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: Chad Qualls
Understudy: Aaron Heilman
Guess he isn't completely fixed. On the heels of four straight scoreless outings, Qualls came into a tied game yesterday and gave up four runs on five singles in the ninth.
A few of the singles were soft, but Thursday marked the seventh time Qualls has allowed two-plus runs in an outing this year. Heilman remains your target if you need to chase saves or hedge your Qualls bet, as long as you can avoid dropping anyone valuable.
Job security score: 3
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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