Baseball is experiencing a trend away from starting pitchers throwing deep into the late innings, with managers frequently pulling their starters at the first sign of trouble brewing in the middle innings. Witness the trending decline in the number of starting pitchers that are contributing 200+ innings in a season: Only 15 such hurlers existed in both 2017 and 2016, down significantly from the 28 we saw in 2015 and the 33 that were featured in 2014. As a result of these propensities among major league skippers and their pitching coaches, the role of middle relievers in both “real” baseball played between the foul lines and fantasy baseball has grown more significant.

Fantasy leagues are also slowly embracing a new statistical category that rewards for both saves and holds, either as separate scoring categories or as a hybrid, combined statistical category. As the “Save plus Hold” group grows in acceptance, it behooves you as a fantasy owner to get a grasp of the...