As your draft day gets closer, the Fantasy Baseball Fix series rolls onto the number 10 spot.
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Ranking as the number 10 most fantasy relevant Angel is Fernando Rodney. The man you love to hate. Like it or not Rodney will have the first crack and preserving victories for the 2011 Halos and because of that he holds fantasy value. Only 14 players last season saved 30 games or more making saves a somewhat rare commodity. In 2010 Rodney assumed the closers role for the Angels when Brian Fuentes was traded. The results were not pretty. Yet still by default Mike Scioscia has deemed Rodney the Angels 2011 closer, at least for now. So what can fantasy owners expect from Rodney in 2011? Is he worthy of consideration on draft day?
Rodney is a risky pick on draft day.
In 2010 Rodney converted just 14 of 21 save opportunities, posted a 4.24 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and managed just 53 strikeouts in 68 innings pitched. If that trend continues Rodney will not close games in 2011, thereby making him useless unless your league counts holds. Rodney’s biggest issue in 2010 was the same as always…control. He routinely fell behind batters making his at times devastating fastball - change-up combo hittable and predictable. If Rodney cant find his command the Angels luckily have several fall back options. Hisanori Takahashi, Scott Downs, Kevin Jepsen and young flame thrower Jordan Walden would all be in the mix to emerge as full time closer.
The Hangout View: Despite his struggles Rodney makes sense to target in the mid to later rounds of drafts. Remember saves are precious. If you’re in a deeper league then Rodney is certainly worth a mid round flier. One thing to also keep in mind (always not just with closers) is how the draft is going. If closers and setup men are flying off the board in your draft Rodney gains value as the Angels typically play in a lot of close games and therefore as the incombant closer he will have first crack and racking up the save totals. If you’re in a head to head league having 2-3 closers piling up saves is key to dominating that category. While Rodney’s WHIP and ERA may disappoint he could be a solid source of saves if he can hold the job. If not remember the backup options listed above and pounce on the waiver wire. Expect the 2011 line for Rodney to look like this
- 4.13 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 65 innings , 59 strikeouts, 24 saves