2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer News & Bullpen Updates For Week 24

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

With the baseball season entering the September stretch run, Kev Mahserejian looks at the fantasy baseball picture as it pertains to closers around the league. Which reliever should get your confidence for saves in the final month of the fantasy baseball season?


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Week 24 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report

Boston Red Sox

  • Closer: Adam Ottavino
  • Backups: Hansel Robles

All-Star closer Matt Barnes was been placed on the COVID-19 IL earlier this week after testing positive, but he was already trending in the wrong direction with a 13.50 ERA and 2.70 WHIP in August, causing him to lose the ninth-inning job towards the end of the month. When he does return, he’ll have to put that slump behind him in order to win his job back, especially with the Boston Red Sox in the middle of a playoff race.

In the meantime, setup man Adam Ottavino has usurped Barnes despite a mostly mediocre season on his part. Ottavino’s 4.59 xFIP and 4.30 SIERA are not exactly the makings of a dominant closer, but he’ll have fantasy value as long as he has the job. With 11 saves on the season, Ottavino should be rostered if you can take the ERA/WHIP hit.


St. Louis Cardinals

  • Closer: Giovanny Gallegos
  • Backups: Alex Reyes

Alex Reyes is another All-Star closer who recently lost his job, as his peripherals finally caught up with him after eeking out save after save to start the season. Although Reyes’s velocity is disgusting, his location issues were noticeably awful for a closer and his 4.75 xFIP and 4.52 SIERA reflected that. Like Barnes, Reyes endured a terrible August with a 7.84 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP last month, necessitating his removal from the role.

Giovanny Gallegos — whose peripherals are much sharper than Reyes’s — has taken over the job and should hang on to it the rest of the way. Gallegos has notched eight saves since the beginning of last year and is better suited for the closer role given his ability to limit opposing baserunners (career 0.91 WHIP). He should see plenty of save opportunities down the stretch and could provide a massive boost to fantasy teams, making him a top waiver wire pickup in all formats.

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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.