Turn Two – Relief Pitchers











2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball


- Relief Pitchers -


Last year we brought you “Five to Watch” for each position including prospects. They were the players that we found interesting at each position, ones you needed to keep an eye on during the spring before considering for your fantasy baseball team.

This year we give you two players at each position outside the top 10 that you can TURN inTO starters and win your fantasy baseball league championship. 2 players from each position we think you should watch closely this spring and plan accordingly. of course it’s followed by a great recipe, this time it’s Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches

Timing is Everything/Be Flexible is just one of the 2015 FANFOOD Fantasy Baseball Drafting Strategies and many would say the most important.

We are not saying go out and get ALL these guys, just remember them when the time comes, and if you are looking to fill a need, or backup your projected starter, consider them and if the time is right and they are available, pull the trigger.



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Relief Pitchers


Punting Closers in drafts has been commonplace advice for some time. This just means you’ll likely be chasing saves during the season. That really isn’t a bad thing as every year there is a lot of movement of closers, so you really need to be up on all the developments.

You can’t go off last year’s numbers, because many closers are on new teams and many teams have gone in new directions. Plus there is always that guy waiting in the wings in case one of them falters. This and injures play a major role in who will get the ball in the ninth. Additionally, regardless of your draft-day approach, at some point it is almost certain you’ll be competing with your league’s save vultures for a newly donned closer or a closer in waiting.

Sure, the ninth-inning arms are essentially one-trick ponies, but ignore the category at your own peril. Honing in on a top closer early might not be the best approach as you will be missing out on a multi-tool player, (see Cespedes). Instead, ensure you’re comfortable with the closing landscape. Identify the volatile bullpens and high-risk options, along with those closers who are more secure in their roles. This way you can get your saves after the top tier is gone.

A save is a save, and while there is additional value in a high-strikeout rate and low ratios accompanying them, knowing what other categories you’re sacrificing by targeting the top-tier options is important. By doing to the research, you will familiarize yourself with projected tiers, and the player pool which will help you decide to when pull the trigger on a RPer.

The other important consideration for relief pitchers is how you can utilize them to your advantage in various leagues. Starting pitchers who carry RP eligibility hold additional value in points leagues, for example. Whereas the opposite is true for relievers with SP eligibility who post plus-ratios and a high-strikeout rate.

Throughout the season, staying active on the waiver wire is critical, and don’t be afraid to creatively utilize relief pitchers and the pitching slots on your roster.

The number of relievers that you draft and how early you draft them depends on how your league is set up. For example, you may be in a league that starts three RPs per day and allows only for weekly roster changes. You could grab three quality closers and start them every week or you could add a starter with RP eligibility in one of those spots. It’s up to you.

Here are two Relief Pitchers outside the TOP 10 that you can count on to help your team.



1. Steve Cishek (Marlins)



He put up a 3.19 ERA with 39 saves in 2014 and will again handle the ninth inning for the Marlins in 2015. While the 28-year-old.expressed concern about fatigue, he was actually better in the second half of the season. Cishek saw his strikeout rate jump, walk rate fall and posted a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings during the second half. He had one rough stretch in June, when he allowed nine runs over seven appearances, but was otherwise strong all season. He’ll enter the year set to resume his duties as the team’s closer.


You can expect 36 saves – 75 K’s & a sub 3.00 ERA

Where to Draft

The secret is out, he in no longer a sleeper and will not last much past the overall TOP 100. This is about round 8 in a 12-team draft. He will most likely be part of a closer run that starts in round 9


2. Ken Giles (Phillies)



Giles’ long-term future profiles him as a closer with a fastball that can reach triple digits. Of course, the Phillies’ closer job is currently occupied by veteran Jonathan Papelbon, Coming off a rookie campaign in which he finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year voting, Giles is refusing to be complacent. “I’m not going to let anyone surpass me,” Giles said during a Phillies winter banquet stop. “People may say you’re a lock [to make the team] and you don’t have to worry about it, but you shouldn’t hold yourself back to prepare for the season. I believe I can be the closer,” Giles said. “But you know what? I have to earn that job first. Even whenever Pap’s job is done here, I have to earn that position.”

In shallower leagues, there’s not much of a reason to roster relief pitchers who don’t rack up saves. But in deeper leagues, a pitcher with a strikeout rate pushing 40 percent, who allows less than a baserunner an inning, and who gives up one run a month can be immensely valuable. Ken Giles could be that player this year. In his debut season, he fired 45.2 innings, struck out 64 batters, issued just 10 unintentional walks, and allowed only 25 hits and one home run. The 24-year-old right-hander will have a chance at triple-digit strikeouts to complement his microscopic ratios.


The most aggressive projection has him with over 75 K’s, 6 Wins with and ERA just above 2.00. This with just a couple of saves. We think you can count on 2014 Dellin Betances number making Giles a bargain at his current ADP

Where to Draft

His ADP is around 230 which is around the 19th round of your 12-Team Draft. We think he is a perfect candidate for a late round flyer.



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  5. Dellin Betances
  6. Mark Melancon
  7. Trevor Rosenthal
  8. Cody Allen
  9. Glen Perkins
  10. Koji Uehara



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Homemade Chick-Fil-A Sandwich


makes 2



2 thin chicken breasts
1/4 cup pickle juice
1 egg
1/8 cup milk
1/2 cup flour
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon celery salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/4 cup peanut oil
2 buns
1 teaspoon paprika
Salt and pepper



Put the chicken breasts in a plastic bag of pickle juice. Let it marinate for an hour.
Beat together an egg and milk
Mix together the flour, sugar, garlic salt, celery salt, basil, salt and pepper
Put the oil in a skillet on medium-high heat
Coat each chicken piece in the egg mixture. Coat again with the flour mixture
Fry each piece for 3-4 minutes per side. The chicken should look golden brown and cooked all the way through.
Dry the chicken on paper towels
Butter the sandwich buns
Assemble your sandwich, add your favorite condiments and eat more chicken on Sundays!

Tip #1: Canola oil, a more common type of oil, may be substituted for the peanut oil, but the peanut oil will give it better flavor.

Tip #2: If you only have granulated sugar, don’t go out and get a whole bag of powdered sugar just for this recipe. Just pulverize the same amount of sugar in a blender for 15 seconds.



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