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In a fantasy league with a larger than life format (like the SoB’s 12×12 league), you have to take a second look at relief pitchers. Sure, in a standard 5×5 league where closers get the valuable saves, the 9th inning man is a key asset. However, if you have more than the standard five pitching categories, then maybe closers will not be your thing. In fact, you will most likely just do away with relievers all together.
If you are like me (as you should be since more people like me are needed in the world), then having closers is considered a waste in a 12×12 format. However, due to recent problems with certain starting pitchers, I have decided to take a popular route in the fantasy world which is to pick up a couple of very good middle relief pitchers to lower my ERA and boost my K totals. In reality, two elite non-closing relievers can be just as good as a starting pitcher that you take in the middle rounds of your draft.
Here are some worthy relievers to search for in your free agent pool. These are their numbers coming into Thursday’s games.
I personally do not condone closers in a large format league, but I am definitely on board with packing my RP slots with quality middle relievers. Any combination of those three pitchers above are outperforming over-hyped guys like A.J. Burnett, Ted Lilly, and Brett Myers. Just think, you could have saved valuable draft usage by skipping overrated starters like that and just found greener pastures in the free agent pool. Oh well, lesson learned.