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: Trevor Hoffman
Understudy: LaTroy Hawkins
Hoffman blew his second straight opp, giving up three runs on three hits (including two dingers) in one inning Sunday. Though the 42-year-old backed into the win, he has now allowed three homers in his last two outings, already one more than he gave up all last season.
"You throw 85 mph right over the plate and that's usually what happens," Hoffman said. He has done a good job of suppressing homers for most of his career, but when your approach is based on your changeup and location, missed location puts you in danger.
The good news: There's no job security risk here barring an injury. Hoffman is an institution, and the Brew Crew likes having LaTroy Hawkins pitch the eighth, where he's currently mowing batters down. Wait out Hoffman's struggles.
Job security score: 5
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.
He appears frequently, including every Sunday, on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio, as well as every Wednesday on 1570 AM WNST in Baltimore.
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