Neftali Feliz is now a starter.  Or is he?  Emphasis on the ‘or.’  Or is it on the ‘is?’  You’ll never know!  Muahahahahaha… Yeah, I don’t think Feliz is going to be a starter.  They got to the World Series the way things were, you change that?  Ogando or O’Day or Oliver or… What’s with the O names?  Here’s a sneak peek of a post title for the first game one of these schmohawks blows a game, “Rangers Say O’Shit.”  Any the hoo!  Washington has said he likes Feliz getting the final three outs.  I think Washington gets what he wants, but I suppose anything’s possible.  For that reason, I’m dropping Feliz down the closer ranks.  The other big loser since the last closer look is Drew Storen.  I think he should be the closer, but the Nats are hesitating about calling him the closer.  If he secures the job, he’ll move back up the charts.  For now, he has some risk.  Anyway, here’s all of the closers for your fantasy baseball team, as of right now:

$12 Salads

You know that restaurant your girlfriend/wife/what-have-you likes to go to that charges, like, $12 for a salad? Every time you go there, you have a thoroughly solid meal. No complaints, except you just paid $12 for a salad when you could’ve went to McDonald’s and stuffed you and your woman for ten schmools and had $2 in quarters left over to make the hotel bed vibrate. These closers are $12 salads.

1. Mariano Rivera (Rafael Soriano, Joba Chamberlain)
2. Heath Bell (Luke Gregerson, Chad Qualls, Mike Adams)
3. Joakim Soria (Jeremy Jeffress, Robinson Tejeda)
4. Brian Wilson (Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla)

Donkeycorns

Imagine you’re following a donkey, who’s wearing a wool cap, through a desert for 1700 miles. Why are you following a donkey? Because he promises you something wonderful and you just need to trust him. Does the donkey talk? Yes. Yes, he does talk. So when you and the donkey in the wool cap arrive at his destination, he removes his the wool cap to reveal a horn. The donkey is a unicorn and his gift to you for your trust is saves. These closers are Donkeycorns.

5. Carlos Marmol (Kerry Wood, Andrew Cashner)
6. Jonathan Papelbon (+1) (Daniel Bard, Bobby Jenks)
7. Jose Valverde (+2) (Joaquin Benoit, Ryan Perry)
8. Jonathan Broxton (Hong-Chih Kuo, Matt Guerrier, Kenley Jansen)
9. J.J. Putz (+4) (Sam Demel, Juan Gutierrez)
10. Francisco Rodriguez (Manny Acosta)
11. John Axford (+3) (Takashi Saito, Zach Braddock)
12. Huston Street (Matt Lindstrom, Rafael Betancourt)
13. Andrew Bailey (-2) (Brian Fuentes, Grant Balfour)
14. Chris Perez (+1) (Rafael Perez)
15. Matt Thornton (+6) (Chris Sale, Jesse Crain)
16. Craig Kimbrel (Jonny Venters, George Sherrill)
17. Brad Lidge (+1) (Ryan Madson, Jose Contreras, Danys Baez)
18. Neftali Feliz (-13) (Darren O’Day, Darren Oliver, Alexi Ogando, Mark Lowe)
19. Francisco Cordero (Aroldis Chapman, Nick Masset)

Brain Freeze

I’m going on a picnic and I’m bringing apples, bananas and Kevin Gregg– Wait, he just gave up 12 earned runs and hit Brian Roberts in the head with a pickoff throw. Brain freeze! Make it stop! Use the following closers at your own risk.

20. Joe Nathan (+5) (Matt Capps, Pat Neshek)
21. Ryan Franklin (+2) (Jason Motte, Kyle McClellan)
22. Joel Hanrahan (+2) (Evan Meek)
23. Fernando Rodney (+3) (Hisanori Takahashi, Kevin Jepsen, Scott Downs)
24. Frank Francisco (-2) (Octavio Dotel, Jon Rauch, Jason Frasor)
25. Leo Nunez (-5) (Clay Hensley, Edward Mujica)
26. Drew Storen (-9) (Tyler Clippard, Sean Burnett)
27. Brandon Lyon (Wilton Lopez, Jeff Fulchino)
28. Kevin Gregg (Koji Uehara, Mike Gonzalez)
29. Brandon League (David Aardsma)
30. Kyle Farnsworth (Jake McGee, J.P.Howell, Waitress of the Month at local Hooter’s)

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Sam
Sam
11 years ago

@ Grey: How do you drop Feliz so far in the rankings if you’re assuming he’s only going to close? He was arguably a top 5 closer last year and there’s no sign he’s going to regress. 18 seems like quite a drastic drop, and I’m just curious why you’re all of a sudden so bearish…

Russ
Russ
11 years ago

@ Grey – Uehara is still the “official” closer in Balt.. until mid-May when he hits the DL for a strained sphinkter muscle.

Yep, I said it....
Yep, I said it....
11 years ago

Can I add Contreras to the list above? And bonus points for the guys who will contribute to other scoring categories such as K/9, WHIP, and perhaps get a save or two during the year. Thanks!

Yep, I said it....
Yep, I said it....
11 years ago

@Grey: which two of these guys do you think will get the most holds this year? Acosta, Jeffress, Howell, Joel Peralta, Frasor, and Arredondo. Yes, i realize this may be the most boring question of the day.

Good luck in Arizona! Do you have a link for those of us without satellite radio to follow the draft online? Rock on!

Cookie'sMonsters
Cookie'sMonsters
11 years ago

You have Marmol as your #1 closer in your pre-season rankings, why have things changed?

Your league is too small
Your league is too small
11 years ago

Be more impressed with yourself when you win something bigger

Salty Balty
Salty Balty
11 years ago

chlamydia

Wilsonian
Wilsonian
11 years ago

Got a draft question for ya…

Just kept Fielder, Longoria, Wright, Kemp and CarGo in my 8 Team H2H league. There are only about 5-6 SPs in your top 20 off the board. I have 8th and 9th pick (which are technically 48th and 49th pick). Would that be too early to go after a top tier SP, or should I continue to stick with bats and build an arsenal of arms later?

The prospective arms that will be available with my first pick are (however I assume some will be gone by my pick): Lincecum, Adverb, Kershaw, Weaver, JJ, Verlander, Hamels, Oswalt, Grienke, Price, Latos, Buccholz.

Salty Balty
Salty Balty
11 years ago

Want a laugh? Go read AJ []ass’ article on espn re: Carlos Pena. I picked out 4-5 errors in logic/reasoning in 1 brief read-through. I’m not sure why, but he makes me angry. How does that clown have my dream job? Seriously, does his father work for espn or something?

Mike Adamson
Mike Adamson
11 years ago

@36 I see. I used to believe that a strong grasp of statistical analysis would give one a real leg up in fantasy baseball but these days I’m thinking that a knowledge of eastern religions and philosophies is probably more important.

FWIW, if Lidge is a donkeycorn then I will eat that wool cap.

Mike Adamson
Mike Adamson
11 years ago

This has probably been answered previously but how does the donkey remove the wool cap?

papasmurf
papasmurf
11 years ago

Too bad Jake McGee is a lefty… but I think he still ends up leading the Rays in saves.

In Billy Bob Thornton Swing Blade voice “Me likes dem donkeycorns mm hmmm.” Gotse two of dem on my roster.

Commish Cauda
Commish Cauda
11 years ago

Follow-up on my previous question…where does Alberto Gonzalez rank with these deep mixed bench options?

Pods, Alberto Gonzalez, Betemit, Will Rhymes, Juan Miranda

DoubleDouble
DoubleDouble
11 years ago

In a 6×6 league w holds as a cat, how much do you devalue closers? For example would you want a $6 marmol or trade him for a $12 pence?
($260, keep 6).

Would you value someone like gregorson (reliable holds guy) as much as marmol in this format?

wilsoniam
wilsoniam
11 years ago

grey, do you agree w/ the above rankings in a keeper?

kershaw, hanson, hamels, weaver, latos

Stephen
Stephen
11 years ago

@Billy: Pineda is rated higher by everyone. More hype too in case you want to flip him soon.

re:Feliz: He’s more than Joba ever was. Joba never had multiple plus-plus pitchers; Feliz has a plus-plus fastball and curveball. Brandon Morrow has always struggled with control. Feliz is more in the Adam Wainwright situation than the other plays mentioned.

Buddo Chezuski
Buddo Chezuski
11 years ago

@Wilsonian: Agreed 100%

mr baseball
mr baseball
11 years ago

Maybe not – Kyle Farnsworth might be ranked below him

mr baseball
mr baseball
11 years ago

#31 – Todd Jones

anytime Todd Jones wants to come back he always has a reserve spot on a Closer Look

jim
jim
11 years ago

Listened to XM radio interview with Texas manager Washington, and after that I truly believe Feliz will be starting this year. I have my big money draft this weekend, who the texas reliever I should go get?

Eddy
Eddy
11 years ago

Grey,

Do you think Chapman is going to have a secure hold on the 8th inning?

Buddo Chezuski
Buddo Chezuski
11 years ago

kershaw, hanson, hamels, weaver, latos

wilsoniam
wilsoniam
11 years ago

grey,
can you rank these 5 SP in a KEEPER format?

latos, hanson, weaver, hamels, kersh?

thanks!!!

IowaCubs
IowaCubs
11 years ago

Not sure how you can have Hanrahan and his 100k season from last year ranked 22. Give an Iowa kid some love, will ya?

TJ
TJ
11 years ago

I like that each closer has their backups listed after the name.

But is there any way you can maybe give us the top 5 or 10 MR guys you think will end up with the most saves by the end of the year?
Kind of looking for some guidance on my speculative picks at the end of the draft…

Howie Met Your Mother
Howie Met Your Mother
11 years ago

No love for Jordan Walden in LA-A?

NewBVick
NewBVick
11 years ago

Wouldn’t Feliz have greater value as a starter than as a closer?

ichirosan
ichirosan
11 years ago

About Feliz… isn’t he in more or less the same position Adam Wainwright was after the Cardinals won the World Series? Then again, he’s in pretty much the same position as Papelbon (or God forbid, Joba or Brandon Morrow) when he said he was going to start, but I wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Elan
Elan
11 years ago

Grey, I’d argue that Dave Robertson is ahead of Joba on the next-to-close list.

Commish Cauda
Commish Cauda
11 years ago

Quick Hit…Deep mixed points league

Macier Izturis or Alberto Gonzalez for MI bench depth?

pubscout
pubscout
11 years ago

uh-oh. cain scratched with el-blow inflammation…

Spartacus
Spartacus
11 years ago

@Grey: Your post on Carp gives me pause on whether to keep him or not.

$350 cap keeper league mixed 11 teams (can keep 9 guys) OBP:

$8 Carp or $24 Haren or even a $1 Sale?: I picked up Chris Sale late last year for a buck and if I drop him someone will draft him for sure in our minors draft.

My two for sure pitcher keepers are Lester for $16 and CC for $25.
Offensive keepers: Dunn $31, Utley $29, Hill $2, Grandy $15, Holliday $34, Pence $24

What do you think?

Spartacus
Spartacus
11 years ago

@Billy: Michael Pineda

Billy
Billy
11 years ago

Who should i take in my minor draft today; Mike Minor or Michael Pineda

thanks!

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
11 years ago

Disagree with #30…the hooters waitress is no longer in line to back up farnsworth after he punched her when she ran out to the mound to give him his wings…

but seriously, do you have concerns with kimbrel? the kid has electric stuff, but do a possible timeshare and/or darkhorse sherrill lower his value to brain freeze territory?

Giant JJ
Giant JJ
11 years ago

Grey, I’m using your ranked tiers as my cheat sheet. At 1st base under the last tier called “Highlighted”, you have Justin Smoak (269) listed in front of Gaby Sanchez (179). I think I understand what you are doing by ranking those two players in opposite order of what their draft number would suggest, but I just want to be clear. You put Smoak ahead of Sanchez because you prefer Smoak, but you think he should be drafted 90 picks after Sanchez because you think Smoak will be available that much later than Sanchez. Am I correct? Thanks.

Craigo
11 years ago

Brandon Lyon is too low. He was solid last year down the stretch and Wilton Lopez isn’t going to take the job… Is it because he’s on the Astros?