To help you with your fantasy baseball draft preparation, Dalton Del Don will review possible draft offers at each position. It has already offered sleepers in receiver, first base, second base, short field, Third base, gardener and starting pitchers. He then concludes the series with the draft values of his relief pitcher.
Given their lack of track record, the Pirates are unlikely to rack up wins and Pittsburgh’s reported plan to split closing duties, Bednar remains fairly affordable on the draft tables despite posting a 1.05 ERA and 0.78 WHIP after the All-Star break last season. He’s clearly the best reliever on the Pirates, by a wide margin, so I’m not too concerned about the uncertain role to start a very long season. Bender has a strong fastball/curveball combination, he’s only getting better and posted an expected 2.51 ERA last season that was in the top 3% of the league. He is available after round 15 on Yahoo formats.
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Rogers has been rumored in trades as an upcoming free agent, but he’s one of the best relievers in baseball and arguably Minnesota’s best option to close out. He missed most of the second half of last year with a finger injury, which helped mask a dominant season that featured a K-BB percentage (30.7) that would have ranked in the top five among relievers if would have qualified. I wouldn’t worry too much if he’s left-handed. in the role of closer neither. In addition, the Twins have added sony gray and carlos strap to go along with an underrated roster (including a strong defense) that could easily provide plenty of salvage opportunities (also making them less likely to be sellers at the deadline). Until very recently, craig kimberl somehow he had a higher ADP than Rogers in the Yahoo leagues.
Even though Bender has become one of the best relievers in baseball, he’s still pretty affordable on the draft tables with Miami’s closer role on the line. It is true that his ADP is on the rise (currently after round 20) with a presumed closer dylan flower deal with arm pain, but don’t be surprised if Bender gets the job. Fangraphs expects the Marlins to improve a lot and projects them to have a winning record this season, so there should be more save opportunities as well.
Lamet is likely throwing through a partially damaged UCL, but it’s possible that many casters are doing the same thing without our knowledge. He certainly looked healthy during his spring debut, when Lamet’s fastball clocked 97 mph while his vintage slider seemed to be back. And it’s possible that a full-time move to the bullpen will help keep the converted starter healthier; Lamet often wore himself out when asked to go out for a second inning last season, so a strict one-inning role in the ninth also makes more sense. in a real Padres bullpen wide open, Roberto Suarez looks like the favorite to close out for the Padres to open the year. But Lamet can become a tight, dominant reliever if his arm cooperates, and San Diego’s ailing rotation should provide plenty of save opportunities. That’s a huge advantage for someone who comes off the board towards the end of drafts.
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Robertson is not drafted in any of the Yahoo leagues and has an ADP of almost 450 in NFBC main events, so this is certainly a catatonic dream. But he’s my pick to emerge as Chicago’s closer this season, with rowan wick and Michael Givens its main competition. Robertson’s work continues to be pretty good, and he has the coveted “closer experience” that GMs gravitate toward.