We could all use some fantasy baseball advice every once in a while, and the FBS Closer Report is just the type you need. More than just closer rankings, this report can help you on the fantasy baseball waiver wire.
This week we feature some expert advice in which closers should be started and which closers may be available on your league’s waivers. Make sure you check in regularly to stay on top of your closers and some guys to look out for on the wire.
Carlos Marmol (Cubs): Marmol is at the top of the list for two weeks in a row now. In his 4.1 innings of work, Marmol picked up three saves, while striking out a whopping ten batters. Despite the fact that the Cubs are going down, Marmol’s fantasy baseball stock has never been higher.
Hong-Chih Kuo (Dodgers): Kuo didn’t make it to any highlight reels, but his performance was perfect for his owners. Kuo was perfect in his two save opportunities, without giving up a single hit or walk. Kuo also tallied four strikeouts.
Drew Storen (Nationals): The only reason Storen earns a B this week is because he plays for lowly Nationals. Storen only garnered a single save, but he did pick up a win as well as striking out five batters. Storen didn’t allow a hit, and only walked one batter, further strengthening his grip on the role heading into the next fantasy baseball season
Billy Wagner (Braves): Much like Storen, Wagner was unable to pick up anymore than one save this week. Still, Wagner looked like his dominating self, pitching four innings this week. The flamethrower struck out nine batters, second only to Marmol.
Chris Sale (White Sox): Sale was able to pick up his second win of his young career this past week, as well as one save. Sale was electric on the mound as he ended the week without giving up a single run and with only a 0.60 WHIP. Sale was able to strike out five batters this past week and has really got the attention of many inside fantasy baseball circles
Juan Gutierrez (Diamondbacks): Despite pitching just 2.1 innings, the D-Backs closer picked up three saves this week. Gutierrez drops to a B solely because of his poor performance against the Rockies.
Brian Wilson (Giants): Despite striking out six batters and picking up a couple of saves this week, Wilson’s BS against the Rockies was ugly enough to earn him the mediocre grade. He’s been solid for his fantasy baseball owners all season, though, and many can’t complain about the recent blown opportunity.
Kevin Gregg (Blue Jays): Gregg was able to pick up two saves this week, and even struck out four batters in his 2.2 innings of work. Gregg is in the middle of the pack, because a weekly ERA of 3.38 and a 1.50 WHIP certainly didn’t win his owners either category during this critical week.
Jonathan Papelbon (Red Sox): The Red Sox closer is falling apart and it’s coming in front of the fans that hate him the most. This past week Papelbon blew a save in New York and had an ERA of 6.00. The saving grace for Papelbon this week was the six strikeouts he picked up, although three came against the lowly Orioles. Those that have him in their fantasy baseball lineups should remove him until he rights the ship.
John Axford (Brewers): Axford got beat up this past week, and in only 1.2 innings. Axford saw his weekly ERA settle at 16.20. He allowed three earned runs, five hits, and looks to be hitting the wall as the season draws to a close.
Joel Hanrahan (Pirates): As if things couldn’t get worse for the Buccos, their closer looked terrible in his two innings of work. Although Hanrahan didn’t blow any saves or pick up any losses, his performance was dismal. He allowed four hits, two walks, and three earned runs. His weekly ERA was 13.50 and his WHIP was 3.00.
Mariano Rivera (Yankees): It had to come eventually, but Rivera had one of the worst weeks for any closer. He didn’t do anything newsworthy besides blow a save against the rival Red Sox, and the Yanks are hoping Rivera gets it together before the playoffs start.
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