Nine for now

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Nine For Now

Most fantasy owners have a tendency to overlook middle relievers, holding the belief that they won't produce enough strikeouts, wins or saves to make keeping them on your roster worthwhile. However, even with the resurgence of starting pitching around the big leagues, quality relievers still have a substantial place on teams both real and fantasy. Some of the players below are closers in waiting and some of them are in the twilight of their careers, but what they all have in common is that they will all help your chances of winning, providing much more reliability than many of the starting pitchers who you're currently employing.

Note: Last week's column on biggest comebacks among offensive players contained one major oversight that I'd like to correct this week. Braves first baseman Troy Glaus should have been on the list. Having played just 14 games for the Cardinals last season, Glaus ranks second in the NL in runs batted in with 55, one behind fellow comebacker David Wright, and tied with another, Corey Hart. He certainly deserved mention.

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