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NFBC Trends: Hating the Closers

Greg Ambrosius

Greg Ambrosius

Ambrosius is the founder of the National Fantasy Baseball, Football and Basketball Championship and the Director of Fantasy Games at STATS LLC. For more information on any of the three high-stakes games, go to nfbc.stats.com. He's also only one of five people in both the FSTA and FSWA hall of fame.


I hate closers. I hate the Saves category. Filling that category is the most frustrating job I have in fantasy baseball drafts and I don't think I'm alone in that area.

In fact, recently in LABR Leagues I've just chosen to punt the Saves category during the auction portion and load up on starting pitchers. That doesn't mean I still don't try to earn four or five points with in-season pickups, but in AL-only and NL-only leagues I've just chosen to save my $16-$20 on Saves and lock up one or two better starting pitchers.

Of course, LABR is a league that allows trades and it's easy to trade for Saves mid-season if you've accumulated enough strikeouts and Wins. In the NFBC where no trades are allowed, you can't afford to punt any category. In the NFBC 15-team leagues, you need to find two closers to compete for the overall title or you have little chance of competing for the $125,000 grand prize. There's very little margin for error in that format.

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