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Fantasy Baseball Closer/Relief Pitcher Rankings Posted

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

Ask and ye shall receive. Late last night we completed and published our first official 2012 ranking of fantasy baseball closers and relief pitchers. Check them out by clicking the link below. Top 30 CP/RP Rankings For 2012 To quickly summarize them… Our top 3 doesn’t look too much different from everyone else’s – Craig Kimbrel, Drew Storen, Mariano Rivera Matt Moore is likely to be RP eligible even though he is expected to be a member of the Rays rotation in 2012. Based on his original ranking, Joakim Soria has sleeper at closer written all over him this season. More rankings to come… but we had to keep things moving. The only place left for us to move is to the infield. This week, get ready as we go around the horn. Have you reviewed our closer and...

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Competitions

Posted by on Feb 29, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 0 comments

Ballpark Bob Bentz takes a look at the closer situations that are up in the air as Spring Training starts and who the sleepers might be.  Key situations to watch are with the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and Houston Astros. You can read more about the fantasy baseball closer sleepers at Fantasy Baseball...

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Top 12 Relief Pitchers Sleepers

Posted by on Feb 25, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 0 comments

One of the many flaws of fantasy baseball is that it doesn’t reward teams for having good middle relief or set-up men.  Holding a team in the 8th should be just as important as shutting them down in the 9th. But, it doesn’t work that way.  So, when we are talking about fantasy baseball relief pitchers, we are almost exclusively talking about the most valued fantasy baseball relief pitchers–closers.  You can keep up with the closers and closers in waiting on the ESPN closer depth chart.  Remember, when it comes to relief pitchers, its more about getting a chance to earn a save than being the best relief pitcher. Many experts believe that it isn’t important to draft closers early since they will be available in later rounds and can be picked up off the waiver wire.  And, certainly...

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Fantasy Baseball Effects of Mark Melancon, Jed Lowrie Trade

Posted by on Dec 19, 2011 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers | 0 comments

The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox made a trade last week that sent Astros’ closer Mark Melancon to the Red Sox in exchange for infielder Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland. Who Will Nab Red Sox Closer Role? Mark Melancon had 20 saves for Houston this year, going 8-4 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 71 relief outings during his first full major league season.  He was the Astros closer for the final five months of the season.  Melancon is not your typical high heat closer as his best pitch is his curve ball. It remains to be seen as to where Melancon fits in the Boston plans.  He could be a setup man or he could be an insurance policy if the Sox don’t pick up the A’s Andrew Bailey in a trade or sign free...

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Fantasy Baseball Effects of the Major Hot Stove Moves

Posted by on Dec 17, 2011 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

It has been a very hot Hot Stove League for Fall and Winter 2011 and there are still many key free agent signings remaining. Fantasy Baseball Dugout takes a look at the winners and losers thus far in the 2011 free agent market.  Which players will perform better in their new homes and which players will struggle.  We take a look. Albert Pujols:  Cardinals –> Angels  Value: Slightly Up With the PED charge looming against Ryan Braun, Albert Pujols at age 32 just may be the #1 pick again in the 2012 fantasy baseball draft.  Pujols has fared well in his career as both a DH (.360) and against the American League (.348) so we don’t expect any decline.  The only slight concern is that Pujols is coming off of his worst season ever, although worst season for Albert...

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Fantasy Baseball Projection: Joe Nathan

Posted by on Nov 23, 2011 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers | 0 comments

With Jonathan Papelbon signing with the Phillies, the next big name closer signing is that of Joe Nathan who signed a 2 year, $14 million deal with the Rangers.  With the loss of Nathan, the Minnesota Twins lose their all-time career saves leader. The deal sends Neftali Feliz, who saved 72 games over the past two seasons, into the Rangers’ starting rotation where he will be more valuable in real baseball, but likely less valuable in fantasy baseball.  Moving Feliz to the rotation means that the Rangers are likely not going to be able to sign C.J. Wilson who is testing the free agent waters. Nathan, 37, had received interest from 10 teams and received firm offers from six.  After sitting down with general manager Nolan Ryan, he decided to make the move to Texas.  At 37, the decision...

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