2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings For Week 17

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

Detroit Tigers

  • Closer: Gregory Soto
  • Backups: Jose Cisnero, Michael Fulmer (IL)

With Fulmer (neck) back on the injured list, Soto has seemingly re-established himself as Detroit’s closer this season. Soto was just selected to the All-Star team and is under team control through 2025, which makes him unlikely to be traded at the deadline.

Fulmer — a possible trade candidate — just began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo and is set to return from the IL soon. If he makes it back before the deadline, it’s possible that he’ll be re-inserted into the closer role to spike interest among contending teams. Regardless of whether he’s traded or not, Fulmer is a mediocre closing option and will likely shift to a setup role either way.

If Soto does lose his ninth-inning job when Fulmer returns, it will likely only be temporary. Hang onto him until the deadline passes, then re-evaluate whether he’s worth retaining for the rest of the season.


Chicago Cubs

  • Closer: Craig Kimbrel
  • Backups: Ryan Tepera, Rex Brothers, Andrew Chafin, Rowan Wick (IL)

This has nothing to do with Kimbrel’s performance, but rather the Cubs as a whole. They are gearing up for a rebuild and trading Joc Pederson was the first domino to fall. Kimbrel is likely next in line given how often high-end relievers are dealt at the deadline. The price tag will be hefty, but some team is bound to pony up given his track record.

Kimbrel’s fantasy value should not be affected by a trade, but his backups are the targets here. Tepera — the presumed next man up — is also a trade candidate given how inexpensive he is salary-wise. He’s been incredible since last season and has closed several times in the past, so he is absolutely worth considering as a pickup.

Chafin is another trade candidate, but if he stays in Chicago there is a chance he sees closing opportunities until Wick is activated from the IL. Wick has not pitched in the bigs at all this season, but he’s working his way back from an oblique injury and is currently on a rehab assignment. With six career saves under his belt, he’s worth a speculative add in deeper leagues where saves are at a premium.


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

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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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