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Friday, January 24, 2014

FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSERS I LIKE/HATE MORE THAN YOU

Just the closers and starting pitchers left when it comes to 2014 fantasy baseball players I like/hate more than you.  Let's see where those who man the ninth inning currently stand.

CLOSERS I LIKE MORE THAN YOU

Bobby Parnell:  Parnell performed very well in his first full season as a closer in 2013 in pitching to a 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.  Despite having a 100-mph fastball, Parnell is not a huge strikeout guy but he surely did a terrific job last season.  The fact Parnell is coming back from neck surgery is a worry but both he and the team say he will be ready to go for Opening Day.  Cheap and effective saves.  Sounds great to me.

Grant Balfour:  Two years running now I have boosted for Balfour and both seasons he ended up as one of my closers.  He is likely going to be a nice buy once again as many will steer clear after the while physical exam stuff that got his deal nixed with the Baltimore Orioles.  The Rays didn't care what was found and Balfour will close for the team who plays more close games than anyone in the league. 

Jim Henderson:  Henderson struck out 75 guys in only 60 innings last season which is insanely good to go with a 2.70 ERA.  However his draft price will be cheaper than it should since he only netted 28 saves due to injury and Francisco Rodriguez serving a stint as closer.  I always say to target closers who are cheap and who have average a K/IP.  Here you go.

Jesse Crain:  Signed with Houston late and has inside track to the closer job.  A Henderson clone in that he too puts up crazy K rates and nice ERA's.  A bad team for sure but saves are still going to be there no matter how rough the Astros are.

CLOSERS I HATE MORE THAN YOU

Craig Kimbrel/Aroldis Chapman/Greg Holland/Jonathan Papelbon, Koji Uehara/ Kenley Jansen:  I put all of these guys together because they will all likely be the first closers off the board in drafts.  None of them will be on any of my rosters right after the draft as I refuse to pick a closer in the early rounds or even in the early middle rounds.  Waste of a pick for a stock that will help you in only one category. 

Trevor Rosenthal:  Love the makeup when it comes to this fireballing kid but the hype will be in overdrive and thus he will fall out of my price range.

Be sure to let us know who you like or hate more than me.  Post below.

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