Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings & Depth Charts 2022 | Fantasy Saves Report
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?
Kev Mahserejian 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
|Rk||Team||Closer||Next In Line||More To Watch||Job Security||Notes|
|1||Milwaukee Brewers||Josh Hader||Devin Williams||Brad Boxberger||GREAT|
|2||New York Mets||Edwin Diaz||Trevor May||Adam Ottavino||GREAT|
|3||Los Angeles Angels||Raisel Iglesias||Ryan Tepera||Mike Mayers||GREAT|
|4||San Diego Padres||Taylor Rogers||Robert Suarez||Luis Garcia||GREAT|
|5||New York Yankees||Aroldis Chapman||Chad Green||Jonathan Loaisiga||GREAT|
|6||Cleveland Guardians||Emmanuel Clase||Trevor Stephan||Anthony Gose, James Karinchak||GREAT||Clase looks like 2021 Clase again.|
|7||Atlanta Braves||Kenley Jansen||Will Smith||Tyler Matzek||GREAT||Jansen is as good as ever through the first month of the season.|
|8||Toronto Blue Jays||Jordan Romano||Yimi Garcia||Julian Merryweather||GREAT||Offseason meniscus surgery not an issue...yet.|
|9||Los Angeles Dodgers||Craig Kimbrel||Daniel Hudson||Brusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen (IL)||GREAT|
|10||Philadelphia Phillies||Corey Knebel||Brad Hand||Seranthony Dominguez||GREAT|
|11||San Francisco Giants||Camilo Doval||Jake McGee||Tyler Rogers||SOLID||Doval is the lead of a pseudo-committee.|
|12||Texas Rangers||Joe Barlow||Matt Bush||GREAT||Barlow's breakout is real.|
|13||Chicago White Sox||Liam Hendriks||Kendall Graveman||Aaron Bummer||SOLID||Hendriks looks healthy, but back issues and age are a filthy mix.|
|14||Baltimore Orioles||Jorge Lopez||Felix Bautista||Dillon Tate||SOLID||Lopez's stuff plays like that of a top-end closer but his job security requires more outings.|
|15||Houston Astros||Ryan Pressly||Rafael Montero||Hector Neris, Ryne Stanek||SOLID||Pressly's velocity is still down.|
|16||St. Louis Cardinals||Giovanny Gallegos||Ryan Helsley||Genesis Cabrera||SOLID||Gallegos seems to still have the job, but Helsley is so good. Both should be rostered.|
|17||Tampa Bay Rays||Andrew Kittredge||Ryan Thompson, Brooks Raley||COMMITTEE||Kittredge is kind of the guy in the most non-traditional way possible, worth rostering regardless.|
|18||Pittsburgh Pirates||David Bednar||Chris Stratton||GREAT||Bednar seems to have taken over the role and has the stuff to succeed.|
|19||Arizona Diamondbacks||Mark Melancon||Ian Kennedy||SOLID||Melancon is back but struggled in his first opportunity post-COVID. Should be fine, but keep an eye on Kennedy who performed well in his absence.|
|20||Chicago Cubs||David Robertson||Rowan Wick||Mychal Givens||SOLID|
|21||Colorado Rockies||Daniel Bard||Alex Colome||Robert Stephenson||SOLID||Rockies pitchers are typically hard to stomach but Bard is awesome.|
|22||Washington Nationals||Tanner Rainey||Kyle Finnegan||SOLID||Rainey blew most recent save but been solid thus far.|
|23||Miami Marlins||Anthony Bender||Dylan Floro, Tanner Scott, Cole Sulser||COMMITTEE||Floro looks awful since returning from IL.|
|24||Minnesota Twins||Emilio Pagan||Jhoan Duran||Tyler Duffey||SOLID||Pagan is the guy but can easily lose the role if he struggles. Duran is best RP but he's purely a fireman.|
|25||Kansas City Royals||Scott Barlow||Josh Staumont||Taylor Clarke||SOLID||Barlow's velocity is down several MPH while Staumont's K's are back. Staumont the better bet but Barlow has upper hand.|
|26||Seattle Mariners||Drew Steckenrider (Restricted List)||Paul Sewald, Drew Steckenrider||COMMITTEE||This is a mess.|
|27||Oakland Athletics||Dany Jimenez||Lou Trivino||A.J. Puk||SOLID||Jimenez has a firm hold on the closer role.|
|28||Cincinnati Reds||Art Warren||Lucas Sims (IL), Hunter Strickland, Tony Santillan||COMMITTEE||Still no clarity given how bad the Reds are but Warren should be favorite given recent usage.|
|29||Detroit Tigers||Gregory Soto||Michael Fulmer||SOLID|
|30||Boston Red Sox||Hansel Robles||Jake Diekman, Matt Strahm||COMMITTEE||Everyone is so awful.|
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Fantasy Baseball Closer News
Arizona Diamondbacks: Mark Melancon (May 16)
Melancon has struggled mightily since returning from the IL earlier this month, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) on 11 hits and four walks with just one strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. He also has as many losses (three) as saves during that span.
Melancon could very well return to form, but his peripherals are awful and his velocity is down a tick from previous seasons. He’s worth holding for the time being, but don’t be shocked if another IL stint comes about or if he ends up sharing the role/losing out to Ian Kennedy, who has pitched significantly better this season.
Mark Melancon Fantasy Tip: Hold Melancon for now but also add Kennedy, as he’s next in line for saves if Melancon’s struggles continue.
Oakland Athletics: Dany Jimenez (May 16)
Jimenez refuses to let go of the closer role in Oakland despite Lou Trivino’s return from IL. The 28-year-old rookie has been lights-out this year with a 0.66 ERA, a 2.01 FIP, and six saves in 13 2/3 innings this season.
While he’s not going to maintain a sub-1 ERA all season, Jimenez is the A’s’ closer for now. Oakland is an awful team and may look to trade him later this summer, but if he sticks around he could end up being the team’s closer for the rest of the year and beyond.
Dany Jimenez Fantasy Tip: Jimenez appears safe in the role for now, so feel free to drop Trivino and his 8.59 ERA if you haven’t already. There won’t be a ton of save chances for the A’s, but Jimenez should continue handling them unless his performance suddenly drops off.
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Chicago Cubs: Rowan Wick (May 12)
With incumbent closer David Robertson (COVID) on IL, Wick stepped in and converted the most recent save opportunity with a pair of scoreless innings. Wick is a talented reliever who some — myself included — expected to take over the role this year after earning five saves last season following the trade of Craig Kimbrel.
Wick has a solid 28.0 K% with a shiny 0.77 ERA and 2.01 FIP. His peripherals aren’t elite, but there are signs of a good reliever who’s been a reliable bullpen arm since 2019.
Rowan Wick Fantasy Tip: While Robertson could return from IL as soon as this weekend, we’ve seen relievers like Mark Melancon and Lou Trivino struggle after coming back from COVID. Grab and hold Wick for the time being but if Robertson returns and looks good, feel free to drop.
Art Warren: Cincinnati Reds (May 12)
Lucas Sims is back on the IL with a back injury, which is probably for the best in light of his 9.45 ERA this year.
With Sims out of the picture for now, this clarifies Cincinnati’s bullpen situation a bit. Only three pitchers have recorded a save for the Reds this year, and Sims was one of them. That leaves us with Art Warren, the preseason favorite, and Tony Santillan, the converted starter.
Santillan earned the first save of the season while Warren the second, but neither has recorded a save in more than a month as there haven’t been many save opportunities to go around in Cincinnati this year. Both have horrendous numbers, so it’s hard to recommend either at the moment, but Warren’s are slightly better and he has a stronger track record as a reliever.
Art Warren Fantasy Tip: Warren is the reliever to roster here despite his struggles, as he boasts some sturdy peripherals and pitched well out of the pen last year. The Reds have started to come around with four wins in their last six games, so there should be some save chances until Sims returns and potentially beyond.
Boston Red Sox: Matt Barnes (May 9)
There’s not much to say about Boston’s relievers, who are hands-down the worst in baseball and particularly for the ninth inning. The Red Sox don’t seem to have an answer to their closer problem in the bullpen, which explains why all five of their saves have come from different pitchers.
The only name that really interests me is Tanner Houck, who has great strikeout stuff but has primarily been a starter and long reliever this season.
Matt Barnes Fantasy Tip: There’s no reason to continue rostering Matt Barnes, Hansel Robles, or Jake Diekman. They’re all terrible and do not seem capable of handling the ninth. Matt Strahm is somewhat interesting, but he seems more like a LOOGY.
Kansas City Royals: Scott Barlow (May 9)
Barlow’s velocity was down several MPH to start the season, but he topped out at 94 in his most recent outing. He was the closer to end last season and seems to have enough of a leash to retain the primary role.
Barlow’s two saves this season may not seem like much, but that’s because the Royals are awful. He and Josh Staumont are tied for the team lead, but Barlow is likely to receive plenty more opportunities unless he completely falls apart. Staumont’s velocity and peripherals are better, but his ERA is much higher and his stuff is more volatile.
Scott Barlow Fantasy Tip: While Barlow is the better bet to get saves going forward, sell high while his ERA is still sub-1.50. He’s not racking up strikeouts like he used to and may not be fully healthy based on his lower velo. Staumont is worth holding and praying for some saves.