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2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings For Week 16

Posted: Jul 14, 2021Last updated: Jul 29, 2021

Welcome to The Game Day’s Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings, Depth Charts, Bullpen Report, & Sleepers For Saves. When you’re working the fantasy baseball waiver wire and trying to find the best sleepers for saves, you have to know each Major League Baseball team’s relief pitchers. Who has a path to 2021 fantasy baseball saves? Who’s going to focus on holds and setup appearances?

Kev Mahserejian ranks each fantasy baseball bullpen from strongest (1) to weakest (30) while giving security ratings for each club’s relief corps.

See which fantasy baseball closers are secure, questionable, or on shaky ground in their job security so you can plan ahead and remain in the race for your fantasy baseball league title. Identify the fantasy baseball league pickups you should make soon so you can have control over erratic 2021 fantasy baseball saves pictures.


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Week 16 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Closer: Ranger Suarez (?)
  • Backups: Jose Alvarado, Hector Neris, Archie Bradley

Ranger Suarez is looking like the best reliever in Philadelphia. While this may be by default thanks to the egregious performances of the others, Suarez’s 0.77 ERA is pretty nifty. Will it stay below 1.00 all season? Probably not but his peripherals are positive enough to consider him good for the job of closer. With a 3.07 SIERA carried by Suarez’s career-high 18% K-BB% and 2.84 GB/FB rate, we are looking at a high-end reliever in the making.

Suarez only has 2 saves thus far but they have come in back-to-back opportunities and that is enough momentum to carry over into the 2nd-half. The Phillies are contending in the NL East given that they are in 2nd place and 3.5 games behind the Mets. Their GM Dave Dombrowski is well known for trading prospects away for MLB talent to “win-now" but there’s no guarantee a move is made for a closer, especially if Suarez shows enough in the next few weeks before the deadline.

Hector Neris and Jose Alvarado are looking miserable even outside of the 9th-inning and Archie Bradley has been mediocre despite a sub-4.00 ERA. Trading for someone else is the only way Suarez won’t stick.

Cincinnati Reds

  • Closer: Heath Hembree (?)
  • Backups: Amir Garrett, Brad Brach, Tejay Antone (IL), Lucas Sims (IL)

Heath Hembree is having a breakout season at age 32. The Cincinnati Reds have worked wonders for the career middle-reliever and dug into his strikeout ability. Hembree’s 42.1% K-rate is a career-high and it is likely a result of increased velocity mixed with eliminating his curveball and solely throwing fastballs and sliders. He throws both at a near-even rate and essentially has doubled his career K-BB%.

While the fastball has lost some spin with the velo increase, it is still extremely effective while the slider is spinning at a higher rate than usual. There are no guarantees that Hembree keeps this role all season. If Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims return not only healthy, but also back to form, but I’m willing to bet against those given the nature of their respective injuries and overall performance of late.

With 6 saves on the season thus far, Hembree is the guy to own moving forward.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings, Depth Charts, Bullpen Report, & Sleepers For Saves

NEW CLOSER IN ALL CAPS.

RkTeamCloserNext In LineWatchJob SecurityNotes
1MetsEdwin DiazAdam OttavinoSeth LugoGREATDiaz is the best closer in baseball right now.
2GuardiansEmmanuel ClaseJames KarinchakTrevor StephanGREATClase now has 36 saves on the season.
3Blue JaysJordan RomanoYimi GarciaAnthony BassGREATRomano had a blown save with 3 ER on Sept. 18.
4White SoxLiam HendriksKendall GravemanJake DiekmanGREATHendriks has a 1.17 ERA this month.
5AstrosRyan PresslyRafael MonteroHector NerisGREATPressly has 10 K in 4.2 IP since returning from injury.
6OriolesFelix BautistaDillon TateCionel PerezGREATBautista has a 1.71 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 14 saves.
7RockiesDaniel BardCarlos EstevezDinelson LametGREATBard now has a 1.95 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 32 saves.
8BravesKenley JansenRaisel IglesiasA.J. MinterGREATJansen now has 36 saves on the season.
9GiantsCamilo DovalJohn BrebbiaTyler RogersGREATDoval has eight straight scoreless appearances.
10CardinalsRyan HelsleyGiovanny GallegosAndre PallanteGREATHelsley hasn't given up a run in three consecutive outings.
11MarinersPaul SewaldAndres MunozErik SwansonGREATSewald has a 2.62 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with 19 saves.
12RoyalsScott BarlowDylan ColemanAmir GarrettGREATBarlow has two saves this month.
13DodgersCraig KimbrelEvan PhillipsAlex VesiaGREATKimbrel has given up at least one run of two of his last three.
14BrewersDevin WilliamsMatt BushTaylor RogersSOLIDWilliams has a 1.76 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 13 saves.
15PadresJosh HaderNick MartinezLuis GarciaSOLIDHader has a 1.80 ERA and 0.60 WHIP this month.
16YankeesClay HolmesJonathan LoaisigaWandy PeraltaSOLIDHolmes has given up a run in four of his last five.
17TwinsJorge LopezJHOAN DURANMichael FulmerSOLIDLopez allowed 4 ER in his most recent outing.
18RaysPete FairbanksJason AdamColin PocheSOLIDFairbanks has converted the last four save opportunities.
19NationalsKyle FinneganCarl Edwards Jr.Hunter HarveySOLIDFinnegan has two saves since Sept. 16.
20TigersGregory SotoAndrew ChafinJoe JimenezSOLIDSoto got a clean save on Sept. 20.
21RedsAlexis DiazHunter StricklandIan GibautSOLIDDiaz now has a 1.86 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with seven saves.
22AngelsJimmy HergetRyan TeperaJose QuijadaSOLIDHerget has given up 2 ER in his last 27 IP.
23RangersJose LeclercJonathan HernandezMatt MooreSOLIDLeclerc has four saves since Sept. 6.
24AthleticsDOMINGO ACEVEDOA.J. PukJoel PayampsSOLIDAcevedo has converted the last three save opportunities.
25PhilliesDavid RobertsonSERANTHONY DOMINGUEZJose AlvaradoCOMMITTEEDominguez is back, so it's once again a committee in Philly.
26CubsBrandon HughesRowan WickMark Leiter Jr.SOLIDHughes has given up a run in two of his last four.
27MarlinsDylan FloroTanner ScottSteven OkertSHAKYFloro is officially the lead closer in Miami.
28Red SoxJohn SchreiberMatt BarnesMATT STRAHMCOMMITTEEStrahm converted the most recent save opportunity.
29DiamondbacksIan KennedyMark MelanconJoe MantiplySHAKYSteer clear of this ugly situation.
30PiratesWil CroweDAVID BEDNAR (IL)Duane Underwood Jr.SHAKYBednar has looked good in his rehab assignment.

Author

Kev Mahserejian

Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.

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