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Major league baseball fantasy rankings – Holds (Week 13)

 

Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

As we press on into the fantasy baseball season, you should have a pretty solid grasp on who the best middle relievers are in major league baseball this season.  So far, Mr. Melancon of the Pittsburgh Pirates has shown himself to be the top dog when it comes to holds in 2013, while former top options like David Hernandez of the Diamondbacks have dropped out of the top 40 entirely!

Missing from this list will be Kenley Jansen (LAD) and Koji Uehara (BOS) who have both been recently promoted to the closer’s role (with Uehara’s promotion being announced 6/21 by the Sox)

In other reliever related news, Jose Valverde of the Tigers was designated for assignment, and Joaquin Benoit has been tabbed as the obvious replacement, but Jim Leyland says he won’t officially name a closer just yet.  Chances are Benoit’s name will disappear from these rankings by next week as there are few other candidates outside of Al Alburquerque in the Detroit bullpen.

Lets get to the top 40 as we head towards week 13, and after the rankings I will throw in a few notes about players rising and falling in the rankings. The change column lets you know a player’s movement from week to week in this article.  + means the player has risen up the rankings, while – means they have dropped down.

Major league baseball fantasy rankings – Holds

# Team Player Change Holds Games IP K ERA WHIP
1 PIT Mark Melancon 0 22 37 36.1 39 0.99 0.88
2 CHW Jesse Crain 0 18 34 32.2 43 0.55 0.98
3 STL Trevor Rosenthal 0 17 34 35.2 51 1.77 1.07
4 TB Joel Peralta 0 17 38 33.1 34 2.43 1.05
5 NYY David Robertson 0 15 31 28.1 36 2.86 1.06
6 CHW Matt Thornton 0 15 33 23.1 17 3.47 1.33
7 SD Dale Thayer +1 14 34 32.2 32 3.58 0.98
8 LAA Scott Downs +4 13 31 20.0 16 1.80 1.30
9 TEX Tanner Scheppers 0 13 34 36.0 25 1.00 0.94
10 MIN Jared Burton -3 13 33 32.1 31 3.62 1.39
11 SD Luke Gregerson -1 12 35 32.2 27 2.48 1.01
12 KC Aaron Crow +13 12 26 21.0 17 3.86 1.38
13 TB Jake McGee +10 12 33 28.0 37 5.14 1.29
14 HOU Hector Ambriz +8 12 35 30.0 22 5.10 1.57
15 BAL Darren O’Day 0 11 33 32.2 36 1.65 1.01
16 ATL Luis Avilan +12 11 35 29.1 16 1.84 0.99
17 BOS Junichi Tazawa +1 11 33 32.1 38 2.51 1.11
18 OAK Sean Doolittle -5 11 33 31.2 30 3.69 1.04
19 PIT Tony Watson +5 11 32 35.1 29 4.08 1.10
20 BAL Brian Matusz +12 11 33 28.2 24 4.08 1.05
21 HOU Travis Blackley +12 11 26 23.1 21 4.24 1.46
22 CIN Jonathan Broxton -8 11 29 27.0 20 4.33 1.30
23 TEX Robbie Ross +3 10 34 35.1 37 1.53 1.19
24 WSH Tyler Clippard -7 10 31 30.2 33 2.35 1.04
25 OAK Ryan Cook -9 10 32 32.2 33 2.48 1.04
26 CIN Sam LeCure +1 10 28 29.0 29 2.48 1.21
27 SF Jeremy Affeldt +3 10 29 26.0 17 3.12 1.23
28 MIN Brian Duensing -8 10 34 25.2 22 3.86 1.44
29 COL Matt Belisle -10 10 34 37.1 25 3.86 1.13
30 MIL John Axford -9 10 35 31.0 35 4.35 1.55
31 DET Joaquin Benoit +5 9 29 30.0 35 1.80 1.00
32 BAL Tommy Hunter +27 9 28 39.2 31 1.82 0.83
33 CHC James Russell +4 9 34 27.2 26 1.95 0.98
34 ARI Brad Ziegler -5 9 39 34.1 21 2.10 0.93
35 CHW Matt Lindstrom -4 9 36 29.2 21 2.73 1.42
36 KC Tim Collins +19 9 29 25.2 25 2.10 1.25
37 MIN Josh Roenicke +1 9 28 32.0 21 2.81 1.31
38 PHI Antonio Bastardo +5 9 31 24.1 22 2.96 1.52
39 LAD Paco Rodriguez +1 9 35 25.1 27 3.20 0.95
40 MIL Brandon Kintzler -6 9 29 28.0 25 4.18 1.25
41 WSH Drew Storen -6 9 31 29.0 28 4.34 1.45

News and notes for major league baseball fantasy rankings

Holds risers:

Both Tommy Hunter (+27) and Tim Collins (+19) have made a tremendous leap up the holds rankings this week, and should be available in a wide variety of formats.  Collins is currently striking out a batter per inning for the Royals, while Hunter has an ERA under 2.00 and a WHIP under 1.00.  Depending on need there is certainly something for your team available in either of these two solid middle relievers

Losing a grip on holds:

As mentioned at the top of the article, both Kenley Jansen and Koji Uehara are in closer’s roles now, so no need for their names on this list, and another surprise is David Hernandez sitting on just 8 holds out of the top 40 entirely.  Other than those big names, the only player to be worried about is Matt Belisle of the Rockies who was actually in the top 10 in the holds rankings for most of the season, but the expected decline has begun.  The ERA is creeping up around 4, and pitching half of his games at Coors Field probably won’t help the cause much.  If you are still hanging on to Belisle for holds, it is time to start looking elsewhere for someone that won’t wreck your ERA/WHIP along the way.

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