quicksilver8 wrote:Closers and relievers can help a fantasy team. I don't think that point can be disputed. But a stud starting pitcher should always be the cornerstone of a fantasy staff if you can get one. Plus, remember that the closer/reliever has to be so much better than the starting pitcher in order to acheive the 'same help level' as shown in the thread mentioned by cornbread (with Gagne and Prior as examples: Gagne had to have such an awsome era and whip and k/9 to effect the same change as prior with his 3.35 era...)
You need closers on your staff, but don't waste early round draft choices on them...
but my point is you dont need Gagne. There are a lot of elite MR that will post ridiculously low %s and likewise high Ks: Gordon, Ricon, Otsuka. So what if they dont get saves - their W/IP, ERAimp, WHIPimp, K/IP are all phenominal and you can get them dirt cheap.
We actually have a similar strategy - I dont draft closers early either, but its more because of value reasons - high turnover and whatnot, but I do believe the elite closer like Gagne are worth every penny and if he falls to far I will be all over him.