As is often the case, we fantasy managers have been met with a series highs and lows as we did our best in trying to manage our fantasy baseball closers this season. Closers like Matt Barnes and Alex Reyes, who at one point of the season seemed unstoppable, mysteriously fell into prolonged slumps and eventually lost their closer gigs. In Reyes’ case, if you utilized our closer grid, you would have known that Giovanny Gallegos was the Cardinals’ next man up. Gallegos has taken advantage of the Cards’ recent hot streak and saved 12 games over the past month.

By now you should know that fantasy managers can find closers to roster who can help them in the saves category. Rangers closer Joe Barlow has seven saves (third most in baseball) and a 2.61 ERA over the past month. Royals closer Scott Barlow (six saves, 1.80 ERA) and Marlins closer Dylan Floro (six saves, 2.45 ERA) have also been productive over the past month. Follow their progress next spring. You’ll probably be able to pick them up in the latter rounds of your 2022 fantasy baseball drafts.

Last Minute Saves

If you’re in desperate need of saves this upcoming weekend the following teams are facing opponents who collectively have win percentages of .391 or below and have a good chance to provide save opportunities for their closers:

Cleveland, the Red Sox, the Blue Jays, the Reds, and the Rockies.

Monitor Astros closer Ryan Pressly’s progress this weekend. Manager Dusty Baker revealed that Pressly has been dealing with a minor knee issue that prevented him from pitching on Tuesday night. Baker downplayed the injury, but you never know. If Pressly is sidelined look for either Ryne Stanek or Kendall Graveman to get the opportunity to close out games this weekend.

Also, keep an eye out for Giants reliever Camilo Doval. He throws a 100-mph fastball and picked up saves on Tuesday and Wednesday. With Jake McGee on the IL Tyler Rogers is still considered the teams’ closer, but the Giants have shown that they have confidence in using Doval in high leverage situations.

Last Minute Holds

If you’re looking for last minute holds on this last weekend of the fantasy baseball season, you’ll want to focus on middle relievers with a low ERA who pitch for teams whose starting pitchers don’t work deep into games. The Mariners, Cardinals, Twins, Rays, Dodgers, Yankees and the Tigers all have team bullpen ERAs under 3.00 and collectively have at least eight holds over the past two weeks. 

Last Minute Bullpen News

Yankees reliever Jonathan Loáisiga was reinstated from the IL and looked good in relief for the Yanks on Wednesday night. Look for him to pitch in high leverage situations over the next few days. Lastly, Brewers elite setup man Devin Williams is a bonehead. He admitted to drunkenly punching a wall in his home after have a few drinks to celebrate the Brewers clinching the NL Central division title. According to Williams "I went out to have a few drinks and [at] my home I was a little frustrated, upset, and I punched a wall. That's how it happened." 

That’s cute. I remember when I had my first beer. 

Thanks for reading this column this season!

If you've been a subscriber here at Fantasy Alarm, you've seen the Fantasy Baseball Closer Grid before. If you're new, it's very simple. We not only list who the closer is for each team, but we then go another two-deep into the bullpen to let you know who would be next in line to accrue saves should there be an injury or a change, as well as which relievers you may want to target if your league scores for holds. This isn't about how the teams' depth charts always reads, so keep that in mind. Sometimes the heir-apparent is an obvious one, but in many cases it is not. We look for things like skill set, contact rates, pitch-command, pitch-mix, how many lefties are in the bullpen, who has worked as a closer before and who has the experience in high-leverage situation among other things.

GREEN will be those with strong talent, abundant opportunities and a high-level of job security. The tier below will be in YELLOW followed by ORANGE and lastly RED to indicate who may have the job right now but could lose it with one bad hiccup. 

UPDATED: 9.30.2021

 CloserOn DeckIn the HoleInjured/Suspended
Chicago White SoxLiam HendriksCraig KimbrelAaron BummerRyan Tepera
Milwaukee BrewersJosh HaderBrad BoxbergerBrent SuterDevin Williams
Houston AstrosRyan PresslyKendall GravemanRyne Stanek  
Los Angeles DodgersKenley JansenBlake TreinenJoe Kelly 
Atlanta BravesWill SmithLuke JacksonTyler Matzek 
New York MetsEdwin DíazTrevor MaySeth Lugo 
Boston Red SoxAdam OttavinoGarrett RichardsHansel Robles 
Los Angeles AngelsRaisel IglesiasMike MayersSteve Cishek 
San Diego PadresMark MelanconEmilio PagánDaniel Hudson 
Philadelphia PhilliesIan KennedyJosé AlvaradoHéctor Neris 
San Francisco GiantsTyler RogersCamilo DovalDominic LeoneJake McGee
Cleveland IndiansEmmanuel ClaseBryan ShawBlake Parker 
Toronto Blue JaysJordan RomanoTim MayzaAdam Cimber 
Oakland A'sAndrew ChafinLou TrivinoYusmeiro Petit 
St. Louis CardinalsGiovanny GallegosLuis GarcíaT.J. McFarland 
Seattle MarinersDrew SteckenriderPaul SewaldDiego Castillo 
New York YankeesAroldis ChapmanChad GreenJonathan Loáisiga 
Miami MarlinsDylan FloroAnthony BenderAnthony Bass 
Washington NationalsKyle FinneganTanner RaineyAndres Machado 
Chicago CubsRowan WickCodie HeuerAdam Morgan 
Pittsburgh PiratesDavid BednarChris StrattonChasen Shreve 
Kansas City RoyalsScott BarlowJosh StaumontGreg Holland 
Tampa Bay RaysAndrew KittredgePete FairbanksDavid RobertsonMatt Wisler
Minnesota TwinsAlex ColoméTyler DuffeyJuan MinayaTaylor Rogers
Colorado RockiesCarlos EstévezDaniel BardTyler Kinley 
Cincinnati RedsMychal GivensMichael LorenzenLucas Sims 
Texas RangersJoe BarlowSpencer PattonBrett MartinMatt Bush
Baltimore OriolesCole SulserDillon TateJoey KrehbielTyler Wells/Hunter Harvey/Tanner Scott
Arizona DiamondbacksTyler ClippardJ.B. WendelkenNoé Ramirez 
Detroit TigersMichael FulmerKyle FunkhouserAlex LangeGregory Soto/José Cisnero