The week 8 fantasy baseball hold rankings have a few new names, but the top names are beginning to establish themselves as elite. Looking at the “change” column + means they moved up in the ranks, and – obviously means they dropped down.
I have received a number of questions about the rankings, and since most owners are concerned with holds, I primarily sort by holds, when the players are tied, I then look at a number of factors including IP/K/ERA and WHIP to determine the best middle reliever at that tier.
If you are looking for the best pickup off waivers, or possibly a closer in waiting that could possibly be earning saves by the end of the year, feel free to post your questions in the forums.
Week 8 Hold Rankings – Fantasy Baseball 2013
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News and notes – Updated MLB Hold rankings for week 8 - fantasy baseball 2013
The top 4 in the rankings all remain the same from last week, and Mark Melancon continues to dominate for the Pittsburgh Pirates. All 4 names at the top of this list deserve to be owned in 100% of leagues that reward holds, and even have some value in leagues where owners are just looking for solid ERA/WHIP/K numbers out of a RP.
Big time movers (Hot and cold middle relief)
Hot hot hot
Joel Peralta/ David Roberston
Both these relievers made a double digit jump up the rankings, and should be relied upon for a steady workload for the rest of the season. In the event that you are looking for a potential closer, Robertson obviously would step in if the ageless wonder Mariano Rivera were to go down to injury
The former closer of the Brewers looks like he has a very slim chance to ever regain the role now. The ERA still sits at 9.00, with a ridiculous WHIP of 2.00, hard to believe this is the same guy that was considered a top 5 closer just a few short years ago, but if you are still holding on you should probably make a move for someone that doesn’t kill your ERA/WHIP quite as often.