Fantasy Baseball: Closing Arguments – Add Corey Knebel

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Welcome to this week’s installment of closing arguments where I help you find some closers to add to your fantasy baseball squad. I suggest you roster Corey Knebel where you can folks. The majors saw a lot of turnover recently in the closing ranks. Depending on your league type, some of these players may be available. By the way, is anyone else wondering when the show Fargo will tie back into the season’s opening scene? Well, let’s dive into some research to distract ourselves.

Current CloserNext in lineTeamLeagueNotes
Brad Brach Darren O'DayBaltimoreAmerican LeagueZach Britton DL
Craig KimbrelJoe KellyBostonAmerican League
Dellin BetancesAdam WarrenNew York YankeesAmerican LeagueAroldis Chapman DL
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 NorrisYusmeiro PetitLos Angeles AngelesAmerican League
Santiago CasillaRyan MadsonOaklandAmerican League
Edwin DiazNick VincentSeattleAmerican 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
Shawn KelleyBlake TreinenWashingtonNational LeagueKoda Glover DL
Wade DavisCarl EdwardsChicago CubsNational League
Raisel IglesiasDrew StorenCincinnatiNational League
Corey KnebelJacob BarnesMilwaukeeNational 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
Mark MelanconDerek Law San FranciscoNational League

It is highly unlikely you can add Betances or Melancon who have regained their closer roles. Depending on your league Addison Reed, may be available. He is the best player to add, based on performance, job security, and save opportunities. I won’t dwell on him because he is probably not available. Just for an idea of my rankings, I dropped Bud Norris for Reed in two leagues. The Angels closer situation is best left to someone else in your league.

Santiago Casilla is the safest pick of the remaining names. He is also the least exciting. Oakland is a lousy team and Casilla has been mediocre in the past year or two.

Shawn Kelley is the most available for good reason. The Nationals have all but posted a billboard on I-95 saying they are trying to trade for closer. Dusty Baker has been rotating all season between Kelley, Blake Treinen, and Koda Glover. I would avoid this whole situation unless you are desperate for saves.

Corey Knebel is still available in 35% of leagues and that number should be higher. He has the stuff to hold down the gig. The Brewers are not the Cubs, but they have been holding their own. Knebel is my recommended add because of his availability and his stuff. However, he could lose the back to Neftali Feliz. It is also likely one or both of them gets traded near July 31st. 

Fangraphs shows Corey Knebel has already been worth 1.1 wins above replacement (WAR). On their website you can learn more about this metric, should you choose. The main reason I bring this up, is that this is a very high number only 25% of the way through the season. It would mean he is on pace to add over FOUR wins to the Brewers projected total, solely based on his performance. That is amazing. Even if the save opportunities become less frequent, Corey Knebel’s stuff will help you with strikeouts, and your ERA/WHIP ratios. This is why I recommend adding him where you can.

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