Week 1 Fantasy Baseball: Matt Lindstrom & Potential Closers Of Chicago White Sox
The closer position has become more and more important in fantasy baseball. There are only so many established options, and considering the recent injuries to Aroldis Chapman and Casey Janssen, the field just got a little bit smaller.
Among all the closers, the team that has taken the longest time to chose their closer has been the Chicago White Sox. The team finally reported on the last day of April that Matt Lindstrom will be the team’s closer for the beginning of the season.
However, we all know how shaky closers can be and it never hurts to be prepared. So besides Lindstrom, here are the other two candidates for Chicago’s closer job this year.
Matt Lindstrom - The team shocked the fantasy world by announcing that Lindstrom will get the first crack at the closer role. The veteran does have 45 career saves under his belt and even recorded 23 saves with the Houston Astros back in 2010. He will immediately be worth adding in all formats and the journeyman could develop into a decent second or third fantasy closer if he can keep the job.
Nate Jones – Jones was a very popular sleeper this off-season, and as a result, he was drafted as the team’s primary closer in many fantasy formats. The right-hander struck out 154 batters through 135 innings of relief last year and displayed amazing ninth inning potential. Unfortunately, the news that Lindstrom has won the job now forces Jones into the team’s setup role. Jones is still worth owning in all formats, though, because Lindstrom is one bad week away from giving up the job.
Daniel Webb – Webb is the obvious dark horse to win the job. He has missed a good chunk of the spring due to a death in the family, but posted a respectable 2.57 ERA in his return. He doesn’t hold much value this fantasy season, though, and likely won’t win the closer role unless both pitchers in front of him completely fall apart.