Last week, we took a look at some sleepers at the starting pitcher position. Relievers are typically taken in the later rounds unless they are an elite closer that you know you can depend on. Relievers are special in a way that will get you some key stats that may not be as flashy as starters, but are reliable enough that will net you a win when it counts the most. Here are three relievers to keep an eye on while drafting.
Ken Giles, Philadephia Phillies
The Phillies and closer Jonathan Papelbon have had a not so secret desire to part ways over the past season and a half. The Phillies owe Papelbon $13 million this season with another vesting option of $13 million in 2016. This is where Ken Giles comes in. Giles is coming off a phenomenal rookie season, where he finished fourth in National League Rookie of the Year voting. He had a staggering 1.18 ERA last season and struck out 64 batters in 45 2/3 innings. If Papelbon is to be moved this season, expect Giles to take the reins of the closer role in Philadelphia.
Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
Keep in mind Martinez could make the Cardinals this season, but with some of the Cardinals minor league system pushing the envelope, St. Louis could keep him in the bullpen. If the Cards do intend to do this, Martinez would be a solid relief option for your fantasy team. With an above average fastball that hits 95-97 MPH and a quality slider, Martinez has lots of upside.
Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
With much hype going into last season, Salazar was seen to most as a sleeper last season. He ultimately struggled posting a 5.53 ERA in eight starts and being moved to the the bullpen. He will most likely be moved to a long reliever spot this season. If Salazar does indeed have a bounce back year, he will be a viable option for your staff.
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