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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Holds Targets: Good Loving on Bad Teams

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When searching for relief pitchers who will get holds, most fantasy owners (including myself) look at teams that have high power offenses since the opportunity for holds is higher. This season is disproving that assumption.

Half of the teams that led the majors in holds are in the bottom ten in runs scored. Despite their limited offense, teams like Detroit, San Diego, San Francisco, and Toronto are getting early leads and providing their bullpens with hold opportunities. Most importantly, these teams are providing fantasy owners with pitchers who could earn 25-plus holds.

So, maybe? Just maybe? Bad offenses need love too?

Unlike last week, I have no streaming options for fantasy owners, this week is strictly for rest of season adds. (if you’re looking for help more for saves, check out our closer chart).

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Holds Targets

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Trey Wingenter, San Diego Padres

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Trey Wingenter is a tremendously talented pitcher. All fantasy owners in saves-and-holds leagues need to add him. He has the potential to be this year’s Josh Hader.

In his last seven games, he has a 2.57 ERA, eight strikeouts and zero hits.

For the season, he has 15 strikeouts. Only five batters have gotten hits off his high nineties fastball.

Doesn’t this storyline sound familiar? Like it happened to another young pitcher with an unhittable fastball, last year. (PSST, I’m talking about Josh Hader)

He has earned six holds this season being the third option out of the bullpen. Wingenter’s workload may increase since Craig Stammen is struggling as the setup man. Stammen allowed five hits in his last three appearances, and eight hits in his previous seven games.

Don’t let this multi-category gem fall into the hands of another owner in your league.

Tony Watson, San Francisco Giants

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In 2018, Tony Watson was 30-plus hold pitcher, and in his first nine games last year, he had only three holds.

In his first nine games this season, he has had seven holds. If Watson continues at this rate, he is going to surpass his numbers from last season.

His stat line isn’t suggesting a decline any time soon, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and four strikeouts.

Tony Watson’s most significant asset for fantasy owners is his workload. No pitcher in the Giants’ bullpen is threatening his role as the setup man. Even if Watson struggles, Bruce Bochy is going to give him plenty of chances before making a change.

Joe Biagini, Toronto Blue Jays

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When researching for targets this week, I was initially going to write about Tim Mayza as a streamer option, but then I found something shocking about the Blue Jays’ bullpen.

Joe Biagini is unowned in most leagues.

I couldn’t believe that a setup man who had a strong possibility of overtaking a closer job is on the waiver wire. This needs to be corrected.

Biagini is like a hybrid of Tony Watson and Trey Wingenter. He has the workload of Watson and the arm of Wingenter. That kind of combination should not be wasted.

Biagini has been up-and-down in his last seven games. He earned three holds, one save, and one win; but had two blown saves. His ERA (4.26) during that stretch has been nothing to brag about.

Despite his inconsistency, the Blue Jays keep putting him in high leverage situations. Until that stops, he should be owned in all leagues.

Victor Alcantara, Detroit Tigers

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Last week, Victor Alcantara earned two holds in one day (Gotta love doubleheaders for relief pitchers), and he has recorded five holds for the season.

He has had three grounded-into-double-play opportunities and converted two of them. The ground ball outs are coming easy for him.

It’s a small sample size, but it’s worth the risk to assume that Alcantara will continue to rack up some quick, easy holds since his primary pitch is the sinker.

Plus, the Tigers trust him entirely in high-leverage situations.


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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 Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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