In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for an entire season - injuries, poor performance and managerial decisions can cloud a team's bullpen picture.
Should you be concerned about a struggling stopper? Which relievers are climbing the depth chart? Are any injuries popping up? KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.
Closer: Matt Capps
Understudy: Jon Rauch
Rauch's closer hat was just knocked off - probably unfairly. The newly acquired Capps will take over save duties.
Deep leaguers should hold on to Rauch despite his seemingly gutted value. Look closer: Capps has been streaky in the past, and he moves to the AL, the worse move for a pitcher.
Job security score: 3
Health score: 5
Understudy: Brad Ziegler
Lurkers: Andrew Bailey (back)
Bailey is likely headed to the DL Friday. An intercostal strain is tricky and might keep Bailey out longer than the minimum dictated by a retroactive DL placement (for him, July 21).
Wuertz and Breslow are the likely recipients of save chances. Wuertz has more experience closing for Oakland, but Breslow has better skills. It's extremely possible this becomes a saves share.
Wuertz should be your first target based on his Oakland experience, but don't ignore Breslow as a consolation prize.
Job security score: 1
Health score: 4
About Tim Heaney
Tim's work has been featured by USA Today/Sports Weekly, among numerous outlets, and recognized as a finalist in the Fantasy Sports Writers Association awards. The Boston University alum, who competes in the prestigious LABR and Tout Wars, has won numerous industry leagues in both baseball and football.
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