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
- 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.
- 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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|Rk||Team||Closer||Next In Line||Watch||Job Security||Notes|
|1||Mets||Edwin Diaz||Adam Ottavino||Seth Lugo||GREAT||Diaz is the best closer in baseball right now.|
|2||Guardians||Emmanuel Clase||James Karinchak||Trevor Stephan||GREAT||Clase now has 36 saves on the season.|
|3||Blue Jays||Jordan Romano||Yimi Garcia||Anthony Bass||GREAT||Romano had a blown save with 3 ER on Sept. 18.|
|4||White Sox||Liam Hendriks||Kendall Graveman||Jake Diekman||GREAT||Hendriks has a 1.17 ERA this month.|
|5||Astros||Ryan Pressly||Rafael Montero||Hector Neris||GREAT||Pressly has 10 K in 4.2 IP since returning from injury.|
|6||Orioles||Felix Bautista||Dillon Tate||Cionel Perez||GREAT||Bautista has a 1.71 ERA and 0.86 WHIP with 14 saves.|
|7||Rockies||Daniel Bard||Carlos Estevez||Dinelson Lamet||GREAT||Bard now has a 1.95 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 32 saves.|
|8||Braves||Kenley Jansen||Raisel Iglesias||A.J. Minter||GREAT||Jansen now has 36 saves on the season.|
|9||Giants||Camilo Doval||John Brebbia||Tyler Rogers||GREAT||Doval has eight straight scoreless appearances.|
|10||Cardinals||Ryan Helsley||Giovanny Gallegos||Andre Pallante||GREAT||Helsley hasn't given up a run in three consecutive outings.|
|11||Mariners||Paul Sewald||Andres Munoz||Erik Swanson||GREAT||Sewald has a 2.62 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with 19 saves.|
|12||Royals||Scott Barlow||Dylan Coleman||Amir Garrett||GREAT||Barlow has two saves this month.|
|13||Dodgers||Craig Kimbrel||Evan Phillips||Alex Vesia||GREAT||Kimbrel has given up at least one run of two of his last three.|
|14||Brewers||Devin Williams||Matt Bush||Taylor Rogers||SOLID||Williams has a 1.76 ERA and 0.94 WHIP with 13 saves.|
|15||Padres||Josh Hader||Nick Martinez||Luis Garcia||SOLID||Hader has a 1.80 ERA and 0.60 WHIP this month.|
|16||Yankees||Clay Holmes||Jonathan Loaisiga||Wandy Peralta||SOLID||Holmes has given up a run in four of his last five.|
|17||Twins||Jorge Lopez||JHOAN DURAN||Michael Fulmer||SOLID||Lopez allowed 4 ER in his most recent outing.|
|18||Rays||Pete Fairbanks||Jason Adam||Colin Poche||SOLID||Fairbanks has converted the last four save opportunities.|
|19||Nationals||Kyle Finnegan||Carl Edwards Jr.||Hunter Harvey||SOLID||Finnegan has two saves since Sept. 16.|
|20||Tigers||Gregory Soto||Andrew Chafin||Joe Jimenez||SOLID||Soto got a clean save on Sept. 20.|
|21||Reds||Alexis Diaz||Hunter Strickland||Ian Gibaut||SOLID||Diaz now has a 1.86 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with seven saves.|
|22||Angels||Jimmy Herget||Ryan Tepera||Jose Quijada||SOLID||Herget has given up 2 ER in his last 27 IP.|
|23||Rangers||Jose Leclerc||Jonathan Hernandez||Matt Moore||SOLID||Leclerc has four saves since Sept. 6.|
|24||Athletics||DOMINGO ACEVEDO||A.J. Puk||Joel Payamps||SOLID||Acevedo has converted the last three save opportunities.|
|25||Phillies||David Robertson||SERANTHONY DOMINGUEZ||Jose Alvarado||COMMITTEE||Dominguez is back, so it's once again a committee in Philly.|
|26||Cubs||Brandon Hughes||Rowan Wick||Mark Leiter Jr.||SOLID||Hughes has given up a run in two of his last four.|
|27||Marlins||Dylan Floro||Tanner Scott||Steven Okert||SHAKY||Floro is officially the lead closer in Miami.|
|28||Red Sox||John Schreiber||Matt Barnes||MATT STRAHM||COMMITTEE||Strahm converted the most recent save opportunity.|
|29||Diamondbacks||Ian Kennedy||Mark Melancon||Joe Mantiply||SHAKY||Steer clear of this ugly situation.|
|30||Pirates||Wil Crowe||DAVID BEDNAR (IL)||Duane Underwood Jr.||SHAKY||Bednar has looked good in his rehab assignment.|