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 must know each Major League Baseball team’s relief pitchers.
Who has a path to 2024 fantasy baseball saves? Who’s going to focus on holds and set-up appearances? Frank Ammirante ranks each fantasy bullpen from strongest (1) to weakest (30) while giving security ratings for each club’s relief corps.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings
Drag the table to the left to see the entire closer depth charts and rankings list. All caps denote news updates or new closers.
|Next In Line
|Chapman signs with the Pirates.
|Phillips could still lose his role through a trade.
|Kerkering is a trendy saves spec.
|Woo Suk Go
|Brebbia is now the front-runner.
Read on for more fantasy baseball closer tips.
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Fantasy Baseball Closer News
Now, on to the latest happenings in saves, which are all current as of Sunday, Feb. 4.
Pirates: Aroldis Chapman signs with the Pirates
The Pirates signed Aroldis Chapman to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million. The veteran reliever had a good season last year, putting up a 41.4% strikeout rate.
- Aroldis Chapman Fantasy Tip: Chapman becomes the top saves spec target in Pittsburgh. The Pirates are still in rebuilding mode, so there’s always a chance that David Bednar gets dealt at the deadline, which would open up opportunities for Chapman.
Dodgers: Evan Phillips could still lose his role through a trade
Even with Josh Hader and Robert Stephenson off the market, I’m still concerned that the Dodgers make a trade for an established closer, making Evan Phillips a risky pick.
- Evan Phillips Fantasy Tip: There have been rumors that the Dodgers are interested in bringing back Kenley Jansen. I’m baking in this risk in Phillips’ rank until we get more clarity on his role in the Dodgers bullpen.
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Phillies: Orion Kerkering is a trendy saves spec
The Phillies have a young stud in the bullpen in Orion Kerkering, who struck out 11 in 8.1 innings between the regular season and playoffs last year.
- Orion Kerkering Fantasy Tip: Kerkering has become one of the most expensive saves spec in drafts, as fantasy players are intrigued by his talent, especially with José Alvarado potentially used in high-leverage situations at times.
White Sox: John Brebbia is now the front-runner
The White Sox traded Gregory Santos to the Mariners on February 3. This comes after signing John Brebbia to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million.
- John Brebbia Fantasy Tip: Brebbia put up a 29.2% strikeout rate last season, so the stuff is there to be a closer. Expect the veteran to lead the White Sox in saves, but these opportunities could be rare on what might be the worst team in MLB.
How to Find Fantasy Sleepers for Saves
It can be difficult navigating bullpen usage, especially over the long haul of a 162-game season. That’s why we’re here to help you find fantasy sleepers for saves.
Follow the tips outlined below to decipher how each MLB team likes to use their bullpen.
Determining how each team and manager like to deploy their relievers is important. Some prefer the traditional approach of using one reliever in the ninth. Others prefer to use their best reliever in high-leverage situations.
You have to accept that some closers will have a lower percentage of team save opportunities than others, depending on their team.
This means that you should never drop your committee closer if they were bypassed for a save opportunity on a given night. It could be that their manager wants to use them to face their opponent’s best hitters in the seventh or eighth inning.
When trying to decipher a team’s preferences in the bullpen, take a look at how their manager uses their relievers, even in non-save situations. This can help you understand the pecking order for saves within each bullpen.
Stuff and Command
If you’re debating which reliever to pursue on a team with an unclear situation, the best bet is to target the one with the best stuff. If they have strong command as well, that’s an added bonus.