Thursday has arrived and with it comes updated setup men rankings. This is a great day for hold leagues, and therefore the world. These rankings mostly reflect rest of season value, and are based on about 50% general ratio and strikeout potential, 50% pure hold totals. Holds are pretty volatile so in most cases your best bet is to focus on ratios, take advantage of the RP + P slots by rolling out a hefty number of setup men, and let the holds naturally trickle in. Managers should always make decisions and alter this list based on their specific league setup.
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12. Darren O’Day (Baltimore Orioles)
14. Seung Hwan Oh (St. Louis Cardinals)
19. Pedro Baez (Los Angeles Dodgers)
29. Bryan Shaw (Cleveland Indians)
51. Oliver Perez (Washington Nationals)
53. Felipe Rivero (Washington Nationals)
62. Zach McAllister (Cleveland Indians)
64. Jose Alvarez (Los Angeles Angels)
72. Xavier Cedeño (Tampa Bay Rays)
78. Carlos Estévez (Colorado Rockies)
– Joaquin Benoit (Seattle Mariners)
– Yimi Garcia (Los Angeles Dodgers)
-Officially all in on Will Harris. Houston is finally giving him high leverage opportunities and he has elite ratio upside. Trotting him out in daily 5×5 rotos too.
– Kevin Seigrist finally collected his first hold of the season. Maybe the total innings will be a bit lower this season but the holds will come and the general production will be sexy.
– Joel Peralta is tallying up a ton of holds lately. Joaquin Benoit should be activated next week, we’ll see how he looks and monitor bullpen usage since it is a bit crowded.
– Carson Smith is off the DL and back in business. Perhaps Boston eases him in slowly but the organization loves him and it is only a matter of time before he starts racking up holds.
– Bryan Shaw is finally starting to settle down after a brutal start and hasn’t given up a run in weeks.
– Brad Brach is fine after taking a comebacker off his leg
– Adam Warren is a strong converted starter with quality ratios, and he might have established himself as 3rd in line for the Cubs.
– Bailing on Drew Storen for now although he still may figure it out in which case he’ll earn a ton of holds as long as Toronto doesn’t blow everyone out.