Now that we are at the All Star Break, it’s the time of year when we need to deeply take stock of our teams & explore the intriguing bullpen options beginning to not only emerge, but solidify (no longer small sample size). If we are being honest with ourselves & our chances, many of us in fantasy baseball should realize it’s time to start planning for the future. As the Trade Deadline approaches Closers shuffle teams & lose save opportunities being relegated to setup roles, and sometimes we’re stuck with a losing hand at the Closer’s Poker table. Let’s peer into the crystal ball & take a gander at some speculative late inning anchors.
In fantasy baseball, the closer’s role experiences the most turnover over the course of a season. Every year, guys who appear to be locks for high-end production fall off and get replaced. It is truly a never-ending battle for any fantasy owner. Sure, Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, and Craig Kimbrel exist, but a premium price must be paid on Draft Day if an owner wants a virtual lock for a closer.
In my early stages of prepping for the 2018 fantasy baseball draft season and I am already noticing a few great values. I am looking at fantrax.com ADP data, as of 2/9/18. Some of these guys are small values and some are core guys that can win a championship. Most of them will be rostered by the winner of your league I'm sure. I am here to make sure that winner is you.
As we approach Thanksgiving, now is a great time to say thanks for all the things I am grateful for in the baseball world. First, a huge thank you to Mike Hazen and 2017 NL Manager of the year Torey Lovullo for turning around the Diamondbacks. Thank you, Archie Bradley for lighting this fan base on fire.