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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Holds Targets


Alright, let’s pretend I’ve been here since the beginning of the season, providing you reliever targets to win your holds-and-saves leagues. So, do you remember from Week 3 when I told fantasy owners the secret to winning your leagues? If not, go back and read that imaginary article before reading this one.

Let’s get serious. This article is aimed at helping fantasy owners find players who are going to help you get points in the holds category (if looking for help more for saves, check out our closer chart).

Some of the players mentioned below are more for the rest of the season (ROS), and some are just streamers based on their matchup. They are marked accordingly.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Holds Targets

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Junior Guerra, Milwaukee Brewers (ROS)

The Brewers are heading out on the road to face off with their arch nemesis the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets. These games are going to produce close games, and fantasy owners are going to reap the benefits. The Brewers-Cardinals series has produced nine holds, so far this season, and Milwaukee is on the winning side with six holds in the series.

Junior Guerra is going to be the pitcher Craig Counsell trusts to keep the lead in tight games. Guerra has earned two holds against the Cardinals and has been untouchable on the road. He has surrounded one hit in six innings pitched in road-game series.

Overall, Guerra has been terrific out of the bullpen, posting a 1.54 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and a save this season. Junior Guerra is on track to be the long-term setup man for Josh Hader, or at the very least being used in high-leverage situations.

Seth Lugo, New York Mets (Streamer)

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Seth Lugo is a target for fantasy owners who are willing to take a risk.

Lugo’s stat line isn’t pretty, 11 hits, six earned runs and 1.55 WHIP in his last seven games. However, Lugo has a decent four-seam fastball that averages 93 mph that’s making batters miss. The strikeouts (13) makes him a valuable risk for fantasy owners. Don’t think Lugo is an out-of-control flamethrower, he has a 3.57 FIP.

The Mets’ upcoming homestand is against the Phillies and Brewers, two teams that can erase lead in a few at-bats. If the Mets have a lead in one of these games, they’ll need to use strikeout relievers, and Seth Lugo is their best option to get the game to Familia’s and Diaz’s hands.

Ty Buttrey, Los Angeles Angels (ROS)

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Ty Buttrey has zero earned runs, four holds, 12 strikeouts, and one walk in nine games. Not to mention, he throws a fastball ball in the high nineties. Do I have to say any more?

If Buttrey continues at this rate, he’ll play his way into the closer role.

Adam Morgan, Philadelphia Phillies (Streamer)

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Adam Morgan is a tactical lefty the Phillies use to get out against left-handed batters. Morgan has recorded five holds in that position.

Even though Morgan is the lefty specialist, he has pitched better against righties than lefties so far this season. Morgan is a must-start against the Mets since they have four left-handed batters in their starting lineup.

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  1. Doug B.

    April 21, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    Are you sure Guerra is going to be the best option ROS with Jeffress back in the fold? I’d think Jeffress would slot into the closer role eventually… Hader would then suck up a lot of the oxygen that Guerra’s currently breathing in higher-leverage, and Guerra would turn into more of a longman/swing role, especially with the question-marks in their rotation. What would do people think about John Gant (StL) and Robert Stephenson (Cin) as pickups in a similar role as the one projected in the piece for Guerra?

    • Travis Argo

      April 22, 2019 at 5:00 pm

      Hey Doug,
      I do believe Guerra is great option rest of season with Jeffress. Craig Counsell had a three-headed dragon last year with Knebel, Hader, and Jeffress that provided plenty of value for fantasy owners. I think Counsell employ that same strategy with Hader, Jeffress and Guerra. If Jeffress over takes the closer, and Hader becomes the setup man, Guerra will still be valuable because Counsell tries to rest his relievers. So, on nights Jeffress and Hader get rest, Guerra will be the relievers he relies on when the Brewers have a lead.

      As for Gant and Stephenson, I prefer John Gant over Stephenson because Gant is on a much better team. The Cardinals more likely to have a lead in late innings for him to earn holds. If Stephenson continues to have the strikeouts, he’ll be a valuable long-term add, but I need to see more from the Reds offense.

      Thanks for reading

  2. Doug B

    April 26, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Fair enough, thank you for the response.

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