Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

Fantasy Baseball Category Killers: Saves

Saves

Javier Lopez, Giants: Its been a productive week for Lopez, as he's collected three saves and a hold during his previous four outings. Sergio Romo looms, as does Jeremy Affeldt, but Lopez looks to be the hot hand and name to own in the San Francisco pen.

John Axford, Brewers: The Axman appears to have worked his way back into ninth inning duties, picking up two saves last week. He faltered in his most recent outing against the Pirates, giving way to Kameron Loe, who collected his second save of the season. While Axford should continue seeing chances moving forward, he's very risky.
Wilton Lopez, Astros: Closers on bad teams are always low ceiling, especially when they are relatively new to the role, like Lopez is with the Astros. He's been up and down this month, going 2-2 with two saves in three opportunities. He's pitched very well this year (2.31 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 465 KBB), and looks to be building momentum heading into next year, which should start with him as Houstons closer.
Andrew Bailey, Red Sox: Andrew Bailey gets a save opportunity. As a result, Alfredo Aceves throws a tantrum, and is suspended for three games. The writing is on the wall here, and in bold letters it says 'Add Bailey Now. There is a strong chance he finishes the year as the closer, and heads into '13 with the job securely in hand (good healthy provided).

Glen Perkins, Twins: Perkins picked up another save on Sunday, and now has three during the month of August. He still shares chances with Jared Burton, but as long has he's collecting handshakes, he has value in all fantasy formats.

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Joe Flacco not concerned about injuries impacting life after football

Joe Flacco not concerned about injuries impacting life after football

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco isn’t more concerned about his post-career health, despite suffering a season-ending knee injury last year.

A number of NFL players retired at a relatively young age during the offseason, including Flacco’s former teammate, Eugene Monroe

Flacco will obviously be set financially to retire whenever he chooses.

However, Flacco has talked about wanting to play into his 40’s, and nothing has changed.

“I’ll worry about running around with my kids when I’m 50, when I’m 50,” said Flacco, who is 31. “I don’t have to worry about it right now. The main reason I’m going to be able to enjoy running around with my kids is because of what I do. If at some point the games take that away from me, then so be it. I don’t anticipate that happening, and I’ll do everything in my power to keep that from happening. But my kids will eventually understand. I’ll get somebody to run around with them.”

Flacco said he might be looking forward to this year’s training camp more than most.

“Does it feel a little bit different?”, Flacco asked. “Yes, because I haven’t been out here for awhile.”

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OPEN THREAD: Does a healthy Ryan Kerrigan make up for the loss of Junior Galette?

OPEN THREAD: Does a healthy Ryan Kerrigan make up for the loss of Junior Galette?

Most football players never publicly admit that returning from an injury limits their play. The rehab requires such a commitment, both physically and mentally, that top athletes have to believe healthy is healthy.

Ryan Kerrigan fits that mold. Last year, the Redskins linebacker had offseason knee surgery and then suffered a broken hand during the season. Despite the setbacks, Kerrigan started all 16 games for Washington. More impressively, he still logged 9.5 sacks and 33 tackles. In 2014, however, Kerrigan recorded 13.5 sacks and 51 tackles. 

A year remved from the tough 2015 offseason, Kerrigan opened up a little bit about what last season was like. 

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"Last year, coming off an injury is a funny thing," he said Tuesday. "While I was technically healthy, you’re not as strong."

Kerrigan explained that some of his muscles atrophied after the surgery, and regaining that strength takes time. Going through that last year, and a healthy offseason this summer, leaves the veteran excited for this fall.

"I'm really excited about this season having not had any offseason surgeries," he said. "I'm hoping for bigger and better things."

With the loss of Junior Galette, better things from Kerrigan could be a big help for the Redskins. Washington's defense should be improved with the addition of cornerback Josh Norman, but much will be needed from Kerrigan and second-year man Preston Smith. If Kerrigan can get his sack total up, say to 12 or more, that would offset some of the set back from Galette's injury.

What do you think - can Kerrigan get to 10 sacks? 12 sacks? More? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Redskins fans brave nasty temperatures bright and early for training camp view

Redskins fans brave nasty temperatures bright and early for training camp view

Summer weather in the Mid-Atlantic is unforgiving.

It's not just the heat.

It's the humidity.

The unrelenting and suffocating humidity. 

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But oppressive summer weather be damned when Redskins training camp rolls through Richmond, Va. for another offseason.

On Thursday, legions of Redskins fans lined up outside the Bon Secours training center in ungodly humidity hours before team walkthrough begins.

At 9:00 a.m ET it was nearly 85 degrees. If Wednesday was any indication, the temperature is only going to go up. 

Way up.

One fan had the bright idea to bring a water fan to help keep him cool. That being said, he will be regretting the spandex jumpsuit before he even gets inside the training camp grounds.

But there is one thing that will quench the most insatiable of late July thirsts:

Professional football.

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