Electric southpaw Josh Hader has been arguably the biggest story among fantasy baseball relief pitchers this season. Hader entered 2022 as first relief pitcher off the board in most leagues roto and points, and for good reason. Hader saved 34 games with a 1.23 ERA in 2021, with a 2.26 career ERA, a 44.0% strikeout percentage and three seasons with over 100 strikeouts. However, fast forward to September and Hader is not among the leaders in any way. Sportzshala Player Rating or in scoring formats.
Hader, who didn’t allow his first run of the season until June, suddenly began to allow many of them. At first, fantasy managers paid little attention to this. Hader was then hammered in six of his outings on July 11, and then everyone took notice, of course, when the Milwaukee Brewers sent him to the San Diego Padres for their closer and package of prospects. Experts praised the Padre. Hader then lost a closer role to them and the fantasy managers began dumping his stock. Hader then regained his position.
What should a fantasy manager do with him in 2023? Well, there is no right answer here.