Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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Craig Kimbrel has dominated like no closer in recent memory, and maybe like no closer in distant memory. Using advanced stats like WAR, his value to Atlanta is measurable (3.6 WAR last year). Using advanced stats like PSR, his value to your fantasy team is measurable as well (5.03 PSR last year, 85th in the league). But unfortunately, his value in fantasy is limited because of the amount of innings he throws. There’s no doubt that his 42 saves last year were great, but there were four other pitchers who had at least as many (Jim Johnson, Fernando Rodney, Rafael Soriano, Jason Motte). His 121 strikeouts were astounding, but plenty of closers finished the year with 60+ Ks, and it’s not that hard to make up the other 40-60 strikeouts by picking up 8-10 good starting pitching options over the standard 22-26-week fantasy season. His 1.01 ERA and 0.65 WHIP were downright dominating, but their impact was limited by the 62.2 innings he threw. Our handy ERA Conversion Table lets you look at ...
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