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Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings & Grid

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
@FAmmiranteTFJ
Last Updated: Feb 4, 2024

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.

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RkTeamCloserNext In LineWatchJob SecurityNotes
1MetsEdwin DíazAdam OttavinoDrew SmithGREAT
2BrewersDevin WilliamsJoel PayampsTrevor MegillGREAT
3GuardiansEmmanuel ClaseScott BarlowTrevor StephanGREAT
4TwinsJhoan DuránGriffin JaxBrock StewartGREAT
5AstrosJosh HaderRyan PresslyBryan AbreuGREAT
6GiantsCamilo DovalTyler RogersTaylor RogersGREAT
7BravesRaisel IglesiasA.J. MinterJoe JiménezGREAT
8Blue JaysJordan RomanoErik SwansonYimi GarcíaGREAT
9PiratesDavid BednarAROLDIS CHAPMANColin HoldermanGREATChapman signs with the Pirates.
10RedsAlexis DíazEmilio PagánLucas SimsGREAT
11MarinersAndrés MuñozMatt BrashGregory SantosGREAT
12DiamondbacksPaul SewaldKevin GinkelMiguel CastroGREAT
13CardinalsRyan HelsleyGiovanny GallegosJoJo RomeroSOLID
14MarlinsTanner ScottAndrew NardiAnthony BenderSOLID
15RaysPete FairbanksJason AdamColin PocheSOLID
16YankeesClay HolmesJonathan LoáisigaTommy KahnleSOLID
17OriolesCraig KimbrelYennier CanoDanny CoulombeSOLID
18CubsAdbert AlzolayHector NerisJulian MerryweatherSOLID
19DodgersEVAN PHILLIPSBrusdar GraterolCaleb FergusonSOLIDPhillips could still lose his role through a trade.
20Red SoxKenley JansenChris MartinJosh WinckowskiSOLID
21RangersJosé LeclercDavid RobertsonKirby YatesSOLID
22PhilliesJosé AlvaradoORION KERKERINGJeff HoffmanSOLIDKerkering is a trendy saves spec.
23PadresRobert SuarezYuki MatsuiWoo Suk GoSOLID
24TigersAlex LangeJason FoleyWill VestSHAKY
25AngelsRobert StephensonCarlos EstévezJosé SorianoSHAKY
26NationalsKyle FinneganHunter HarveyTanner RaineySHAKY
27AthleticsMason MillerLucas ErcegDany JiménezSHAKY
28RoyalsJames McArthurWill SmithNick AndersonSHAKY
29RockiesJustin LawrenceDaniel BardTyler KinleySHAKY
30White SoxJOHN BREBBIAJimmy LambertPrelander BerroaSHAKYBrebbia 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.

Team Trends

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.

Bullpen Usage

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.

Author

Frank Ammirante

Frank Ammirante is a Senior Sports Writer at The Game Day. Previously, he wrote for 4for4 Football and RotoBaller. Frank is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writer's Association while maintaining an active presence within the community. He has competed in industry contests like the Scott Fish Bowl, The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and more. Frank will be making his debut in Tout Wars this year. He's got a diverse sporting background, but specializes in football and baseball.

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