Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

by Travis Argo
Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart 5/30/23 update: The Blue Jays have a new arm in their bullpen; Matt Moore and Pete Fairbanks are on the IL; and Liam Hendriks has returned to the mound!

Be sure to check out all the new info below and adjust your lineups/rosters accordingly!

As witnessed year-in and year-out, Relief Pitcher exemplifies the term "volatility" more than any other position in baseball. Injuries, repeated blown saves/ineffective outings, and deadline trades are just a few reasons for player movement at the position.

The Closer role is an even more-fluid position due to the influx of "Closer Committees" present throughout the league. Numerous MLB teams have adopted this philosophy, allowing for more flexibility in deploying their best pitchers during the later innings.

Last season we altered the Job Security Legend in an effort to stay true to our site's namesake. This year, we are keeping a similar format, but we have updated the BAC Levels slightly. Here is the breakdown of updated levels of confidence from high to low:

  • Sober: Who got the keys to the Jeep? This guy does, and he is the clear Designated Driver of his team's ninth-inning duties.
  • Buzzed: This player has a clear case of the hiccups, but he's still the best choice for late-night excitement.
  • Hammered: Sloppy and stumbling are continually used to describe this player's performance. His seat at the center field bar is ripe for the taking.
  • Drunk Tank: Our new Closer Committee classification (noted with an *) for teams with two-plus relievers trying to seal the deal.

Pick-up a Sixer, and come drink-in all the frothy goodness of our 2023 Closer Chart. Stay tuned weekly for any, and all, relief pitching changes throughout the fantasy season.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

BALSoberFelix BautistaBryan BakerYennier CanoDillion TateYennier Cano has been tearing it up this week, racking up two holds and a save, So welcome to the closer chart Cano. Baker is moving up as the setup man, but if Cano keeps this rate up he’ll be the setup man for Bautista.
BOSSoberKenley JansenChris MartinJosh WinckowskiJohn
Schreiber is expected to be out for three months with a shoulder strain. Winckowski will setup in Schreiber's absence.
NYY*Drunk TankMichael KingWandy PeraltaClay HolmesTommy KahnleWandy Peralta picked up his second save of the season, so the Yankees will now be a closing committee. King is still leader even though his last outing as tough, but the Rays' offense is crushing everyone so we won't hold that against him.
TB*Drunk Tank*Jason AdamsColin PocheKevin KellyAndrew Kittredge
Pete Fairbanks
Fairbanks is heading back to the IL with hip inflammation. Kevin Kelly will join Poche and Adams as the newest member of the closing committee.
TORSoberJordan RomanoErik SwansonNate PearsonNate Pearson has been great for the Jays since being moved to the bullpen, he has 13 strikeouts in his last 10 games. Welcome to the chart Nate Pearson.
CHW*Drunk TankKendall GravemanReynaldo LopezJoe KellyLiam Hendriks has return to the mound! He still has some rust to shake off before joining the closer chart, but it's great to see him out on the mound again.
CLESoberEmmanuel ClaseJames Karnichak Trevor StephanWell, Karnichak has fought his way back to being the setup man for Clase. Karnichak has recorded two holds in his last two outings. Plus, he is starting to regain his strikeout numbers.
DETSoberAlex LangeJose CisneroJason FoleyLange is rounding into form with his seventh save of the season on 5/15.
KCBuzzedScott BarlowAroldis ChapmanJosh Staumont
Taylor Clarke
After not being used for awhile, Staumont has been pitching clean innings in his last seven appearances, but Clarke is being used in situations, so Staumont will join Clarke as the next man up on the chart.
MINSoberJhoan DuranJorge LopezBrock Stewart Brock Stewart has recorded his fourth hold of the season and has a strikeout in every appearance since May 10, so Stewart is moving up the chart.
HOUSoberRyan PresslyBryan AbreuRafael MonteroAbreu picked up his second save of the season on 4/23. Abreu has been on fire so far so he is moving up the chart over Montero.
LAASoberCarlos EstevezChris DevenskiJacob WebbJose Quijada
Matt Moore
Matt Moore is on the IL with an oblique strain. Devenski and Webb will takeover Moore's role as setup man for Estevez.
OAK*Drunk TankRichard LoveladySam MollTrevor MayDany Jimenez
Zach Jackson
Trevor May is back from the IL, and we are taking the wait-and-see approach with May to see if he can regain his spot as top of the committee.
SEA*Drunk TankPaul SewaldJustin TopaTrevor GottAndres MunozMatt Brash has been all over the place with his pitching, so Brash is off the chart until he shows some consistency.
TEXSoberWill SmithJose LeclercJonathan HernandezBochy has made it official that Will Smith is the closer going forward.
ATLSoberRaisel IglesiasA.J. MinterNick AndersonIglesias has returned from the IL and will be the closer for the Braves.
MIA*Drunk TankDylan FloroTanner ScottJT Chargois A.J. PukChargois picked up a save on 5/28 and has been a reliable option out of the bullpen, so he is moving up the chart.
NYMBuzzedDavid RobertsonAdam OttavinoDrew SmithEdwin Diaz
Brooks Raley
Brooks Raley is on the IL with a elbow injury, which moves Drew Smith up the chart as Raley's replacement.
PHL*Drunk TankCraig KimbrelSeranthony DominguezGregory SotoJose Alvarado Alvarado is heading to the 15-Day IL with elbow inflammation. That means the Philadelphia is back to being a closer by committee which will be led by Kimbrel.
WASSoberKyle FinneganHunter HarveyCarl Edwards Jr.Tanner RaineyHarvey picked up his first save of the season on 5/7 and is moving up the chart. He has been fantastic at getting strikeouts, especially in high leverage innings where he has 12.86 K/9 rate.
CHC*Drunk TankMark Leiter Jr.Adbert AlzolayMichael FulmerBrandon Hughes
Brad Boxberger
Boxberger is heading to the IL, which means Leiter Jr. moves up to the leader of the bullpen. Leiter has been pitching very well and Boxberger might not get his old spot back when he returns.
CINBuzzedAlexis DiazLucas SimsDerek LawTejay Antone
Sims has been very effective since returning from the IL. He is striking out batters and keeping runs off the board, so he is returning to his old spot as the setup man.
MILSoberDevin WilliamsPeter StrzeleckiBryse WilsonMatt BushWith Matt Bush on the 15-Day IL, there is plenlty of chances for people to move up the chart, but everyone outside of Williams is struggling on the mound for the Brew Crew. Hoby Milner might find his way on the chart if Wilson and Strzelecki keep struggling.
PITSoberDavid BednarColin HoldermanRobert StephensonWelcome back to the chart Robert Stephenson. He has racked up six holds in his last seven appearances.
STL*Drunk TankRyan HelsleyGiovanny GallegosDrew VerHagenThe Cardinals bullpen is a mess. Helsley and Gallegos are the leaders of this committee, but the third spot to go to anyone, VerHagen will keep it for now since he has walked away with a hold and a win in his last two outings.
ARI*Drunk TankAndrew ChafinMiguel CastroScott McGoughMark Melancon
Joe Mantiply
Even though Castro is heating up Chafin's seat as the leader, Chafin is pitching well enough to keep Castro as bay.
COLBuzzedPierce JohnsonJustin LawrenceJake BirdJustin Lawrence has been unsung hero this season and has been punching out batters left and right. He has 13 strikeouts in his last ten outings. Lawrence is putting some real pressure on Johnson for the closer job.
LAD*Drunk TankEvan PhillipsBrusdar GraterolCaleb FergusonBlake Treinen
Alex Reyes
Daniel Hudson
Caleb Ferguson recorded his second save of the season and is joining Phillips and Graterol as another key arm in the Dodgers' committee.
SDSoberJosh Hader
Nick MartinezLuis Garcia Robert SuarezMartinez is moving up the chart as Harder's setup man. He has two holds in his last two outings and might be the second best strikeout option behind Harder.
SFSoberCamilo DovalTyler RogersJohn BrebbiaDoval is on a hot streak with four consecutive saves.

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