Fantasy Baseball Closer Report (Week 7): See Which Relievers Are Closing Games Now

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Fantasy baseball players are always on the hunt for saves. So every other week during the Major League Baseball season, we’ll be checking in on the backends of those bullpens. Whose job is steady? Whose is uncertain? Who is waiting in the wings and ready to poach some saves?

We’ll break it all down below in different categories, ranging from those who have their job locked down to speculative adds worth keeping your eye on.

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Locked In

Liam Hendriks – Chicago White Sox

Ryan Pressly – Houston Astros

Raisel Iglesias – Los Angeles Angels

Aroldis Chapman – New York Yankees

Diego Castillo – Tampa Bay Rays

Ian Kennedy – Texas Rangers

Will Smith – Atlanta Braves

When Smith gets hit around, he gets hit around. Still a lower level of concern with the blips being spread out.

Craig Kimbrel – Chicago Cubs

Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers

Josh Hader – Milwaukee Brewers

Edwin Diaz – New York Mets

Hector Neris – Philadelphia Phillies

Lou Trivino – Oakland Athletics

Trivino has ceded work to Jake Diekman, but after consecutive blown saves this weekend, Diekman may have to wait before his next shot.

Emmanuel Clase – Cleveland Indians

Matt Barnes – Boston Red Sox

Cesar Valdez – Baltimore Orioles

Last dance for Valdez before he gets demoted from this section. He has allowed earned runs in three of his last six outings.

Brad Hand – Washington Nationals

Sorely needed bounce back for Hand after three consecutive poor outings. Hand is nearing Valdez territory.

Mark Melancon – San Diego Padres

Yimi Garcia – Miami Marlins

Richard Rodriguez – Pittsburgh Pirates

Alex Reyes – St. Louis Cardinals

Could not predict that Alex Reyes would be second in saves this season. Reyes pitching with confidence is a welcomed site.

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Getting Save Opportunities, But No Lock

Daniel Bard – Colorado Rockies

The end is nigh. Bard does not have it, and Mychel Givens has closer experience.

Gregory Soto – Detroit Tigers

Stefan Crichton – Arizona Diamondbacks

Joakim Soria is seeing high-leverage work. Soria could be the pitcher to close the black hole in the Diamondbacks bullpen.

Josh Staumont – Kansas City Royals

Tyler Rogers – San Francisco Giants

Jake McGee was given every chance to get right and has failed to respond. Rogers collected two saves this week for the first-place Giants.

Closer Committees

Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero – Seattle Mariners

Jordan Romano, Tyler Chatwood, and A.J. Cole – Toronto Blue Jays

Injuries continue to make this situation a revolving door.

Lucas Sims, Amir Garrett, and Tejay Antone – Cincinnati Reds

Hansel Robles, Taylor Rogers, and Alex Colome – Minnesota Twins

The Twins have been a disaster and the closer situation is one of the main reasons.

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Joakim Soria (ARI)

Daniel Hudson (WSH)

Tejay Antone (CIN)

Paul Fry (BAL)

Michael Fulmer (DET)

Tyler Chatwood (TOR)

Kyle Zimmer (KC)

Zimmer is returning from injury soon and has the stuff to compete with Staumont. He is best added in deeper bench and 14-plus team leagues.

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