Week 2: Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Chart

Shawn Childs provides his weekly closer depth chart to help Fantasy Baseball owners get a leg up on their competition!

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Baltimore Orioles

The early closing job for the Orioles is still in limbo. Brad Brach blew his first chance at a save on March 29th when he allowed two runs and four baserunners over two-thirds of an inning with two Ks. His stuff played better in his next two outings (two shutout innings with three Ks). Mychal Givens appeared to be gaining closing momentum after 2.1 shutout innings with three Ks, but Baltimore pitched him in the 6th on the April 3rd when Mychal struggled (two runs over one innings with two Ks). I get the sense that Givens will emerge as the winners early in the season. Darren O’Day remains in the mix after pitching two perfect innings with three Ks.

Chicago White Sox

The Nate Jones supporters in the high-stakes market have been beaten by the manager for saves so far in 2018. Jones tossed 2.1 shutout innings with three Ks, but he’s been bypassed for saves. Joakim Soria struggled in spring training (four runs and nine hits over four innings with one K), yet he stepped onto the mound for the first two saves for the White Sox. Soria allowed no runs and two baserunners in his first two innings with three Ks. Look for Joakim to hold the job as long as he doesn’t post crooked numbers in the 9th.

Detroit Tigers

After two games, Shane Greene looks to be at risk. He allowed two runs and six baserunners over 1.7 innings with no save chances. Future closer Joe Jimenez struggled with command in his first game (two walks and hit over two-thirds of an inning). Joe pitched 1.2 perfect innings in his next two games. I would keep a close eye on Mr. Jimenez earlier in the year as he may take the closing job and run with it.


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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.