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Yep.  At 13 weeks into the 2017 season, we need to start thinking about playoffs.  Hopefully, you have put together a plan that is taking you to the playoffs in all of your leagues.  In a year where the letters DL have meant more to owners than ever, taking all of your teams to the playoffs is that much more impressive.  I am happy to say I only have one team right now where I am a couple of weeks away from beginning to play for next year.  That said, from here on out in the ODC, you will hear fewer household names as I am hoping to provide names that will contribute in the stretch run in various categories for you redrafters.  Expect to see more Double – A names, and guys who will be helpful next year, and in dynasty formats.  This week we spotlight Cardinals 1B Luke Voit, and Reds righty Sal Romano.

LUKE VOIT

I am cheating on this one a little bit.  Yes, I know he made his debut already, and yes I know the guy who plays first base in St. Louis is pretty good, but Voit’s minor league numbers cannot be ignored.  The converted catcher was probably rooting for a Matt Adams trade out of St. Louis harder than anyone.  Once it happened, it seemed a matter of time before he was up with the big club.  In Triple –A this season, his line reads .322/.406/.561 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI.  Add in a BABIP of .363, and an ISO of .239, and it is clear the power is there.  The main knock on his offensive game is much like the guy that was sent out of town to Atlanta: the strikeouts.  Even though his K% of 17.4% is down from his days in Single – A, where it hovered around 20%, it still needs to come down to make an impact at the Big League level. Overall, what hurts Voit’s chances of playing time the most is his defense.  His lack of skills limits him to first base, so we will not be seeing him get any time at third or outfield to get his bat in the lineup.  Much like fellow Cards prospect Carson Kelly, Voit would benefit greatly from a trade himself.  At this point, he is an add in deeper leagues and dynasty formats.  Leave him for now, in yearly as him playing time will have him as a part timer at this point. 

SAL ROMANO

Ok, so I’m cheating twice in a row this week.  Romano has made one start this season, and looked awful.  Is there anyone who has looked good in the open tryout that is the Reds’ rotation?  The first thing that stands out is the size, 6’5” 270 pounds.  Getting that size behind his fastball pushes it into the high 90’s consistently.  He adds in a curveball that can get batters out, along with a changeup that trails behind the other two pitches.  In Triple – A this season, Romano has a 3.23 ERA, a 1.23 WHIP, a 27/13 K/BB ratio, all in 39 innings.  Romano is known for being a ground ball pitcher, as evidenced by his one home run allowed on the season and his ground ball rate of 45.9%.  His K/9 is down roughly 2 strikeouts per nine innings from his career high in Double –A in 2016.  It benefits him that Cincy’s rotation is such a train wreck, as the only thing holding him back is himself.  Romano figures to see the Bigs again at some point in 2017.  He remains a possible dynasty add, and a possible streamer in deeper leagues upon his call up.  Everywhere else he is a wait and see guy depending upon how he looks in his next start, just do not look for strikeouts.  As we know, it is guys like this that can make all the difference down the stretch. 

Bob Lung gives you some of the “secret” undervalued players from his 2017 Fantasy Football Consistency Guide! Follow him on Twitter @bob_lung

Every year as Fantasy owners head into their drafts, they are always looking for the “sleepers” or undervalued players. The Clutch Games system identifies undervalued players that most systems can’t. These are the players who are consistent week after week but don’t normally have huge games. These players slip down and can be drafted at great value.

I will identify those picks who are undervalued based on their current ADP’s. This way if you want to pick a player early, you can and still get good value based on what round you draft them. Or you can wait until the middle or late rounds and get great value just as easily. It’s your call!

Let’s take a look at the wide receivers.

Jarvis Landry

I believe Jarvis Landry gets less respect than Rodney Dangerfield! Only three receivers have earned 25 or more Clutch Games the last two seasons. Landry, Antonio Brown and Larry Fitzgerald! And yet, Landry is once again sitting around the ADP mark of WR19/pick 35. And once again, he will be on my Fantasy teams in 2017 and he should be on your teams as well!

Larry Fitzgerald

Since I mentioned Fitzgerald’s awesome consistency numbers above, let’s talk about the lack of respect for this guy! Fitzgerald ranked ninth in total points last season and was all alone in second place in consistency with an 81% Clutch Rate. Yes, I realize he’s getting older, as is his quarterback, but Fitzgerald’s current ADP is WR32/pick 72. I can only hope that I can draft Landry as my WR2 and Fitz as my WR3!

Tyreek Hill

Only four receivers earned six straight Clutch Games over the last six games of 2016. Jordy Nelson, Julian Edelman, Golden Tate, and Tyreek Hill. This guy is lightning every time he touches the ball and the Chiefs were smart enough to feed him often. There’s no reason to believe that won’t continue in 2017. Hill’s current ADP is WR26/pick 55. Not horribly bad, when you realize that Hill ended last season ranked 22nd in total points and tied for 22nd in consistency. Not bad, right? Except he didn’t get more than five rushing attempts or targets in a game until after Week Seven! So, most of those total points and consistency came in only nine games.

Michael Crabtree

Crabtree was in the article last season and he’s back again! He ended the year ranked 12th in total points and tied for 13th in consistency with a 69% Clutch Rating for the second straight season. He outscored and was more consistent than Amari Cooper! Yet, Crabtree’s current ADP is WR21/pick 45, while Cooper’s is WR9/pick16. Crabtree’s certainly worth drafting as your WR2 or WR3 who could earn you WR1 or WR2 in points and consistency.

There are certainly other undervalued wide receivers in this years draft, but these are some of my favorite picks. Don’t forget to read the profiles for those wide receivers who are undervalued and overvalued. These players can make or break your Fantasy season, so be aware as you head into draft day!

 

 

Colby Conway updates his Closer Ranking & Bullpen Reports every week only at BGFS. Follow him on Twitter @ColbyRConway.

Another week, another closer report. Continue to give your fantasy team proper attention and try to figure out the most fickle position in fantasy baseball. Perhaps, even in all fantasy sports. Anyways, happy reading and best of luck to your fantasy teams.

Additionally, Bob Lung’s 2017 Fantasy Football Consistency Guide is available for your viewing pleasure. Check it out here (http://www.bigguyfantasysports.com/index.php/subscriptions/2017-plans/subscription-plans) and use my exclusive discount code TEXANS when purchasing!

CLOSER REPORT

RANKING CLOSER TEAM NEXT MAN UP JOB SECURITY
1 Craig Kimbrel Red Sox Matt Barnes HIGH
2 Kenley Jansen Dodgers Pedro Baez/Sergio Romo HIGH
3 Aroldis Chapman Yankees Dellin Betances HIGH
4 Greg Holland Rockies Adam Ottavino HIGH
5 Wade Davis Cubs Hector Rondon/Carl Edwards, Jr. HIGH
6 Corey Knebel Brewers Carlos Torres/Neftali Feliz HIGH
7 Cody Allen Indians Andrew Miller HIGH
8 Mark Melancon Giants Derek Law/Hunter Strickland HIGH
9 Roberto Osuna Blue Jays Jason Grilli HIGH
10 Alex Colome Rays Danny Farquhar HIGH
11 David Robertson White Sox Tommy Kahnle MEDIUM-HIGH
12 Raisel Iglesias Reds Michael Lorenzen/Drew Storen MEDIUM-HIGH
13 Justin Wilson Tigers Alex Wilson MEDIUM-HIGH
14 Seung-Hwan Oh Cardinals Kevin Siegrist/Trevor Rosenthal HIGH
15 Addison Reed Mets Fernando Salas HIGH
16 A.J. Ramos Marlins Brad Ziegler/Kyle Barraclough MEDIUM-HIGH
17 Felipe Rivero Pirates Tony Watson/Juan Nicasio MEDIUM-LOW
18 Edwin Diaz Mariners James Pazos/Nick Vincent MEDIUM
19 Brad Brach Orioles Darren O’Day MEDIUM
20 Cam Bedrosian Angels Huston Street MEDIUM
21 Ken Giles Astros Will Harris/Luke Gregerson MEDIUM-HIGH
22 Kelvin Herrera Royals Joakim Soria MEDIUM-HIGH
23 Matt Albers Nationals Enny Romero/Blake Treinen JOB BATTLE
24 Brandon Kintzler Twins Matt Belisle MEDIUM-HIGH
25 Brandon Maurer Padres Brad Hand LOW
26 Pat Neshek Phillies Joaquin Benoit/Hector Neris LOW
27 Fernando Rodney Diamondbacks J.J. Hoover MEDIUM-LOW
28 Matt Bush Rangers Jeremy Jeffress/Keone Kela LOW
29 Santiago Casilla Athletics Ryan Madson LOW
30 Jim Johnson Braves Arodys Vizcaino LOW

RANKINGS REVIEW

There were no huge jumps this week, but Milwaukee’s Corey Knebel is just one spot out of the top five. Cam Bedrosian’s return to the closing role bumps him up a few sports, and Pittsburgh’s Felipe Rivero is pushing for a top-10 spot after this week. Other than that, not much to report with the rankings this week.

GENERAL BULLPEN NEWS/FUN FACTS

Corey Knebel has struck out 48.5 percent of right-handed batters he faced this season (League Avg: 24.1%).

Opponents have a chase percentage of 63.5 percent against Felipe Rivero with two strikes this season (League Avg: 41.7%).

Left-handed batters are hitting .104 against Greg Holland since the start of 2016 (League Avg: .245)

Opponents have a miss rate of just 9.6 percent against Brandon Kintzler with two strikes this season (League Avg: 25.8%).

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