2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Kit

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

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Relief pitcher is always the most volatile position in Fantasy Baseball. Injuries, ineffectiveness and deadline trades mean plenty of movement and fluidity at the position. This year, there seems to be fewer “sure thing” options than in previous years. As a result, it’s important to keep up to date on every piece of news that could effect your bullpen. As the season progresses, I will do my best to update the 2017 edition of the Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart with the latest news.

Throughout the season this chart will list the closer, set-up man as well as relative job security for every team.  Now onto the save chase.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

TeamStabilityCurrent CloserNext UpOther HandcuffsNotes
Arizona DiamondbacksStrongFernando RodneyRandall DelgadoEnrique BurgosRodney was signed to a one year contract in hopes he can repeat the performance he had with the Padres last season. I don't see it happening but he's the unquestioned closer to start the season.
Atlanta BravesMediumJim JohnsonArodys VizcainoMauricio CabreraBraves manager Brian Snitker has confirmed that Johnson will start the season as Braves closer. Johnson managed to up his K/9 last season and was quietly a solid option down the stretch. Vizacaino could push Johnson if he struggles but as of now, he's a decent low-tier option.
Baltimore OriolesStrongZach BrittonDarren O'DayBrad BrachBritton will once again lead what is arguably the best bullpen in baseball. Each of the bullpen options here will provide plenty of strikeouts and saves/holds for your team.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelTyler ThornburgJoe KellyKimbrel struggled with his control last season, but he will close for the Red Sox. Thornburg presents an intriguing holds option after his impressive season with the Brewers.
Chicago CubsStrongWade DavisHector RondonPedro StropWade Davis replaces Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, which just seems unfair. He will have plenty of save chances for defending World Series champs and will be a top tier closer if he can stay healthy. Rondon, Strop and newly acquired Koji Uehara make up the rest of the Cubs' world class bullpen.
Cincinnati RedsShakyRaisel IglesiasDrew StorenMichael LorenzenIglesias will be the head of the Reds' committee, that includes Storen, Lorenzen and Tony Cingrani. This is a bullpen that you want no part of, unless you're absolutely desperate for saves.
Cleveland IndiansStrongCody Allen Andrew MillerBryan ShawAllen will begin the year as closer, while Miller will continue his dominance in all other high leverage situations. If Allen struggles like he did to start last season, don't be surprised if Miller takes the job and doesn't let it go.
Colorado RockiesShakyGreg HollandAdam OttavinoJake McGeeReports have surfaced that Holland will start the year as Rockies closer. This is one of the most hotly contested bullpen battles in the majors and will go down to the wire. If someone can outright win this job, they should be able to put up plenty of saves behind the Rockies' unbelievable offense.
Chicago White Sox StrongDavid RobertsonNate JonesDan JenningsRobertson remains the closer until he gets traded. When he does, you'll want to RUN to the waiver wire to add Nate Jones.
Detroit TigersStrongFrancisco Rodriguez Bruce RondonJustin WilsonNothing incredibly exciting in Detroit. K-Rod will continue to close, while Bruce Rondon (who led the team in WHIP after his June call-up) will man the eighth.
Houston AstrosMedium Ken GilesLuke GregersonWill HarrisGiles will once again walk into the start of the season as the Astros' closer. This season the hope is that he has a better start to the season and can keep his job through spring training. Gregerson and Harris have proven more than capable should Giles falter once again.
Kansas City Royals StrongKelvin HerreraJoakim SoriaMatt StrahmAfter years of being the setup man, Herrera has finally claimed the ninth inning for himself. Expect him to be one of the leagues top closers in 2017. Matt Strahm was excellent in the bullpen last season and is an interesting name in holds leagues.
Los Angeles AngelsShakyCam BedrosianAndrew BaileyMike Morin With Huston Street looking like he will be unavailable for Opening Day, Cam Bedrosian will get his chance to close. He's also an excellent bet to keep the job all season long.
Los Angeles DodgersStrongKenley JansenSergio RomoAdam LiberatoreJansen re-signed with the Dodgers and will go into the season as the best closer in Fantasy Baseball He will be backed up by the experienced Sergio Romo.
Miami MarlinsStrong A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler David PhelpsRamos once again will be the Marlins' closer, but keep an eye on Brad Ziegler, who was given a two year, $16 million dollar deal. If Ramos' control issues continue to plague him, the Marlins could opt to give the veteran a shot in the ninth.
Milwaukee BrewersShakyNeftali FelizCorey Knebel Carlos TorresFeliz was brought in as a stop-gap after the Brewers traded Jeremy Jeffress, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg. Feliz is a prime candidate to get traded, and Knebel would immediately jump into the ninth should be struggle or be moved.
Minnesota TwinsShakyBrandon Kintzler Ryan PressleyTaylor RogersThe Twins bullpen was a mess last season, and this year is looking no different. Kintzler will be the closer, but he's just keeping the seat warm until Glen Perkins comes back from the DL. Another bullpen to avoid.
New York MetsShakyJeurys FamiliaAddison ReedJeremy Blevins Familia is at the top of the list for now, but Reed will start the season as closer as Familia is waiting on a suspension from a domestic violence incident. Reed was great last season and will be a great option for the first 30-to-50 games of the season.
New York YankeesStrongAroldis Chapman Dellin BetancesTyler Clippard Aroldis Chapman makes a triumphant return to the Bronx after winning a World Series with the Cubs. He will once again be a top tier closing option. Betances will slide back to the eighth, where he will be a monster source of strikeouts and holds.
Oakland AthleticsShakyRyan MadsonSean DoolittleSantiago CasillaMadson is the top option for now due to his 30 save 2016 season. However, manager Bob Melvin has already stated that it is an open competition for the ninth inning. Keep a close eye on this situation.
Philadelphia PhilliesShakyJeanmar GomezHector NerisJoaquin Benoit Gomez will start the year in the ninth, but expect Hector Neris to take the job sooner-than-later.
Pittsburgh PiratesStrongTony WatsonDaniel HudsonFelipe Rivero Watson will close for the Pirates, and should be a very stable option for all owners who invest. I don't see Hudson or Rivero being consistent enough to close.
San Diego PadresShakyBrandon MaurerCarter CappsRyan Buchter Maurer will be he closer until Carter Capps shows he's fully recovered from Tommy John surgery. If Capps becomes the full-time closer, he will put up insane numbers with the help of his two-hop delivery.
Seattle MarinersStrongEdwin DiazSteve Cishek Nick VincentDiaz roared to the top of the Mariners bullpen last season, and could be even better this year with the addition of a new change-up. Diaz has the talent and job security to be a top closer this season.
San Francisco GIantsStrongMark MelanconHunter StricklandDerek LawThe Giants gave Melancon a massive deal so they could exorcise the heart-attack inducing memories of Santiago Casilla from the ninth inning. Melancon will once agagin be a top saves option, but his modest K/9 will keep him from the top tier of Fantasy closers.
St. Louis CardinalsStrongSeung Hwan OhKevin SiegristBrett Cecil "The Final Boss" is the unquestioned leader of this bullpen. For now, he won't need to worry about Trevor Rosenthal, as he is looking at a shot in the starting rotation. Siegrist and Cecil will be a solid source of holds and strikeouts.
Tampa Bay RaysMedium Alex ColomeBrad BoxbergerXavier CedenoColome will begin the year as closer, with former closer Brad Boxberger working the eighth. There are many options behind them, any of whom could emerge as a strong seventh inning guy.
Texas RangersMedium Sam DysonMatt BushJeremy JeffressSam Dyson will start the year as Rangers' closer after racking up 38 saves last season. I'm not totally sold on Dyson as a consistent ninth inning guy, and would keep a close eye on Matt Bush if I drafted Dyson.
Toronto Blue Jays StrongRoberto OsunaJason GrilliJoe BiaginiOsuna is one of the safer closing option in all of Fantasy. Veteran Jason Grilli and fan-favourite Joe Biagini will work the eighth and seventh innings respectively.
Washington NationalsShakyKoda GloverShawn KelleyBlake TreinenDusty Baker is implying that Koda Glover might open the season as the Nats closer. Kelley has seemingly been ruled out due to his injury scares.

 

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Winning fantasy leagues since 2004. Losing them for much longer. Follow Jonathan on twitter @jchan_811 and he'll be ready for all your questions!

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