This week’s deep sleeper column is highlighted by a couple closer prospects that might be a bit speculative, but those of you in deep leagues have to be ahead of the curve.

(The number in parenthesis is the percentage a guy is owned in a standard Yahoo Sports league. Only guys owned in less than 10% of leagues will appear in the column.)

Chris Johnson 3B, Houston Astros (6%)

Johnson just had a huge to inflate his season stats, but they do stand at .311, 12 runs, and 14 RBIs for the plucky Astros. He does have a history of being useful as you can see by his second half of 2010 when he put up 11 homers, 44 RBIs, 33 runs and batted .316 in 263 ABs.

Michael Saunders, OF, Seattle Mariners (7%)

Anyone who has read by columns knows I love leadoff guys (especially in AL lineups) because I value runs so much, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to see Saunders here. He is not a high ceiling guy, but with the rash of injuries ripping through fantasy rosters he deserves a look at least. In the past two weeks, he has scored six runs, ripped 10 RBIs, three homers and batted .286.

Rafael Soriano, RP, New York Yankees (10%)

It hasn’t been released how bad Mariano Rivera’s injury was but all reports say it didn’t look good and Rivera is getting old so everything harder to overcome. David Robertson might be the interim closer, but he is already about 40 percent owned. Soriano has been effective in the role before (45 saves in 2010) and sometimes managers really value that experience, so he may get the nod anyway.

Steve Cishek, RP, Miami Marlins (9%)

Heath Bell is going to be hard to supplant and Ozzie Guillen has a reputation for sticking with his guys beyond reason, but this column is for deep speculation. If Bell is hurt or needs a couple weeks to get straight, Cishek has been Miami’s best bullpen guy posting an ERA and WHIP under 1.00. Always be on the lookout for saves.

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Doug Elish is new to MLBSoup.com after spending four years as the Sports Editor of the LaPorte (IN) Herald-Argus and two years as a writer for the NWI Times. He has been a all-around fantasy sports addict for 12 years.

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