Friday, March 18, 2016

Fantasy Baseball: So You Need Some Saves?

Opening Day 2016 is right around the corner and most of you I see are already getting your drafts done for Fantasy Baseball. If the drafts have already been done I doubt that I can help you much but if you haven’t drafted yet and you are worried about having enough saves to stack up with the rest of your league then this is the post for you. Keep it bookmarked, read and enjoy.

I have said it many times this winter but I really want to drive home the emphasis that even on the worst teams you are going to be able to compile anywhere from 30-50 saves or more in a 162-game season. Sure you can draft Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox, Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees or any of the top closers in the league but once one goes, they all go. It’s a mad scramble and it snowballs, I’ve seen it in almost every single draft that I’ve been a part of and if your luck is anything like mine it starts about a pick or two after I make my pick in the 8th-10th rounds. If you mess up and miss the top closers in the league maybe one or two of these pitchers can help.

The San Francisco Giants are going to win the World Series in 2016, at least recent history would suggest it anyway with the even year thing, and every World Series team has to have a good closer. Take your pick, the Giants have three to choose from in Hunter Strickland, Santiago Casilla and Sergio Romo, but I think the Giants will pick Strickland before the spring is said and done.

The Seattle Mariners will no longer have the man who shoots arrows in the air after a save trying to close the door in the 9th and it looks like Tony Zych may get the call from Opening Day on. Zych only has 18.1 innings pitched in his MLB career but he impressed with 24 strikeouts and looks ready for the big stage.

Another team who may only win 60-70 games this season but will likely have 30-50 saves is the Cincinnati Reds. Tony Cingrani might not have the repertoire to start but he could be a potential closer for the rebuilding club in 2016. He will have competition from JJ Hoover and Jumbo Diaz but both have question marks and flaws giving Cingrani the open door.

There’s three options for you to get your saves this upcoming fantasy season, I hope it helps. 

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