Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday Save Chasing Opportunities

Some of you may have used up your weekly allotted transactions already, picking up guys who got off to hot starts or streaming pitchers. However, I imagine many fantasy GMs still have a few left over. If this is the case, what are you waiting for? If I gave you $6 to spend this week, would you only spend $5? Numerous potential new closers have emerged this week, and if you have a transaction or two remaining, you may as well use one to pick one of these guys up. Some guys who may still be available in your league, in order of how I'd rank them, are:



Kyuji Fujikawa - Cubs (57% owned)
He's easy to rank highest because he has officially been named the closer after Marmol lived up to expectations by being absolutely dreadful to start the season. He doesn't play for a great team, but he's absolutely the closer, so he needs to be owned.

Kelvin Herrera - Royals (16% owned)
Some may disagree with ranking him ahead of Henderson because the incumbent, Greg Holland, seems to have a longer leash currently than John Axford of the Brewers. However, I put Herrera second because he has absolutely filthy stuff. He had a 2.35 ERA last year and has yet to give up a run this year. so even if the team dawdles in naming him the closer, he'll still help your ERA and rack up some strikeouts.

Jim Henderson - Brewers (25% owned)
John Axford has been terrible. Like really bad. And while the Brewers have not officially replaced him with closer, the writing is on the wall and it's only a matter of time. Pick up Henderson now before the news is official so that you beat your leaguemates to the punch.

Joaquin Benoit - Tigers (35% owned)
Jim Leyland has flat-out said he wants Benoit to emerge as the team's closer, so he needs to be rostered now in the hopes that it happens. However, he doesn't have a save yet this year, has never really been a closer in his career, and Detroit will use somewhat of a committee for the closer spot. So, it's one of those things where I'm skeptical until the saves actually start happening; however, in competitive leagues, you can't wait for a guy to become a sure thing. If you're short on closers and the other guys on this list are taken, grab Benoit and hope he grabs ahold of the job.

The best part about adding these guys is that any of them could conceivably take the closer role for the rest of the season. So, all you give up is one free agent move at the end of your weekly matchup, and the potential is that you get a season's worth of saves. Get off the couch and add one of them; it could pay off all season.
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