Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat - NL

by Tim Heaney on June 18, 2010 @ 10:50:00 PDT


Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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?'s Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat keeps you informed when you're looking for saves.

Mound meetings

  • Aaron Heilman got his first taste of action since being named Arizona Diamondbacks closer. His Thursday appearance wasn't a save situation, but it didn't give a good first impression: two runs on three hits and a walk. This alone won't affect his bullpen ranking, and those desperate for saves should continue to use him.
  • Atlanta Braves RP Billy Wagner
    Wagner: one of fantasy's best values
    Francisco Rodriguez locked things down for the New York Mets on Thursday, working around a hit and fanning three. He has walked just two batters since May 17 (14 appearances).
    Despite a drop in velocity, K-Rod's dominance has returned to reflecting his name. He's pounding the zone frequently. Increased aggressiveness equals bigger chunks of fantasy value.
  • After his Thursday save for the Atlanta Braves, Billy Wagner hasn't allowed a run in his last 12 appearances. He's turning out to be one of the best fantasy values at the position.
  • Are the Philadelphia Phillies getting a taste of their future? They recalled Scott Mathieson, who has recovered from two Tommy John surgeries to become one of their strongest pitching prospects. Dynasty leaguers and NL-only owners should pay attention to Brad Lidge's potential successor.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Hot Seat: AL | NL

Fantasy baseball closer depth charts: AL | NL

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