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The Wheelhouse: Punting Batting Average

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

Ignoring a category is often a good strategy.

On multiple occasions, Iíve avoided paying for saves on draft day with the hope of getting a talented setup man on the brink of taking over the ninth inning, or thinking that I will win the FAAB lottery early in the year and address the category through the waiver wire. The problem with that approach is the loss of valuable resources if you end up spending one-third of your waiver-wire budget on a closer who is given the role soon after the season begins. Ideally, you end up a week or two ahead of the job change and spend 1-3% of the budget speculating on the next-in-line arm when a bullpen situation appears primed for a change.

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