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Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Creative Ways to Grab Saves Late in the Draft

Ross ReadContributor IIIFebruary 22, 2012

Fantasy Baseball 2012: 5 Creative Ways to Grab Saves Late in the Draft

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    Your buddy just opened up Pandora's Box. He drafted an elite closer early in the draft, causing a panic throughout the room resulting in the infamous run on closers before you've even grabbed a first baseman.

    No worries, it's a long season and there are still creative ways to get saves in a season.

    Here are the five creative ways to get saves in Fantasy Baseball. 

Act Like You've Been There Before

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    Scour the depth charts for guys who have been there before. Veteran pitchers who have closed in their career and have the full confidence from their manager to be able to do the job at any point for some reason.

    Take a guy like Brad Lidge. He is in Washington this year where Drew Storen is the closer, but you best believe a guy with 223 career saves will get a couple chances. 

Go for the Rising Star

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    Often times when a team is going through a rebuilding phase, it will turn the closer position to a rising star. A prospect a team can groom into the position because he is cheap, and it makes veterans more flexible in trades.

    Take a look at White Sox reliever Addison Reed, a young man who closed games for Stephen Strasburg in college and has had stellar numbers as a reliever in the minor leagues. 

You Cant Trust Him

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    Some guys have electric stuff. They have been getting big outs throughout their whole career, but when it comes to the ninth inning, they just can't do it. A guy like Kyle Farnsworth fits into this category.

    The 35-year-old had 25 saves last year with a solid ERA, but he also blew six saves. He will have a short leash in a very competitive division. If he struggles early, look for Fernando Rodney or Joel Peralta to step in. 

Replacement to the Trade Candidate

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    It happens every year. A team struggles out the gate and its established closer becomes expendable for prospects.

    If San Diego cannot stay afloat, it may move Houston Street to a contender opening the door for Luke Gregerson. 

Backup to the Older Injury-Prone Guy

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    OK, so we all know Andrew Bailey is the man now in Boston. We also know Bailey tends to be a little injury-prone in his young career. What you may not know is there is a guy on Boston's staff who had 20 saves last season and is there just for a little Bailey insurance.

    Many believe Mark Melancon should compete for the closer role after his solid season with the Astros last year. He just might get his chance if Bailey gets bit by the injury bug once again. 

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