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Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: Add Anthony Bass

A look at how ninth inning roles are shaping out over the first week of the 2020 season.

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Need some help in the saves category? Trying to figure out who the heck to pick up in the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen? I'm here to help make sense of it all. Here are my favorites for saves on each team right now. Plus, who to speculate on for the future.

The Safe Ones

  • Kirby Yates
  • Kenley Jansen
  • Liam Hendricks
  • Roberto Osuna
  • Aroldis Chapman*
  • Archie Bradley
  • Alex Colome
  • Hansel Robles
  • Joe Jimenez

*Once Chapman is healthy, there's no reason to doubt him as the Yankees closer

The Mostly Safe

  • Josh Hader
  • Taylor Rogers
  • Brandon Workman
  • Jose Leclerc
  • Hector Neris
  • Brandon Kintzler

Hader got his first save of the year Wednesday night. He's the Brewers guy, but Corey Knebel still looms near.

Rogers appears here because Sergio Romo got the save over him on Tuesday. The explanation was Romo was already warmed up. Worth monitoring the situation. Rogers did get the save last night.

The Committee Members

  • Nick Anderson
  • Diego Castillo
  • Jose Alvarado
  • Oliver Drake
  • Kwang-Hyun Kim
  • Giovanny Gallegos
  • Greg Holland
  • Trevor Rosenthal
  • Ian Kennedy

Oliver Drake sure did look like the Rays closer. Then he got rocked. I'm not dumping Anderson. If you need purely saves, maybe look to a different bullpen.

Kim had a rough first save but he did secure it. Gallegos is finally back with the team but needs some time to ramp up, presumably. I'm betting on Gallegos in the long-term.

Greg Holland looks like the Royals closer. It's not worth keeping Kennedy.

The Risky Business

  • Brad Hand
  • Edwin Diaz
  • Raisel Iglesias
  • Craig Kimbrel
  • Mark Melancon
  • Sean Doolittle
  • Wade Davis
  • Trevor Gott
  • Matt Magill
  • Mychal Givens

Kimbrel and Diaz look bad. The good news for Kimbrel is the Cubs don't have many other options. The bad news for Diaz is the Mets have a bunch of other options.

Doolittle might not even be the Nationals closer. The Nats haven't had a save opportunity yet.

Trevor Gott is the Giants closer, for now.

Brad Hand moves to this list after last night... yikes!

The Next In Line

  • Seth Lugo
  • Daniel Hudson
  • Will Smith
  • James Karinchak
  • Tyler Rogers
  • Tony Watson
  • Drew Pomeranz
  • Corey Knebel
  • Jeremy Jeffress
  • Rowan Wick
  • Joakim Soria
  • Sergio Romo
  • Taylor Williams

Lugo looks like a great play for his ratios and multi-inning outings. As seen already, he will gets saves and even a few wins. I'd start Lugo even if he never officially becomes closer.

Daniel Hudson is the reliever to own on the Nationals.

James Karinchak is awesome! That's it, that's the tweet.

Looks like Pomeranz would be the guy if anything happens to Kirby Yates.

The Short Term Adds

  • Anthony Bass
  • Greg Holland
  • Trevor Gott
  • Nick Burdi
  • Zack Britton

Injuries make Anthony Bass a must-add for leagues with saves. He's already doing a solid job in the role.

Nick Burdi locked down the save for the Pirates on Tuesday. He will continue to be the ninth inning option until Keone Kela gets healthy.