There are a number of factors that many people consider when drafting a closer. You first need to set yourself up with a sound draft strategy and decide how much you want to spend in your auction or how high you’re willing to go in a snake draft. In most cases this season, it’s a “you get what you pay for” type scenario. Sure, you can find bargain closers late in your draft, but the chances of landing a guy for a low bid (under-$7) or 20th round or later who you’ll be able to use/trust all year long is pretty rare. I’m not saying they’re not out there, but unless you’re glomming all the save vultures and just hoping for an early-season change, the cheap closers can be tough to come by.

Not to beat a dead horse, but I will reiterate my belief that closers are vital to your success and paying a premium price to lock down two guys for your roster is the way to go. If you’re in a snake draft you can load up on offense early, grab two closers in the early-to-middle rounds and...

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