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Jason Grilli (RP)

Atlanta Braves - 80% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless ninth in a tight game on Sunday, recording his thirteenth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Although he allowed a walk in the ninth, Grilli also struck out the side en route to his thirteenth save. If he continues to have save opportunities and come through as he did on Sunday afternoon, he will remain a very valuable reliever option throughout the season.


Jason Grilli pitched a clean ninth Friday night versus the Marlins, allowing only one run.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli owners can take a deep breath until his next outing. After some injury concern and a few poor outings, Grilli showed he can easily get through a save opportunity. Continue to use him, but watch the quality of his innings.


Jason Grilli came in to protect a tie game in Cincinnati on Tuesday, surrendering the winning run on two hits while only recording one out.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli was shaky in his last outing on May 6th, and has missed some time of late due to back spasms. He's not at his best right now, and Jim Johnson, Atlanta's set up man, has pitched well of late. The closer situation in Atlanta is worth keeping an eye on.


Great news for the Braves and their fans. Grilli has no known limitations and will be used tonight in a save situation. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: I'm pretty sure that more than a few fantasy owners breathed a sigh of relief when hearing that all is well. He is still the best pickup of the year, hands down, at least so far.


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Jason Grilli is dealing with back spasms and is listed day-to-day. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seems like a couple of days rest and he'll be back. Jim Johnson should handle the work in his absence.


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Get this: He had Uggla at an 0-2 count and then Uggla, yes Dan Uggla, whom the Braves are still paying, hits a three-run bomb to take the lead in the ninth. Grilli will have these moments this year but hopefully he will retain his composure and return to peak form tomorrow. He allowed three hits, a walk, and a home run as the Nats went on to win 13-12.

Fantasy Impact: The magic was not to be tonight but owners should not fret. His job is very secure at the moment and there is no need to look elsewhere for a closer. He should be fine.


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He is 7-for-7 in saves and at 38, doing fine, thanks. He has stepped into the vacancy created in the Kimbrel trade and not skipped a beat. He carries a 1.59 ERA and 11/2 K/BB into the rubber match with the Phils tomorrow afternoon.

Fantasy Impact: Those who were paying attention recently were able to grab Grilli off the waiver wire and are glad they did. They own one of the best closers in the game this year. A pleasant surprise for all.


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This guy has Braves fans asking Craig who? In reference to the Kimbrel trade with San Diego earlier this year. Grilli mowed them down in 1-2-3 fashion to notch his sixth save in six attempts. He recorded two strikeouts in the appearance. He carries a nifty 1.80 ERA and has a 10/2 K/BB ratio in six innings work.

Fantasy Impact: Those who picked him up earlier are surely ecstatic over their decision. Grilli is proving all the doubters wrong each time he pitches and there is nothing to suggest the success won't continue.


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He slammed the door on the Blue Jays by retiring all three batters in a row in the -ninth inning, recording one strikeout. He is now 5-for-5 in save chances on the young season, carrying a 1.80 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP so far.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is proving to be quite the closer and probably leads fantasy baseball with the waiver wire pickup of the year so far.


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He made this one interesting, allowing a lead-off double to Martin Prado in the ninth inning as well as another hit and a walk. He ended up allowing one run, but recorded three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli has proven he has some left in the tank. Many have scooped him up but if available in your league, might as well ride the hot hand.


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He walked one but then got the next three out. Grilli is perfect thus far this season in save attempts and it seems he is fitting in nicely with his new role as closer.

Fantasy Impact: Those who jumped on Grilli and picked him up might have found the bargain of the year. If he is available in your league, pick him up.


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Grilli has been flawless in two save appearances thus far. He's earned a 0.00 ERA and a 0.00 WHIP, while recording three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli is owned in about 65% of leagues. Give him consideration if your still in need of saves.


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He was just named the closer today, after the trade with San Diego yesterday sent Craig Kimbrel to the Padres. He struck out Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Morse, and then Martin Prado lined out to earn the save.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli still has some gas in the tank, but should he falter, Jim Johnson will step in. Grilli, 38, is certainly a fantasy add now if some had doubts about his ability. Although he regressed last year, he had a good spring and should be set to carry the load this year.


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Grilli will assume the duties vacated by the departed Craig Kimbrel in Sunday's blockbuster trade with San Diego. His last productive year was in 2013 with the Pirates, when he had 33 saves. Grilli is 38 years old but he pitched well this spring, with a 2.25 ERA along with a 0.75 WHIP over eight innings. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He has value in most fantasy formats simply because he will get you saves this year. While certainly not elite he can be added if still available. Jim Johnson will serve as the setup man for holds. The downside is saves and holds will be somewhat limited for the Braves this season.


Braves reportedly trade RP Kimbrel, OF Upton to Padres for OFs Maybin, Quentin and draft pick. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: With Kimbrel out of the picture, Grilli will likely become the closer of the Braves. Even with the Braves possibly struggling this season, if he's available on waivers, put in your claim now.


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Both have had good springs which provides some relief to skipper Fredi Gonzalez. Grilli has a 3.00 ERA with a .83 WHIP, along with seven strikeouts and no walks while Johnson has a 1.69 ERA along with a 1.61 WHIP, along with one strikeout and two walks.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves will struggle to get to .500 this year and that limits the fantasy value of either player. That and some sort platoon in the role further restricts any upside. However, both will score holds for those insistent on rostering one or both.


Atlanta Braves reliever Jason Grilli has thrown 5 innings this Spring and has a 1.80 ERA, allowing only 1 run on 3 hits while striking out 5.

Fantasy Impact: Grilli should serve as Craig Kimbrel's primary setup man but will likely have very little fantasy value unless Kimbrel is injured. Grilli finished 2014 with an even 4.00 ERA and 57 Ks in 54 innings. He may hold some value in leagues that count holds, but you can likely find a better option on a team that will win more games.


Grilli will get a 2-yr deal with a club option for a third. He got better down the stretch for the Halos, ending the year with a 4.00 ERA with 57 strikeouts over 54 innings for the year. After being traded by the Pirates to the Angels. he had a 2.12 ERA, 29 Ks and 7 BBs in his first 34 games in Anaheim. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He will be a setup guy for closer Craig Kimbrel. Grilli essentially replaces Jordan Walden, who went over to the Cards with Jason Heyward in a previous trade. His fantasy value will be limited to those leagues where holds are valued.