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Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: Add Daniel Bard

Your weekly update on saves. Who to pick up and who to cut.

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It’s playoff time for some in head-to-head leagues. Last weeks to make moves in the standing in the roto ranks for others. Regardless, we all need closer help.

The Hurt Ones

  • Ken Giles

Giles (77% rostered) could be back as soon as Thursday. He figures to be the Blue Jays closer at that time.

The Safe Ones

  • Josh Hader
  • Kenley Jansen
  • Liam Hendriks
  • Brad Hand
  • Aroldis Chapman
  • Alex Colome
  • Mark Melancon
  • Ryan Pressly
  • Giovanny Gallegos
  • Rafael Montero

Josh Hader's pursuit for a no-hitter all season long was spoiled on Saturday when he allowed two hits and a run. Nonetheless, he is still the top guy for the Brewers.

The Mostly Safe

  • Taylor Rogers
  • Raisel Iglesias
  • Daniel Hudson
  • Brandon Kintzler
  • Nick Anderson
  • Daniel Bard
  • Brandon Workman
  • Edwin Diaz

With the acquisition of Archie Bradley, Raisel Iglesias now has competition. Iglesias is still the favorite for saves, but if he falters, the Reds have a great fall back option.

Nick Anderson returned from the IL on Friday and earned a save hours later. He's the arm to own going forward for the Rays.

Bard (44% rostered) has been awesome in the closer's role for the Rockies. Pick him up.

Edwin Diaz is finally good again! Surely this will last.

The Committee Members

  • Rowan Wick
  • Jeremy Jeffress
  • Anthony Bass
  • Rafael Dolis
  • Tony Watson
  • Tyler Rogers
  • Ty Buttrey
  • Felix Pena
  • Cesar Valdez
  • Hunter Harvey
  • Gregory Soto
  • Bryan Garcia

Jeffress (55% rostered) seems to have the edge over Wick (20% rostered) in Chicago.

Rogers (23% rostered) and Watson (10% rostered) are as committee as a committee can be.

The Angels bullpen has been a mess of late. Buttrey (20% rostered) is still the favorite for saves, but there's blow up risk involved.

Valdez has the only Orioles save over the past 15 days. He has been used as a multi-inning guy, though. Harvey (18% rostered) was the favorite for saves prior to an elbow injury in July. He is back and healthy now, and could see save opportunities soon.

With Joe Jimenez out as the Tigers closer, Gregory Soto seemed primed for the role. He has since blown a save and was pitching the 7th inning of Tuesday's game with a six-run lead. Not typical closer stuff. Sunday, Bryan Garcia picked up the save. He's not a huge strikeout guy but for those who desperately need every last save, he's plenty available.

The Risky Business

  • Trevor Rosenthal
  • Matt Barnes
  • Greg Holland
  • Richard Rodriguez
  • Yohan Ramirez
  • Kevin Ginkel

Following a trade to the Padres, Rosenthal (72% rostered) has taken over closer duties. He has tough competition behind him though, should he struggle.

Greg Holland (39% rostered) is the closer for the Royals! Excitement?

With Keone Kela back on the IL, the Pirates have gone with Richard Rodriguez for saves. I wouldn't been shocked if Kela is shut down for the season. Rodriguez (18% rostered) should see all the save opportunities for the Bucs, albeit very few considering their win-loss record.

Yohan Ramirez (5% owned) has three saves for the Mariners since August 30th.

Ginkel (6% rostered) has been the ninth inning guy for the Diamondbacks since Bradley was traded. If Ginkel can bring his WHIP down, everything should fall in place for him.

The Next In Line

  • Archie Bradley
  • Nick Vincent