I realize that over the last couple of months I have largely neglected non-standard scoring leagues. I have covered 5×5 and points leagues, but not 10×10 leagues. So that is what we will cover for the next week. The players who have hidden value in 10×10 leagues because of doubles, triples, holds, etc. The things that don’t stand out in a standard league.
The standard 10×10 categories are hits, runs, average, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, walks, steals, and OPS. For pitchers it is wins, losses, ERA, WHIP, saves, holds, strikeouts, quality starts, K/9 and complete games.
We will go position by position and find the hidden gems in 10×10 leagues.
This piece will focus on the relief pitchers. As you all know, anyone who picks up saves is owned nearly everywhere. This will mostly focus on holds guys and excellent K/9 ratios.
Tony Watson, Pirates: Holds? Check. He leads the majors with 22. High K/9 ratio? Check. He has racked up 49 strikeouts in 40.2 innings pitched. Add that to his outstanding 0.89 ERA and 0.96 WHIP, and you have a guy that can help in all formats. But that makes him outstanding in a 10×10 format.
Joaquin Benoit, Padres: Benoit has a good K/9 ratio (10.06), a good ERA (1.23), and an outstanding WHIP (0.68). Add to that the fact that Huston Street is on the trade block, and Benoit is an intriguing pickup. Benoit would likely be first in line for saves if and when Street is moved.
Wade Davis, Royals: Davis has struck out a whopping 58 batters in 36.2 innings pitched. A 1.23 ERA and 0.85 WHIP to go with his 16 holds make him a superb option in 10×10 leagues.
Dellin Betances, Yankees: Betances is racking up the K’s as well. He has 78 in 50.1 innings. He is piling up so many strikeouts that he is a good add in standard leagues to help boost your total as well. The 1.61 ERA and 0.75 WHIP make him a low-risk proposition.
David Robertson, Yankees: So who has the highest strikeout rate among closers? Craig Kimbrel? Nope, not this year. Kimbrel is third. Aroldis Chapman, perhaps? If he could keep himself on the field maybe. It is Mariano Rivera‘s replacement that leads the way. He has 56 strikeouts in 30.2 innings to go with his 21 saves. The ERA is a tad high at 2.93, but Robertson is proving that he can handle the job.
Craig Kimbrel, Braves: If you want more bang for your buck, Kimbrel is still the one to own. He is tied with Francisco Rodriguez for the major league lead in saves, but his K/9 ratio is more than 5 higher than K-Rod. He seems to have made it past the rough stretch, so all of you that took him are now getting what you paid for. As for those looking to acquire him, good luck!
Greg Holland, Royals: Holland continues to fly under the radar despite making his second straight All Star team. He has the numbers to back it up. 50 Ks in 32.2 innings, a 1.93 ERA, and a 13.78 K/9 make him a good target if you are willing to pay for saves. He will be much cheaper than Kimbrel.