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Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart 9-19-21 update: Jake McGee and Gregory Soto were placed on the IL.

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


TEAMSBAC LEVELLEAD CLOSERSETUP MANNEXT MAN UPIL/COVID LISTTEAM NEWS
AL EAST
BAL*Drunk TankTyler WellsCole SulserDillon TateHunter HarveyTyler Wells is back from the IL, and Brandon Hyde says he wants to use Wells as the primary closer. The Orioles will stay as a committee until Wells is used as a consistent closer.
BOS*Drunk TankAdam OttavinoGarrett WhitlockHansel RoblesRyan BrasierMatt Barnes is out as the closer which makes Boston a closing committee. Ottavino picked up his second straight save which makes the leader of the pack.
NYY*Drunk TankAroldis ChapmanChad GreenWandy PeraltaJonathan LoaisigaLoaisiga is on the IL with a strained rotator cuff.
TB*Drunk TankAndrew KittredgeColin McHughPete Fairbanks
Nick Anderson (60-Day IL)
JP Feyereisen
Jeffrey Springs
Matt Wisler
Fairbanks is back from the IL.
TOR*SoberJordan RomanoAdam CimberTim MayzaKirby Yates
Julian Merryweather


Brad Hand has been awful for the Jays, and Mayza pick up his first save, so he moving up the chart.
AL CENTRAL
CHW*SoberLiam HendriksCraig KimbrelMichael KopechKopech is moving up the closer chart; he has been outstanding in his previous three games, allowing no runs and three strikeouts.
CLE*Drunk TankEmmanuel ClaseBryan Shaw Blake ParkerCleveland sent James Karinchak to Triple-A.
DET*Drunk TankMichael FulmerKyle FunkhouserJose CisneroGregory SotoSoto has been placed on the IL. Fulmer picked up his 10th save, so he is the committee leader.
KC*Drunk TankScott BarlowJosh StaumontWade DavisJesse Hahn
Greg Holland
Barlow is finally the committee leader in the Royals' bullpen. He recorded the Royals' last two saves, has pitched the most high leverage innings, and has the most strikeouts in the bullpen.
MIN*Drunk TankAlex ColomeTyler DuffeyCaleb ThielbarTaylor RogersAlex Colome is back as the Twins closer (not because of his performance) because Hansel Robles was traded to Boston, and Rogers is on the IL.
AL WEST
HOUSoberRyan PresslyKendall GravemanYimi GarciaRyne Stanek is pitching lights out, striking out six batters and not allowing a single run in his last five appearances. Garcia is pitching just as well, so he'll remain on the chart, but fantasy managers should keep an eye on Stanek.
LAA SoberRaisel Iglesias Steve CishekMike MayersAt one point, Maddon said he wouldn't use Mayers in high leverage innings, but Mayers has turned it around, allowing only three earned runs in his last 10 appearances. I need to see Mayers continue this success a little more before he overtakes Cishek.
OAK*Drunk TankSergio RomoJake DiekmanAndrew ChafinThe A's are giving Trivino a break from his closing duties, which moves Romo up the hierarchy of Oakland's closing committee.
SEA*Drunk TankDrew SteckenriderPaul SewladDiego CastilloSteckenrider is overtaking Sewald as the committee leader. He has gotten four out of the last six saves for Seatle.
TEX*Drunk TankJoe BarlowSpencer PattonJosh SborzJonathan Hernandez
Jose Leclerc
Matt Bush
Joe Barlow
Joe Barlow is off the IL, and retakes his role as committee leader.
NL EAST
ATLSoberWill SmithRichard Rodriguez Luke JacksonSO, Rodriguez's arrival hasn't turned the Braves' bullpen into a committee as many of us thought it would. The Braves are no longer a drunk tank.
MIA*Drunk TankDylan FloroAnthony BenderRichard Bleier Floro has overtaken Bender as the committee leader for the Marlins.
NYMSoberEdwin DiazTrevor MaySeth LugoDellinan Betances Trevor May has leapfrogged Seth Lugo as the Mets setup man.
PHLSoberIan KennedyJose AlvaradoArchie Bradley Alvarado picked up his fifth save, so he is moving up the chart over Bradley.
WAS*Drunk TankKyle FinneganAndrews MachadoAustin VothWill HarrisGabe Klobosits was sent to Triple-A, and Austin Voth is back from the IL.
NL CENTRAL
CHCSoberRowan WickAdam MorganCodi HeuerAdam Morgan has been the Cubs' best bullpen arm since the All-Star break.
CIN*Drunk TankMychal GivensMichael LorenzenLucas SimsTejay AntoneMychal Givens has recorded two saves in his last three appearances, which will make him the committee leader for the Reds.
MILSoberJosh HaderDevin WilliamsBrad BoxbergerJosh Hader has returned from the COVID IL.
PIT SoberChris StrattonChasen ShreveChad KuhlDavid BednarDavid Bednar is hitting the IL with a right oblique strain, which makes Stratton the closer.
STL*Drunk TankGiovanny GallegosAlex ReyesGenesis CabreraJordan HicksThe Cardinals are now a full blown committee now, and Gallegos is the leader not Reyes.
NL WEST
ARI*Drunk TankJ.B. WendelkenTyler ClippardNoe RamirezClippard is back from the IL, but Torey Lovullo is not sure if Clippard will retake his closer role, so we have to wait to see for now.
COL SoberCarlos EstevezJhoulys ChacinTyler KinleyScott Oberg Daniel Bard is off the chart, he has been terrible ever since he lost his job to Estevez.
LADSoberKenley JansenBlake TreinenJoe KellyJoe Kelly is back from the COVID-19 IL.
SDSoberMark MelanconEmilio PaganDaniel HudsonDrew PomeranzDrew Pomeranz is back on the IL.
SF*Drunk TankTyler RogersDominic LeoneTony WatsonReyes Moronta
Jake McGee
McGee is on the IL, which means Rogers and Leone will split closing duties.

About Travis Argo

I'm a die hard fan of teams that constantly disappointment me every season. So, I write about fantasy sports to forget my sorrows. That's hard sometimes because I'm a Pacers correspondent for Fantasypros.com. I also recently graduated with honors from UNCC. Go Niners...I guess.

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