Just speaking in general terms, would you rather have 2 closers in the bottom third of the rankings, or 1 middle tier guy. To put names on it lets say, Dotel and Nunez for Wagner. Which side are you on?
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well, ill give the requisite questions, although it probably doesnt matter. what are league details?
personally, i think you need at minimum two closers. personally, i like to carry a third. the third is usually a lower tiered closer. my dynasty league i have jonathan broxton and andrew bailey (and joe nathan as a potential risky keeper for next year). i am trying to acquire a third, preferably chris perez. having three closers almost assures a top three finish in that category for a roto league and you will win most h2h matches as well and closers help bring down era and whip as well.
Generally speaking I will take the two bottom-third RP's, but it really depends on the names involved. In your example I would rather have Wagner. But if it was, say, Mike Gonzalez and a Nunez/Francisco type, I'll pass on the Wagners, Corderos and Marmols.
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I always prefer waiting until the end to grab a couple of bargain closers. You just never know what's going to happen.
So yeah, I'll take guys late if I can. In one of my leagues, other owners always draft closers early. I drafted Aardsma (13th), Fuentes (14th), Franklin (17th) and Capps (20th). I'll look to trade one soon after the season starts. 18 closers went in the first 15 rounds, which is ridiculous if you ask me.
Rivera - 5th, Broxton - 7th, Papelbon - 8th. This is a 12 team league that starts 2 C
This is critically dependent on league size and composition. In a mixed-league of 15 or fewer teams, I think you are shooting yourself in the foot with only 1 closer. Unless you KNOW you can win the waiver wire battles for in-season saves, you're at a huge disadvantage right off the bat.
Now, there are a couple situations where you may prefer 1 mid-tier guy over 2 bottom-tier guys. I can think of two right off the top of my head.
1) You already have a stud closer and you're deciding on how to round out your staff. In that case, I'd rather have one solid guy than 2 lower tier guys that you have to consider rotating.
2) In a really deep league (particularly an "only"). With fewer closers to go around, if you only have 1 you aren't dooming yourself to a 1point finish in saves. In that case, I'd rather take the guys that give me better K/ERA/WHIP numbers.