FANFOOD RULES: # 9. Know the Closers in Waiting

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In fantasy baseball, the closer position remains volatile for your fantasy baseball team. Rarely does every closer hang on to the job for the entire season – injury, poor performance or managerial decisions can cloud a team’s bullpen picture and force you to make changes to your fantasy baseball team.

The draft is long over and as we head into the dog days of summer, I am sure your team has been affected and you have in now doubt had to make necessary changes to your closer position. Throughout the fantasy baseball season, you need to ask yourself the following questions, “Should I be concerned about a struggling stopper? “Which setup men are climbing the depth chart?” Is my current closer going to be traded to a team to be used as a set-up man? ”Any lingering injuries popping up?

To help you answer all of these questions and more there is…

 

FANFOOD RULES #9. Know the Closers in Waiting

 

This article will help keep fantasy baseball players informed so they can make the right call on which fantasy baseball picks to make during the fantasy baseball season.

Saves are subject to several factors, only one of which is a pitcher’s performance. Since nearly all saves are doled out to just 30 pitchers at any given time, the manager’s choice of pitcher matters too. You need to have a firm understanding of who the current closers are and who are the closers in waiting.

A pitcher can go into a rough patch with a closer gig and high fantasy value and leave with neither. The best way to win your saves category is to keep informed and don’t afraid to pull the trigger before the MLB manager does.

The trading deadline is about a month away, but you need to be quicker. When a closer is traded into a setup job in the real world, his fantasy trade value pretty much hits zero. Any closer on a non-contending team is a good candidate to get traded away, though teams with 2014 ambitions are more likely to hang on to their relievers if they’re young and inexpensive.

There are a million fantasy baseball bloggers out there. You really get a feel for how many there are when you search for information about the closer position in baseball. Take a look at these 12 links and narrow it down to your favorites because you really only need to reference a couple.

 

FANFOOD Bullpen Links

 

Top 12

 

12. R.J. White – Fantasy Baseball Café, “Bottom of the 9th”

 

11. Chris Garosi – The Fantasy Fix, “Closer Report”

 

10. Nando Di Fino – CBS Sports, “Bullpen Report”

 

9. Athlonsports – Closer Grid

 

8. KFFL – Closer Hot Seat

 

7. Roto Authority – Closer Updates

 

6. The Hardball Times – Closer Watch

 

5. Eno Sarris – Rotoworld, “Saves and Steals”

 

4. Scouting Book – MLB Closers Watch

 

3. ESPN – Closer Chart

 

2. Fangraphs Bullpen Report

 

1. MLB Closer Report

 

 

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Burnt Tomato Salad

 

When heirloom tomatoes are in season, it’s easy to want to eat them every day. With this creative, but easy, recipe you can add a new dish to your repetoir. Grilled tomatoes and sliced goat cheese are enhanced with a bright salsa verde full of capers, garlic, anchovy and parsley.

 

INGREDIENTS

For the Salsa Verde:

1/2 cup packed chopped Italian parsley
12 anchovy fillets, drained and chopped
1 teaspoon capers
1 teaspoon Chopped Garlic
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the Salad:

6 heirloom tomatoes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus extra for brushing
1 sprig picked oregano leaves
4 ounces Boucheron or similar goat cheese
1 tablespoonred wine vinegar
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

PREPARATION

To make the salsa verde:

combine the parsley, anchovy, capers and garlic in a small bowl.
Slowly add the olive oil, whisking to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

To make the salad:

cut the tomatoes into random shapes (wedges or thick slices) and put them in a bowl.
Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper.
Heat a grill to very high heat.
Place the tomatoes on the grill, some on the cut side and some on the skin side.
Do not move the tomatoes while they cook, allow them to develop grill marks and blisters without losing their freshness.
After 3 to 4 minutes, or when the tomatoes are well charred, remove them and reserve.

Cut the Boucheron goat cheese into 1-inch rounds.
Brush the goat cheese with olive oil and place it on the hot grill.
Grill the cheese for 1 minute or less on one side and allow the cheese to develop a crust without burning it.
Remove the cheese and place it grilled side up on a plate.

Place the tomatoes over and around the cheese, drizzle with the salsa verde
and finish the dish with a few drops of red wine vinegar and coarse salt.

 

 

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