2016 Starters With Relief Eligibility - Relievers, Starting Pitchers

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2016 Starters With Relief Eligibility

Aaron SanchezAlthough we focus our attention on daily fantasy baseball and sites like FanDuel and DraftKings we are aware of the fact that there are still die hard season long fantasy players that will get a league together at Yahoo and do a year long draft.

Every year we breakdown for you guys a Yahoo strategy that many already know but some are still not aware of – Focussing on Starters with Relief Eligibility. This is a strategy that works and can help you win your fantasy baseball league at Yahoo or other season long sites.

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In Yahoo you usually set a lineup with 5 starters (SP) and 4 relief pitchers (RP) but because some pitches played both roles last year you will see them listed in Yahoo as both SP and RP.

This multi positional status is a great exploit because as a fantasy player you can focus your draft on either stacking your RP position with a bunch of eligible starters which could raise your WINS stats and possibly other stats depending on player’s performance. Some will focus on putting more RP into their starter positions and sacrifice Wins for better K/9, ERA or WHIP because many relief pitchers can pump those numbers up in limited innings.

Regardless, if you are going to continue the dinosaur approach to fantasy baseball and continue to play at Yahoo for season long we have listed below a bunch of pitchers that will be starters with relief eligibility in 2016 and some that could be based on how Yahoo sets them up. You could also try out daily fantasy games at Yahoo for baseball and challenge your friends although we highly recommend you play at one of the two top daily fantasy baseball sites DraftKings or FanDuel.

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Here is our list of 2016 Starters with Relief Eligibility:

Toronto Blue JaysAaron Sanchez

Watch how the spring unfolds as it seems likely that Sanchez will be a starter in 2016 but the Jays could reverse roles and stick him back in the bullpen.

Cincinnati RedsBrandon Finnegan

Looked good as a starter last year and with a weak team will get a good look this spring to be a rotation guy. Will probably not get many wins given how bad the Reds will be in 2016 but could be a cheap option on Draft Day.

Philadelphia PhilliesVincent Velasquez

Looks to have the inside track on the 5th spot in the Phillies rotation. Pitched OK last year for Houston but will probably get a bump pitching in National League parks.

Trevor May

You’ll have to watch how 2016 Spring Training unfolds as he is right now 50/50 as to whether or not he gets to be a starter. His K/9 numbers are great so he is still a good RP pitcher to have in your lineup and a bonus if he ends up as a starter.

Washington NationalsTanner Roark

Is right now penciled in as the 5th starter for the Nationals. He may not be the strongest option but he does have the dual eligibility.

Houston AstrosDoug Fister

Was signed in the offseason by Houston and by all accounts is projected to be the #4 starter for the Astros. Look at in a deep fantasy baseball league but isn’t worth the risk in a small pool.

Other Pitchers to Consider

Chicago CubsAdam Warren

Will probably be stuck in the bullpen so will not be of value but keep an eye on him if he ends up getting into the rotation.

Pittsburgh PiratesTyler Glasnow

The rookie will be looked at making the Pirates for 2016. He would most likely be in the bullpen if he does make the team but could be given a shot to start too. He is a great risky pick in a big fantasy baseball league but in a small pool you won’t need him as an option.

San Diego PadresDrew Pomeranz

Will most likely be a bullpen guy that could make a few spot starts. He does pitch now in San Diego which makes him a valuable pitcher if he ends up starting.

Minnesota TwinsJose Berrios

Not sure yet how he qualifies as there is no guarantee that Berrios even makes the team out of spring but the Twins will bring him up at some point.

Tampa Bay RaysBlake Snell

Snell will likely open the season at Triple-A but could get a called up after serving his minimum 20 days in the minor leagues.


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