2013 Fantasy Baseball: RP Jim Johnson Back In Control

By Adam McGill
Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Any fantasy baseball owner that thought that Baltimore Orioles RP Jim Johnson was in the middle of a bad season should seriously take another look at the stats.

Johnson is currently tied for first in the American League with 25 saves and has a very respectable 1.13 WHIP. He is also sitting down 6.62 batters per nine innings of work, which is his highest total since 2010.

However, some owners have grown increasing skeptical over Johnson’s mid-season slump. At the end of last month, Johnson allowed a ridiculous 12 runs through just six appearances and looked like he was on the verge of losing his job.

Over that span, Johnson blew four games and saw his ERA climb up to 5.25. It was one of the worst stretches for a closer in the history of fantasy baseball and all of a sudden the guy that lead the AL with 51 saves in 2012 was seemingly in hot water.

The 29-year-old has converted 11 consecutive saves since his most recent meltdown, though, and has completely silenced his critics. He has also allowed just seven total base runners (six hits and one walk) in his last 12.1 innings of work and has once again dominated the ninth inning.

Johnson was drafted to be a starting closer in the majority of fantasy leagues and he is finally pitching like it. If you have Johnson on your roster, rest assure that his rough patch is over.

Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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