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Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings & Grid

Frank AmmiranteSenior Sports Writer
@FAmmiranteTFJ
Last Updated: 11 hours ago

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
1GuardiansEmmanuel ClaseScott BarlowCade SmithGREAT
2CardinalsRyan HelsleyAndrew KittredgeJoJo RomeroGREAT
3YankeesClay HolmesCaleb FergusonIan HamiltonGREAT
4PadresRobert SuarezYuki MatsuiWandy PeraltaGREAT
5AthleticsMason MillerLucas ErcegAustin AdamsGREAT
6BravesRaisel IglesiasA.J. MinterJoe JiménezGREAT
7GiantsCamilo DovalTyler RogersTaylor RogersGREAT
8AstrosJosh HaderRyan PresslyBryan AbreuGREAT
9MarinersAndres MunozRyne StanekGabe SpeierGREAT
10Blue JaysJordan RomanoYimi GarciaErik SwansonGREAT
11TwinsJhoan DuranGriffin JaxBrock StewartGREAT
12RangersKirby YatesDavid RobertsonJose LeclercSOLID
13RoyalsJames McArthurJohn SchreiberChris StrattonSOLID
14NationalsKyle FinneganHunter HarveyRobert GarciaSOLID
15PiratesDavid BednarAroldis ChapmanColin Holderman SOLID
16DiamondbacksPaul SewaldKevin GinkelRyan ThompsonSOLID
17RaysPete FairbanksJason AdamGarrett CleavingerSOLID
18BrewersTrevor MegillJoel PayampsDEVIN WILLIAMS (IL)TEMPORARYDevin Williams played catch on May 18.
19Red SoxKenley JansenChris MartinJustin SlatenSOLID
20RedsAlexis DiazFernando CruzLucas SimsSHAKY
21TigersJason FoleyAlex LangeShelby Miller (IL)SHAKY
22OriolesCraig KimbrelYennier CanoJacob WebbSHAKY
22MarlinsTanner ScottA.J. PukAndrew NardiSHAKY
23AngelsCarlos EstevezMatt Moore Luis GarciaSHAKY
24CubsHector NerisMark Leiter Jr.Adbert Alzolay (IL)SHAKY
25MetsREED GARRETTEdwin DiazAdam OttavinoTEMPORARYReed Garrett is in the mix for saves.
27PhilliesJose AlvaradoJeff HoffmanOrion KerkeringCOMMITTEE
28White SoxMichael KopechJordan LeasureJohn BrebbiaSHAKY
29DodgersDaniel HudsonAlex VesiaEVAN PHILLIPS (IL)TEMPORARYEvan Phillips threw a bullpen session on May 18.
30RockiesJalen BeeksJustin LawrenceTyler KinleySHAKY

Read on for more fantasy baseball closer tips.


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Fantasy Baseball Closer Report

Here are some important closer tidbits from the seventh week of the fantasy baseball season:

Blown Saves

  • Edwin Diaz (2.1 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) had a rough week.
  • Kyle Finnegan (1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) blew the save vs the Phillies.
  • Jordan Romano (0.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K) had a blown save vs the Orioles.

Relief Appearances

  • Alexis Diaz (1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K) is struggling lately.
  • Kenley Jansen (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) was knocked around by the Rays.
  • Kirby Yates (0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) was hit by the Guardians.

Successful Saves

  • Andres Munoz (4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) converted three saves this week.
  • James McArthur (2.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) notched two saves.
  • Jalen Beeks was successful for two saves for the Rockies.

Save Specs News

  • Reed Garrett temporarily takes over for Edwin Diaz.

Fantasy Baseball Closer News

Now, on to the latest news in saves, which are all current as of Sunday, May 19 at 5 p.m. ET.

Brewers: Devin Williams played catch on May 18

According to Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Devin Williams played catch on May 18. This was the first time that Williams had a throwing session since being placed on the injured list, so the star closer is trending in a positive direction in his recovery.

  • Devin Williams Fantasy Tip: There is still a long way to go for Williams, who could be back around the All-Star Break. Until then, continue to ride the wave with Trevor Megill, who has been effective as Brewers closer.

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Mets: Reed Garrett is in the mix for saves

Edwin Diaz has been temporarily removed from the closer role, putting Reed Garrett in the mix for saves. Garrett converted a two-inning save for the Mets on May 19.

  • Reed Garrett Fantasy Tip: Pick up Garrett if you’re in need of saves, but it’s hard to see this lasting too long. I’d give it a couple of weeks and then Diaz should be back as full-time closer.

Dodgers: Evan Phillips threw a bullpen session on May 18

Evan Phillips threw a bullpen session on May 18, so the Dodgers closer is getting ready to return, potentially about a week away, per Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

  • Daniel Hudson Fantasy Tip: Daniel Hudson remains the best bet for saves in Phillips absence, but we’ve seen the Dodgers put in Alex Vesia at times.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Waiver Wire Pickups

Find out how I’d rank the fantasy baseball closer and reliever waiver wire pickups below. The percentage in brackets is how often they are rostered in Yahoo! leagues.

Closers

  1. Reed Garrett (51%)
  2. Michael Kopech (33%)
  3. Jalen Beeks (14%)

Relievers

  1. Jeff Hoffman (23%)
  2. Jordan Leasure (2%)

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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