2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer News + Bullpen Rankings for Week 20
Here are the latest fantasy baseball closer updates from the past week of action.
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Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Closer: Kenley Jansen
- Backups: Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly
Kenley Jansen‘s season, on the surface, is not terrible. 22 saves, a 3.27 ERA, and 28.8% K rate are all solid. However, he just cannot stop walking batters. His walk rate is more than double his career average and this is in an attempt to get batters to chase more because his stuff in the zone does not play as well. Jansen is crumbling — three of his past five outings have allowed multiple runs, and he’s walked 6 batters through 4 innings in the process.
If Jansen continues to falter, Blake Treinen is the logical next man up, with Joe Kelly right behind him. Treinen has past closing experience and is having a terrific season with a 21% K-BB, 2.95 SIERA, and twice as many ground balls to fly balls. A speculative add of Treinen is warranted.
- Check out our full Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings and Depth Charts.
- Closer: Alex Colome
- Backups: Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)
Alex Colome has regained closing duties in Minnesota, though only by default. Taylor Rogers is on IL, Hansel Robles was traded, and they really do not have better options. Colome does have 2 saves in the past three games, which bodes favorably for his rest-of-season outlook.
Rogers may be out for the season due to his finger issue, and Tyler Duffey does not seem to be in favor with the organization to close despite multiple openings of late. Duffey has 2 saves this season and 3 total in his career, but given how poorly he’s pitched, it’s not shocking that Baldelli opted for the veteran with experience in the role. Colome has pitched poorly this season, but his peripherals are more favorable than Duffey’s.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings, Depth Charts, Bullpen Report, & Sleepers For Saves
NEW CLOSER IN ALL CAPS.
|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 Diego Padres||Mark Melancon||Emilio Pagan, Austin Adams||GREAT|
|6||Boston Red Sox||Matt Barnes||Adam Ottavino, Darwinzon Hernandez||GREAT|
|7||San Francisco Giants||Jake McGee||Tyler Rogers||SOLID|
|8||Toronto Blue Jays||Jordan Romano||Adam Cimber, Brad Hand||SOLID|
|9||Atlanta Braves||Will Smith||Richard Rodriguez||SOLID|
|10||Houston Astros||Ryan Pressly||Kendall Graveman, Yimi Garcia||GREAT|
|11||St. Louis Cardinals||Alex Reyes||Giovanny Gallegos||SOLID|
|12||Los Angeles Dodgers||Kenley Jansen||Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly||SOLID|
|13||Philadelphia Phillies||Ian Kennedy||Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, Hector Neris||SOLID|
|14||Seattle Mariners||Diego Castillo||Paul Sewald, Kenyan Middleton, Drew Steckenrider||LOW|
|15||Detroit Tigers||Gregory Soto||Jose Cisnero, Michael Fulmer||SOLID|
|16||New York Yankees||Zack Britton||Chad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Aroldis Chapman (IL)||COMMITTEE|
|17||Minnesota Twins||Alex Colome||Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)||SOLID|
|18||Miami Marlins||N/A||Anthony Bender, Dylan Floro||SOLID|
|19||Cleveland Indians||N/A||Emmanuel Clase, James Karinchak||COMMITTEE|
|20||Cincinnati Reds||N/A||Miychal Givens, Michael Lorenzon, Heath Hembree||COMMITTEE|
|21||Texas Rangers||Spencer Patton||Josh Sborz, DeMarcus Evans||SOLID|
|22||Oakland Athletics||N/A||Lou Trivino, Jake Diekman, Andrew Chafin||COMMITTEE|
|23||Colorado Rockies||Daniel Bard||Carlos Estevez||SOLID|
|24||Arizona Diamondbacks||Tyler Clippard||Sam Poppen, JB Bukauskas||SOLID|
|25||Baltimore Orioles||Cole Sulser||Paul Fry, Tanner Scott||LOW|
|26||Pittsburgh Pirates||N/A||Chris Stratton, David Bednar||COMMITTEE|
|27||Washington Nationals||Kyle Finnegan||Tanner Rainey||LOW|
|28||Kansas City Royals||Greg Holland||Kyle Zimmer, Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow, Josh Brentz||LOW|
|29||Tampa Bay Rays||N/A||Matt Wisler, Andrew Kittredge, Pete Fairbanks (IL)||LOW|
|30||Chicago Cubs||N/A||Manuel Rodriguez, Rex Brothers, Cody Heuer, Rowan Wick||GREAT|