2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer News For Week 19 After Trade Deadline

Last Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Here are the latest fantasy baseball closer updates from the past week of action — and trades!

After the wild 2021 MLB trade deadline, Kev Mahserejian looks at the fantasy baseball fallout for the bullpen deals, including two NL pictures that were blown up by swaps.

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Week 19 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Closer: Ian Kennedy
  • Backups: Hector Neris, Jose Alvarado, Archie Bradley

The Phillies made quite the splash this past deadline by acquiring Ian Kennedy and Kyle Gibson from the Rangers for top pitching prospect Spencer Howard. Howard was a disappointment in his limited innings this year but looked promising at times, however, that was not enough for Dave Dombrowski and his vision to compete in a vulnerable NL East.

Kennedy will slide into the 9th inning role vacated by Ranger Suarez, who returns to a starting role. Kennedy’s been successful as a closer since 2019 but struggled in his first appearance as a Phillie by allowing 2 runs. Brighter days are ahead for Kennedy since he is not threatened by the myriad of mediocrity behind him that forced a fortifying trade.

Chicago Cubs

  • Closer: N/A
  • Backups: Cody Heuer, Rex Brothers, Kyle Ryan, Rowan Wick

The Cubs cleaned house and now their bullpen is in limbo. Kyle Ryan notched the first post-Craig Kimbrel save, but proceeded to come in the 7th inning the following day and give up a run. Ryan is bad and will not be taking on full-time closing duties anytime soon.

Rex Brothers has incredible peripherals relative to his ERA but is probably the best kept in middle relief as the team’s “fireman." Rowan Wick was just activated off the IL and has not pitched in the MLB this year but has closed six games in the past. With two months left, it is unlikely that he is acclimated enough for high leverage.

Cody Heuer was just traded over from the south side of Chicago and should be capable of holding down the 9th inning. Heuer may be the Cubs’ closer next season, and with several saves throughout his MiLB career, a solid K-BB%, and high heat on his FB, it’s pointing his way.

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Closer: Devin Williams
  • Backups: Josh Hader (COVID IL), Brad Boxberger

With Josh Hader hitting the COVID IL due to a positive test, Devin Williams will look to take over the 9th inning role. Hader will be out *at least* 10 days, leaving plenty of time to reap saves from his backup.

Williams could very well be used outside of save situations with Brad Boxberger having a history as closer, but it’s likely that Milwaukee will want their best reliever in to close sans Hader.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings, Depth Charts, Bullpen Report, & Sleepers For Saves


RkTeamCloserNext In Line/Committee MembersJob Security
1Chicago White SoxLiam HendriksCraig Kimbrel (HOW??)GREAT
2Los Angeles AngelsRaisel IglesiasMike MayersGREAT
3New York MetsEdwin DiazTrevor May, Joakim SoriaGREAT
4San Diego PadresMark MelanconEmilio Pagan, Austin AdamsGREAT
5Boston Red SoxMatt BarnesAdam Ottavino, Darwinzon HernandezGREAT
6New York YankeesAroldis ChapmanChad Green, Jonathan Loasiga, Zack BrittonGREAT
7Houston AstrosRyan PresslyKendall Graveman, Yimi GarciaGREAT
8St. Louis CardinalsAlex ReyesGiovanny GallegosGREAT
9Toronto Blue JaysJordan RomanoBrad HandSOLID
10Atlanta BravesWill SmithRichard RodriguezSOLID
11Los Angeles DodgersKenley JansenBlake Treinen, Victor Gonzalez, Joe KellySOLID
12San Francisco GiantsJake McGeeTyler RogersSOLID
13Milwaukee BrewersDevin WilliamsJosh Hader (COVID IL), Brad BoxbergerSOLID
14Philadelphia PhilliesIAN KENNEDYJose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, Hector NerisSOLID
15Seattle MarinersDIEGO CASTILLOPaul Sewald, Kenyan Middleton, Drew SteckenriderLOW
16Washington NationalsKYLE FINNEGANTanner RaineyLOW
17Miami MarlinsN/AAnthony Bender, Dylan FloroSOLID
18Cleveland IndiansN/AEmmanuel Clase, James KarinchakCOMMITTEE
19Cincinnati RedsHeath HembreeMiychal Givens, Amir Garrett, Lucas Sims (IL), Tejay Antone (IL)LOW
20Texas RangersSPENCER PATTONJosh Sborz, DeMarcus EvansSOLID
21Oakland AthleticsN/ALou Trivino, Jake Diekman, Andrew ChafinCOMMITTEE
22Detroit TigersGREGORY SOTOJose Cisnero, Michael FulmerSOLID
23Colorado RockiesDaniel BardCarlos EstevezSOLID
24Arizona DiamondbacksTYLER CLIPPARDJB BukauskasSOLID
25Baltimore OriolesCole SulserPaul Fry, Tanner ScottLOW
26Pittsburgh PiratesN/AChris Stratton, David BednarCOMMITTEE
27Kansas City RoyalsGreg HollandKyle Zimmer, Josh Staumont, Scott BarlowLOW
28Tampa Bay RaysMATT WISLERJeffrey Springs, J.P. Feyereisen, Andrew Kittredge, Paul Fairbanks (IL)LOW
29Minnesota TwinsN/ATyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)COMMITTEE
30Chicago CubsN/ARex Brothers, Cody Heuer Rowan WickGREAT


Kev Mahserejian

Kev Mahserejian is an NFL/NBA/MLB analyst at The Game Day, residing in Los Angeles, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 and began creating sports content soon after. Kev currently writes fantasy and betting pieces while also hosting his podcast The Operating Room with various guests from the sports industry to discuss topics primarily regarding fantasy. He also writes for RotoBaller and is quite active on his Twitter @RotoSurgeon.

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