Week 3 Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Top 5 Free Agent Closers

Top 5 Free Agent Closers

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Fantasy baseball owners are constantly looking for closers to grab off the waiver wire. There are only so many to go around, though, and many owners tend to panic when they can't find a reliable option. To help you sleep at night, here are five closers to grab off the waiver wire in Week 3.

5. Shawn Kelley, New York Yankees

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5. Shawn Kelley, New York Yankees

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The fact that David Robertson remains on the DL only adds to Kelley’s fantasy value. Kelley racked up three saves last week alone and the right-hander has performed well in the ninth inning. Kelley won’t have much value when Robertson returns towards the end of the month, but take advantage of his short-term value while you can.

Ownership: 28.8% (ESPN)

4. Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics

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4. Sean Doolittle, Oakland Athletics

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The A’s currently have a battle going on in their bullpen, as both Doolittle and Luke Gregerson are vying for the closer role. Neither has closing experience, but Doolittle is the better strikeout option and the left-hander will be a matchup nightmare for the team in the ninth. If you need to choose one of Oakland's relievers, take a shot on Doolittle.

Ownership: 3.3% (ESPN)

3. LaTroy Hawkins, Colorado Rockies

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3. LaTroy Hawkins, Colorado Rockies

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Hawkins was also widely ignored on draft day, but the 41-year-old has a rather tenuous grasp on the team’s closer gig. He currently is 2-for-2 in save attempts and owns a sizzling 0.82 WHIP. Don't overlook the veteran simply because of his age, because he will be a serviceable fantasy closer this season.

Ownership: 55.0 % (ESPN)

2. Matt Lindstrom, Chicago White Sox

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2. Matt Lindstrom, Chicago White Sox

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Lindstrom shockingly won the closer role for the White Sox, despite all the rumors that Nate Jones would have control of the ninth inning. Lindstrom has struggled at times this year (2 BlSv), but he still continues to get the work as the team’s closer. He is worth a roster spot in all formats as long as he hangs onto the closer role in Chicago.


Ownership: 40.6 % (ESPN)

1. Pedro Strop, Chicago Cubs

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1. Pedro Strop, Chicago Cubs

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Chicago removed Jose Veras from the closer role after a disastrous start (12.27 ERA) to the 2014 season. The demotion quickly allowed Strop to inherit the ninth inning duties, and as a result, he immediately became worth a look in all fantasy formats. If you need another closer, Strop is the best long-term solution to look for on the wire this week.

Ownership: 17.4 % (ESPN)


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