Top 100 Relievers to Own in Save+Hold Leagues: 4/27 Update

Rick Graham's weekly update of the Top 100 Relievers to own in SV+HLDs leagues.

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Following up on our weekly Closers and Holds articles will be our Top 100 RP’s for SV+HD leagues every Friday. Use this list to get a feel for the current reliever market and to gauge value for trades, waiver adds, etc.


  • Andrew Miller was officially placed on the DL yesterday with a hamstring strain and is expected to miss the next two or so weeks. Along with Miller, the only must stash DL relievers right now are Corey Knebel and Zach Britton. I’m fine with holding Mark Melancon in deeper leagues or leagues with ample DL spots, but if you have him wasting away on your bench in shallow formats feel free to drop. Even though he is starting to throw again today, it’s anyone’s guess how long he will last when he returns or when that will be for that matter.
  • Josh Fields filled in for Kenley Jansen Monday night and converted for his first save of the year. Jansen was just in need of a day off, but this is something of note in case Jansen can’t turn things around. Santiago Casilla also earned his first save of the year filling in for Blake Treinen after the latter took a 105 MPH line drive off his shin. Treinen should be available this weekend but worth noting that Casilla seems to be the next in line. Another first in the save column this week was A.J. Minteras he surprisingly was called upon to close out Wednesdays game. He likely got the call due to two lefties starting of the inning, but I think this could be the start of a committee situation with Arodys Vizcaino. Speaking of committees, I think we can officially go ahead and label the Brewers closing situation as a full blown committee. Josh Hader is still the best option here, but the rest of the guys in that bullpen are starting to look like valuable fantasy assets in deeper holds leagues.
  • There’s a lack of clarity in Baltimore as to who is currently the team’s closer, but if I had to guess my money’s on Darren O’Day. He’s been far from great but he did get the last save opportunity and Brad Brach has been terrible. Hopefully Mychal Givens can turn it around soon as he’s still the best talent there.
  • The White Sox saw their first save opportunity in quite some time last night, with Joakim Soria working the 9th and Nate Jones the 8th. I think it’s safe to say that they are not in a timeshare anymore as Soria now has 3 more chances on the year. Just keep in mind that this was his first save in more than three weeks.

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.

8 responses to “Top 100 Relievers to Own in Save+Hold Leagues: 4/27 Update”

  1. Taylor B says:

    You have Cingrani above Fields, even though Fields was getting the save chance with Jansen out. Can you elaborate? I want to get rid of Kela, thinking Cingrani’s K numbers look great, but I am not incredibly knowledgeable on the Dodger bullpen situation

    • Rick Graham says:

      I wrote about him yesterday but heres the condensed version. Since being traded to LA last August, he has allowed nine earned runs (3 coming in his Dodgers debut) over 28.2 innings to go with a 45/6 K/BB ratio. His slider usage is at an all-time high (28.7%, 16.2% higher than previous season high) and it’s led to a career-high SwStr% to begin the year (18.5%). He’s been used later in games lately and is definitely the better lefty option over Alexander.

  2. Tim Acree says:

    I can’t tell you how helpful these have been in my holds league. Question: with Luis Garcia rising in your rankings and Adam Morgan slipping a bit, would you endorse dropping Morgan for Garcia, under the assumption that their trajectories will continue? I own Morgan and Garcia is one of the last guys available on this list. Thanks Rick!

    • Slothrop says:

      go with Garcia over Morgan for sure. Is Dan Jennings available? another guy to keep your eye on. LOOGY’s make for great Holds candidates.

      • Rick Graham says:

        My only reservation with Garcia is what his role may become with Hunter back. Morgan is the late inning lefty for that team regardless and I particularly like him for his SP eligibility on some platforms.

  3. David says:

    Hey Rick, great article, I am just curious, if you had to hold one of these guys to become the next closer, who would it be? Edwards Jr., Minter, J.Jimenez or N.Jones? I know Edwards Jr. is the best of the bunch and my feel is Morrow will get hurt at some point… what do you think?

    • Rick Graham says:

      History would seem to be on your side with Morrow winding up injured, but I wouldn’t bank on it. Minter or Jones might make the most sense since they have already closed out games this year. Jimenez should be closing out games in the second half with Shane Greene being one of the Tigers only trade chips of value.

  4. Jack says:

    Why so low on Arano?

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