Fantasy Feast Closer Report – 5/14/12

May 14, 2012


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By Brandon Berg

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Grant Balfour is not a happy camper. He just lost the closing job in Oakland to Brian Fuentes. You can go ahead and pick up Fuentes for now, being that he owns the job, but I expect Balfour to get the job back at some point during the season.
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Sean Marshall has had his share of struggles recently and has Logan Ondrusek and Aroldis Chapman breathing down his neck. However, he still has the job, so hold on to him, but he needs to start inspiring confidence.
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Jordan Walden is going to eventually become the Angels closer again, but Scott Downs is the man right now and should be owned. He is going through a knee issue right now, but once healthy, should be in your lineup.
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I suppose Rafael Dolis could be considered the closer for the Cubs, but Chicago claims they are using a closer-by-committee approach yet. I would leave Dolis on the wire. There are better options out there.
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After just a week of being demoted out of the closer role, Heath Bell has reclaimed it. He is still struggling, so proceed with caution. However, with his track record, he has to turn it around eventually.
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I’m not wasting my time with Frank Francisco. He has struggled brutally, owning an 8.56 ERA through 13.2 innings. While no one is breathing down his neck, he still isn’t a sexy option. I suspect Jon Rauch to eventually be given a few chances and if he succeeds, he should run away with the job.
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Addison Reed and Matt Thornton will share chances going forward for the White Sox after Chris Sale was moved back into the rotation. Don’t own either at this point, but keep an eye on the situation as someone is bound to run away with the job. I expect that to be Reed.
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You could pick up Casey Janssen for a couple weeks until Blue Jays closer Sergio Santos returns from injury. Janssen is a solid option.
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I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. A closer for the Padres isn’t a preferable option. However, Dale Thayer is pitching very well and is worth a look in deeper leagues at this point. He will be getting the save chances and has taken advantage of them so far.
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I would stay away from any Yankee right now. Neither Soriano nor Robertson has pitched well and both will keep getting opportunities. However, if Robertson starts taking advantage, he could become an option in all leagues, so keep tabs on the situation.
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