Fantasy Baseball: Value Save Options

Feb 22, 2010

The Jonathan Broxtons, Mariano Riveras, and the Jonathan Papelbons of the world are going to go early. You can chase along by adding some other elite closers (click to see top 15 closer rankings), but if you wanted to address other needs, here are some closer options that you can get later on.

David Aardsma:  His 2009 success is puzzling considering his track record. He does have the privilege of finishing off Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee starts.

Matt Capps:  I’d have more faith in him if I thought the Nationals could win more games. Still, he was brought in to close out games. He’ll bolster your depth.


Octavio Dotel:   We covered him already (click for the article). He’ll give you some saves, along with a bunch of strikeouts.

Jason Frasor:  He’ll have to win the job over Scott Downs. Then he’ll have to hold on to the gig. Not the best option, but a good calculated risk. He had 11 saves with a 7-3 record and a 2.50 ERA last year.

Mike Gonzalez:  Like Dotel, Gonzalez has a new home (Baltimore), and is a strikeout machine. He’s a nice RP2.

Bobby Jenks:  He doesn’t rack up the strikeouts, and his save totals have decreased the past three years, but is still a good bet for 30.

Carlos Marmol:  One of the best strikeout closers. Should get his fair share of saves as the Cubs look to rebound.

Leo Nunez:  He didn’t exactly run away with the gig when he got his chance last year. He’s the front-runner for the Marlins’ gig, but the job is anything but secure.


Chad Qualls: Arizona’s closer had 24 saves last year. If Brandon Webb is healthy, there should be more save opportunities.

Kerry Wood:  The switch to the American League was not favorable. Still, he’s a nice value pick to get you saves and strikeouts.

Jon Rauch, Matt Guerrier, or Pat Neshek: Whoever wins the Twins’ closer gig, assuming Joe Nathan is done for the year, should still be productive given their formula.

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