2010 Fantasy MLB Sleeper Player Profiles: Ryan Madson, Phillies

Todd FarinoCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Ryan Madson #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch against the New York Yankees in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 8-6.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Player: Ryan Madson

Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Throws: Right
Position: RP

FBS Sleeper Rank: No. 1/30
Ryan Madson is a big-time sleeper in 2010. With all the problems Brad Lidge has going on—had two minor surgeries in the offseason and the latter was on his elbow—odds are he won't be ready to start the season.
That means Madson will be the Phillies' closer on Opening Day.  Even when Lidge is ready to pitch, he will need time to get his strength up.  Then, there is the question of his mechanics and control.  With all of those problems, Ryan Madson could be the closer for in Philadelphia for a while.
Madson recorded 10 saves in 16 chances and didn't handle the closer job very well when he got the job in June.  In roughly two weeks, Madson blew three saves and had three losses before losing the job back to Lidge.  
Madson is in his prime and has everything he needs to be a great closer.  Right now, he throws his fastball a bit too much and hitters sit on it.  That's bound to change, and Madson will have a great season and likely record 20-to-40 saves.
It all depends on how long he keeps the job. No matter what, he will record several saves and post a fantastic K/9.
The True Guru Projections: 22 saves, 4 wins, 83 Ks, 2.97 ERA, 1.24 WHIP
I feel this player will achieve my projections through our formula based on 11 herbs and spices (its locked at Fort Knox). Of course we are assuming he stays relatively healthy for the entire season.  Check out the rest of our breakouts here
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