Fantasy Baseball: Top Closers

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Fantasy Baseball: Top Closers
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#1 Joe Nathan

Nathan is the definition of CONSISTENCY and that is why I give him the edge over Jonathon Papelbon. Papelbon is on a much better team, and so Boston will certainly win more games. However, they will also have much larger margins of victory on average than the Twins, thereby decreasing Papelbon's save opportunities. Minnesota will win most of its games by no more than three runs, giving Nathan an ample amount of save chances. And he has shown the past five years that when given the chance to save, save he will. Nathan can be counted on to have a Whip sub one, and ERA sub two, and rarely will he blow a save and almost never will he collapse and allow more than a single run. Never draft a reliever too early because really all he is providing for you is saves, and a chance to ruin your Whip and ERA with an implosion, and Nathan is surely your best bet.

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