2021 Fantasy Baseball Closer News + Bullpen Rankings for Week 20

Last Updated: Aug 6, 2021

Here are the latest fantasy baseball closer updates from the past week of action.

A week removed from the wild 2021 MLB trade deadline, Kev Mahserejian looks at the fantasy baseball pictures as it pertains to closers around the league.

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Week 20 Fantasy Baseball Closers: Depth Chart News, Saves Tips & Bullpen Report

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Closer: Kenley Jansen
  • Backups: Blake Treinen, Joe Kelly

Kenley Jansen‘s season, on the surface, is not terrible. 22 saves, a 3.27 ERA, and 28.8% K rate are all solid. However, he just cannot stop walking batters. His walk rate is more than double his career average and this is in an attempt to get batters to chase more because his stuff in the zone does not play as well. Jansen is crumbling — three of his past five outings have allowed multiple runs, and he’s walked 6 batters through 4 innings in the process.

If Jansen continues to falter, Blake Treinen is the logical next man up, with Joe Kelly right behind him. Treinen has past closing experience and is having a terrific season with a 21% K-BB, 2.95 SIERA, and twice as many ground balls to fly balls. A speculative add of Treinen is warranted.

Minnesota Twins

  • Closer: Alex Colome
  • Backups: Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)

Alex Colome has regained closing duties in Minnesota, though only by default. Taylor Rogers is on IL, Hansel Robles was traded, and they really do not have better options. Colome does have 2 saves in the past three games, which bodes favorably for his rest-of-season outlook.

Rogers may be out for the season due to his finger issue, and Tyler Duffey does not seem to be in favor with the organization to close despite multiple openings of late. Duffey has 2 saves this season and 3 total in his career, but given how poorly he’s pitched, it’s not shocking that Baldelli opted for the veteran with experience in the role. Colome has pitched poorly this season, but his peripherals are more favorable than Duffey’s.

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


RkTeamCloserNext In Line/Committee MembersJob Security
1Milwaukee BrewersJosh HaderDevin Williams, Brad BoxbergerGREAT
2Chicago White SoxLiam HendriksCraig KimbrelGREAT
3Los Angeles AngelsRaisel IglesiasMike MayersGREAT
4New York MetsEdwin DiazTrevor May, Joakim SoriaGREAT
5San Diego PadresMark MelanconEmilio Pagan, Austin AdamsGREAT
6Boston Red SoxMatt BarnesAdam Ottavino, Darwinzon HernandezGREAT
7San Francisco GiantsJake McGeeTyler RogersSOLID
8Toronto Blue JaysJordan RomanoAdam Cimber, Brad HandSOLID
9Atlanta BravesWill SmithRichard RodriguezSOLID
10Houston AstrosRyan PresslyKendall Graveman, Yimi GarciaGREAT
11St. Louis CardinalsAlex ReyesGiovanny GallegosSOLID
12Los Angeles DodgersKenley JansenBlake Treinen, Joe KellySOLID
13Philadelphia PhilliesIan KennedyJose Alvarado, Archie Bradley, Hector NerisSOLID
14Seattle MarinersDiego CastilloPaul Sewald, Kenyan Middleton, Drew SteckenriderLOW
15Detroit TigersGregory SotoJose Cisnero, Michael FulmerSOLID
16New York YankeesZack BrittonChad Green, Jonathan Loaisiga, Aroldis Chapman (IL)COMMITTEE
17Minnesota TwinsAlex ColomeTyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers (IL)SOLID
18Miami MarlinsN/AAnthony Bender, Dylan FloroSOLID
19Cleveland IndiansN/AEmmanuel Clase, James KarinchakCOMMITTEE
20Cincinnati RedsN/AMiychal Givens, Michael Lorenzon, Heath HembreeCOMMITTEE
21Texas RangersSpencer PattonJosh Sborz, DeMarcus EvansSOLID
22Oakland AthleticsN/ALou Trivino, Jake Diekman, Andrew ChafinCOMMITTEE
23Colorado RockiesDaniel BardCarlos EstevezSOLID
24Arizona DiamondbacksTyler ClippardSam Poppen, JB BukauskasSOLID
25Baltimore OriolesCole SulserPaul Fry, Tanner ScottLOW
26Pittsburgh PiratesN/AChris Stratton, David BednarCOMMITTEE
27Washington NationalsKyle FinneganTanner RaineyLOW
28Kansas City RoyalsGreg HollandKyle Zimmer, Josh Staumont, Scott Barlow, Josh BrentzLOW
29Tampa Bay RaysN/AMatt Wisler, Andrew Kittredge, Pete Fairbanks (IL)LOW
30Chicago CubsN/AManuel Rodriguez, Rex 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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