2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Holds Targets: Living on The Hook

by Travis Argo
2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Holds Targets

In this week’s edition of 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Holds Targets, I stay sober enough (MY BLUES ARE STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS) to give Fantasy owners streaming options in their saves-and-holds leagues.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Holds Targets

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Tayron Guerrero, Miami Marlins

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I still might be drunk since I’m suggesting a pitcher from the Marlins’ bullpen could be useful, but Tayron Guerrero will be the exception.

Miami has been playing somewhat competitive baseball. In their last 15 games, the Marlins have a 6-9 record. Guerrero is one of the main reasons for the recent surge in the wins column, considering he has recorded five holds in his last 10 appearances.

In Week 12 the Marlins face off against the Cardinals, which will provide Guerrero to earn holds. The Cardinals’ offense has been struggling in their last 14 games. During that stretch the Cardinals only produced 36 runs, that’s just a few runs ahead of the Royals and the Reds. Plus, St. Louis has the lowest WOBA in MLB in the last 14 games.

If the Marlins keep this minimal competitive streak going, it will allow Guerrero to pitch his team to victory.

Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves

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The best thing to happen to Anthony Swarzak’s Fantasy value was being to the Braves.

Since joining the Braves, Swarzak has been on fire, 0.79 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 11.91 K/9, and a 16.9 swing-and-miss rate. He hadn’t recorded a hold all season until he put on the Braves jersey, and now he has five holds in just 11 games with his new team.

Batters and runners cannot do any damage against Swarzak. He has a 100 left-on-base percentage as a Brave, a 19.1 increase from his time as a Seattle Mariners. Batters have .174 batting average against Swarzak in high leverage situations.

Fantasy owners should ride T-Sweezy’s hot streak in Week 12. Maybe, hold on to him for another week to see if he can overtake the closer job from Luke Jackson.

Vince Velasquez, Philadelphia Phillies

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The Phillies’ bullpen is riddled with injuries (Seranthony Dominguez, Pat Neshek, Adam Morgan) and has two matchups against divisional teams, meaning the Phillies will be looking to use pitchers who are clutch in high leverage situations.

Vince Velasquez’s stat line (4.12 ERA, 5.90 FIP, 1.50 WHIP) doesn’t suggest a pitcher who is competent in high leverage, but he is useful when the heat is on.

Batters have .100 AVG and .087 WOBA against Velasquez in high leverage situations. When men are in scoring position, batters have a .143 AVG against him.

Velasquez has 44 strikeouts and a 10.07 K/9 rate, so, he should be a multi-category contributor this week against the whiffers on the Nationals and Marlins.

Sam Dyson, San Francisco Giants

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For the Fantasy owners who have PTSD from Sam Dyson when he was a Texas Ranger, rest assured he’s a new man.

Dyson has a 2.61 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 2.64 FIP, and 30 strikeouts.

Even though Dyson has 30 strikeouts for the season, his K/9 rate (9.31) isn’t that impressive, so, don’t expect Dyson to add to the strikeout column.

It seems Dyson has stopped being crushed in high leverage situations. In 2018, Dyson had a 3.24 FIP when runners are in scoring positions. As of right now, he has a 2.35 FIP when runners are in scoring positions.

Fantasy owners willing to forget Dyson’s past will be the benefactors of few hold opportunities in Week 12.

Want to see where these players rank at their position for the rest of the season? Take a look at the latest updated version of the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings

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