Fantasy Feast Closer Report

Apr 16, 2012


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By Brandon Berg
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Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla will have a timeshare for the Giants now that Brian Wilson is down. I’m not sure if either is worth owning at this point. Both were shutdown relievers last year. I’m not a fan of keeping pitchers on the bench, but if you decide to take a shot on one, pick up Casilla. He is the one that got the save opportunities last year when Wilson went on the DL.
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Hector Santiago is a must own. He is the closer for the White Sox until he botches a couple and we hear anything different. Santiago is still only owned in 50.1 % of ESPN leagues.
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After Jonathan Broxton blew a save on April 11th, manager Ned Yost posted a vote of confidence in him and it looks like he still has the closer spot secure for now.
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Alfredo Aceves has been nothing short of terrible thus far, but his bullpen buddy Mark Melancon is doing all he can to allow Aceves to keep the closing job. There are better options out there than any member of the Sox bullpen, but if you are in dire need of a closer, Aceves should be available in most leagues, being owned in just 38 % of ESPN leagues.
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I don’t have much faith in the hard throwing Fernando Rodney of the Rays, but with Farnsworth shut down for 4-6 weeks and Joel Peralta struggling, he needs to be owned. He has yet to give up a run this year and has 4 saves to his name, being owned in 59.2 % of leagues and being picked up off waivers in a quick fashion as of late.
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Henry Rodriguez and Brad Lidge are alternating save chances with the Nationals right now with Drew Storen out. Lidge has struggled a little while Rodriguez has started the year on a tear. I give Rodriguez the edge to win the job, but with a red flag being that he has walked 3 batters in 4.1 innings. Neither are worth owning right now, but this is a situation to keep an eye on for the foreseeable future.
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