We are on the last of our ten part series of available players than can help you chase specific categories in roto or H2H category leagues.
I will give you three players each for standard, moderate, and deep leagues. Standard league players will be available in 10-50 percent of leagues. Moderate league players will be available in 50-90 percent of leagues. The deep leagues will focus on players owned in ten percent of leagues or less.
This column will focus on pitchers that can help you in saves. This will be a little more difficult since most closers are owned in all leagues already. We will have to dig a little deeper and find the guynry s who could step in at a moment’s notice.
Keep in mind that John Axford, Jim Johnson, Jim Henderson, and Matt Lindstrom have already lost their closer jobs. It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that a few more closers could be supplanted by season’s end.
LaTroy Hawkins, Rockies: Hawkins is an anomaly among closers. He has allowed more runs (8) than batters he has struck out (7). Given the struggles of Rex Brothers lately, Hawkins still seems to have a long leash. That said, Adam Ottavino has been dominant out of the Rockies’ pen, and could see chances considering his high strikeout totals (22 in 21.1 innings).
Grant Balfour, Rays Yes, he is still the closer. And as long as he is, he should probably still be owned. The ERA (5.49) and WHIP (1.58) suggest that as soon as a suitable option emerges in the Rays’ bullpen, Ballfour will be walked out of the closer role. Until then, he is the only guy on the team who can get you saves though!
Mark Melancon, Pirates: Melancon was outstanding while incumbent Jason Grilli was out. So much so that Melancon has saved two of the three games since Grilli came off of the disabled list! The Pirates may use a closer-by-committee approach. If they do, both of them should be owned. Melancon has the better peripheral numbers of the two as well.