Fantasy Baseball Closers-Drafting Dangerously for Saves

Drafting closers is a strategy most experienced players and experts avoid in fantasy baseball. Closers are a volatile group. Some of the best closers from previous years can struggle in the new season (yes, Heath Bell, we’re looking at you). At the same time, some closers can come from nowhere like Fernando Rodney who wasn’t supposed to even be a closer and now has nine saves.

Ladies and Getlemen, your MLB Saves leader-Chris Perez of the Cleveland Indians. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

The MLB leader in saves is Chris Perez from the Indians. He was available at the end of most drafts since the Indians were not supposed to be any good and he isn’t the cleanest closer in the Bigs. He’s gotten it done with an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.11 and only nine strikeouts.

Sometimes, big names deliver like Craig Kimbrel an Jonathan Papelbon have to this point. The problem with drafting closers is the unpredictability in the role. Brian Wilson, Heath Bell, and Jason Motte were all top closer picks who have not delivered due to injury, ineffectiveness, and lack of opportunities.

Check out the chart of closer carnage below:

Team Spring Training Opening Day Current Reason Saves
Orioles Open Jim Johnson Jim Johnson No Change 11
Braves Craig Kimbrel Craig Kimbrel Craig Kimbrel No Change 11
Rays Kyle Farnsworth Fernando Rodney Fernando Rodney Injury 11
Indians Chris Perez Chris Perez Chris Perez No Change 10
Dodgers Javy Guerra Javy Guerra Javy Guerra-?? Ineffective 10
A’s Open Grant Balfour Grant Balfour No Change 9
Rangers Joe Nathan Joe Nathan Joe Nathan No Change 9
Nationals Drew Storen Brad Lidge Henry Rodriguez Injury 9
Phillies Jonathan Papelbon Jonathan Papelbon Jonathan Papelbon No Change 9
Diamondbacks J.J. Putz J.J. Putz J.J. Putz No Change 8
Brewers John Axford John Axford John Axford No Change 7
Mariners Brandon League Brandon League Brandon League No Change 7
Astros Brett Myers Brett Myers Brett Myers No Change 7
Mets Frank Francisco Frank Francisco Frank Francisco No Change 7
Pirates Jack Hanrahan Jack Hanrahan Jack Hanrahan No Change 7
Giants Brian Wilson Brian Wilson Santiago Casilla Injury 7
Rockies Rafael Betancourt Rafael Betancourt Rafael Betancourt No Change 7
Red Sox Andrew Bailey Alfredo Aceves Alfredo Aceves Injury 6
White Sox Open Hector Santiago Chris Sale Ineffective 6
Royals Joakim Soria Jonathan Broxton Jonathan Broxton Injury 6
Twins Matt Capps Matt Capps Matt Capps No Change 5
Yankees Mariano Rivera Mariano Rivera David Robertson Injury 5
Reds Ryan Madson Sean Marshall Sean Marshall Injury 5
Tigers Jose Valverde Jose Valverde Jose Valverde-?? No Change 4
Blue Jays Sergio Santos Sergio Santos Francisco Cordero Injury 4
Cubs Carlos Marmol Carlos Marmol Rafael Dolis Ineffective 4
Cardinals Jason Motte Jason Motte Jason Motte No Change 4
Padres Huston Street Huston Street Committee Injury 4
Marlins Heath Bell Heath Bell Steve Cishek Ineffective 4
Angels Jordan Walden Jordan Walden Scott Downs Ineffective 3

Topics: Brian Wilson, Chris Perez, Closer Report, Closers, Craig Kimbrel, Fantasy Baseball Help, Fantasy Basebll, Relief Pitchers, Saves

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