The Hold Up 5/24: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday

Rick Graham's weekly update of the relievers to own for Holds in 2018.

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Today we will take look at the updated non-closer reliever market as there are some changes to the list since our previous installment. Keep in mind, just because a player is ranked below another player (especially when in the same tier), that doesn’t mean you need to rush to drop them for a higher ranked player. These rankings are mostly to be used on a tier by tier scale and apply towards the pitcher’s value for the rest of the season.

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

5 responses to “The Hold Up 5/24: Ranking the Top 80 Relievers for Holds Every Thursday”

  1. Eric L says:

    Sorry, I just can’t buy Archie Bradley anymore. Something just isn’t right there and he probably should be quite a bit lower.

    • Rick Graham says:

      Yea he (and a lot of this tier) has hit a rough patch recently, but he is 2nd in holds with a 2.88 ERA and .96 WHIP this year after dominating last season. He’s only a K per inning guy, which is his one fault I guess, but I don’t see a reason to panic here just yet.

  2. Daniel says:

    I’m very curious about the Giants’ Will Smith and how high his ceiling is. The SP eligibility is huge in my league. Definitely a game changer if he is past his TJ woes.

  3. Zrocket says:

    I’m very concerned about Robertson. I know he might get more holds chances than any other person, but he just looks like he doesn’t trust his stuff. His fastball isn’t as effective anymore and hitters are starting to lay off the curve. He doesn’t trust his fastball in the zone. I know track record is there, and all, but things are looking grim for DRob. What’s your take?

  4. nukleheads says:

    I would expect Seth Lugo to be on here next week. He has grabbed a couple of recent holds and seems to be right there with Gsellman. He has SP eligibility as well and imo has been the Mets most consistent reliever.

    BTW, good job on this stuff!! Very hard to rank these guys but I do like that you have been fluid by upping and dropping guys a lot quicker than most of the other fantasy sites. Keep it up…

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