The Z Files: Setting Up Better Staffs

The Z Files: Setting Up Better Staffs

This article is part of our The Z Files series.

One of the popular topics of conversation at the First Pitch Arizona conference, as well on the Twitterverse, is how to approach pitching in 2022 drafts. Most cite the paradigm between starter and reliever usage and how this influences the balance between ratios and compiling ample wins and saves.

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Astute fantasy managers sensed the shift heading into the 2021 campaign. To help manage pitching on a weekly basis, I ranked a reliever (non-closer) with the scheduled starters in the Weekly Pitching Rankings. The notion was that using a reliever of this ilk should be considered over any starters lower in the ranks. What follows is a review of the results, with an eye on how to improve the process for the upcoming season.

By means of a quick review, based on impending matchups, each probable pitcher's week is projected, then ranked based on how they'll affect a fantasy team's stats for the scoring period. The following relievers were included each week:

Pitcher

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

MIX12 Reliever

3

3.00

1.10

12.00

MIX15 Reliever

3

3.20

1.14

10.80

AL Reliever

3

3.50

1.20

9.00

NL Reliever

3

3.50

1.20

9.00

Let's start with deciding if the weekly inventory supported finding a reliever of this nature. That is, was the choice of reliever realistic?

Here are the non-closing relievers most closely matching this criteria, ranked by descending ERA, though the columns can be sorted:

Pitcher

IP

ERA

WHIP

K/9

W

SV

Trevor Richards

64.33

3.50

0.96

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Todd Zola
Todd has been writing about fantasy baseball since 1997. He won NL Tout Wars and Mixed LABR in 2016 as well as a multi-time league winner in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. Todd is now setting his sights even higher: The Rotowire Staff League. Lord Zola, as he's known in the industry, won the 2013 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Article of the Year award and was named the 2017 FSWA Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year. Todd is a five-time FSWA awards finalist.
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