Apr 19, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts against the New York Mets during the ninth inning at Citi Field. The Braves defeated the Mets 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Braves' Craig Kimbrel a cause for concern

As with any season, closers have become a flip of the coin already this fantasy baseball season. Some guys you invested decent draft picks in have already lost their jobs, while some could be out the door in the upcoming weeks.

Even the guys often viewed as automatic are making fantasy owners nervous and that includes the Atlanta Braves’ Craig Kimbrel.

Apr 23, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) celebrates beating the Miami Marlins at Turner Field. The Braves won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t very concerned about Kimbrel, who was likely at the top of the board when it came to closers on draft day.

After missing out on a closing opportunity due to a shoulder injury last week, Kimbrel had two shaky appearances in a row earlier this week.

In his first game back last Saturday, Kimbrel gave up three hits, hit a batter, allowed two runs, and walked another batter before getting pulled in favor of Jordan Walden.

Two days later he blew his first save by giving up an unearned run against the Miami Marlins.

Kimbrel keeps saying that he’s healthy but the eye test a different story.

He did look much better on Wednesday afternoon, notching down his sixth save of the season, but I would still be somewhat concerned if I owned Kimbrel.

Right now he is still my top closer on the board, but would feel better about that statement if he turns in a good solid string of consistent performances.

Situations like this demonstrate why I don’t value closers very high as you can always find saves during the season.

In the meantime, if you own Kimbrel, I would play it safe by handcuffing him with Walden or David Carpenter for the time being.

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