There’s a reason most fantasy baseball managers put relief pitching at the bottom of their pre-draft to-do list; the position is extremely volatile. One injury, one trade, or one particularly bad stretch can render a top fantasy producer nearly irrelevant. Even if that player breaks out of his slump in a big way, that might mean his value is still shot if his ninth inning duties aren’t restored. People in holds leagues don’t see this drastic swing in player value quite as much, but overall there’s no other position in fantasy quite like relief pitching.
Here are five of 2012′s biggest surprises in the bullpen.
Fernando Rodney allows 5 ER all season
Rodney broke into the Majors back in 2002. His 2012 season makes no sense in the context of the rest of his 11-year career:
His best ERA in the five years prior to 2012 was 4.24.
His 2012 BB/9 was 1.81, but his previous career-best was 3.48.
In the four years prior, his best BB/9 was 4.63.
His 2012 WHIP was 0.78, but his previous career...