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Friday, January 22, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSER GRID: NL VERSION

We now take a look at the National League closers for 2016 fantasy baseball as we continue to bring the new season into focus. 

New York Mets-Jeurys Familia:  Familia was dominant in his first season as the New York Mets closer in 2015 and in actuality he performed like a rock solid top five guy among this always volatile group. 

Atlanta Braves-Arodys Vizcaino:  Jason Grilli could be a factor again but the much younger hard-throwing Vizcaino is a better bet.  Decent late round sleeper closer pick.

Miami Marlins-A.J. Ramos:  Ramos has a very good strikeout rate and locked down 30 saves last season in repalcing Steve Cishek as the Miami closer.  Walks a bit too many guys but Ramos is the firm ninth inning option for the team with little competition to threaten him. 

Philadelphia Phillies-Hector Neris/David Hernandez:  Your guess is as good as mind as far as who the Phillies will turn to at closer after moving Ken Giles.  They could go youth with Neris who was decent in 2015 or turn to veteran David Hernandez who has had an ERA over 4.00 the last two years and is no longer the fireballer he once was. 

Washington Nationals-Jonathan Papelbon:  The veteran Papelbon is still getting it done as he has been as good as any closer in the game the last two years after it looked like he was on the fast track to retirement. 

Pittsburgh Pirates-Mark Melancon:  Almost lost the role in April last season before performing statistically as the best closer in baseball the last five months.  The velocity is leaking a bit which is somewhat concerning and could be why the Pirates peddled him during he offseason.

St. Louis Cardinals-Trevor Rosenthal:  Massive velocity here and Rosenthal looked so much more comfortable his second season closing games for the Cardinals last season.  Walks somewhat an issue but Rosenthal looks like a top five closer to us. 

Milwaukee Brewers-Wil Smith:  With Francisco Rodriguez shipped off to Detroit, lefty high-strikeout setup man Wil Smith should be next in line.  Smith looks like the very best closer value play based on his potential. 

Chicago Cubs-Hector Rondon:  For some reason Joe Maddon played around with Rondon last season but his numbers were excellent most of the year.  Seems safe now as the Cubs' closer for 2016 but with Joe Maddon you never know. 

Cincinnati Reds-J.J. Hoover:  With Aroldis Chapman now in New York with the Yankees, young and hard-throwing J.J. Hoover is ready to ascend to the closer spot for the team.  Looks capable but you never know with these things. 

Los Angeles Dodgers-Kenley Jansen:  Gets a new leash on closing life after the Dodgers pulled out of the Aroldis Chapman trade talks.  As good as anyone in the game but health woes continue to undermine him.

San Diego Padres-Kevin Quackenbush:  Quackenbush is another sleeper closer who has the makeup and stuff to succeed there but it comes down to his mental makeup. 

San Francisco Giants-Santiago Casilla:  You never feel totally comfortable with Casilla as your closer but for now he is the guy.  Strap yourself in however. 

Colorado Rockies-Jason Motte:  The veteran Motte should havet he inside track to the closer role for the Rockies who were disgraceful there last season.  Motte has lost more then a little velocity since TJ surgery and the ballpark remains scary.  Draft as one of the last closers off the board.

Arizona Diamondbacks-Brad Ziegler:  The suubmarine thrower doesn't measure up in the strikeout department but his numbers have been stellar since becoming a regular. 

 

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