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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

RkTeamCloserNext In LineMore To WatchJob SecurityNotes
1Milwaukee BrewersJosh HaderDevin WilliamsBrad BoxbergerGREAT
2New York MetsEdwin DiazTrevor MayAdam OttavinoGREAT
3Los Angeles AngelsRaisel IglesiasRyan TeperaMike MayersGREAT
4San Diego PadresTaylor RogersRobert SuarezLuis GarciaGREAT
5New York YankeesAroldis ChapmanChad GreenJonathan LoaisigaGREAT
6Cleveland GuardiansEmmanuel ClaseTrevor StephanAnthony Gose, James KarinchakGREATClase looks like 2021 Clase again.
7Atlanta BravesKenley JansenWill SmithTyler MatzekGREATJansen is as good as ever through the first month of the season.
8Toronto Blue JaysJordan RomanoYimi GarciaJulian MerryweatherGREATOffseason meniscus surgery not an issue...yet.
9Los Angeles DodgersCraig KimbrelDaniel HudsonBrusdar Graterol, Blake Treinen (IL)GREAT
10Philadelphia PhilliesCorey KnebelBrad HandSeranthony DominguezGREAT
11San Francisco GiantsCamilo DovalJake McGeeTyler RogersSOLIDDoval is the lead of a pseudo-committee.
12Texas RangersJoe BarlowMatt BushGREATBarlow's breakout is real.
13Chicago White SoxLiam HendriksKendall GravemanAaron BummerSOLIDHendriks looks healthy, but back issues and age are a filthy mix.
14Baltimore OriolesJorge LopezFelix BautistaDillon TateSOLIDLopez's stuff plays like that of a top-end closer but his job security requires more outings.
15Houston AstrosRyan PresslyRafael MonteroHector Neris, Ryne StanekSOLIDPressly's velocity is still down.
16St. Louis CardinalsGiovanny GallegosRyan HelsleyGenesis CabreraSOLIDGallegos seems to still have the job, but Helsley is so good. Both should be rostered.
17Tampa Bay RaysAndrew KittredgeRyan Thompson, Brooks RaleyCOMMITTEEKittredge is kind of the guy in the most non-traditional way possible, worth rostering regardless.
18Pittsburgh PiratesDavid BednarChris StrattonGREATBednar seems to have taken over the role and has the stuff to succeed.
19Arizona DiamondbacksMark MelanconIan KennedySOLIDMelancon 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.
20Chicago CubsDavid Robertson Rowan WickMychal GivensSOLID
21Colorado RockiesDaniel BardAlex ColomeRobert StephensonSOLIDRockies pitchers are typically hard to stomach but Bard is awesome.
22Washington NationalsTanner RaineyKyle FinneganSOLIDRainey blew most recent save but been solid thus far.
23Miami MarlinsAnthony BenderDylan Floro, Tanner Scott, Cole SulserCOMMITTEEFloro looks awful since returning from IL.
24Minnesota TwinsEmilio PaganJhoan DuranTyler DuffeySOLIDPagan is the guy but can easily lose the role if he struggles. Duran is best RP but he's purely a fireman.
25Kansas City RoyalsScott BarlowJosh StaumontTaylor ClarkeSOLIDBarlow's velocity is down several MPH while Staumont's K's are back. Staumont the better bet but Barlow has upper hand.
26Seattle MarinersDrew Steckenrider (Restricted List)Paul Sewald, Drew SteckenriderCOMMITTEEThis is a mess.
27Oakland AthleticsDany JimenezLou TrivinoA.J. PukSOLIDJimenez has a firm hold on the closer role.
28Cincinnati RedsArt WarrenLucas Sims (IL), Hunter Strickland, Tony SantillanCOMMITTEEStill no clarity given how bad the Reds are but Warren should be favorite given recent usage.
29Detroit TigersGregory SotoMichael FulmerSOLID
30Boston Red SoxHansel RoblesJake Diekman, Matt StrahmCOMMITTEEEveryone 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.

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.

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