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MLB Closers and Saves: Fantasy Baseball Depth Charts


Saves are an important component for many fantasy baseball leagues. Closers are one of the most volatile positions in fantasy baseball, and one of the highest turnover positions in MLB. Each year, closers drop like flies and many MLB teams make in-season changes due to injuries or poor performance. Stay on top of all closer depth charts for the AL and NL, and dominate in saves this year.

We will be updating the MLB Closers & Saves Depth Charts every day, all season long. Be sure to also check out these quick-hit notes from @DavidMarcillo77 looking at the biggest daily bullpen news from around MLB:

  • 2/16: Giants manager Gabe Kapler confirmed that the Giants would at least start the season with a closer-by-committee situation. Tony Watson remains the most likely as the guy with the most career saves (30) in San Francisco.
  • 2/13: A few closers were confirmed today as pitchers and catchers are beginning workouts in Florida and Arizona: Brandon Kintzler for the Marlins, Keone Kela for the Pirates, Brandon Workman for the Red Sox, and Wade Davis for the Rockies.
  • 2/9: Tons of tweaks to the depth charts today, especially relevant for players in holds leagues!
  • 2/8: The Padres and Rays have completed a trade, sending Emilio Pagan to San Diego. He'll slot in ahead of Kirby Yates, while Nick Anderson will presumably take the ninth inning in Tampa Bay. Huge loss in value for Pagan in standard leagues, huge jump for Anderson.
  • 1/27: The Marlins signed Brandon Kintzler and he should immediately be near the top of their depth chart. He'll likely compete for the closer's role in Spring Training.
  • 1/15: The White Sox signed free agent Steve Cishek to strengthen their bullpen. He should join Aaron Bummer as a solid righty-lefty setup team for closer Alex Colome.
  • 1/6: The Nationals added another arm to their bullpen, re-signing Daniel Hudson to a two-year deal. He'll likely work alongside Sean Doolittle in the ninth inning, depending on matchups.
  • 1/2: The Nationals signed Washington World Series Hero Will Harris to a three-year deal. He'll likely work the eighth inning ahead of closer Sean Doolittle. With Harris signed, sources say the Nationals are now unlikely to re-sign Daniel Hudson.
  • 12/30: Happy New Year, Happy New Depth Chart. Closers and Saves Depth Charts are freshly updated. Keep an eye out for a series of six division-by-division articles coming throughout January and February breaking down each team's bullpen heading into Spring Training!

Be sure to also read our other articles on closers, setup men, and bullpens here:

 

AL EAST: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds  Candidates Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Yankees Aroldis Chapman Zach Britton Adam Ottavino, Tommy Kahnle N/A
Solid Red Sox Brandon Workman Matt Barnes Heath HembreeMarcus Walden N/A
Solid Blue Jays Ken Giles Sam Gaviglio Anthony Bass N/A
Questionable Orioles Mychal Givens Hunter Harvey Richard Bleier, Shawn Armstrong N/A
Questionable Rays Nick Anderson  Jose Alvarado Diego Castillo, Colin Poche N/A

 

AL CENTRAL: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Tigers Joe Jimenez Buck Farmer Jose Cisnero, Gregory Soto N/A
Solid White Sox Alex Colome Aaron Bummer, Steve Cishek Kelvin Herrera, Jace Fry N/A
Solid Indians Brad Hand Emmanuel Clase Nick Wittgren, James Karinchak N/A
Solid Royals Ian Kennedy Kevin McCarthy Tim Hill, Scott Barlow N/A
Solid Twins Taylor Rogers  Sergio Romo Tyler Duffey, Trevor May N/A

 


AL WEST: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Rangers Jose Leclerc Rafael Montero Jesse Chavez N/A
Solid Angels Hansel Robles Ty Buttrey Cam Bedrosian, Keynan Middleton N/A
Solid Athletics Liam Hendriks Joakim Soria Jake Diekman, Yusmeiro Petit N/A
Solid Astros Roberto Osuna Ryan Pressly Chris Devenski, Joe Smith N/A
Questionable Mariners Matt Magill Yoshihisa Hirano Brandon Brennan, Carl Edwards Jr. N/A

 

NL EAST: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Questionable Braves Mark Melancon Will Smith Chris Martin, Shane Greene N/A
Solid Marlins Brandon Kintzler Drew Steckenrider, Ryne Stanek Ymi Garcia N/A
Questionable Mets Edwin Diaz Dellin Betances Seth Lugo, Jeurys Familia N/A
Solid Phillies Hector Neris Seranthony Dominguez Jose Alvarez, Adam Morgan N/A
Solid/Committee? Nationals Sean Doolittle, Daniel Hudson Will Harris Tanner Rainey, Roenis Elias N/A

 

NL CENTRAL: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Questionable Cubs Craig Kimbrel Rowan Wick Brandon Morrow, Kyle Ryan N/A
Solid Reds Raisel Iglesias Michael Lorenzen Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson N/A
Solid Brewers Josh Hader Brent SuterDavid Phelps Corey Knebel, Alex Claudio N/A
Solid Pirates Keone Kela Kyle Crick Michael Feliz, Richard Rodriguez N/A
Questionable Cardinals Giovanny Gallegos Andrew Miller John Gant, John Brebbia N/A

 

NL West: 2020 Fantasy Baseball Closers & Saves

RotoBaller Stability Rating Team Name Current Closer Backup / Handcuff More Holds
Candidates
Immediate Waiver Add
Solid Diamondbacks Archie Bradley Kevin Ginkel Hector Rondon N/A
Solid Rockies Wade Davis Scott Oberg Carlos Estevez, Jairo Diaz N/A
Solid Dodgers Kenley Jansen Pedro Baez Joe KellyBlake Treinen N/A
Solid Padres Kirby Yates Emilio Pagan Andres Munoz, Drew Pomeranz N/A
Questionable/Committee Giants Tony Watson Trevor Gott Jandel Gustave, Tyler Rogers N/A

 

Previous Closers and Saves News Updates

2019 Season Updates Below

  • 9/19: Craig Kimbrel was activated from the injured list on Thursday and could quickly find himself back in high-leverage situations.
  • 9/17: Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez was arrested on several awful charges and was placed on MLB's administrative leave. He's unlikely to pitch again this season. Keone Kela and Richard Rodriguez should work any save situations that come up for the remainder of the season.
  • 9/10: Not a ton going on in the league's bullpens for once, but depth charts are updated, so have a look!
  • 9/5: Craig Kimbrel and his high ERA are back on the injured list. Steve Cishek and Pedro Strop figure to split ninth innings until Kimbrel returns.
  • 9/3: Mark Melancon has pitched well enough to take over the closer's role all to himself for now. Unless he struggles again, he should hold it down until the end of the season.
  • 9/2: The Marlins activated Jose Urena from the IL and he should be given a chance to jump into the closer's role almost right away. He's worth a look for those desperate for saves, although the Marlins might not have too many leads to save in September.
  • 9/2: The Mets seem to prefer Seth Lugo in a save situation, but they also like using him for multiple innings at times, so Edwin Diaz will still get his save chances now and then. Lugo usually won't pitch the day after throwing multiple innings, so owners can take a look at his usage from a previous day and get an idea of what he'll do on the current day.
  • 8/25: Ryne Stanek earned a save for the Marlins today, the team's first official save since July 24. Opening Day starter and "ace" (according to the Marlins and literally no one else) Jose Ureña will reportedly return from the IL as a reliever and could make his way into the closer's role.
  • 8/25: Brad Hand looks like he's back at it, saving two games in a row after blowing three in a row but getting a vote of confidence from his manager. His owners have nothing to worry about.
  • 8/21: Wade Davis got a chance to close again, and he somehow looked even worse than before. The Rockies are in full-on committee mode, but it looks like Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz should be at the top of the list.
  • 8/21: Matt Magill saved two games in two days for the Mariners and hasn't allowed a run in his last six appearances. Looks like he's atop the Seattle committee, as Anthony Bass pitched the eighth inning ahead of Magill.
  • 8/18: Craig Kimbrel is set to be activated on Sunday and should immediately return to his role as closer. It's been a struggle for the Cubs since Kimbrel went on the IL, so they'll be happy to have him back. Brandon Kintzler is back as well and should work in a setup role ahead of Kimbrel.
  • 8/18: With Scott Oberg going on the IL with a blood clot, the Rockies closer situation is officially as volatile as it gets. McGee, Davis, and Shaw have all been terrible over the past 30 days, so it's anyone's guess who gets the first shot at closing. Davis could be the favorite simply because of his experience this season and prior success (before this season). For now, this is a bullpen to stay away from, although if you are desperate enough to have to pick one, Davis would be the best bet.
  • 8/18: After getting blown up recently, the Nationals placed Sean Doolittle on the IL with knee tendinitis. Daniel Hudson, Hunter Strickland or others could be in the mix to fill in, with Hudson perhaps getting the first chance as he's been the most effective lately.
  • 8/14: The Nathan Eovaldi as closer experiment looks like it's over, and it never really started. Brandon Workman has taken hold in the Boston bullpen, and Eovaldi is on his way back to the starting rotation.
  • 7/31: The Twins added another arm to their bullpen, trading with the Giants for Sam Dyson. He'll setup for Taylor Rogers in Minnesota.
  • 7/31: The Florida teams made a trade, with the Marlins sending Nick Anderson and Trevor Richards to the Rays for Jesus Sanchez and Ryne Stanek. Anderson will work in the late innings for the Rays, while the Marlins bullpen will likely be a mess for the rest of the season.
  • 7/31: Joe Biagini is on his way to the Astros. He'll be depth in the Houston bullpen, but it will make things interesting in Toronto. Tim Mayza in the ninth inning all of a sudden?
  • 7/31: A potential late-inning impact arm for the Phillies won't be coming back this year, as David Robertson needs elbow surgery and won't pitch again in 2019.
  • 7/31: The Braves added another reliever, picking up Mark Melancon from the Giants. He'll slot somewhere into the later innings, setting up for brand new closer Shane Greene.
  • 7/31: The Braves are close to getting Shane Greene from the Tigers, and that could spell the end of Luke Jackson in the closer's role in Atlanta. Over in Detroit, Joe Jimenez should take over the ninth despite his disappointing season.
  • 7/31: The Nationals have traded for their THIRD reliever of the day, getting Hunter Strickland from the Mariners. That gives the Nationals another late-inning option, but Sean Doolittle should still be safe in the ninth inning. Meanwhile, the Seattle bullpen will be led by...Anthony Bass?
  • 7/31: The Nationals picked up two late-inning relievers, getting Daniel Hudson from the Blue Jays and Roenis Elias from the Mariners. Sean Doolittle is safe in his role as closer in Washington, DC, but Elias and Hudson should have some holds league value playing on better teams. Hunter Strickland figures to take over as closer in Seattle once he's fully in the swing of things.
  • 7/31: The Rangers may have traded Chris Martin yesterday, but they picked up Nate Jones from the White Sox today. He figures to play a late-inning role once he's up to speed, but Jose Leclerc should still be the one closing things out in Texas.
  • 7/30: Liam Hendriks blew the save, and Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless inning to pickup the win. The Athletics bullpen has been switched to volatile for now until this situation sorts itself out. Hendriks should be okay, but it's something to keep an eye on.
  • 7/30: Archie Bradley notched his first save of the season, while Yoshihisa Hirano or Yoan Lopez pitched earlier in the game to setup Bradley. He has been moved to the top of the Arizona depth chart for now. Manager Torey Lovullo didn't quite call Bradley his closer, but he said he liked the way he pitched and wouldn't hesitate to go back to him for another save chance.
  • 7/30: The Rangers sent Chris Martin over to the Braves, so Jose Leclerc should be closing in Texas by himself at least until Shawn Kelley returns from the IL. Martin will work in a setup role ahead of Braves closer Luke Jackson.
  • 7/30: The Blue Jays traded David Phelps to the Cubs, and the Phillies signed former Twins closer Blake Parker. Neither guy has much of a chance of seeing the ninth inning, but both could end up with roles that give them some value in holds leagues.
  • 7/28: Greg Holland has officially been removed as the closer, for the time being. The Diamondbacks say they'll play matchups for now, but one of Yoan Lopez, Yoshihisa Hirano, or Archie Bradley could take control and run with the job soon. Keep an eye on their bullpen usage over the next few days.
  • 7/27: Turn that stove on, folks! The Marlins are trading Sergio Romo to the Twins, where he will likely work in the eighth inning ahead of Taylor Rogers. Meanwhile, back in Miami, Nick Anderson should be the guy to take over the ninth inning for now.
  • 7/27: Another blown save for Greg Holland led Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo to say that he and his staff will "discuss Holland's role" before the next game. We'll see how they handle the next save situation in Arizona, but it does seem like Holland is on his way out of the ninth inning. He has five blown saves and could soon be watching Yoshihisa Hirano or Yoan Lopez closing things out in the desert.
  • 7/25: The Twins finally gave up on Blake Parker, designating him for assignment. It's the full-time Taylor Rogers show in the ninth inning now, at least until the Twins pick someone up at the deadline.
  • 7/24: Jace Fry has been excellent for the White Sox lately, and he has some closing experience from last season. All signs point to Aaron Bummer taking over the closer's role if Alex Colome is traded, but keep an eye on Fry just in case. He has a 0.79 ERA in his past 14 games after a somewhat rough start to the season.
  • 7/23: The Rangers officially placed Shawn Kelley on the injured list and manager Chris Woodward said that Chris Martin and Jose Leclerc will be in charge of closing duties in Kelley's place. Martin has been the better pitcher of late and the team might want to build up his trade value over the next few days, but Leclerc was supposed to be the closer all along, so it'll be interesting to see how Woodward handles the ninth inning in Texas over the next few games.
  • 7/22: Rangers closer Shawn Kelley was forced to exit Sunday's game before he even threw an official pitch. He was diagnosed with right biceps soreness, but it is still unclear how much time he will have to miss. If he ends up on the injured list, the closer's role in Texas will go to either Chris Martin or Jose Leclerc, or maybe a committee with both of them involved.
  • 7/21: Despite all the hype surrounding Nathan Eovaldi's return and presumed rise to the Red Sox closer role, the team has been showing interest in Blue Jays closer Ken Giles and Padres closer Kirby Yates. The fact that they're shooting for guys like Giles and Yates shows that they don't want to just add to their bullpen, they want to acquire their stretch-run closer before the deadline.
  • 7/20: Nathan Eovaldi will join the active roster on Saturday, but he might not be closing right away. After tons of fanfare saying he'd be right in the closer's role, Brandon Workman seems to have done well enough to gain manager Alex Cora's trust. It'll remain Workman's job for now, but Eovaldi looms.
  • 7/17: Kenley Jansen hurt his ankle on Tuesday then hurt the Dodgers soon after, blowing a save while allowing four straight hits and letting the Phillies walk off. Jansen was limping after the game but it remains to be seen if he'll need an IL stint. If he does, Pedro Baez is likely to step in despite his recent struggles.
  • 7/17: Ken Giles gave the Blue Jays and the trade market a scare, but he was able to throw 20 pitches off a mound on Tuesday and is expected to be available going forward. He's one of the best bets to be traded before the deadline.
  • 7/15: Hector Neris was able to stabilize the Phillies bullpen for a while, but he's been struggling lately, posting just three saves in his last three chances to go with a bump in his ERA from 1.88 to 3.52. He's safe in the ninth inning for now, but David Robertson should be coming off the IL soon and could challenge for the closer's job.
  • 7/14: Ken Giles is dealing with nerve inflammation in his elbow caused by a massage and is day-to-day. He's not expected to miss much time, but Joe Biagini and Daniel Hudson figure to close in his place if the situation arises.
  • 7/12: Diego Castillo is back from the injured list for the Rays, but Emilio Pagan has been the much better pitcher this season. Castillo should mix into the closer mix though. Jose Alvarado remains on the IL and should be there for a while. The Rays will go with Pagan and Castillo for now but could make some noise in the trade market before the deadline.
  • 7/8: Taylor Rogers has been excellent lately and in his last five appearances, he's been used as a traditional closer. It's enough to remove the "committee" label from the Minnesota bullpen, although he still may end up with a little more help than a truly traditional closer. He's an immediate must-own.
  • 7/8: The Rays will place Jose Alvarado on the IL before the second half starts, and he is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with an oblique strain. It will open up more opportunities for Emilio Pagan and Diego Castillo in the ninth inning.
  • 7/6: Mets closer Edwin Diaz has been struggling along with the rest of the Mets bullpen. Manager Mickey Callaway essentially said someone else would get the closer's job if he thought anyone else could do a good job. It was the mildest vote of confidence of all time, making the Mets bullpen one to keep an eye on.
  • 7/6: Blake Treinen is back in the bullpen in Oakland, but Liam Hendriks will keep the ninth inning. Treinen will be "available if needed at some point when he gets on track. But it’s Hendriks’ job now."
  • 7/5: False alarm on the Greg Holland out in Arizona thing. Today, manager Torey Lovullo said he would be sticking with Holland in the ninth inning because he thinks Holland is good at "turning the page." We'll see.
  • 7/4: The Diamondbacks may be making a change in their bullpen after a couple of rough outings from Greg Holland. Yoshihisa Hirano, Yoan Lopez, and Andrew Chafin are all candidates for saves and this will likely become another committee for a while.
  • 7/4: Blake Treinen is back from the injured list, but Liam Hendriks just won AL Reliever of the Month while Treinen was gone. His success combined with Treinen's struggles make for an interesting situation in Oakland.
  • 7/1: Huge, unexpected news out of Boston, as the Red Sox plan to use Nathan Eovaldi as their closer as soon as he's activated from the injured list. He's a must-add in all formats immediately.
  • 6/19: Big bullpen news out of Cincinnati, where it looks like Raisel Iglesias may be moving into a fireman role instead of his traditional closer's role. In two consecutive games, Iglesias pitched in a late-inning, high-leverage situation, but it was Michael Lorenzen who came in and recorded the save. Manager David Bell said that the team couldn't afford to save Iglesias for the ninth inning on Tuesday because the eighth "was the game." Iglesias will remain atop the depth chart, but this is an interesting one to follow now.
  • 6/17: Carlos Martinez ended up earning a two-inning save on Sunday, while Jordan Hicks stayed in the bullpen. This isn't quite a committee yet, but manager Mike Shildt seemed really impressed with Martinez and any slip ups by Hicks could demote him into a committee with Martinez.
  • 6/17: Rockies closer Wade Davis spent some time on the IL and since being activated has allowed seven runs in just 4 1/3 innings. His replacement while he was injured, Scott Oberg, has a 1.67 ERA this season and could take over if Davis continues to struggle.
  • 6/13: Blue Jays closer Ken Giles ended up on the IL with elbow inflammation. Joe Biagini was the expected beneficiary in the Toronto bullpen, but he had a hard time getting outs in his first chance on Wednesday, and had to be bailed out by Daniel Hudson, who earned his first save of the season.
  • 6/12: Rangers manager Chris Woodward officially announced that no one is the closer of the Rangers right now. Shawn Kelley, Jose Leclerc, Chris Martin, and Jesse Chavez are all candidates to close, with Kelley and Leclerc likely to be used the most often.
  • 6/7: Wade Davis was activated from the IL and should quickly resume pitching in the ninth inning. Scott Oberg did well in his place, but his ERA is mostly a mirage and he's due for some serious regression.
  • 6/7: Well, everyone knows about Craig Kimbrel at this point. He'll be closing for the Cubs soon, but until then, it'll be Pedro Strop for a little while longer.
  • 6/5: So much for working his way back in. In his first appearance off the IL, Cubs closer Pedro Strop picked up a save, closing out a 6-3 win for Chicago. Steve Cishek will slide back into his setup role and while he'll maintain holds league value, he can be let go in most standard formats.
  • 6/4: The Cubs will activate Pedro Strop from the IL today. He'll likely work his way back into significant innings slowly, but he should make his way back into the closer's role before too long.
  • 6/3: Jose Alvarado was placed on the family emergency leave list and will miss the next three-to-seven days. He's been struggling a bit lately, so this will be a chance for Diego Castillo and Emilio Pagan to get even more save chances if they come up.
  • 6/3: Blake Parker struggled in the eighth inning on Sunday and hasn't been as strong as he was to start the season. It's still a committee in Minnesota, but Taylor Rogers is getting closer and closer to taking over full time.
  • 6/3: The Cardinals have flamethrower Jordan Hicks in their closer role, but they were quick to pull him when he got in trouble this weekend. With Jon Gant excelling and Carlos Martinez back in the bullpen, Hicks may see his leash get shorter and shorter. He's still the closer for now, but if he struggles again we could see this turn into a committee faster than expected.
  • 5/28: Looks like the "whoever" we heard about in the Baltimore bullpen might be Shawn Armstrong. He got the first save chance for the Orioles after Mychal Givens was removed from the role, and he saved a two-run game, allowing just a walk. He won't pick up a ton of saves, but if he gets the job outright, he'll have some definite fantasy value.
  • 5/27: The Orioles closer job, which isn't one that gets a ton of work anyway, has been taken away from Mychal Givens. He had some upside coming into the season, but in his past four outings, he'd blown two saves, taken three losses, and allowed eight earned runs. Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said the team's next closer would be, "whoever" so we have another committee on hand in Baltimore.
  • 5/22: Rockies closer Wade Davis has been placed on the injured list with an oblique strain. Rockies manager Bud Black did the fantasy baseball world a favor and already announced that Scott Oberg will assume the closer's role while Davis is out. It's an oblique strain for Davis, so it could be a while before he's back on the hill.
  • 5/22: So much for Luke Jackson? The Braves closer struggled his way to his fourth blown save on Tuesday. Lefty Sean Newcomb has been excellent of late and was given a save chance on Monday. Jacob Webb has been solid in the eighth inning lately as well. It doesn't seem like Jackson is in trouble just yet, but one more bad outing could downgrade the Braves bullpen right back into committee mode.
  • 5/22: Jose Leclerc is back to pitching in high-leverage situations and he's pitching well. The last 16 batters that have faced Leclerc have gotten out, and it shouldn't be long now until he claims his ninth inning again. He should be scooped up immediately in any leagues he was dropped in.
  • 5/16: Diego Castillo picked up another save last night, and may be emerging as the closer for a talented Rays bullpen with lots of strong arms.
  • 5/15: Roenis Elias picked up the rare seven-out save on Tuesday night, and Mariners manager Scott Servais said save opportunities would keep going to the hot hand. A seven-out save seems to qualify as a hot hand, so Elias could get the next few save chances until someone else jumps ahead. The Mariners bullpen looks to be one best avoided in most formats.
  • 5/13: Luke Jackson looks like he's set to take the ninth inning all to himself in Atlanta. He's given up just one run in his last 19 innings of work and picked up a two-inning save on Sunday. He should be picked up anywhere he's available.
  • 5/9: Rangers placed Shawn Kelley on the IL with an infection. He had been acting as the team's closer, but Chris Martin got the save last night - his first of the season.
  • 5/8: Cubs closer Pedro Strop has been placed on the IL with a hamstring injury. Steve Cishek and possibly Brandon Kintzler are expected to fill in, although a full-on committee approach seems likely.
  • 5/8: Good news for the A's and for Blake Treinen's fantasy owners: he was available last night and was loosening up in case he was needed, but Mike Fiers went ahead and pitched a no-hitter, so Treinen didn't make an official appearance.
  • 5/8: Taylor Rogers earned a save on Tuesday even though Blake Parker was available, so that combined with recent usage puts the Twins bullpen back into a committee, although Parker should still get more chances than anyone else.
  • 5/7: Junior Guerra picked up a save for the Brewers while Jeremy Jeffress pitched the eighth inning on a day off for Josh Hader. Hader remains the closer in Milwaukee, but it looks like Guerra has become next in line instead of Jeffress. Guerra and Jeffress will both have value in holds leagues, but it's looking like Hader is the only one with real value in standard leagues.
  • 5/6: Luke Jackson earned a save in a game where A.J. Minter was ready and available, shifting the Braves bullpen into committee mode for now. If the two pitchers continue pitching the way they have, there's little doubt that Jackson will take over the ninth inning before long. He's worth picking up.
  • 5/6: Hector Neris is looking the most like a closer in the Phillies bullpen, as he's the only reliever to earn a save since April 16th. There's still a bit of a mix-and-match in the seventh and eighth, but it's looking like Neris is the one to own in standard leagues out of the Philadelphia bullpen.
  • 5/1: Updates from Texas, as Jose Leclerc has officially been removed as the closer.
  • 5/1:Angels reliever Ty Buttrey was brought in to keep a game tied in the eighth inning, leading to Hansel Robles getting and converting a save opportunity after the Angels took the lead. This could happen occasionally, as Buttrey works the toughest inning while Robles is saved for the save. Buttrey will have the better overall stats, but Robles could end up with more saves.
  • 5/1: Things still don't look good for Rangers closer Jose Leclerc. Manager Chris Woodward didn't yank him from the role just yet, but he did say that he could start giving Leclerc some less stressful innings for now. Chris Martin and Shawn Kelley are next up, with Kelley perhaps the likelier choice due to better numbers this year and previous closing experience.
  • 4/29: Giants closer Will Smith has been good enough, but as his 3.72 ERA continues to rise, the risk of Mark Melancon taking over the ninth inning grows. Giants manager Bruce Bochy has already said, “He’s going to save some games for us. We’ll have him in that role sometimes.”
  • 4/29: The Braves thought A.J. Minter would slide smoothly into the closer's role after Arodys Vizcaino was lost for the season, but Minter is sporting a 9.35 ERA and was pulled from a save chance this weekend. Luke Jackson looks like the next guy up, although an official move hasn't been made yet.
  • 4/27: Former Angels closer Cody Allen was taken out of the closer's role, and soon after ended up on the Injured List with a back injury. It'll be a long time until he gets another look in the ninth inning, if it happens at all this season.
  • 4/26: Cubs reliever and potential closer Brandon Morrow was shut down after experiencing some renewed elbow soreness. He's expected to start throwing again in about two weeks. Morrow's return from elbow surgery is not going as expected, but he could end up as the Cubs closer and a valuable fantasy piece in the second half.
  • 4/25: Manager Brad Ausmus has said that Cody Allen is out as the closer in Anaheim. Allen had a 5.40 ERA and a somehow-even-worse 8.16 FIP and his leash has officially run out. The Angels pen is squarely in Volatile territory now. Ausmus has said it's going to be a committee approach, but the smart money is on Ty Buttrey as the pick up despite Buttrey blowing the save Wednesday night. Buttrey came into a bases loaded 7th inning after Luis Garcia made a mess of a 5-2 lead. Buttrey allowed a sac fly and a fielders choice which tied the game. After pitching a clean 8th with two strikeouts, Buttrey was left in for one inning too long by Ausmus and he let up the go-ahead run. He still struck out three with zero walks and just two hits allowed. Overall, Buttrey still has pretty shiny peripherals. Allen can be safely dropped in most leagues now.



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Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) and Matt Williams (@MattWi77iams) of the Turn Two Podcast come together for a new co-pod series called "Quality Start". This will be a joint effort and episodes will be found on Bases Loaded as well as the Turn Two Podcast. We are joined by Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) as well for this one.... Read More


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In life, there seem to be two kinds of people, the flashy and the boring. “Flashy” people like high-end materialistic things such as nice clothing or an expensive car. "Boring” people prefer the simpler things in life like spending time with their loved ones. This seems to be true when it comes to fantasy baseball,... Read More


Taking Out the Trash: Pitchers Who Should Junk Their Worst Pitch

Pitch mix changes can make or break a player’s season. That obviously goes for fantasy value as well as real-life. We've already seen how throwing an effective pitch more often could make a huge improvement a la Patrick Corbin. Sometimes pitchers just need to eliminate a pitch to see their numbers improve. Consider the following: Mitch... Read More


ADP Showdown – Trevor Story vs. Trea Turner

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported and position player workouts are getting underway, which means baseball season is officially upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already started dealing with tough draft position... Read More


Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher Statcast

Statcast metrics such as Barrels and Brls/BBE are great ways to evaluate a batter's performance, so it is only natural to assume that the metrics would be predictive for pitchers as well. As much as batters want to hit a Barrel every time, pitchers want to avoid them at all costs. Yet there is evidence... Read More


2020 Fantasy Baseball Staff Rankings

Below you will find RotoBaller's 2020 fantasy baseball rankings, tiers and auction dollar values for the 2020 MLB season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Mixed, Head-to-Head, Points, AL/NL Only, Two-Catcher Top 2020 prospects, Dynasty leagues, Keeper values Export the rankings easily... Read More


Bases Loaded Podcast - All Things Fantasy Baseball w/ Nick Pollack (@PitcherList)

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is  joined by Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) and they discuss all things fantasy baseball! Subscribe to the Bases Loaded podcast, part of RotoBaller Radio's Podcast Network. Like and Subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well! Be sure to also tune... Read More


Finding Combo-Player Values Using Z-Scores and ATC Projections

Towards the end of last season, I asked the question – “Draft Speed or Pound the Power?” Loaded in this seemingly simple query are two contradictory approaches – one for power and one for speed. Power Approach 1: Home run totals are dramatically up in baseball these days. Therefore, there are many power bats available... Read More


ADP Showdown - Whit Merrifield vs Austin Meadows

Spring training is officially underway, which means baseball season is upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already begun dealing with tough draft position decisions. The outfield position is deep as always, but... Read More


2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Third Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More


2020 Dynasty Leagues: Players to Sell (Premium Content)

As draft day approaches in dynasty leagues, the window to sell-high on a big name has never been better. The first days of spring training are a chance to cash in on players who may have hit their peak value before the 2020 season begins. Bartering is a matter of risk vs reward. You hate... Read More


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