hardboiled wrote:I'd put him below Izzy/Benitez/Wagner, maybe about even or just slightly below Mota/Ryan (for Lyon's lower K potential) and above Kolb/Graves/Guardado/Perci/Looper/Baez.
I think you pretty much nailed it right on the head.
I think I would still take Guardado/Percival/Looper/and Kolb over him though
I think Baez is a better pitcher then Lyon, but Lyon will get more save opps making him more valuable.
I rank Lyon right around #19 or #20 of all closers in fantasy baseball. Don't mistake his fast start, he is hardly a sure fire thing to keep this up all year long. but then again you never know, guys have done this before where they get the closer job and just run with it.
I remeber a few years ago when he had about a 2 week stint as the red sox closer, and i felt he had potential to develop into a solid big league closer in the future, i have to say he has surprised me because he has developed into a closer this fast and even after injury.
All that said I think I would take Lyon right after or around Percival/Looper/Guardado/Kolb. and before Baez.