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Fantasy baseball: Which relievers are the MVPs and LVPs of 2022?

Things got ugly in 2022 for Josh Hader after he was traded to the San Diego Padres. AP

Electric left-hander Josh Hader was arguably the biggest story among relief pitchers in fantasy baseball this season. Hader entered 2022 as the 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 100-plus strikeouts. Fast forward to September, however, and Hader is not among the leaders either on the ESPN Player Rater or in points formats.

Hader, who didn't permit his first run of the season until June, suddenly started allowing a lot of them. At first, fantasy managers gave it little attention. Then Hader was scored upon in six of his 11 July outings and then everyone certainly noticed when the Milwaukee Brewers sent him to the San Diego Padres for their closer and a package of prospects. Pundits praised the Padres. Then Hader lost the closer role for them, and fantasy managers started dumping his shares. Then Hader re-established himself.

What should a fantasy manager do with him in 2023? Well, there is no right answer here.