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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Holds Targets: Last Call


Week 21 of the Fantasy baseball season is here, and for Fantasy owners in head-to-head leagues, this is the final week before the playoffs. The last chance to secure a playoff spot.

Don’t worry, I’m here my child to give a few streaming options to get you into the playoffs. If you’re not in a playoff hunt, I can’t help you. Just kidding, pick up every single pitcher on this list and screw your friend over by keeping him out of the playoffs. There’s no better feeling then screwing a friend…out of a playoff spot.

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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Holds Targets

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Matt Albers, Milwaukee Brewers

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The Brewers are hanging on by a thread with their playoff hopes. The Brew Crew needs to make a need run if they want to play in October, and it needs to start Week 21 against Cardinals and Cubs. Other than Josh Hader, Matt Albers is the only Milwaukee pitcher pitching well (notice I didn’t use great or other adjectives that suggest above average).

Albers’ season stat line is gross, 4.39 ERA, 3.91 FIP, and 1.24 WHIP. But he has been an effective bullpen option as of recently. In his last 15 games, Albers has a 3.65 ERA, 13 strikeouts, four holds, and two saves.

Right now, Albers is the number two guy behind Josh Hader. Albers workload is secure considering his teammates can’t stop blowing saves. Albers has one blown save whereas Junior Guerra has seven blown saves, Jeremy Jeffress and Alex Claudio both have three blown saves.

Week 21 starts with a tough matchup for Albers at home against St. Louis. The Cardinals have crushed Albers this year, but he should be able to turn this around in Week 21. Albers has a career 2.36 FIP against the Cardinals, his progression should come back to his career average. Starting Albers against the Cardinals will be risky, but the hold opportunity will be there for him.

Albers is a must-start in the Brewers’ away game against the Chicago Cubs. On the road, batters have a .216 AVG against Albers. Plus he has a 3.38 ERA and a 92.1 left-on-base percentage against the Cubs.

If Albers can lock down the Cardinals and Cubs, this could be a multiple holds week for him.

Jarlin Garcia, Miami Marlins

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Here’s a first, I’m going to suggest a pitcher who currently has the closer job for his team. Usually, I stick to set up guys and potential closer, but Jarlin Garcia will be an excellent option for Fantasy owners in Week 21.

Garcia has a 2.63 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and 29 strikeouts. In high leverage situations, he has a 1.93 FIP and a 100 left-on-base percentage. He hasn’t recorded a save this season, but that should change in his Week 21 matchups against the Reds and Nationals.

The matchup against the Reds is at home, and Garcia thrives in Miami. He has a 1.53 ERA and hitters have a .186 AVG when facing him at Marlins Park. An added bonus, Garcia hasn’t allowed a hit against the Reds this season.

If his offense can get him in a save opportunity, he’ll have all the tools to record his first save.

Garcia can even be useful for Fantasy owners in his matchups against Washington. I know it sounds crazy, since the Nationals are one of the hottest teams in baseball, and are 8-2 in their last ten games, but Garcia could sneak out with a save.

Washington hitters have a .178 AVG and a .218 WOBA against Garcia. Not to mention he has a 3.09 FIP against Washington this season.

If you consider yourself a daredevil, then Jarlin Garcia is the perfect option for you.

Anthony Swarzak, Atlanta Braves

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The Braves’ bullpen has a ton of mouths to feed, especially since the trade deadline, but Swarzak continues to be a holds machine.

Not only can Swarzak be relied on for holds but Fantasy owners can count on him for the strikeouts too. He has a 12.5 swing-and-miss rate.

The Braves have a weird schedule for Week 2. They have one game in Colorado, then a series in Toronto, and then their back home to face off against the White Sox. All that traveling is going to force Atlanta to go deep into their bullpen.

Swarzak should be called on a lot during the home series against the White Sox. He has a 2.41 ERA and hitter have a .233 AVG when facing Swarzak at home. Plus, he has a career 3.11 FIP against the White Sox and hasn’t allowed an earned run to Chicago since 2104.

If Swarzak can’t record a hold, there’s a good possibility he could earn a win for Fantasy owners, where being used at in games.

Oliver Perez, Cleveland Indians

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Cleveland is fighting with Oakland for the last wildcard spot. Week 21 is going to be a real test for the Indians with two away series. Lucky for Cleveland they have one pitcher in their bullpen that is amazing on the road, Oliver Perez.

On the road, Perez has a 2.30 ERA, 3.40 FIP, and 100 left-on-base percentage. Hitters have a .200 AVG against him in away games. Perez is solid on the road, he’ll be even more solid facing off against two teams he dominates, Detroit and Tampa Bay.

Perez has a 2.44 career FIP, and 1.80 career ERA against the Tigers. This year, Perez has a 2.01 FIP against Detroit. It also helps that Perez hasn’t allowed an earned run to the Tigers.

Tampa Bay hitters struggle to hit Perez just like Detroit. Rays’ hitters have .167 AVG and a .145 WOBA against Perez. The Rays also have a zero in the earned run column when facing him.

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About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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