If you read my player profile on Mark Melancon , you’ll likely know my thoughts on the back end of the Atlanta bullpen before getting into the weeds here. However, keep reading, because there are some helpful nuggets. At the very beginning of the season, there is a clear hierarchy in the back end of the Braves’ pen. Melancon will open the year as the closer, and I’m steadfast in my thoughts on that, but Smith is the clear-cut set up man. Now, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t value to be had with Smith, especially if your league values holds. Furthermore, should Melancon slip, Smith is the next man up. Keep that in mind.

Smith went 6-0 with 34 saves last year, and was really, really good for the Giants. He posted a sub-3.00 ERA for the third time in the past four years, and last year’s 37.4 percent strikeout rate was the highest of his career by nearly three percentage points! After posting a walk rate above nine percent each year from 2014-2016, he’s been below 8.5 percent in...