As the season draws to a close this Sunday, I will look at some possible new closers for 2014. We had some new faces come out of nowhere to become 9th inning guys. Edward Mujica went from the 7th/8th role to closing out 37 games. Kevin Gregg went from signing a minor league deal in April, to saving 33 games. Finally the best upcoming closer, Kenley Jansen, didn't get the job from Brandon League until June 11th and he has now saved 28 games this season. We also had Koji Uehara and Jim Henderson go from the setup roles to saving over 20 games each. As you can see from this rag tag group, you can find closers in the bargain bin if you are paying attention leading up to draft day. Here are a few possible closers for 2014:
Anybody can sit in the cheap seats and shout crazy predictions about baseball players. It takes a real man to go back and review some if his predictions and, quite possibly, eat a nice big plate of crow. I made some bold statements earlier this year about quite a few major leaguers. Let’s take a look at a few and see how close I came to prognostication greatness.
Last week we took a look at three value bats for next year's fantasy baseball draft. This week we'll continue with three arms that could be steals come next spring given their injury troubles this season. While it's no guarantee a pitchers will return to 100% of their old selves, these guys have the talent to be solid fantasy contributors in 2014. Over at TheDynastyGuru this week, we're looking at possible value keepers at each position. Since yours truly and @80gradewant we're tagged with AL pitching duties for that assignment, I'll limit my picks this week to just NL pitchers.
Down the stretch we come with some exciting pennant races that will be decided by some of these closers. It has been a crazy year for closers with some surprise names converting over 30 saves like Edward Mujica and Ernesto Frieri. We also will probably never see a dominant and lasting closer like Mariano Rivera again in our lifetime. I hate the Yankees, but I always enjoyed watching Mo pitch.
Koji Uehara moves up 1 spot to #8
Grant Balfour moves down 1 spot to #9
The fantasy season is hitting the stretch run and in this article I will attempt to offer some suggestions to help you secure your league championship. Every team need is different, so I will separate each intriguing player into the category that they can help you in. The suggested players are available in over 50% of ESPN leagues. Remember, flags fly forever and fortune favors the bold!
My cohort, fellow writer and mentor Mike has inspired me to carry the torch and keep looking at some players for next year that could be reasonably priced. Let's take a look at a few rookies this year that might be inexpensive next year, and productive. I've got an outfielder, a first baseman, and an ever-elusive middle infielder that actually has a little 'pop' in his bat.
The season is winding down as most head to head leagues are in the final stages of the playoffs and roto leagues have wrapped up all but the closest of races in the standings. With that in mind, I'm going to start posting about players whose 2013 seasons already have me excited about drafting them in 2014. This week we'll start with a look at three bats, and we'll continue next week with three value arms. Good luck in your playoff match-ups!
Pitchers with two starts in the upcoming week have been ranked into seven tiers to help you decide who you should start or not start in your fantasy league. These rankings are compiled based on a combination of each pitchers match-ups and ability. As always probable pitchers are subject to change.
Edward Mujica drops out of the top 10, while Koji Uehara climbs into the top 10 as he continues to be dominate in the closers role. Josh Fields is the man in Houston and Mark Melancon continues to hold down the 9th inning in Pittsburgh.
Koji Uehara moves up 6 spots to #9
Edward Mujica moves down 7 spots to #16
Trying to figure out player productivity is paramount for contenders in the month of September. How will guys like Chase Utley and Michael Brantley perform for their squads the rest of the way? I also caught a glimpse of an exciting young player in Cleveland on Monday night. Time to get know Jose Ramirez. Let's Buy or Sell two veterans and September call-up.