Don’t engage in Storen Wars
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In the final installment of “Tiers, Not Fears,” we have landed at relief pitching. A lot of fantasy owners hate having to deal with closers, but not me. While you read a lot of “don’t pay for saves” idioms being thrown out there, the fact is, if you play in a league that uses closers, you HAVE to pay for saves. Me? I try to stock up on at least four (preferably five) closers on draft/auction day because saves are the easiest commodity to trade during the season.
Think about it. Pulling off trades is tough in a lot of leagues since owners engage in a pissing contest as they each try to “win” the trade. When saves are involved, however, you cut through the shit. Saves are the one stat any owner can sell as a way to gain more points. There are only so many dudes getting saves, and everyone knows that. I’m not saying hitch your wagon to a bunch of high-priced closers, but just cast a wide net.
Sure there is a ton of turnover at the position, you will probably watch at least one of your closers shit the bed or get hurt at some point. That’s even more of a reason to pick up a bunch of ninth inning options in your drafts and auctions. Trying to scour the waiver wire for saves is a frustrating endeavor in competitive leagues, as all the best handcuffs and even the short-term closers are all rostered. You become a slave to fantasy news information sites, looking for every edge you can get. Then you end up picking up, like, eight relievers in the hopes that you can scrap up enough saves to stay in the race. Don’t be that guy. Suck it up, pay for saves, and win your goddamn league.
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