Fantasy Baseball Category Impact: Using Relievers for Ratio Relief
Greg Jewett takes a look at some players who may not have been drafted that can be added from your waiver wire that can make certain category impacts.
Trying to stream pitchers or chase wins can inflate a fantasy team’s ratio statistics (ERA and WHIP) along with frustrating owners due to volatile results. Perhaps using relievers to mitigate damage could ameliorate this trend using them to regulate ratios, especially for those needing help in ERA or WHIP. It will not be immediate, but in this sprint of a season, defraying damage to ratios could move a team up in the standings if it’s staff struggled over the first three weeks of the season. After all, not everyone can roster Shane Bieber but they can mine the strikeout upside of one of his teammates.
Today’s version of category impacts focuses on three types of relievers to deploy using results from the start of 2020 along with underlying data predicting future success. It comes with some inherent risk, but what does not this year. Our dirty dozen of relievers fall under the ratio eraser, hybrid or future closer category in an effort to provide a boost in ERA, WHIP and even...