Fantasy Baseball 2011: What Is The Best Way To Draft Saves?

Mar 26, 2011


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By Matt Carpenter
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Figuring out who gets the last three outs may have never been as volatile as it could be this year. Closer by committee’s have been announced in Atlanta and Tampa Bay, to go along with injuries to established closers such as Brian Wilson, Andrew Bailey, David Aardsma, Brad Lidge and Frank Francisco. Add to this the usual array of shaky closers and you have fantasy owners losing sleep over how to draft players that basically contribute in only one category.
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Assuming that you have decided not to punt saves altogether, the temptation maybe to go ahead and pay for saves and take a couple of sure fire guys early. If you do this however you are losing out on quality bats and starting arms. To take a Rivera, Soria, Bell type of guy means losing out on a Verlander, Hanson, Uggla, Konerko type, who are going to contribute in multiple categories.
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The best way to secure saves this year maybe to do the following: Find one or two established guys, take a chance on a rising star or underrated guy, and then take a handcuff or closer by committee. First, take an established guy who is going later than a stud, but is less likely to lose his job than a shaky guy. Guys that can be had in the middle rounds are Jose Valverde, Huston Street, Chris Perez, and even Kevin Gregg.
Unless there is an injury, they will more than likely keep the job the entire year and not cost you a high pick.
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The next step is taking a chance in the late middle rounds. Drew Storen, John Axford, and Matt Thornton are power arms that have been given the closer job recently and have risk, but there is a lot of upside with the capability of being a top five closer. You can also take chances on guys like Jonathon Broxton, and Joe Nathan. These guys have been top five closers in the past, but have fallen off due to injury or recent performance.
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The third step is taking a handcuff or closer by committee as a whole in the late rounds. You can handcuff Andrew Bailey and Brian Fuentes in Oakland, David Aarsdma and Brandon League in Seattle, Joe Nathan and Matt Capps in Minnesota, Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch in Toronto, Broxton and Hong-Chih Kuo in LA. You can also take the committee approach and grab Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters or Tampa
Bay’s Jake McGee and Kyle Farnsworth.
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As always, you have to pay attention throughout the year as saves will come into the league. Have a plan on who to drop if a new closer enters the mix. If you follow this approach of you will not have to pay top dollar for saves and should still be highly competitive in saves.

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