Middle Relievers in Fantasy Baseball: MRI Options for 2014

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Aug 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen (22) is congratulated by catcher Kurt Suzuki (24) for a victory against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Nationals beat the Cubs 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s easy to write for Crackerjacks. All you have to do is take a side on things – in this case the pro-bullpen side – and…

Actually, that’s it. There is no Step 2. Well, press “publish.”

So this is my pro-bullpen piece, as us Crackerjacks have learned through experience how employing middle relievers wisely can help you win your fantasy baseball league. Good middle relievers are readily available in fantasy leagues, even in the 23% of fantasy baseball leagues that count holds as a category. Oxymoronically, cheap fantasy baseball players are a goldmine. Every fantasy owner should be looking for cheap fantasy assets that can produce extra value relative to their price.

In addition, middle relievers in fantasy baseball help to drive down ratio stats like ERA and WHIP, and can vulture a Win here and there. Not nearly enough fantasy baseball owners utilize their bench spots to cycle solid middle delivers into their lineups. I aim to change that by highlighting some of fantasy’s best middle relievers.

Let’s get started, so if you would be so kind, hit “Next.”

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