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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.

The 2017 season wants to make my job as difficult as possible.  Zach Britton, Aroldis Chapman and Jeurys Familia are the latest closers to hit the DL. As always, this season has given owners plenty of studs to add for their saves needs. Corey Knebel is looking like a beast in Milwaukee, while Bud Norris is filling in admirably for Cam Bedrosian.

This season had definitely supported the “don’t pay for saves” camp.

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.

Job security legend:

  • Strong: Closer is in no danger of losing his job. Would need a string of bad performances to be in question.
  • Medium: Pitcher is firmly established as the closer, but the job could come into question with a couple bad performances or the emergence of someone behind him.
  • Shaky: The situation is unclear. The bullpen could be a committee or the closer at the top of the chart is in danger of losing his job with one or two poor outings.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart


TeamStabilityCurrent CloserNext UpOther HandcuffsNotes
Arizona DiamondbacksMediumFernando RodneyArchie BradleyJ.J. HooverRodney has been great in May, re-establishing his hold on the ninth.
Atlanta BravesStrongJim JohnsonArodys VizcainoMauricio CabreraJohnson has been very steady for the Braves. He might be a trade candidate at the deadline.
Baltimore OriolesStrongBrad BrachDarren O'DayMichael Givens
Zach Britton (DL)
Brach was recently used in the seventh, and it looks like he might start splitting save chances with O'Day.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelMatt BarnesHeath HembreeBarnes will take over the eighth now that Tyler Thornburg is on the DL.
Chicago CubsStrongWade DavisCar Edwards Jr.Hector RondonDavis has been his usual dominant self thus far. Maybe a bit light on the K department, but it's not a huge concern given the opportunity he has to rack up saves.
Cincinnati RedsStrongRaisel IglesiasDrew StorenMichael LorenzenIglesias has been excellent so far. However, Drew Storen and Michael Lorenzen will still receive save chances in the Reds' committee.
Cleveland IndiansStrongCody Allen Andrew MillerBryan ShawAllen has been racking up saves and strikeouts at an elite rate. He's also curbed the walk problem he had last season.
Colorado RockiesStrongGreg HollandAdam OttavinoMike DunnHolland been great in his return from Tommy John surgery. He's firmly in control of the Rockies bullpen. He's had a heavy workload, and may see more rest later in the season.
Chicago White Sox StrongDavid RobertsonTommy KahnleAnthony SwarzakNate Jones is on the DL. Tommy Kahnle is the new 8th inning guy.
Detroit TigersMediumJustin WilsonAlex WilsonShane GreeneK-Rod (can we still call him that?) has lost the job and J. Wilson will take over.
Houston AstrosStrongKen GilesChris DevinskiLuke GregersonAfter a slow start, Giles has picked it up again, establishing himself in the ninth.
Kansas City Royals StrongKelvin HerreraJoakim SoriaPeter MoylanRumors are floating around that the Nats could trade for Herrera to shore up the ninth innings. It would be a huge boost for his value.
Los Angeles AngelsShakyBud NorrisBlake ParkerJose Alvarez
Cam Bedrosian (DL)
Bud Norris has established himself as the closer while Bedrosian is out.
Los Angeles DodgersStrongKenley JansenSergio RomoPedro Baez Baez returned to the Dodgers bullpen and immediately received more late inning work.
Miami MarlinsStrong A.J. Ramos Brad Ziegler David PhelpsRamos has been anything but elite this season, but is not in danger of losing his job.
Milwaukee BrewersShakyCorey Knebel Jacob Barnes Carlos TorresFeliz has been given a break from closing. Knebel will take over while Feliz figures things out.
Minnesota TwinsStrongBrandon Kintzler Ryan PressleyMatt BelisleKintzler has been good so far this season and there is no reason to remove him from his role.
New York MetsStrongAddison ReedFernando SalasHansel Robles
Jeurys Familia (DL)
Familia has an arterial blood clot and is out indefinitely. Reed will take over.
New York YankeesStrongDellin BetancesTyler Clippard Adam Warren
Aroldis Chapman (DL)
Chapman has inflammation in his rotator cuff and has been placed on the DL. Betances should be owned in all leagues while he's the closer.
Oakland AthleticsShakySantiago CasillaRyan MadsonRyan Dull
Sean Doolittle (DL)
Doolittle is on the DL so Casilla becomes the closer.
Philadelphia PhilliesShakyHector NerisJoaquin BenoitEdubray RamosAlthough Neris has not officially been named closer, Pete Mackanin has made it. Clear that Neris is his choice.
Pittsburgh PiratesStrongTony WatsonFelipe RiveroDaniel Hudson Hudson haz been a little shaky, so Rivero gets the eighth.
San Diego PadresShakyBrad HandRyan BuchterBrandon MaurerBrad Hand has gotten the last two save chances for the Padres, moving Maurer out of the ninth.
Seattle MarinersMediumEdwin DiazNick VincentTony ZychDiaz returned to the ninth and earned his first save since his short demotion
San Francisco GIantsStrongMark Melancon Derek LawHunter StricklandMelancon is off the DL and everything is normal again in SF.
St. Louis CardinalsStrongSeung Hwan OhTrevor RosenthalKevin SiegristDespite Oh not being as dominant as last season he has yet to allow an earned run in over a month. He is going nowhere right now.
Tampa Bay RaysStrongAlex ColomeDanny FarqhuarJumbo DiazXavier Cedeno is on the DL, so Farqhuar will take his place in the 8th.
Texas RangersMediumMatt BushKela KeoneJeremy JeffressMatt Bush is getting the saves, but the chances are few and far between. Also Keone is pitching fantastic right now and has himself now as the second option.
Toronto Blue Jays StrongRoberto OsunaJason GrilliJoe SmithFan favorite Joe Biagini will move to the rotation for the time being, so Joe Smith has moved into the late inning discussion.
Washington NationalsShakyKoda GloverShawn KelleyMatt AlbersIt appears Glover the go-to guy... for now.

 

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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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