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Last season, Wade Davis truly burst upon the scene, posting a 9-2 record with a 1.00 ERA and a 0.847 WHiP, striking out 109 batters in 72 innings. In fact, he may have been in the top five relievers in all of baseball last year, becoming the rare setup man to earn Cy Young votes. He was arguably the top setup man in baseball, and a major piece of the Kansas City Royals successful mark through 2014.
While setup men typically do not get a lot of love in fantasy baseball, Davis is certainly worth a look. He has been excellent in the two seasons he has been in the bullpen and truly came into his own last year. While regression is likely, Davis had a FIP of 1.19 last year, so his performance this season may not be much different.
While he would not get saves, Davis could counter that by being a cheap source of wins. He would also be a tremendous boost to ERA, WHiP and strikeouts, and should be considered around the middle tier of closers. However, as he will not get saves unless something happens to Holland, Davis is considered to be further down the list.
Yet, would you rather have someone that can help in three categories, or a possible dumpster fire of a closer like Joe Nathan? Are the saves truly worth it? While someone else chases saves, enjoy the excellent pitching from Wade Davis.
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