Closing Time 8/28: Ranking the Top 30 Closers Every Tuesday

Rick Graham's weekly Closers update is live for 8/28, ranking all 30 closer situations.

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  • Roberto Osuna is closing out games again and looks to be the full time closer in Houston going forward. He’s one of those guys who just seems to up his game in save situations and is primed to be a top 10 RP option the rest of the way. Seranthony Dominguez seems to have hit the rookie wall recently, and may not receive any save chances in the immediate future. Pat Neshek seems like the favorite at this point to replace him temporarily and is worth a look in most standard leagues.
  • Aroldis Chapman hit the DL last week with what had been a long ongoing knee issue. The Yankees seem to be going with a committee approach to replace Chapman, with Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Zach Britton all getting a save chance in his absence.  For fantasy purposes, Betances and Robertson are the preferred options to own. The Nationals closer carousel continues to circle as Kelvin Herrera didn’t last long in his return from the DL and will miss the rest of the season. Justin Miller earned his first save last night, but expect this to be a committee with Ryan Madson and Koda Glover mixing in, none of which are must-adds at this time.
  • No relievers had three saves over the past week while eight had two. Mark Melancon is perhaps the biggest surprise of the eight, and while he has pitched better as of late, Will Smith should still be the primary closer moving forward.

Rick Graham

Rick resides in the Boston area and has experience as a player and coach at the collegiate level. He has been covering relievers for Pitcher List since 2017.

  • Derek says:

    Kirby Yates has been bad in three of his last four appearances. What is your confidence level in him going forward?

    • Rick Graham says:

      The HR’s are worrisome but with how good he’s been all year (and last), it’s probably just more of a rut. He went through a similar issue last August as well and bounced back in September.

  • Pops says:

    The Giants situation looks to be a giant mess. Smith, Melancon and Strickland all seem to be in the mix for saves. Is this a situation to be avoided?

    • Rick Graham says:

      I’m hoping Smith was just giving a few days off after Friday/Saturdays outings. If he doesn’t get the next save chance though, it turns into a situation to avoid.

  • Perfect Game says:

    I’m a Jansen owner and never thought I would say I don’t trust him, but I don’t. He’s becoming a ratio risk and losing out on save opportunities in my standard roto league. I own Kimbrel, Jansen, Treinen and Vazquez. I’m in 1st place overall by a significant margin, but the ERA/WHIP categories I have a slim lead and only lead by one save in the SV category. The team trailing me in saves has Diaz (seems to pitch and pick up a save every day), Iglesias, Strop and Peralta. Diaz is single handedly helping him keep pace with me.

    My question is do I bench Jansen and pick up Minter or Jeffress for saves and better ratios?

  • Joseph says:

    Would you take Davis over Dominguez ROS given Dominguez’s struggles recently?

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