Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

by Travis Argo
Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart 7/1/22 update: Multiple arms are on the IL this week (Dodgers, Royals, Cardinals). The Royals and Marlins have their committee tags removed. The Braves are now a committee with Kenley Jansen out.

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 2020 Closer Chart. Stay tuned weekly for any, and all, relief pitching changes throughout the fantasy season.

Be sure to check out the rest of our Fantasy Baseball content for the latest news and notes to help you win your league. Stay frosty!

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

BALBuzzedJorge Lopez Dillion TateFelix BautistaBautista has been on a roll lately, recording two holds and a win in his last five games. Tate's strikeout numbers keep him ahead of Bautista, but Tate's seat is warming up.
BOS*Drunk TankTanner HouckMatt StrahmHansel RoblesHouck recorded his 4th save o f the season and appears to be the committee leader for Boston.
NYYSoberClay HolmesMichael KingMiguel CastroAroldis Chapman
Jonathan Loaisiga
Chapman is close to returning, but it's sounding like Chapman will not get his spot as the main closer from Holmes.
TB*Drunk TankColin PocheBrooks RaleyJason AdamAndrew Kittredge
J.P. Feyereisen
Andrew Kittredge is back on the IL, and will most likely to be out for a while.
TOR*SoberJordan RomanoAdam CimberYimi GarciaMay was a good month for Romano racking up 6 saves. That production should continue for him in June.
CHWSoberKendall GravemanAaron BummerJose RuizLiam HendriksHendriks is on the IL with a foreman strain. Graveman will close until Hendriks retruns.
CLESoberEmmanuel ClaseTrevor StephanAnthony GoseJames KarnichakClase picked up his 8th save of the season after not having one in his last six games. The Guardians have been winning quite a few games recently, maybe that streak will continue so Clase can jump up to double-digit saves.
DET*Drunk TankGregory SotoMichael FulmerAndrew ChafinAndrew Chafin, you and your glorious mustache are now on the chart. Chafin has been a solid setup man for the Tigers, recording his first save and 6th hold in his last five appearances.
KCSoberScott BarlowDylan ColemanTaylor ClarkeAmir Garrett
Josh Staumont
Josh Staumont is on the IL with a neck strain. Barlow will be the main guy until Staumont returns.
MIN*Drunk TankJhoan DuranEmilio PaganTyler DuffeyJorge Alcala
Pagan was placed on the restricted list, so Duran will man the closing duties until Pagan returns. Even then Pagan might not get his spot back as committee lead.
HOUSoberRyan PresslyRafael MonteroRyne StanekMontero on had rough night against the Royals on 6/4. A few more outing like that and he will lose his setup job to Stanek, who hasn't allowed a run since April 29.
LAA SoberRaisel Iglesias Ryan TeperaAaron LoupFantasy mangers might want to pick up Aaron Loup since Iglesias and Tepera will be suspended a few games.
OAK*Drunk TankA.J. PukLou TrivinoZach JacksonDany JimenezLou Trivino is back on the chart after picking up two saves, but Puk is still the As' arm you want.
SEA*Drunk TankPaul SewaldDiego CastilloAndres MunozI think I'm starting to get a handle on how Seattle is using the bullpen, and Sewald is their lead dog in the committee, recording his 3rd save on 6/3.
TEXSoberJoe Barlow Dennis SantanaBrett MartinMatt BushMatt Bush is on the IL which means 8th inning duties will go to Santana.
ATL*Drunk TankA.J. MinterWill Smith Collin McHughTyler Matzek
Kenley Jansen
Both Minter and Smith have gotten a save in Jansen's absence, so they are getting the committee tag.
MIASoberTanner Scott
Anthony BassCole SulserAnthony BenderTanner Scott has taken the closer job, so the committee tag has been removed from the Marlins.
NYMSoberEdwin DiazSeth LugoDrew SmithDrew Smith is considered day-to-day with a dislocated pinky. Lugo will be the setup man for Diaz until Smith is fully healed.
PHL*Drunk TankSeranthony DominguezBrad HandJose Alvarado Dominguez has been the "goto" guy after racking up two saves, but Rob Thompson will not yet declare him the closer, so the committee tag stays.
WASBuzzedTanner RaineyKyle FinneganCarl Edwards Jr.Welcome to the closer chart Carl Edwards Jr. He has been fantastic as the Nationals' 7th inning man, recording 12 strikeouts, and only allowed 2 hits in his last 12 outings. Plus, he hasn't allowed a single run during that time.
CHCBuzzedDavid RobertsonRowan WickMychal GivensRobertson has been hit-or-miss since returning from injury. He has two blown saves and two saves. David Ross has shown any indications of moving away from Robertson, but you should keep an eye on it If the struggles continue. Plus, it also helps Robertson that both Wick and Givens aren't pitching well either , so no real trouble of them taking his job.
CIN*Drunk TankHunter Strickland Jeff HoffmanJoel KuhlLucas Sims
Tony Stanillan
Alexis Diaz
Diaz is joining the long list of Reds' arms on the IL.
MILSoberJosh Hader Devin WilliamsBrad BoxbergerHader is back from the paternity list.
PITSoberDavid BednarChris StrattonWil CroweDavid Bednar is dealing with a back issue, but will avoid an IL stint.
STL*Drunk TankRyan HelsleyGiovanny GallegosZack ThompsonAlex Reyes
Genesis Cabrera
Genesis Cabrera has been placed on the IL, which moves Thompson up the chart.
ARISoberMark MelanconIan KennedyJoe MantiplyMelancon seems to have gotten himself back on track racking up four saves and his first win in his last 7 games.
COLSoberDaniel Bard
Alex ColomeCarlos EstevezTyler KinleyKinley is on the IL. I guess Estevez gets his spot on the chart back.
LADSoberCraig KimbrelBrusdar GraterolEvan PhillipsBlake Treinen
Daniel Hudson
Daniel Hudson suffered a season ending ACL injury. Graterol will be the setup man for Kimbrel for the rest of the season.
SDSoberTaylor RogersLuis GarciaNabil CrismattPierce Johnson
Robert Suarez
Robert Suarez was placed on the IL with a knee injury. Crismatt will move up the hierarchy.
SFSoberCamilo DovalDominic LeoneJake McGeeMcGee's has been struggling and recently has been taken out of late inning work, so he is moving down the chart.

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