Week 8 Hold Rankings – Fantasy Baseball 2013 – Closers in waiting/ best setup men/ middle relief

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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

RankPlayerChangeTeamHoldsGPIPKERAWHIP
1Mark Melancon0PIT142121220.430.71
2Eric O’Flaherty (Injured – Tommy John likely)0ATL121817102.120.94
3Jesse Crain0CHW112119250.951.16
4Trevor Rosenthal0STL112020282.701.20
5Joel Peralta+11TB102018.1201.961.04
6Matt Thornton-1CWS101912.262.131.18
7Luke Gregerson-1SD91918241.000.61
8David Robertson+19NYY91716.1202.760.80
9Kenley Jansen+3LAD82121.1292.110.94
10Jared Burton+5MIN81817191.591.12
11Koji Uehara-4BOS81715.2212.500.96
12Tanner Scherpers-3TEX81820.2130.440.77
13David Hernandez+13ARI81919.2213.201.32
14Scott Downs+18LAA81813.292.631.46
15Jake McGee+19TB81915.1208.801.89
16James Russell-8CHC72116190.560.88
17Dale Thayer-4SD71818.1173.440.87
18Matt Belisle-8COL71820.1183.981.23
19Brian Duensing+11MIN71715.2122.871.28
20Aaron Crow+11KC71310.271.691.03
21Tony Watson-10PIT71818.2185.791.18
22Sean Doolittle+14OAK61817181.060.59
23Tom Gorzelanny-6MIL61815.2202.300.89
24Paco Rodriguez+4LAD62015182.400.67
25Mike Dunn0MIA62119.2201.831.17
26Brian Matusz-8BAL61815.1162.930.65
27Santiago Casilla-13SF61917142.121.12
28Brad Zieger+1ARI62319.2152.751.12
29Tyler Clippard-5WAS61614.2153.071.09
30Anthony Bastardo+12PHI61613122.081.46
31Drew Storen+4WAS61515.1144.701.50
32Hector Ambriz-13HOU61918166.001.72
33John Axford-13MIL61815179.002.00
34Jeremy Affeldt-1SF61310.152.611.65
35Randy Choate+16STL6146.111.421.42

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

Icy Cold

John Axford

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.

Joel Peralta

Joel Peralta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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