Fantasy baseball category killers: saves

Fantasy baseball category killers: saves

By Rob Steingall
CSNChicago.com

Grant Balfour, Athletics: The wheels look to be nearly falling off the Ryan Cook wagon, and it's beginning to look like Balfour could be fantasy relevant again. He hasn't given up a run since June 29th and could soon find himself back in the circle of trust if Cook has a complete implosion.

Jared Burton, Twins: To those who invested in Burton recently, well done. He picked up two saves at the end of last week, and has positioned himself to earn continued opportunities moving forward. Glen Perkins is still in the picture and not going anywhere, meaning a timeshare situation should continue. Still, some saves are better than no saves.

Steve Cishek, Marlins: Cishek has done a nice job in the ninth inning since former closer Heath Bell was sent to Ozzie Guillen's doghouse, picking up five saves since the middle of July. With Cishek pitching well, he could hold the job down for the remainder of the season. Bell could get another crack at the job --  but that may not come until next year.

Jeremy Affeldt, Giants: The Giants bullpen is in a state of flux and is looking like more of a committee approach at this point in time. Enter Affeldt, the late-inning lefty. He picked up a save on July 31st, and could be in line for a handful more before the end of the year. If you're scraping the bottom of the barrel for saves, here's your man.

Alexi Ogando, Rangers: Joe Nathan is getting some extra time off due to a dead arm, allowing Ogando to collect two saves while filling in. There could be a few more chances for him to vulture handshakes between now and the time Nathan is back up to full speed, making him worth a speculative short-term add.

Bears add another assistant coach to John Fox's staff

Bears add another assistant coach to John Fox's staff

John Fox and the Bears have added another assistant coach.

Zack Azzanni is leaving the University of Tennessee to become the Bears' new receivers coach.

Azzanni has been with Tennessee since 2013 as a receivers coach and passing game coordinator. Prior to that, he spent time at Wisconsin, Western Kentucky, Florida, Central Michigan and six seasons at Bowling Green.

Azzanni was on Urban Meyer's coaching staff at Bowling Green in 2001-02 and also coached Pittsburgh Steelers superstar receiver Antonio Brown at Central Michigan. Under Azzanni's tutelage at CMU from 2007-09, Brown totaled 305 receptions for 3,199 yards and 22 TDs, earning a sixth-round draft selection in 2010.

Curtis Johnson spent 2016 as his first season in the role of Bears' wide receivers coach, but announced he was leaving after the Senior Bowl to take a job with the New Orleans Saints.

It's unknown if Azzanni will get a chance to coach Alshon Jeffery (who is currently a free agent) but the incoming coach will have an important job in molding young receivers like Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Here are some of Tuesday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Wednesday on CSN: Illinois State and Loyola host in Valley doubleheader

Jonathan Toews has five-point night, including a hat trick, in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Report: Bears seeking trade partners for Jay Cutler

Bulls Talk Podcast: What is the Bulls' approach at the trade deadline?

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field

White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with executive vice president Ken Williams

Northwestern's offense nowhere to be found as Illini complete sweep of season series

Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

Under-the-radar Reynaldo Lopez impressing White Sox: 'He's got some stuff'

Why Sammy Sosa compared himself to Jesus Christ in candid interview