Fantasy Baseball Draft 2016: Relief Pitcher (RP) Sleepers
Taking a Look at the Trending Sleepers and Value Picks at RP in the 2016 Fantasy Draft
March 21, 2016
If you’ve been following along, over the past couple of weeks we’ve been taking a position-by-position look at some of the fantasy baseball sleepers and value picks for the 2016 draft.
Today it’s time for the relief pitcher spot, and there’s no shortage of notable names fitting this category. Let’s check out the numbers and see who you might be able to target in the later rounds of your draft.
Drew Storen, Toronto Blue Jays: Storen pitched pretty well in the early part of 2015, but ultimately limped into the gate. He’s got himself a new start in Toronto, and looks to be the Jays’ best option as the closer.
If Storen can keep a hold on the closer job this year, he’s got a great opportunity to post 20-30 saves. He’s a bit of a gamble at present while the team figures things out, but will be a guy to keep your eye on.
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Joaquin Benoit, Seattle Mariners: Although not officially the closer in Seattle, Benoit will be the first guy to get the job when things don’t go the team’s way--and that could happen sooner than you think.
Benoit has been a pretty solid pitcher in his long career, and tallied 24 saves as recently as 2013. Don’t pull the trigger on him just yet, but monitor that situation in Seattle and keep him in the back of your mind.
Francisco Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers: Now let’s move on to a few guys you might actually see on draft day. Rodriguez is another veteran who is capable of putting up some impressive stats. He’s coming off 38 saves in Milwaukee last year, and a whopping 44 in 2014.
Rodriguez will likely go in the mid-teens among relief pitchers at your draft, and with a little luck he could thoroughly outperform that spot. 30 saves isn’t out of the question here.
Brad Boxberger, Tampa Bay Rays: Boxberger is getting over an abdominal injury and won’t be with us for the first month or two in the season. That means you can get him dirt-cheap in your draft.
Boxberger is in the top 8-10 in many preseason RP rankings, and coming off a 41-save season, we all know he’s got the goods. Once he’s healthy he could give your lineup a nice kick in the pants.
Dellin Betances, New York Yankees: Betances is another guy you’ll likely get for a steal on draft day and come away with a winner. He posted a nice 1.50 ERA last season, adding in nine saves and 131 strikeouts.
Betances will likely go somewhere in the 20s in your draft and could give top-10 value if he gets his opportunities with the Yankees. He’s a stash pickup with big-time potential.
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