Fantasy Baseball: Week 7 Closer Depth Chart

Senior Expert Shawn Childs provides his weekly closer depth chart to help you win your Fantasy Baseball league!

2018 MLB Bullpens

Last Update: 5/9/2018
Solid OptionStableAt RiskUpside
TeamCloserNext UpPossibleOUT
ATLArodys VizcainoA.J. MinterDan Winkler
ARIBrad BoxbergerArchie BradleyYoshihisa Hirano
BALDarren O’DayMychal GivensBrad BrachZach Britton
BOSCraig KimbrelJoe KellyMatt Barnes
CHCBrandon MorrowCarl EdwardsSteve Cishek
CWSNate JonesJoakim SoriaLuis Avilan
CINRaisel IglesiasAmir GarrettDavid Hernandez
CLEAndrew MillerCody AllenTyler Olsen
COLWade DavisAdam OttavinoBryan Shaw
DETShane GreeneJoe JimenezDaniel Stumpf
HOUKen GilesChris DevenskiBrad Peacock
KCKelvin HerreraTim HillBrad Keller
LAAKenyan MiddletonBlake ParkerCam Bedrosian
LADKenley JansenJosh FieldsTony Cingrani
MIABrad ZieglerDrew SteckenriderKyle Barraclough
MILJosh HaderCorey KnebelJeremy Jeffress
MINFernando RodneyAddison ReedTrevor Hildenberger
NYMJeurys FamiliaA.J. RamosSeth LugoAnthony Swarzek
NYYAroldis ChapmanDavid RobertsonDellin Betances
OAKBlake TreinenSantiago CasillaRyan Dull
PHIHector NerisSeanthony DominquezEdubray Ramos
PITFelipe ValzquezMichael FelizRichard Rodriguez
SDBrad HandKirby YatesPhil Maton
SEAEdwin DiazJuan NicasioJames PazosDan Altavilla
SFHunter StricklandTony WatsonSam DysonMark Melancon
STLBud NorrisGreg HollandJohn BrebbiaDominic Leone
TBAlex ColomeJose AlvaradoJonny Venters
TEXKeone KelaJose LeclercAlex Claudio
TORSeung Hwan OhJohn AxfordTyler ClippardRoberto Osuna
WASSean DoolittleRyan MadsonBrandon Kintzler

Milwaukee Brewers

Corey Knebel will return from the DL on May 9th. He’ll have much more competition for saves with Josh Hader pitching at a high level. Hader allowed two runs and two baserunners over two innings with seven Ks, a win, and a save. Josh has a 1.64 ERA over 22 innings with 46 Ks and five saves. Jeremy Jeffress extended his scoreless streak to 14.2 innings with four hits and 13 Ks.


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Philadelphia Phillies

Hector Neris blew his second save in nine chances on May 6th when he allowed two runs and four baserunners while failing to record an out. Over his last nine innings, Neris has a 2.00 ERA with eight walks and 11 Ks. Tommy Hunter hasn’t been sharp over his last 4.1 innings (6.23 ERA and 1.85 WHIP). The new kid on the block on the Phillies is Seranthony Dominquez. He packs a high 90s fastball with a nice start to the 2018 season (three runs over 17.2 innings with 22 Ks and three walks) over three levels of baseball. The Phillies converted Dominquez to the bullpen this season. Edubray Ramos has a 1.42 ERA over his last 6.1 innings with eight Ks.

St. Louis Cardinals

Bud Norris is battling a right triceps issue, but he may avoid the DL. His last appearance came on May 5th. Norris has seven saves in as many chances. Over his last two games, Bud allowed two runs and four baserunners over 1.2 innings with one K. Greg Holland tossed two shutout innings over the last week with one K, but he remains empty in the save department in 2018. Jordan Hicks issued 13 walks in 17.1 innings in the majors with seven Ks. John Brebbia has been impressive in his four games in the majors (no runs over seven innings with no walks and nine Ks). Brebbia could be a dark horse for saves if Norris lands on the DL.

Tampa Bay Rays

Alex Colome picked up a pair of losses in his last four games when he allowed a run in each game. Colome looks better over his last 8.2 innings (2.08 ERA with 11 Ks) leading to two saves and two wins). Alex has six saves in eight chances. Jose Alvarado extended his scoreless run to five innings with three Ks. Jonny Venters hasn’t allowed a run over 3.1 innings with no Ks.

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Texas Rangers

Despite pitching poorly over his last 6.2 innings (eight runs and 12 baserunners), Keone Kela hasn’t blown a save in seven chances on the year. Most of the damage came on May 5th when Kela allowed four runs and five baserunners over one inning with two Ks. Jose Leclerc struggled in his last three games (three runs and five baserunners over three innings with four Ks). Alex Claudio has been a disaster over his last 7.1 innings (7.36 ERA and 2.32 WHIP).

Toronto Blue Jays

Fantasy owners can’t be happy with the decision making of Roberto Osuna over the last week off the field. A domestic issue led to him being suspended indefinitely until his court case is resolved. Seung Hwan Oh should get the first chance at saves. Oh didn’t allow a run or hit over his last four innings with three Ks. He has a 0.84 ERA over his last 10.2 innings with 11 Ks. Tyler Clippard has closing experience as well. Over his last 8.2 innings, Clippard didn’t allow a run with six walks and 11 Ks. Ryan Tepera struggled over his last two games (three runs, seven baserunners, and two HRs over two innings). John Axford is a dark horse for saves after pitching well over his last 8.1 innings (no runs with seven Ks).

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Shawn Childs has been a high stakes Fantasy baseball and football player since 2004 where he had success in his first season (three titles and $25,000 in winnings). In early years of the high stakes market in Fantasy baseball, he was ahead of the curve in player evaluation, draft value, and free agent bidding setting up four top-five finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has four AL-only Auction titles, one NL-only title, and five Main Event titles plus an overall title in 2012 at RTFBC (netted $10,000). This success led to an induction into the NFBC Baseball Hall of Fame. His success in the high stakes market led to a career in providing Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football content. On the football side, he’s competed and won in all different formats – auctions, draft championship, main events, and high-dollar leagues. He won 2nd place overall in the 2014 Most Accurate Salary Cap Expert contest at FantasyPros.As a dual-sport player, it was natural to transition to the daily games where he is a “swing for the fences type of guy.” Childs has appeared in one FanDuel NFL Live Final and one DraftKings NFL Live Final, a season-ending tournament which led to a couple of chances to win over $1,000,000.