2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings For Week 16

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?

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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


RkTeamCloserNext In Line/Committee MembersJob Security
1Milwaukee BrewersJosh HaderDevin Williams, Brad BoxbergerGREAT
2Chicago White SoxLiam HendriksCraig KimbrelGREAT
3Los Angeles AngelsRaisel IglesiasMike MayersGREAT
4New York MetsEdwin DiazTrevor May, Joakim SoriaGREAT
5San Francisco GiantsJake McGeeTyler RogersGREAT
6St. Louis CardinalsGiovanny GallegosAlex ReyesSOLID
7San Diego PadresMark MelanconEmilio Pagan, Austin AdamsGREAT
8Toronto Blue JaysJordan RomanoAdam Cimber, Julian MerryweatherGREAT
9Houston AstrosRyan PresslyKendall Graveman, Yimi GarciaGREAT
10Los Angeles DodgersKenley JansenBlake Treinen, Joe KellyGREAT
11Atlanta BravesWill SmithRichard RodriguezSOLID
12New York YankeesAroldis ChapmanChad Green, Jonathan LoaisigaSOLID
13Cleveland IndiansEmmanuel ClaseJames KarinchakSOLID
14Philadelphia PhilliesIan KennedyJose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, Hector NerisGREAT
15Tampa Bay RaysANDREW KITTREDGERyan Sheriff, Pete Fairbanks, Matt WislerSOLID
16Minnesota TwinsAlex ColomeTyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)SOLID
17Detroit TigersGregory SotoJose Cisnero, Michael FulmerGREAT
18Boston Red SoxHansel RoblesAdam Ottavino, Matt BarnesSOLID
19Cincinnati RedsMychal GivensMichael LorenzenSOLID
20Seattle MarinersDREW STECKENRIDERPaul Sewald, Yohan Ramirez, Diego CastilloCOMMITTEE
21Kansas City RoyalsScott BarlowJosh Staumont, Josh BrentzLOW
22Miami MarlinsDylan FloroAnthony BenderSOLID
23Washington NationalsKyle FinneganTanner RaineySOLID
24Chicago CubsRowan WickAdam MorganSOLID
25Pittsburgh PiratesDavid BednarChris StrattonSOLID
26Texas RangersJoe BarlowJosh Sborz, DeMarcus EvansLOW
27Arizona DiamondbacksTyler ClippardSam Poppen, JB BukauskasSOLID
28Baltimore OriolesCole SulserPaul Fry, Tanner ScottLOW
29Oakland AthleticsN/AJake Diekman, Andrew Chafin, Sergio Romo, Lou TrivinoCOMMITTEE
30Colorado RockiesDaniel BardCarlos EstevezSOLID

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