Fantasy Baseball Round Table: Review and Preview - SP, RP

by Todd Zola, MastersBall.com on September 26, 2012 @ 07:18:19 PDT

 

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Relief pitchers

Preseason Top 20

Tampa Bay Rays RP Fernando Rodney
All about Fernando

Craig Kimbrel
Mariano Rivera
Jonathan Papelbon
Joel Hanrahan
Huston Street
Jason Motte
Rafael Betancourt
J.J. Putz
John Axford
Brian Wilson
Heath Bell
Jose Valverde
Sean Marshall
Sergio Santos
Jordan Walden
Brandon League
Tyler Clippard
Grant Balfour
Carlos Marmol
Jim Johnson

Projected Final Top 20

Fernando Rodney - even Tommy Flanagan couldn't have predicted this
Craig Kimbrel - awesome
Aroldis Chapman - him too
Jason Motte - quietly increased K's without sacrificing control
Jonathan Papelbon - typical campaign
Jim Johnson - save chances buoyed by Orioles penchant for playing (and winning) close games
Rafael Soriano - returned to form, will he opt out and test the market?
Tom Wilhelmsen - more innings than other relievers and a high K-rate helped increase value
Kenley Jansen - if healthy, in Kimbrel and Chapman's stratosphere
Joe Nathan - old reliable returns
Joel Hanrahan - BB/9 ballooning to 5.4 is a concern going forward
Huston Street - just can't say healthy
Ryan Cook - got exposed as a closer, was extremely fortunate as a setup guy
Rafael Betancourt - as advertised but will be 38 next season
Ernesto Frieri - high K's but an unsustainable LOB% is a problem
J.J. Putz - pitched better than surface stats suggest
Chris Perez - serious improvement in skills not reflected in ERA
Casey Janssen - improved peripherals led to ninth inning duties
Tyler Clippard - how owners will gladly trade fewer innings for 32 saves
Grant Balfour - probably should not have lost closing gig when he did

Most Likely to Enter 2013 Top 20

Addison Reed - the real deal
Drew Storen - should get closing gig back
Andrew Bailey - the AL's version of Street

Most Likely to Leave Top 20 in 2013

Ryan Cook - don't see him closing anywhere
Ernesto Frieri - Angels will pay for saves

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About Todd Zola, MastersBall.com

Focusing primarily on the science of player valuation and game theory starting in 1997, Todd Zola and Mastersball carved out an important niche in the fantasy industry. In 2006, Todd became the Research Director for fantasybaseball.com, and in 2009, he relaunched Mastersball and is now a managing partner.

Todd competes in Tout Wars and the XFL, and has been a multiple-time league champion in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has been a contributor to the fantasy content at MLB.com and SI.com, is a frequent guest on Sirius/XM and Blog Talk Radio and is an annual speaker at the spring and fall First Pitch Forum symposiums.

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