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.
Chase Utley was the legendary second baseman in Philadelphia for twelve years, making 6 All-Star games in that period. Some may not remember, but he could steal a bag or two early in his career. The Phillies finally have another second baseman that can hit the ball with authority and steal bases; that player is Scott Kingery.
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.