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Identifying 3 potential busts at closer for 2021 fantasy baseball

We take a look at some closers you should look to avoid in your fantasy baseball draft for 2021.

Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Colome (48) delivers a pitch in the 3rd inning of the spring training game against the Boston Red Sox at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

With 2021 MLB Opening Day only weeks away, it is a perfect time to discuss fantasy baseball and what should you do in your fantasy draft. After a 60-game sprint last season, this season could be one of the best with the talent across Major League Baseball.

When it comes to fantasy baseball, there will be a lot of good players at various positions that you could possibly wait for over another. At the same time, we also have to beware of players, who might not live up to their new season expectations or what they did during the short 2020 season. We are going to discuss three potential closers, who could be busts this season in fantasy.

Alex Colome, Minnesota Twins

Last season, Colome had a great year at the backend of the bullpen and was one of the reasons why the Chicago White Sox made the playoffs. The veteran reliever had a record of 2-0, 12 saves, and ERA of 0.81. He also recorded 16 strikeouts and eight walks in 22.1 innings pitched.

Colome now heads to the Twin Cities, where he possibly splitting time as the Twins closer this season. Fantasy Pros has the 32-year-old reliever set at an ADP of 162 and projects him to record 22 saves, three wins, and an 4.08 ERA. If Minnesota sticks with him as the closer then he’ll be worth the selection at 162. However, if Colome splits time and his ERA is at 4.00 or above, then it might be best to stay away.

Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers

The veteran closer will more than likely be the first closer chosen in many fantasy baseball drafts. But he might not be worth it as the Brewers have also another tremendous relief pitcher in Devin Williams. Last season, Hader had an ERA of 3.79, to go along with 13 saves for a Brewers squad that struggled.

Fantasy Pros projects that Hader should rebound nicely this season with 31 saves, 2.91 ERA, and 104 strikeouts. If he were able to accomplish this feat, it would be Hader’s second-best season since 2019. During that season, he had 37 saves, 2.62 ERA, and 138 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched.

Nick Anderson, Tampa Bay Rays

Nick Anderson played an integral part in the Rays’ success last season with his blistering ERA at 0.55. The flame throwing reliever also recorded 26 strikeouts in 16.1 innings pitched and six saves.

But the issue with possibly selecting him in your fantasy baseball draft is how the Rays’ manages their pitching staff. As we know by now, manager Kevin Cash is not afraid to go with an opener and have a bullpen game at any moment.

This means that Anderson could be used in the middle innings instead of the ninth inning. Fantasy Pros has Anderson’s ADP set at 155, but I’d be more inclined to take a shot on Colome or Tyler Rogers with the Twins or the best player available on the draft board.