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?
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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/Committee Members||Job Security|
|1||Milwaukee Brewers||Josh Hader||Devin Williams, Brad Boxberger||GREAT|
|2||Chicago White Sox||Liam Hendriks||Craig Kimbrel||GREAT|
|3||Los Angeles Angels||Raisel Iglesias||Mike Mayers||GREAT|
|4||New York Mets||Edwin Diaz||Trevor May, Joakim Soria||GREAT|
|5||San Francisco Giants||Jake McGee||Tyler Rogers||GREAT|
|6||St. Louis Cardinals||Giovanny Gallegos||Alex Reyes||SOLID|
|7||San Diego Padres||Mark Melancon||Emilio Pagan, Austin Adams||GREAT|
|8||Toronto Blue Jays||Jordan Romano||Adam Cimber, Julian Merryweather||GREAT|
|9||Houston Astros||Ryan Pressly||Kendall Graveman, Yimi Garcia||GREAT|
|10||Los Angeles Dodgers||Kenley Jansen||Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly||GREAT|
|11||Atlanta Braves||Will Smith||Richard Rodriguez||SOLID|
|12||New York Yankees||Aroldis Chapman||Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga||SOLID|
|13||Cleveland Indians||Emmanuel Clase||James Karinchak||SOLID|
|14||Philadelphia Phillies||Ian Kennedy||Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, Hector Neris||GREAT|
|15||Tampa Bay Rays||ANDREW KITTREDGE||Ryan Sheriff, Pete Fairbanks, Matt Wisler||SOLID|
|16||Minnesota Twins||Alex Colome||Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)||SOLID|
|17||Detroit Tigers||Gregory Soto||Jose Cisnero, Michael Fulmer||GREAT|
|18||Boston Red Sox||Hansel Robles||Adam Ottavino, Matt Barnes||SOLID|
|19||Cincinnati Reds||Mychal Givens||Michael Lorenzen||SOLID|
|20||Seattle Mariners||DREW STECKENRIDER||Paul Sewald, Yohan Ramirez, Diego Castillo||COMMITTEE|
|21||Kansas City Royals||Scott Barlow||Josh Staumont, Josh Brentz||LOW|
|22||Miami Marlins||Dylan Floro||Anthony Bender||SOLID|
|23||Washington Nationals||Kyle Finnegan||Tanner Rainey||SOLID|
|24||Chicago Cubs||Rowan Wick||Adam Morgan||SOLID|
|25||Pittsburgh Pirates||David Bednar||Chris Stratton||SOLID|
|26||Texas Rangers||Joe Barlow||Josh Sborz, DeMarcus Evans||LOW|
|27||Arizona Diamondbacks||Tyler Clippard||Sam Poppen, JB Bukauskas||SOLID|
|28||Baltimore Orioles||Cole Sulser||Paul Fry, Tanner Scott||LOW|
|29||Oakland Athletics||N/A||Jake Diekman, Andrew Chafin, Sergio Romo, Lou Trivino||COMMITTEE|
|30||Colorado Rockies||Daniel Bard||Carlos Estevez||SOLID|