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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: THE CHAOS OF CLOSERS

As a standard principle of this site, the idea of not drafting closers until very late in your draft each season has become a tried-and-true practice.  Already serving as just a one-category specialist, the insane amount of turnover at closer makes investing in even the high-priced ones very dicey.  Just two months into the 2017 fantasy baseball season, we have seen insane chaos once again; starting right at the top as two of our top three preseason closers are injured (Aroldis Chapman and Zach Britton) and a slew of others have since lost their jobs once we posted our final closer rankings at the end of March.  With that said, lets revisit those rankings and see who currently is still standing.

1.  Aroldis Chapman:  Injured.  
2.  Kenley Jansen:  Has been excellent.
3.  Zach Britton:  Injured.
4.  Seung Hwan Oh:  So far has not lived up to 2016 breakout.
5.  Mark Melancon:  Had an earlier DL stint but overall decent.
6.  Craig Kimbrel:  As dominant as any closer in the game this season,  K Rate back to Atlanta heyday.
7.  Alex Colome:  Steady but trade could be imminent.
8.  Edwin Diaz:  Already relieved of job once and like Oh, has been shaky in encore.
9.  Roberto Osuna:  DL stint and early stumble but has steadied the ship.
10. Cody Allen:  Avoided annual April swoon to be very good.
11. Wade Davis:  Thought he would go bust but Davis arguably as good as any stopper in baseball this season.
12. Kelvin Herrera:  Has been a complete disaster and could throw away the gig any day now.
13. David Roberston:  Still gives up too many homers and could be traded to Nats.
14. Ken Giles:  Remains an enigma who can't avoid nasty outings in non-save chances.
15. Jeurys Familia:  Likely out for season due to blood clot in shoulder.  
16. A.J. Ramos:  Still walks too many but Ramos remains on solid ground.
17. Shawn Kelly:  Just one example of how everything has gone wrong in the ninth inning for the Nats this season.  
18. Adam Ottavino:  Ceded the gig to our top closer for 2017 so far in Greg Holland.  
19. Raisel Iglesias:  Outside of one recent ugly outing, Iglesias has been the most noteworthy closer breakout this season.
20. Cam Bedrosian:  Injured early and could have lost gig to Bud Norris who has been very good since taking over the ninth inning.  
21. Francisco Rodriguez:  Predictably went bust like I said he would.  
22. Tony Watson:  Had a good April but Watson melted down in May/June to ceded ninth inning to Felipe Rivero.  
23. Sam Dyson:  Was simply brutal as Dyson gave away the gig in mid-April and soon earned his release from the Texas Rangers.  
24. Brandon Maurer:  Lost the closer gig for a bit but has reclaimed it and pitched well.
25. Santiago Casilla:  Has been very inconsistent and already could be losing the ninth inning to Ryan Madson.
26. Neftali Feliz:  Never showed the velocity uptick from 2016 and yielded closing games to the emerging Corey Knebel.  
27. Jeanmar Gomez:  Was as pathetic as I said he would be.  
28. Brandon Kintzler:  Still shocked Kintzler has been as dependable as he has been.
29. Jim Johnson:  Amazed how good Johnson has been.  His demise was premature.


30. Fernando Rodney:  Yeah he is still the closer.  Thought he wouldn't make it out of April.  

So already 11 of the 30 closers have either lost their job or been injured (Chapman, Britton, Familia, Kelly, Ottavino, Bedrosian, Rodriguez, Watson, Dyson, Feliz, Gomez).  Increase the number to 17 in terms of closers who also have been more of a hurt than a help (Casilla, Diaz, Herrera, Maurer, Rodney, Giles).  So that makes it just 13 closers who have been good investments thus far in terms of preseason drafts.  Yup drafting out of this grouping is always fools gold.  


1 comment:

  1. Any tips on 3 closers who might be traded and 3 targets to fill in?

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