2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer News & Bullpen Updates for Week 21

Here are the latest fantasy baseball closer updates from the past week of action.

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Week 21 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report

Atlanta Braves

  • Closer: Will Smith
  • Backups: Richard Rodriguez, Chris Martin, Luke Jackson

Will Smith has absolutely not been getting jiggy with it. He’s blown saves in two of his last three attempts and allowed 5 runs between those outings. Unfortunately, Smith’s ERA is regressing to his peripherals, which aren’t terrible, but merely represent a decent closing option.

Atlanta made the active choice to acquire Pirates’ closer Richard Rodriguez at the trade deadline and have utilized him as a set-up man. Rodriguez has not given up a run in 7 innings since joining Atlanta, but his peripherals are even worse than Smith’s.

Chris Martin closed his first game of the season on Sunday, but that was likely due to Smith pitching three of the past four days. Rodriguez was called earlier in the game to pitch Atlanta out of a jam.

Nevertheless, given Smith’s skid, it would be shocking to see him usurped for the role by either Martin or Rodriguez. My money would be on Rodriguez given his success in that role and clean tenure thus far in Atlanta.

New York Yankees

  • Closer: Zack Britton
  • Backups: Aroldis Chapman (IL), Jonathan Loaisiga, Chad Green

Aroldis Chapman is still out with an elbow issue, leaving the Yankees to utilize a medley of relievers in the 9th inning. Chad Green has 3 saves on the season and Jonathan Loaisiga has 4. Both are threats to steal saves, but the team is very religious with keeping one guy in the role when they are effective enough.

Zack Britton closed in Chapman’s absence last season, but has been mostly disappointing since a preseason injury held him out for several months. Britton notched his first save of the season on Wednesday, which could be a positive sign on his end for things to come.

Chapman likely takes over the role upon return, but until then, Britton is the guy as long as he is on the mend. The past nine outings for Britton have been very positive, and while he is a far cry from the elite Britton of old, this version is still a very good reliever despite the year-long stats showing otherwise.

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  • Celtics +300 to win NBA Title

    The Boston Celtics are +300 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics are +300 ahead of their home date with the Warriors for Game 6. We will see a considerable odds shift if the Celtics can win Game 6 on their homecourt. Boston was +310 after Game 5.

  • Celtics vs. Warriors over/under listed at 210

    The over/under for Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors is listed at 210, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210, down from the 210.5 it opened at. 60 percent of the public action has come on the over.

  • Warriors -400 to win NBA Championship

    The Golden State Warriors are -400 to win the NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Golden State now sits at a prohibitive -400 to win the NBA Championship. For comparison, Stephen Curry MVP is -360. Andrew Wiggins, the dark horse to steal the award with a big close-out game, sits at +2000.

  • Celtics +310 to win NBA Championship

    The Boston Celtics are +310 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics peaked as high as high as -230 prior to Game 3 and now sit at an attractive +310. Boston entered the season at +4000. The odds could swing wildly again if Boston wins Game 6.

  • Warriors vs. Celtics over/under listed at 210.5

    The over/under for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics is listed at 210.5, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210.5, down from the 212.5 it opened at. 72 percent of the public action has come on the over.