Reliever Best Bets for Daily Fantasy Baseball Leagues by isaacr33

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									Reliever Best Bets for Daily Fantasy Baseball Leagues

                                    The only thing harder to find than a catcher who doesn’t
                                    ruin your fantasy numbers is a solid reliever that you can
                                    count on game after game. The real teams that have books
                                    of scouting reports and a committee of able bodies have
                                    enough trouble; it’s even harder when all you have is a
                                    computer and some statistics. That’s why it’s always
                                    important to keep an eye on who’s hot in the bullpens right
                                    now for your Daily Fantasy Baseball League.

   • Jose Valverde, Detroit. Valverde has been the definition of lights out this season. What’s
     not to like? He’s sporting a .42 ERA, with 11 saves and just one home run allowed in 21
     innings. He pitches in non-save situations more than most closers, but if you have him
     and another reliable closer, you should be in good shape.
   • Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles. LA does so many things well; the movies are hits,
     the women are beautiful, and the closers are dominant. So it’s not surprising that the
     Dodgers have yet another big time closer in Jonathan Broxton. He has the fifth-most
     strikeouts of any reliever in the bigs (actually a surprisingly low number for him) and a
     microscopic 1.07 ERA. Oh, and he’s playing on one of the hottest teams in baseball, one
     that frequently comes through with walk-off wins. If Joe Torre keeps putting him in for
     the ninth inning in any close game, he’ll start adding some useful win totals to his overall
     value. The Dodgers didn’t perform well out of the gate but are surging now; expect his
     numbers only to improve along with the team…he lead the MLB with 12 saves in the
     month of May.
   • Matt Belisle, Colorado. People who continue to shy away from Colorado pitchers are
     straight-up out of the loop at this point. It’s not 1998- balls aren’t flying out of any park
     as much any more (how many perfect games and no-hitters have we had this year?) and
     Colorado has taken a number of steps to keep balls in the yard. So owners who have
     the stones to put reliever Matt Belisle on their roster have been rewarded with some
     impressive stats. His ERA for the season is just over 2.00, and it was half of that in the
     month of May. He’s not the official closer, but Manny Corpas hasn’t been other-wordly
     this year, so it’s a definite possibility. If you need holds or just a smaller ERA, Belisle is
     as hot as anyone in baseball and a great fit for your daily fantasy baseball league.
   • Heath Bell, San Diego. Bell is the model for closers in today’s game. He’s big, he throws
     hard, and no one scores on him. I mean, no one. His ERA is among the lowest in baseball
     (1.13) and he has 14 saves in 24 appearances. He strikes out a bunch of people, he plays
     for a division-leading club, he’s even got a great baseball name. You can’t go wrong
     with Heath Bell, and you won’t have to pay Mariano Rivera- or Jonathan Papelbon-esque
     prices to get him.
   • Brian Wilson, San Francisco. What is it with these NL West relievers? Maybe it’s
     something in the water out west, but it’s hard to find a bad apple in the bunch (oh, wait,
     except for everyone in Arizona’s pen. We’ll just ignore them.) Wilson’s personality is as
       weird as his breaking pitches, and batters just haven’t been able to get a good feel for
       him. He’s one of the brightest young stars of San Francisco’s post-Bonds era and has a
       number of good years ahead of him. His numbers are very comparable to Broxton’s, and
       you likely can get him on your roster without giving up your left leg. Wilson is a solid
       addition to any bullpen. And finally…
     • Mariano Rivera, New York. Look, you know he’s good, he knows he’s good, the batters
       know he’s good, the whole world knows he’s good. Sure, he’s getting on in years, but
       his cutter is still breathtaking and he still plays for the Yankees. You’ll pay top dollar
       for close-to-top production, but at the end of the day, he’s Mariano Freaking Rivera. If
       you’re in a one-day league, take him against any light-hitting team and he’ll likely pay
       off. In longer leagues, pair him with another top-10 closer and you’ll rarely lose the saves
       or ERA stat. Just do it.

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