There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing relief pitchers every week. In one of my leagues, you need 3 per team; but in standard leagues you need 2. Nonetheless, it can be a challenge finding 2 or 3 reliable relievers. If you drafted Jeurys Familia or Mark Melancon, for example, you might be looking for replacements.
My top 10:
1. Craig Kimbrel
2. Cody Allen
3. Wade Davis
4. Kenley Jansen
5. Greg Holland
6. Danny Duffy
7. Dylan Bundy
8. Ken Giles
9. Roberto Osuna
10. Seung-Hwan Oh
Waiver Wire Pickups
1. JC Ramirez, Anaheim Angels (owned in 53% of CBS fantasy leagues)
He’s really a starter, but he’s eligible as a reliever. If you’re in need of a reliever, take full advantage of that. His ownership is at its peak due to his 2 starts this week, but you could still start him with 1 start next week. He won his game on Monday with 6 2/3 innings pitched and 2 runs allowed against the Rays. Ramirez has a decent 3.81 ERA and he’s 4-3, so he’s a solid start any week. If you picked him up for 2 starts last week, keep him if possible.
2. Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners (owned in 78% of CBS fantasy leagues)
Diaz was relieved of his closer duties about a week ago. So why is he on this list? A lot of owners dropped him, but it seems as though he may return to his closer role soon. He has strikeout potential with 22 k’s in 17 1/3 innings. He had 7 saves and 2 blown saves prior to his removal, which isn’t terrible. He’s worth picking up and monitoring over the next few days to see if he returns as the closer for the 20-26 Mariners.
3. Koda Glover, Washington Nationals (owned in 44% of CBS fantasy leagues)
Koda Glover is by no means the obvious closer for the Nationals. But if he pitches well, his value is going to skyrocket, considering the team he is pitching for (The 27-17 Nationals). He is considered to be the number 1 option for the closer spot right now; Glover is sporting a 2.77 ERA as well. Don’t hesitate to pick him up if you really need a reliever – his ceiling is very high. Let’s just hope he pitches well (although I wouldn’t mind if he didn’t, I’m a Mets fan).
I thought I’d also mention Cam Bedrosian, who should be back soon. He should return as the Angels closer, and he was great before he got hurt (0.00 ERA in 6 2/3 innings with 3 saves.) If you have an extra roster spot, it’s worth adding him.