Fantasy Baseball Closer Chart (last updated September 27)
The chart below breaks down all 30 major-league teams' bullpens in terms of relievers' proximity to the closer role, not their overall fantasy value. Teams are broken down by division.
"CLOSER" is either that team's officially designated closer, or the pitcher most likely to get the team's next save chance. "NEXT IN LINE" is the pitcher next-most likely to take over if something happens to the closer, or the one who might get any save chances on the closer's nights off. "NOTES" beneath each division's chart provide detail on teams' closer situations that might have an unusual wrinkle, like an injury to the typical closer requiring a short term fill-in, or a committee situation.
NOTES: Aroldis Chapman (knee) was activated by the Yankees on Sept. 19, though he's working in middle relief for now until he proves he's back to full strength. In the meantime, Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and David Robertson have been handling the ninth inning in committee fashion.
NOTES: The White Sox haven't had many save chances to hand out, but they're continuing to use a committee to fill the ninth inning.
NOTES: Ty Buttrey has been shut down for the year and the Angels don't seem inclined to use Blake Parker in the ninth inning, so Hansel Robles and Jim Johnson appear likely to close out games for them during the final regular-season weekend.
NOTES: Arodys Vizcaino, who has four scoreless appearances out of five since returning from the DL, is expected to serve as the Braves' primary closer for the remainder of the season, playoffs included.
NOTES: With both Brandon Morrow (DL: elbow) and Pedro Strop (hamstring) now sidelined, the Cubs will go to a committee of closers, probably led by Steve Cishek, but perhaps including Jesse Chavez, Carl Edwards Jr., Jorge De La Rosa and Justin Wilson.
NOTES: The Diamondbacks' closer picture remains somewhat up in the air, though Yoshihisa Hirano still appears to be their primary ninth-inning option.