Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings & Depth Charts 2022 | Fantasy Saves Report & RP Grid

Frank AmmiranteFantasy Sports & Betting Writer
Posted: Aug 11, 2022Last updated: Aug 11, 2022

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 2022 fantasy baseball saves? Who’s going to focus on holds and setup appearances?

Frank Ammirante 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 stay aggressive on the waiver wire. Identify the fantasy baseball league pickups you should make soon so you can have control over erratic 2022 fantasy baseball saves pictures.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings

Drag the table to the left to see the entire closer depth charts and rankings list. New closers denoted by all caps.

RkTeamCloserNext In LineMore To WatchJob SecurityNotes
1MetsEdwin DiazMychal GivensAdam OttavinoGREATDiaz is the best closer in baseball right now.
2GuardiansEmmanuel ClaseTrevor StephanJames KarinchakGREATClase has a 1.32 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 26 SV.
3White SoxLiam HendriksKendall GravemanGREATHendriks now 3rd due to Josh Hader's struggles.
4PadresJosh HaderLuis GarciaGREATHader's ERA has ballooned from 1.09 at end of June to 4.66.
5Blue JaysJordan RomanoAnthony BassYimi GarciaGREATRomano has been rock-solid on a contending team.
6AstrosRyan PresslyHector NerisRafael MonteroGREATPressly has 28 K's in last 15 IP with 1.20 ERA.
7CardinalsRyan HelsleyGiovanny GallegosGREATHelsley has video game numbers with 0.79 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, and 13.2 K/9.
8GiantsCamilo DovalJake McGeeTyler RogersGREATDoval has only 15 SV, but with a 2.93 ERA and 58 K's in 46 IP
9DodgersCraig KimbrelChris MartinBlake Treinen (IL)GREATKimbrel has been inconsistent, but the job security and elite team keep him here.
10BravesKenley JansenRaisel IglesiasA.J. MinterGREATManager Brian Snitker called Jansen his primary closer with Iglesias as the secondary.
11OriolesFELIX BAUTISTADillon TateGREATBautista has converted 3 SV since being named closer.
12RockiesDaniel BardAlex ColomeGREATBard has been elite, but stays lower because he's on a bad team.
13MarinersPaul SewaldDiego CastilloGREATSewald has been lights-out as Mariners closer.
14RoyalsScott BarlowJosh StaumontGREATBarlow now has a 2.19 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 17 SV.
15YankeesAROLDIS CHAPMANClay HolmesSHAKYChapman is back as the Yankees' closer.
16TwinsJorge LopezJhoan DuranSOLIDLopez blew most recent save chance.
17CubsRowan WickSteven BraultSOLIDWick has notche 10 straight scoreless appearances.
18RangersJONATHAN HERNANDEZBrett MartinSOLIDHernandez has established himself as the Rangers' closer.
19TigersGregory SotoAndrew ChafinSOLIDSoto was rocked for 5 ER in a recent appearance.
20NationalsKyle FinneganSteve CishekSHAKYFinnegan has pitched 7th inning in 3 straight appearances.
21MarlinsTanner ScottDylan FloroSHAKYScott converted the last save opportunity, so he still has job despite rough stats.
22DiamondbacksMark MelanconIan KennedySHAKYMelancon has 16 SV but plays for a bad team and hurts you in ratios.
23BrewersDevin Williams, Taylor Rogers, Matt BushCOMMITTEERogers is injured, opening the door for Williams, but there's Bush too.
24PhilliesDavid Robertson, Seranthony DominguezCOMMITTEEBoth Robertson and Dominguez have gotten recent saves -- this is a committee.
25AngelsRYAN TEPERAAaron LoupSHAKYTepera converted most recent save.
26AthleticsDany Jimenez, A.J. Puk, Zach JacksonCOMMITTEEExpect Jimenez to take over the role soon.
27Red SoxJohn Schreiber, Tanner Houck (IL)COMMITTEESchreiber is the best bet in this committee.
28PiratesDavid Bednar (IL)Wil Crowe, Yerry De Los SantosCOMMITTEEBednar was placed on the IL, so we could see a committee.
29RedsHunter StricklandRoss DetwilerSHAKYStrickland has hurt your ratios, but he's the best bet for saves.
30RaysColin Poche, Jason Adam, Brooks RaleyCOMMITTEEThis is a full-blown committee.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer News

New York Yankees: Aroldis Chapman (Aug. 11)

Chapman appears to have rediscovered his form, turning in seven consecutive scoreless appearances with six strikeouts and one walk during that span. Meanwhile, Clay Holmes has struggled lately with a 9.64 ERA over his last 10 appearances.

Aroldis Chapman Fantasy Tip: Chapman is likely headed for a return to the closer role. If he was dropped in your league, be sure to pick him up immediately. He’s back.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Wil Crowe (Aug. 11)

With David Bednar on the IL, it looks like Crowe can slot in for saves, but Yerry De Los Santos is another option as well. It comes down to whether the team wants to go with veteran experience (Crowe) or better stuff (De Los Santos).

Wil Crowe Fantasy Tip: This might be a committee on a bad baseball team, so it’s not the greatest situation here. Monitor it closely, but don’t act on Crowe just yet.

Philadelphia Phillies: David Robertson (Aug. 11)

We expected Robertson to be the closer in Philly after he was acquired at the trade deadline, especially since he picked up the team’s first save post-deadline. However, Seranthony Dominguez has converted the last two opportunities.

David Robertson Fantasy Tip: This is a committee where the Phillies will use the better reliever (Dominguez) in tougher matchups. That makes this a headache for fantasy players.

Baltimore Orioles: Felix Bautista (Aug. 11)

Bautista has lived up to the hype as the new closer in Baltimore after replacing the departed Jorge Lopez, converting all three save opportunities since Lopez was dealt.

Felix Bautista Fantasy Tip: Bautista looks like an elite closer for the rest of the season, as the ratios are great and the Orioles are contending. If you picked him up, you’re reaping the rewards now.

Los Angeles Angels: Ryan Tepera (Aug. 11)

Tepera secured the most recent save for the Angels, who look like they’re going with experience in the wake of the Raisel Iglesias trade.

Ryan Tepera Fantasy Tip: Pick up Tepera if you need saves, but understand that this is a bad team where save opportunities are few and far between.


Frank Ammirante

Before joining The Game Day, Frank spent three years in the fantasy sports and betting industry, writing for websites like RotoBaller and 4for4football. Frank is an active member of the fantasy baseball and fantasy football community, participating in high-stakes leagues like NFBC/NFFC as well as industry competitions like Scott Fish Bowl, RazzBowl, and TGFBI. Frank is a member of the FSWA and IBWAA. Give him a shout to talk fantasy sports and sports betting.

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