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Jim Johnson (RP)

Atlanta Braves - 15% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Jim Johnson continued his improved play, tossing a scoreless eighth inning and recording two strikeouts en route to a Braves win on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson has pitched better than Braves closer Jason Grilli in 2015 (who allowed a two baserunners but no runs in his inning yesterday), but until Grilli piles up a few blown saves in a row, seems to be safe in his role. Still, Johnson is providing plenty of fantasy value in leagues which count holds (he has 12 already), and could find himself as a closer around the trade deadline, whether it's for the Braves or another team.


Coach Fredi Gonzalez indicated that he chose to give Grilli another day of recovery when asked why Jim Johnson came on in the ninth to notch his second save of the season. He had 13 pitches in the inning and eight were for strikes. He recorded one strikeout and allowed one hit.

Fantasy Impact: It'll be back to normal tomorrow, with Grilli handling the closing duties and Johnson the set-up duties. Johnson owners are thrilled he did well tonight and know their guy is capable of stepping up when needed.


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Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless eighth inning Tuesday night, recording one strikeout and no hits or walks. It was Johnson's seventh hold of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Normally this would not be news-worthy, but what happened in the ninth makes it so. With a two-run lead in the ninth, Jason Grilli allowed two base runners before facing ex-Brave Dan Uggla, who hit a towering shot to take the lead. It was only Grilli's first blown save of 2015 - but the Braves bullpen has a chance to be a volatile place without Craig Kimbrel holding down the fort. Keep an eye on this situation.


He continues to struggle. Tonight, he pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed two hits, one run, and three walks. There were no strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: He has shown brief flashes of the old Jim Johnson, but these struggles have now spanned a long period and it's obvious he has no fantasy value unless he does an absolute turnaround.


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He pitched the eighth and allowed two runs on three hits, one of which was a homer to Jose Bautista. Johnson has struggled in his last two appearances, and carries a .491 ERA into tomorrow.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson should not be owned until he has regained his status as a consistent pitcher. Remember, this is a reclamation project, so don't expect much.


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It took 16 pitches to get through the ninth inning, but 11 of those were strikes, and he held the Mets scoreless in the final frame. A few of his pitches were a little wild but it is good that Johnson is working to recover from a disappointing 2014.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson will serve mostly in the setup role for Jason Grilli this year. He and the Braves had to be encouraged by the results tonight. He is only useful in leagues that reward Holds for now.


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The entire Braves bullpen, Avilan, Johnson, and Grilli pitched very well and were instrumental in today's victory. Johnson had 18 pitches, 10 for strikes while striking out one in 1.1 innings today. He has settled into his setup role quickly and in excellent fashion.

Fantasy Impact: Johnson still needs to prove himself a bit before you pick him up but keep an eye on him if you need Holds. He is still working through issues and trying to rekindle those days of nastiness.


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The Braves named Jim Johnson as their setup man today, one day after Craig Kimbrel was sent to San Diego. Johnson has sputtered a bit after finding some semblance of success in Baltimore during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Johnson is still trying to find his rhythm and should be left on the waiver wire until he proves he can consistently produce quality results. He is only 31, and the Braves are hoping he finds his groove pretty quickly. He will also serve as closer when Jason Grilli is not available.