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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.

Closer is an even more perilous position now that many teams are moving towards committees. Most teams do this to use their best reliever in a number of different situations. With the change in bullpen philosophy, there may be fewer “elite” closers in the coming years. So far this season, things have stabilized and clear closers have been named, making things pretty easy for owners.

Whether you paid for saves or plan to scour the wire, it’s a good idea to keep up on bullpen changes throughout the year. This chart will list the closer, set-up man as well as relative job security for every team.

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 DiamondbacksStrongBrad BoxbergerArchie BradleyYoshihiso HiranoThe back end of the D'Backs bullpen has been great, with Boxberger having a bounce back season.
Atlanta BravesShakyArodys VizcainoA.J. MinterDan Winkler Manager Brian Snitker said that he has a "few options" to close games so this is a committee situation.
Baltimore OriolesShakyBrad BrachMychal GivensRichard Bleier
Zach Britton (DL)
Darren O'Day (DL)
Britton is getting closer and closer to a return, so Brach's days are numbered.
Boston Red SoxStrongCraig KimbrelJoe KellyMatt BarnesKimbrel just became the youngest closer to ever record 300 carer saves.
Chicago CubsStrongBrandon MorrowCarl Edwards Jr.Steve CishekMorrow has been very good all season long, providing excellent value to those who took him late.
Cincinnati RedsStrongRaisel IglesiasJared HughesAmir GarrettConverted starter Amir Garrett has taken control of the seventh from Wandy Peralta. Seems to be a trend in the Reds bullpen with the converted starters.
Cleveland IndiansStrongCody Allen Andrew MillerTyler OlsonMiller hasn't been his normally dominant self since returning, but there's nothing to worry about.
Colorado RockiesStrongWade DavisAdam OttavinoBryan Shaw Ottavino continues his incredible season, but remains behind closer Wade Davis.
Chicago White Sox ShakyNate JonesJace FryBruce RondonJones seems to be the preferred option in Chicago after Joakim Soria was removed from the ninth. It's still a committee, but Jones has the upper hand.
Detroit TigersStrongShane GreeneJoe Jimenez Buck FarmerGreene has been steady as she goes all season.
Houston AstrosMedium Ken GilesChris DevinskiBrad PeacockSince punching himself in the face, Giles has recorded five straight saves with a 0.00 ERA.
Kansas City Royals StrongKelvin HerreraBrad KellerKevin McCarthyKeller looks like he'll be first in line for saves when Herrera gets traded.
Los Angeles AngelsShakyJustin Anderson
Blake ParkerJim JohnsonBlake Parker has made a come-back of late, but still seems to be behind Anderson in the committee.
Los Angeles DodgersStrongKenley JansenJosh FieldsPedro BaezJansen is looking like himself more every time he goes out there. Not expecting a chance anytime soon.
Miami MarlinsShakyBrad Ziegler Kyle BarracloughDrew SteckrenriderZiegler is hanging onto this job by a thread, but is still first in line for saves.
Milwaukee BrewersShakyCorey KnebelJosh HaderJeremy Jeffress
Knebel recorded his first save since coming off the DL on Monday, and this bullpen is looking like one of the best in baseball.
Minnesota TwinsShakyFernando RodneyAddison ReedZack DukeRodney hasn't given up the job yet, so the arrows will continue to fly.
New York MetsStrongJeurys FamiliaRobert GsellmanA.J. RamosRamos is having serious control problems, and Gsellman has become the set-up man for Familia.
New York YankeesStrongAroldis ChapmanDavid RobertsonDellin BetancesChapman has been the very effective this season, despite slightly lower velocity than we're used to seeing from him.
Oakland AthleticsMediumBlake TreinenSantiago CasillaYusmeiro Petit Casilla continues to give up a lot of runs but is seemingly in line for saves if Blake Treinen gets hurt.
Philadelphia PhilliesMediumHector NerisEdubray RamosSeranthony DominguezGabe Kapler continues with his "no-defined roles" approach and the these three have been the main guys.
Pittsburgh PiratesStrongFelipe VazquezMichael FelizRichard Rodriguez Rough day for Vazquez, who blew the save and gave up three runs in his last appearance.
San Diego PadresStrongBrad HandKirby YatesCraig StammenHand is still firmly entrenched as the closer.
Seattle MarinersStrongEdwin DiazJuan NicasioNick VincentDiaz has slowed a little, but is still pitching like an elite closer.
San Francisco GiantsMediumHunter StricklandTony WatsonSam Dyson
Mark Melancon (DL)
Melancon is getting closer to returning, but will take some time to regain the closer role, if at all.
St. Louis CardinalsMediumBud NorrisJordan HicksGreg HollandJordan Hicks is insane, recording the five fastest pitches on the season (including two at 105 MPH) in his last appearance.
Tampa Bay RaysStrongAlex ColomeSergio RomoJose AlvaradoRomo made two starts over the weekend, but is still the bridge to Colome in the ninth. Hooray for modern rotations.
Texas RangersStrongKeone KelaChris MartinJake DiekmanMartin has returned from the DL and is back in the eighth.
Toronto Blue Jays MediumTyler ClippardRyan Tepera Seung Hwan Oh
John Axford
Roberto Osuna (Arrest)
Clippard is the clear Jays closer with Osuna still on the exempt list.
Washington NationalsStrongSean DoolittleBrandon KintzlerShawn KelleyDoolittle is finally staying healthy and it's paying off for the Nats and owners.

 

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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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