2013 Fantasy Baseball: June Closer Rankings
2013 Fantasy Baseball June Closer Rankings
Don’t pay for saves. It’s something that’s been ingrained in the heads of fantasy baseball owners, and while it is true to a point, there are times when it pays off.
Saves are one of the most frustrating stats to accumulate in fantasy, mostly because there are so few players that get them. The “don’t pay for saves” motto is true in some cases, as taking the three top closers in the top 10 rounds will kill your overall squad. Where it hurts, however, is when owners decide that they can wait until very late to grab closers, then they miss out and end up chasing saves the entire season.
We are now two months into the 2013 season and there has already been plenty of turnover at the closer position. Established save artists have gotten hurt or simply lost their jobs because of ineffectiveness, while some lesser known relievers like Edward Mujica and Tom Wilhelmsen have come into their own and become some of the best closers in the game.
At the moment, the and Milwaukee Brewers have moved to a committee, which is always fun for fantasy owners. Meanwhile, guys who had fantastic 2012 seasons like Jim Johnson and Fernando Rodney have held onto their jobs despite serious struggles.
Plenty will change through the course of the season, but here are the top 10 fantasy closers as we head into June. If you own any of these guys, chances are you’re sitting pretty with saves in your league.
10. Rafael Soriano, Washington Nationals
With the rest of their bullpen struggling a bit, the Nationals’ investment in Soriano has paid off as he has finished off 14 victories with a 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP.
9. Tom Wilhelmsen, Seattle Mariners
Wilhelmsen may have just 11 saves, but if he was on a better team he’d probably have over 20. His 0.78 ERA and 0.74 WHIP rank him near the top at his position.
8. Joe Nathan, Texas Rangers
Batters are hitting just .178 against the veteran, who as posted 16 saves with a 2.21 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
7. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants
After racking up 10 saves in April, he slowed down a bit with just four saves in five chances in May. His ERA momentarily rose above 3.00, but he has gotten it together of late and should see an uptick in chances in June for the Giants.
6. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds
Chapman’s 13 saves rank him tenth among closers, but he also has a ridiculous 41 strikeouts in 24 innings which give him tremendous value.
5. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
The first closer taken by a mile in drafts this year, Kimbrel has been great with 16 saves, 30 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA. The fact that he has frankly been outperformed by at least four others shows why people question using such an early pick on guys like Kimbrel.
4. Addison Reed, Chicago White Sox
Reed has allowed just two baserunners while racking up six saves in his last seven innings pitched. He is third in the league with 17 saves.
3. Edward Mujica, St. Louis Cardinals
Basically the third closer the Cardinals have used this year, Mujica has already notched 17 saves since taking over the role. His incredible control (one walk in 24 innings) has aided his microscopic 0.58 WHIP.
2. Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
It may be his last season, but the Sandman looks like he’s in the prime of his career. He is second in the league with 18 saves (he blew his first chance on May 28) and has a miniscule 1.86 ERA and 0.98 WHIP.
1. Jason Grilli, Pittsburgh Pirates
Grilli has been the best closer in baseball and it’s not even close. With a league-leading 22 saves and an incredible 38 strikeouts in 24.2 innings, Grill has been one of the best values in all of fantasy baseball.
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