2014 Fantasy Baseball: Top 5 Underrated Closers

Top 5 Underrated Closers

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The closer position has a higher turnover rate than any other position in fantasy baseball, so naturally it can be very frustrating to find reliable options. Among all the job changes, though, some full-time closers have continued to fly under the radar. Here are the five most underrated closers in all of fantasy.

5. Huston Street, San Diego Padres

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5. Huston Street, San Diego Padres

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Street is never drafted within the top-10 closers, but he pulls his weight year after year. He has already racked up eight saves and has struck out 11 batters through nine innings of work. He has once again established himself as an elite RP2.

2014 Stats: 9 IP, 8 Saves, 1.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP

4. John Axford, Cleveland Indians

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4. John Axford, Cleveland Indians

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Axford has started his career off in Cleveland on fire. He has saved three games over the last five days alone and the Axman is suddenly tied for first in the AL with eight saves. Axford has proved that he can be trusted again and the veteran will be a reliable RP2 from here on out.

2014 Stats: 9.2 IP, 8 Saves, 2.79 ERA, 1.34 WHIP

3. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

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3. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

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The Twinkies may not win many games, but Perkins has found a way to consistently produce for fantasy fans. He has already closed out six games and has racked up 14 K’s through 10 innings of work. He is one of the most underrated closers in all of fantasy.

2014 Stats: 10 IP, 6 Saves, 3.60 ERA, 1.00 WHIP

2. LaTroy Hawkins, Colorado Rockies

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2. LaTroy Hawkins, Colorado Rockies

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Most pegged Rex Brothers to win the closer role this spring, but Hawkins managed to come out on top. He is a prefect 6-for-6 with save opportunities this season and the 41-year-old has developed into an ideal second fantasy closer.

2014 Stats: 8.1 IP, 6 Saves, 1.08 ERA, 0.96 WHIP

1. Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers

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1. Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers

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Rodriguez wasn’t a favorite to win the closer role this off-season, but a poor spring showing from Jim Henderson quickly move K-Rod to the front of the line. Rodriguez has pitched flawlessly this season (0.00 ERA) and the veteran has already fanned 18 batters through 12 innings of work. He has earned his starting spot in the fantasy bullpen.

2014 Stats: 12 IP, 9 Saves, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP


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