Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

by Travis Argo
Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart

Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart 9/12/22 update: Matt Barnes is back and Jose Leclerc is the Rangers' closer again!

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
BALSoberFelix BautistaDillion TateCionel PerezBaustista is dealing with some arm fatigue, managers need to pay attention to his usage.
BOS*Drunk TankJohn SchreiberMatt BarnesGarrett WhitlockTanner HouckBarnes is making a "come back" and is now the second head of Boston's committee.
NYY*Drunk TankClay HolmesWandy Peralta Jonathan LoaisigaMichael King
Aroldis Chapman
Caly Holmes has returned from the IL and regains his spot as the leader of the committee.
TB*Drunk TankPete Fairbanks
Colin PocheJason AdamAndrew Kittredge
J.P. Feyereisen
Pete Fairbanks has been one of the best bullpen arms in baseball and will lead the Rays going forward.
TOR*SoberJordan RomanoYimi GarciaAnthony BassRomano recorded his 32nd save on 9/6.
AL CENTRAL
CHWSoberLiam HendriksKendall GravemanJoe KellyHendriks is on fire, recording four saves and one win in his last five outings.
CLESoberEmmanuel ClaseJames KarnichakTrevor StephanKarnichak records his second save and is moving up the chart!
DET*Drunk TankGregory SotoJoe JimenezAndrew ChafinSoto has been hit or miss lately, managers need to pay attention to see if Jimenez gets more work.
KCSoberScott BarlowDylan ColemanAmir Garrett Taylor Clarke
Josh Staumont
Barlow records his 21st save on 9/4.
MINSoberJorge LopezJhoan DuranEmilio PaganJorge Alcala
Twins are no longer a committee and Lopez is the guy.
AL WEST
HOUSoberRyan PresslyRafael MonteroRyne StanekPressly has been activated off the IL.
LAA*Drunk TankJose QuijadaJimmy HergetRyan TeperaDespite recording his second blown save, Herget has been effective recording 10 strikeouts in his last seven innings. Herget could receive more work in the Angels' committee,
OAK*Drunk TankA.J. PukDany JimenezSheldon NeuseZach JacksonSheldon Neuse has been fantastic and don't be surprised if he is the closer by the end of the season.
SEA*Drunk TankPaul SewaldDiego CastilloAndres MunozIt appears that Seattle wants Sewald to be the main closer, but need to see more consistent work before removing the committee tag.
TEXSoberJose Leclerc Jonathan HernandezMatt MooreIt took a minute, but Leclrec is back to being the closer for the Rangers.
NL EAST
ATLBuzzedKenley JansenRaisel IglesiasA.J. MinterJansen is struggling and could loss his job if he can't turn it around. He has a 8.44 ERA in his last six games.
MIASoberDylan Floro
Tanner ScottSteven OkertDylan Floro recorded his 4th save on 9/9.
NYMSoberEdwin DiazAdam OttavinoSeth LugoOttavino has a 17% swinging-strike rate in his last five outings and is the new setup man for Diaz.
PHL*Drunk TankDavid RobertsonBrad HandJose AlvaradoSeranthony DominguezSeranthony Dominguez is close to returning from the IL.
WAS*Drunk TankKyle FinneganCarl Edwards Jr.Hunter HarveyTanner RaineyThe Nationals are pitching Finnegan all over the place, so we going to apply the committee tag again.
NL CENTRAL
CHCSoberBrandon HughesRowan WickMichael RuckerHughes is officially the Cubs closer.
CINSoberAlexis DiazHunter StricklandJustin HoffmanLucas Sims


Diaz has recorded two wins in a row.
MILSoberDevin WilliamsTaylor RogersMatt BushBush has recorded three holds in a row and is now on the chart.
PIT*Drunk TankWil CroweYerry De Los SantosDuane UnderwoodDavid BednarBednar is on the 15-Day IL and the Pirates will now become a committee until Bednar returns.
STL*Drunk TankRyan HelsleyGiovanny GallegosJordan HicksAlex Reyes
As soon as I add Hicks to the chart he starts to struggle again, allowing three earned runs and one home run.
NL WEST
ARI*Drunk TankIan KennedyMark MelanconJoe MantiplyKennedy has blown two saves which opens the door for Melancon to get his old job back.
COLSoberDaniel Bard
Carlos EstevezAlex ColomeTyler Kinley
Alex Colome is back from the IL.
LADSoberCraig KimbrelEvan PhillipsAelx VesiaDaniel Hudson
Brusdar Graterol
Blake Treinen is back from the IL, but the Dodgers will take their time in bringing him back.
SDSoberJosh Harder
Nick Martinez Luis GarciaPierce Johnson
Robert Suarez
Hader is back as the committee leader for the Padres.
SFSoberCamilo DovalJohn BrebbiaTyler RogersDominic LeoneDominic Leone is on the IL with a elbow issue.

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