A new category has been gaining steam in recent years of fantasy baseball – holds. Many owners are considering punting saves if they play in a head 2 head format which rewards holds, as they can maintain a low ERA while sweeping the holds category each and every week (because it is so often overlooked as a vital part of the fantasy team). If you play in a league that has holds as a category, it can be hard to find information on the top “holders” in the game, and not every team uses the same set up man throughout the season.
We will be releasing updated fantasy baseball holds rankings aritcles throughout the fantasy baseball season. Hover over the MLB category at the top of the page, and choose HOLDS from the drop down menu
This list is basically comprised of our top options as the setup (or 8th inning man) for each team, as they should have the most opportunities to earn a hold.
First off, what is a hold? Wikipedia sites 3 different requirements
So basically, a hold is awarded when a pitcher enters the game in a save situation, but doesn’t earn a save or win. If you would like to see the hold leaders from 2012 to form your own rankings, please click here
Each pitcher on this list is our projected set-up man for their respective team in 2013. Some are locks for the job (Mitchell Boggs, Vinnie Pestano) while others could see general relief duty depending on their manager’s whim this year. Most of these relievers will go undrafted even in formats that reward holds, so don’t feel the need to reach too early for the “top” option at the position.
2013 Hold projections – fantasy baseball
There were a few names left off this list (like Jonny Venters of the Braves), but since we didn’t feel like listing every reliever in baseball, we went ahead and listed the primary setup men for 2013.