With the eleventh week of the fantasy baseball season upon us, it is pretty clear if you are set at the closer position or if you have a gaping hole at the bottom of your lineup. The position is growing more and more important in fantasy baseball and is always worth taking a closer look at. Each week of the season I will dissect the closer position: by evaluating injuries, looking at position battles, and reviewing some future stars. Below is the week 11 edition of my fantasy baseball closer report:
Washington Arms Race:
Tyler Clippard, WAS – Clippard has converted 9 consecutive saves in the nation’s capital and has really put to bed the rumors that he is in a competition with middle reliever, Sean Burnett. Clippard has become the “full-time” closer making Burnett just a marginal fantasy option for now. “Clippy” is the guy to own the Washington bullpen and should rack up the saves behind team ace, Stephen Strasburg.
Angels in the Bullpen:
Ernesto Frieri, LAA – The closer role for the Angles is becoming more and more confusing as the season wears on. On Sunday night Downs got the save over Colorado, and then the last two days in the same situation, Frieri got the ball in the ninth innings with the lead. Frieri is getting the majority of save chances in LA, but Downs still has value in deeper leagues as long as he gets the occasional save.
Rafael Soriano, NYY – Soriano has really been bothered by a blister on his right index finger the last couple games, but you would not be able to tell by watching him pitch. Soriano missed Monday’s game due to the blister, but was able to pick up his 11th save on Wednesday night. Soriano is still the Yankees’ closer moving forward, as the team has already said that he will remain the closer when former ninth-inning guy, David Robertson, returns from the Disabled List later this month.