With all the attention on the starting pitching in fantasy baseball drafts, owners have tended to overlook closers. The position has been a bit of a crapshoot in recent years, but there are still some closers that can have reliable fantasy value.
One closer that has started the 2013 season off strongly has been Chicago White Sox RP Addison Reed.
On Opening Day, Reed was brought in to close out the Kansas City Royals. He allowed a leadoff walk, but quickly shut down the threat for his first save of the season.
On Wednesday, Reed entered the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead over the Royals. Reed threw a spotless inning and only needed 10 pitches to close out the game. It was another strong performance from Reed.
Although this was only his second save of the year, it puts him ahead of many other closers that were drafted well ahead of him. Reed, along with three other closers, is tied for the major league lead in saves. It may only be the first week of the season, but it is still promising to see him dominate the ninth inning.
Reed will continue to be a reliable mid-level closer for the remainder of the season. He may not end up with over 40 saves this year, but he should easily be able to close out 30 games for fantasy owners.