If you’re drafting in a mixed league then take a good look at the top tier of relief arms… and forget them. There is no point in wasting the pick. Closers come and closers go throughout the season and you’ll be drafting saves on the cheap and stud middle relievers in the middle rounds to help your ratios.
We simply won’t be drafting Blake Treinen this year. Why? Because we got him last year in round 15. In the targets section below, you can find a number of options taking a stab on beyond pick 140, all with upside to finish as a top-5 closer.
That’s not even to mention the saves that appear on a near weekly basis over the course of the season. Make sure to reserve plenty of time, energy and faab dollars to pounce repeatedly throughout the season as you churn through the newly minted closers and cobble your way to a top-third finish in the saves category.
In only leagues, we can get behind reaching or paying for an elite closer, but beyond that, chase the skills and find the saves later.
Studs (ADP): Edwin Diaz (51), Blake Treinen (63), Kenley Jansen (70), Brad Hand(83), Felipe Vasquez (85)
Targets: Ken Giles (141), Cody Allen (161), Archie Bradley (198), Pedro Strop (214), Trevor MAy (240), Shane Greene (250), Brad Boxberger (291), Ryan Braiser (301), Sergio Romo (382)
Overpriced: Aroldis Chapman (69), Craig Kimbrel (76), Josh Hader (115)