Today we will look at the closer rankings report. By now you should know the drill. ‘Do not pay for saves!’ But alas, there are some people out there that draft them insanely high. We all have that one person in you draft that will take a closer before they have drafted a starting pitcher. Let alone filled out their starting lineup.
To that I say, go ahead; you are just pushing valuable pieces down the draft board for me to take advantage of. Now, if one of these closers happens to fall to an area where it would be crazy to pass on them, I’ll jump. But more than likely, you are not getting one of the top closers without a premium pick.
All the while I will sit back and grab a guy like Neftali Feliz or Addison Reed. I will also grab setup men who will get the occasional spot save, but could also take over should and injury or trade occurs in season.
The rankings below will be fluid until the final days of Spring Training. Some of the top guys will look the same across many different sites. While towards the bottom it is anyone’s guess who will emerge. We also have those ugly committees to deal with as well.
So let’s get to the 2017 Fantasy Baseball closer rankings!
Closer Rankings Report
**Latest Update as of March 26
You know what you are going to get from these guys barring injury. A lot of saves, a lot of Ks, and an ERA that should be near, or below 2.00.
- Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
- Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
- Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
- Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners
- Seung Hwan Oh, St. Louis Cardinals
- Mark Melancon, San Francisco Giants
These are the guys that either their team will score a lot to keep them from save opportunities (Red Sox & Cubs), or have one question about them. Will they be traded, or will their team under-perform? Either way, they are still good ninth inning closers to have, without the cost of the tier one guys.
- Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
- Ken Giles, Houston Astros
- Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
- Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
- Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals
- Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians*
- Alex Colome, Tampa Bay Rays
- David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
- Francisco Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers
- Tony Watson/Daniel Hudson, Pittsburgh Pirates
- A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins
- Sam Dyson, Texas Rangers
Update: Tony Watson is having some struggles this spring. Daniel Hudson has been the better pitcher to this point. The closer role has not been open to competition, thankfully for Watson. Keep an eye on this situation as your draft nears, Watson may not have the job in a week. And even if he does, I look for Hudson to take the role and run with it early in the season.
These guys either may not hold onto the job or could be bogged down by a committee. Or in Addison Reed’s case, is the main guy going to be suspended, and for how long? In Shawn Kelley’s case, maybe their team goes out and gets a closer. They already went out and got some more depth by signing Joe Blanton.
- Koda Glover/Shawn Kelley, Washington Nationals*
- Jeurys Familia**/Addison Reed, New York Mets
- Fernando Rodney, Arizona Diamondbacks
- Neftali Feliz, Milwaukee Brewers*
Update: With Koda Glover having five straight apearances in the ninth inning, it is looking like this could be a shakeup for the closer role. Dusty Baker has said he has the stuff to close, but now it is coming down to if they think he is ready to take on that role.
Latest Update: Familia’s suspension should be announced soon with the season looming. Glover was brought in Friday in the sixth inning and got knocked around for three runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Kind of a curious move for Baker to make, seeing as how Glover was doing well in the ninth. Maybe this will have the organization and Baker to stick with Kelley, but we have another week to go before the final decision has to be made.
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These guys are either in a committee, waiting for someone to take their job or have the job because others are coming back from an injury. Jim Johnson is a trade candidate later in the season; Kintzler is staring at Glen Perkins coming back.
- Rasiel Iglesias/Michael Lorenzen, Cincinnati Reds*
- Jim Johnson, Atlanta Braves
- Brandon Kintzler, Minnesota Twins
- Adam Ottavino/Greg Holland, Colorado Rockies*
- Cam Bedrosian, Los Angeles Angels*
- Jeanmar Gomez/Hector Neris, Philadelphia Phillies*
- Brandon Maurer/Carter Capps, San Diego Padres
- Ryan Madson, Oakland Athletics*
Update: With Andrew Bailey’s spring struggles, and Huston Street’s injury, Bedrosian moves ahead as the favorite to close for the Angels. Adam Ottavino had a rocky outing against the Royals, blowing a 2-0 lead that was given to him. He will still open the season as the closer, unless Greg Holland just comes back really fast. Either way, Holland will challenge for the job during the season.
Latest Update: Rasiel Iglesias was checked out with an MRI and everything came back clean. He fell in the shower and banged up his elbow and hips three weeks ago. Michael Lorenzen is a name to watch here, as he could be the guy should Iglesias not be ready for Opening Day.
* Indicates committee
So there are the 2017 Fantasy Baseball closer rankings so far. As stated above, these situations are fluid so check back to see any new changes with a team’s situation.
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