Saturday, March 18, 2017


Here are the second look at the 2017 fantasy baseball closer rankings but as always this is a fluid situation.

1.  Aroldis Chapman:  Simply the best but slightly concerned his arm could bounce a little off insane postseason workload.
2.  Kenley Jansen:  Only thing that has ever held back Jansen is health.  Has the insane K rate down pat.
3.  Zach Britton:  Pushed his K/9 to one per inning each of last two seasons and 0.54 ERA in 2016 was one of the statistics of the entire season.  Early oblique scare now a non-issue.
4.  Seung Hwan Oh:  Yes he is legit.
5.  Mark Melancon:  Doesn't have the K rates of the guys above him but Melancon has been as good as any closer the last three seasons.
6.  Craig Kimbrel:  Some ominous signs developing here such as a growing ill health and a BB/9 that somehow went over 5.00 last season.  I won't tough him.
7.  Alex Colome:  Lump Colome in with Hwan Oh as new closing stars on the block.  Has a high risk of being traded at deadline though and possibly into a setup role so know that before paying.
8.  Edwin Diaz:  Meet my new favorite closer for 2017.  Truly silly K rate.
9.  Roberto Osuna:  Gives up some home runs but Osuna has logged ERA's under 3.00 first two seasons.
10. Cody Allen:  Always struggled in April but Terry Francona sticks with him.  87 K's in 68 innings last season show how potent Allen can be.
11. Wade Davis:  Truly remarkable dominance since becoming a closer but MAJOR elbow red flags,  Too risky at such a lofty price and Davis has not been very good this spring which adds to the concern.  Trending downward.
12. Kelvin Herrera:  Takes over full-time at closer for the Royals with Davis in Chicago with the Cubs.
13. David Roberston:  Proceed with caution here as Robertson's ERA has gone over 3.40 each of last two seasons and he gives up a lot of home runs.  A trade to Washington has been rumored all spring but nothing yet.
14. Ken Giles:  Still a bit rough around the edges but Giles has arguably the best fastball among closers outside of Chapman and Jansen.
15. Jeurys Familia:  Likely faces a one month suspension so back Familia up with Addison Reed.
16. A.J. Ramos:  Walks way too many batters which makes any Ramos closing appearance dicey but can't argue with 2,81 ERA and high K rate.  Watch for Kyle Barraclough too.
17. Shawn Kelly:  Right now it is Kelly who is in line to close for Washington but David Robertson looms as a trade target.
18. Adam Ottavino:  Big arm and always dominates when healthy.  Watch for heat from Greg Holland though.
19. Raisel Iglesias:  Could grow into the closer role this season for Cincy as Iglesias logged a 1.98 ERA and high K rate once moved to bullpen in 2016.
20. Cam Bedrosian:  No one knows how the Angels bullpen situation will shake out but Bedrosian showed before getting hurt last season that he has skills.  Also with Huston Street out until maybe May, Bedrosian is lacking competition for the gig.
21. Francisco Rodriguez:  Continues to lose velocity and Rodriguez is now a home run waiting to happen.  Could be out of job by June.  Avoid.
22. Tony Watson:  Didn't exactly lock things down after becoming Pirates closer last season.
23. Sam Dyson:  Watch for Matt Bush here as Dyson doesn't have the K rate to keep closing games.
24. Carter Capps:  This is me saying it will be Capps who will close for the Padres over Brandon Maurer.  Maurer had a 4.52 ERA last season and Capps was the strikeout wonder before undergoing Tommy John.  Capps could be a top ten guy easy if he gets the gig.
25. Ryan Madson:  Was not impressed by Madson in the least last season and Sean Doolittle could steal it by the end of spring training.
26. Neftali Feliz:  Could close in Milwaukee but has to stay healthy and prove he is back to being a strikeout weapon.
27. Jeanmar Gomez:  The Phillies really have to be kidding themselves going into the season with Gomez as the closer.  It simple won't work and so Hector Neris needs to be owned in all leagues.
28. Glen Perkins:  Who knows with his health and declining fastball.  On the positive side though, Perkins has thrown a bunch of bullpen sessions with no issues yet.
29. Jim Johnson:  Older then dirt veteran actually was good last season but that could be a one-year blip.  I don't trust him one bit.
30. Fernando Rodney:  Give me a break.


  1. Where would you rate Andrew Miller?

  2. Seems like we are setting up for a tumultuous year with closers. Not much stability on this list

  3. Andrew Miller would be top setup guy.