MLB relievers worth adding with savings on the rise

The following relievers are widely available in Yahoo Fantasy Baseball formats and may be worth grabbing for those looking for backups.

Tanner Houck, SP/RP, Boston Red Sox (53% registrants)

Houck had two saves over the weekend and looks like the new closer to Boston, so we’re including him here even though he’s slightly above the typical 50% roster threshold. He may be required to work back-to-back days, but Houck is a first-round pick who has allowed just one run in 19.0 innings (with 18 Ks and a 0.89 WHIP) since he was moved to the bullpen this season. Since he threw his fastball or slider on more than 93% of his pitches, Houck should be the most effective as a reliever anyway until he develops a third pitch. Especially given his competition, Houck could easily get away with the role of closer to the Red Sox for the rest of the season.

Tanner Scott, PI, Miami Marlins (18%)

All the Tanners. Scott had three saves and two wins over the past 10 days, while allowing no earned runs and only two base runners with a 9:0 K:BB ratio. Whereas Antoine Bender struggled before going on the IL, Dylan Florio sports a 3:4 K:BB ratio over 11.2 innings, and Cole Sulser boasts an expected 4.61 ERA, Scott ranks in the top 10 in CSW among all relievers. Billfish manager Don Mattingley has historically preferred to use just one closer, and Scott has a ton of batting advantage.

Jason Adam, PR, Tampa Bay Rays (33%)

Adam has a 0.72 ERA and 0.64 WHIP over 25.0 innings this season, and he could be the favorite for saves in the Tampa Bay bullpen going forward with Andrew Kittredge headed for elbow surgery. The Rays will likely close with some committee form, but Adam recorded the team’s last save and sports a 1.94 FIP on the year. Meanwhile, Colin Pocket has a FIP of 4.61 this season. Adam should help your ratios both ways and remains available in more than two-thirds of Yahoo leagues.

The Rays bullpen is always tricky to figure out, but Jason Adam can help your fantasy baseball ratios and save saves. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

Kendall Graveman, PR, Chicago White Sox (33%)

Liam Hendricksthe state of health is in question after his unavailability on Sunday. Graveman is next to close in the Chicago bullpen, which is quite a lucrative role considering the White Sox have provided Hendriks with the most save opportunities in the American League.

Seranthony Domínguez, Philadelphia Phillies (12%)

The role of the closest to Philadelphia began with Corey Knebel face a tight shoulder. Enter Domínguez, who was dominant as a rookie in 2018 and has a 1.61 ERA and 0.94 WHIP this season. He may have trouble throwing punches, and Brad’s hand will be in the mix when a bunch of southpaws are expected in the ninth, but the Phillies have the potential to provide a ton of backup opportunities going forward. Knebel was struggling with 14 walks in 25.0 innings and a 4.14 FIP even before his shoulder injury. While Knebel played wrestling on Sunday and could avoid a trip to IL, that’s far from a guarantee making Domínguez worth adding to deeper fantasy leagues.

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Bonus Batter Pick

Bryson Stott, 2B/SS, Philadelphia Phillies (16%)

Stott is batting .333/.400/.694 with four home runs, 12 runs scored, 11 RBIs and one steal in 10 games in June and is locked in a daily role at second base with Jean Segura in the next 10 to 12 weeks. He struggled mightily before this month and still has a lousy batted ball profile overall, but Stott is a top 15 pick with a strong minor league track record that’s worth a look in some deeper fantasy leagues if you need help in midfield.

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