.09011
Heath HembreeRed Sox024.54.56.85011
Jeremy JeffressBrewers0213.54.53.22011
Dan JenningsBrewers0294.53.41011
Yimi GarciaDodgers0294.55.04011
James PazosMariners01.
Taylor RogersTwins031501.93011
Jose AlvarezAngels01.113.56.754.79011
Bryan ShawRockies02996.54011
Jake McGeeRockies03.29.822.454.77011
Alex ColomeMariners01.
Amir GarrettReds01.
Jose LeclercRangers02.115.433.861.65111
Danny BarnesBlue Jays02.103.867.87011
Alex ClaudioRangers01.1004.32011
Aaron LoupBlue Jays01.
Joe KellyRed Sox01995.72011
Tanner ScottOrioles01.16.7501.59111

Bullpen Matrix

For more on how the Bullpen Matrix works head on over the dedicated page for the chart.

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