Fantasy Baseball: Closing Arguments – Derek Law

San Francisco Giants Derek Law

Derek Law is the perfect player to present this week’s Closing Arguments in Fantasy Baseball. This is my weekly column helping you send your opponents to solitary confinement! Well, maybe that is taking the analogy too far. I apologize I just finished streaming Better Call Saul.

It has been a crazy short week in the pitching world with injuries and demotions. So let’s deal with that first. Mark Melancon, Shawn Kelley and Zach Britton. Francisco Rodriguez was taken out of the closer role, despite the numbers this one surprised me. This leaves new-ish closers, Justin Wilson, Blake Treinen, and Derek Law. These three are worth adding where you can grab them.

In terms of priority Justin Wilson is the clear #1 add, he has the closer title with shot to hold onto it for the rest of the year. He is best short and long term add for that reason. Fantasy baseball owners know this; he is only available in 39% of Yahoo leagues.

Of the two injury replacement options, Derek Law is superior for a few reasons. Law should hold the closer role for the entire 10 day DL stint by Melancon. Law also has a superior record of performance when compared to Treinen, who also has the disadvantage that he may not even be the interim closer once Koda Glover comes off the DL. This difference is also demonstrated in ownership percentages as Treinen is owned in 9% of leagues compared to 30% for Law.

Sam Dyson isn’t demoted but is struggling to work his way back up the Rangers bullpen pecking order while coming back from his DL trip. Matt Bush has been the closer for a while but now seems to have some breathing room. Owners should keep an eye on the Phillies situation. Hector Neris struggled in his last outing and has been inconsistent over the past couple weeks.

So this Derek Law fellow, let’s find out some more about him. According to www.mlb.com He has 64 strikeouts and only 15 walks over the past two MLB seasons. Hey, that is pretty good. His fastball is currently averaging around 94mph which is also encouraging. Keep in mind I am suggesting Law as a short-term add. Melancon is expected back after his DL trip. However he is older and there’s always the chance he breaks down again. He is only 30% owned, so you should be able to grab him. We are keeping things brief this week as we aim for a mid-week closing argument post. Always remember don’t fight the Law, because the Law wins… (I had too, sorry not sorry.)

Current CloserNext in lineTeamLeagueNotes
Brad Brach Darren O'DayBaltimoreAmerican LeagueZach Britton DL
Craig KimbrelJoe KellyBostonAmerican League
Aroldis ChapmanDellin BetancesNew York YankeesAmerican League
Alex ColomeBrad BoxbergerTampa BayAmerican League
Roberto OsunaJason GrilliTorontoAmerican League
David RobertsonTommy KahnleChicago White SoxAmerican LeagueNate Jones DL
Cody AllenAndrew MillerClevelandAmerican League
Justin WilsonFrancisco RodriguezDetroitAmerican League
Kelvin HerreraJoakim SoriaKansas CityAmerican League
Brandon KintzlerRyan PresslyMinnesotaAmerican League
Ken GilesLuke GregersonHoustonAmerican League
Bud NorrisJose AlvarezLos Angeles AngelesAmerican League
Santiago CasillaRyan MadsonOaklandAmerican League
Edwin DiazSteve CishekSeattleAmerican League
Matt Bush Jeremy JeffressTexasAmerican League
Jim JohnsonMauricio CabreraAtlantaNational League
A.J. RamosKyle BarracloughMiamiNational League
Addison ReedFernando SalasNew York MetsNational LeagueJeurys Familia - Blood clot issue
Hector NerisJoaquin BenoitPhiladelphiaNational League
Blake TreinenEnny RomeroWashingtonNational LeagueShawn Kelly and Koda Glover DL
Wade DavisCarl EdwardsChicago CubsNational League
Raisel IglesiasDrew StorenCincinnatiNational League
Neftali FelizCorey KnebelMilwaukeeNational League
Tony WatsonDaniel HudsonPittsburghNational League
Seung Hwan OhTrevor RosenthalSt. LouisNational League
Fernando RodneyRandall DelgadoArizonaNational League
Greg HollandAdam OttavinoColoradoNational League
Kenley JansenSergio RomoLos Angeles DodgersNational League
Brandon MaurerRyan BuchterSan DiegoNational League
Derek Law Hunter StricklandSan FranciscoNational LeagueMark Melancon (10-Day DL)

Speaking of the Rangers, where is last week’s Closing Argument player, Keone Kela? He is no longer in the cellar. He moved all the way up to 3rd from the bottom. He is still four names below Dyson on the list. I will now scream “LOL” out the window. Also the REAL Closing Arguments bump took effect as Kela’s ownership has dropped down to 1% in Yahoo leagues after the posting of my column. Beer me.

 

 

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