2011 Fantasy Baseball: Value Saves Options

Mar 24, 2011

Everybody loves Brian Wilson because of that crazy beard. Mariano Rivera is…the…best…closer…ever. However the closer position, perhaps more than any other position, provides more value picks. Average Draft Positions are from Mock Draft Central.
Jonathan Broxton, Los Angeles Dodgers:  Broxton had just 22 saves last year, and even lost his gig to Hong-Chih Kuo, but was one of the top closers in 2009 when he saved 36 games and struck out 114 batters in 76 innings. He has the closer gig back, and if he can hold onto it, a return to 30 saves with 90 strikeouts is a strong likelihood. His ADP is 164, making him the 15th ranked closer, though he has top five potential.
Brad Lidge, Philadelphia Phillies:  Lidge bounced back last year to save 27 games and post a 2.96 ERA. With the Phillies four aces, he should get plenty of save opportunities. With an ADP of 192 he’s a terrific value.

Francisco Cordero, Cincinnati Reds:  Cordero has averaged 39.3 saves over the past four seasons. His WHIP is usually a little more robust than you want from your closer, which can explain his 196 ADP, but if you’re looking for steady saves, Cordero is a great option.
Matt Thornton, Chicago White Sox:  Thornton has been one of the best setup men in baseball the past few years and finally gets his crack at the closer position. Chris Sale is there if he falters, but he should be a solid value with his 203 ADP.
Ryan Franklin, St. Louis Cardinals:  Franklin had 27 saves last year and 38 in 2009. His ERA jumped from 1.92 to 3.46, but his WHIP fell dramatically from 1.20 to 1.03. His ADP is 204.
Joe Nathan, Minnesota Twins:  Judging by Nathan’s 209 ADP, he’s at a discount because of concerns surrounding his return from Tommy John surgery. He was a top five closer before being injured, so he’s worth the risk.
David Aardsma, Seattle Mariners:  Aardsma comes at a discount (217 ADP) because he will miss the start of the season as he recovers from a hip injury. He had 69 saves the past two years so he should be a nice value pick when he returns.
The Rest:
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves (226) gets his first crack at closing.
Fernando Rodney, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (227) is wild, but will accumulate saves as long as he can lock down the gig.
Joel Hanrahan, Pittsburgh Pirates (230) has waiting in the wings if he struggles.
Kevin Gregg, Baltimore Orioles (236) will get first crack at closing in Baltimore, but they have options if he isn’t up to the task.
Frank Francisco, Toronto Blue Jays (248) faces a similar situation in Toronto.
Brandon Lyon, Houston Astros (249) is a decent option.
Leo Nunez, Florida Marlins (317) has anything but a firm grip on the Marlins’ closer gig.

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