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.
Brandon Lyon notched the Houston Astros save last night, his fifth of the year. Over his last 15 games (15 1/3 innings), Lyon has a 2.93 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP and a .189 opponents' clip.
Lyon's claws have been sharp
Be careful of Lyon's unsettling dominance rate (6.21 K/9 this year) and shaky control (4.19 BB/9). But owners desperate for saves must take the closure opps with the possible shakiness and potential Wilton Lopez substitutions.
- On Thursday, Leo Nunez worked around a leadoff homer and a one-out single in nailing down his second save in as many nights. The Florida Marlins' righty has been staring at the threat of a closer committee for the last week. It seems as if he's doing enough to stave it off, even with his 6.43 August ERA.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL
Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL
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