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Fantasy Baseball Saves + Holds Rankings & Waiver Wire Targets (Week 9)

Fantasy Baseball Saves + Holds Rankings & Waiver Wire Targets (Week 9)

Finding closers on the waiver wire this next month or two is always the most difficult time of the season. Many teams have settled on their closer at this point, and we likely won’t have any significant developments until the trade deadline. With that said, we still have a few changes every month since it’s impossible for every closer to pitch efficiently and hold on to their job.

With that said, let’s get started and look at some of the developments for this week.

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Saves + Holds Rankings & Waiver Wire Targets (Week 9)

Closer Situations to Watch

These are bullpens we need to monitor.

Baltimore Orioles

Craig Kimbrel was losing his grip on this role, but it looks like the king is back. He’s recorded four straight perfect appearances, picking up a save in his most recent outing. The Orioles said they wanted him to be the closer. Another clean week will have them out of this section.

Chicago White Sox

It looks like Michael Kopech is the closer in Chicago, but we have to keep them in here since he only has five saves. That’s more about how bad this White Sox team is. We’ve seen Kopech collect three saves in his last five appearances, going scoreless in all of them. With how this team is trending, don’t be surprised to see Kopech moved before the deadline.

Colorado Rockies

As someone who lives in Colorado, I’ve watched the Rockies have the worst bullpen in baseball for the last 30 years. Justin Lawrence and Tyler Kinley blew their chances to be the closer, but Jalen Beeks has been great since taking over. He blew a save on Wednesday but has recorded four in his last seven appearances. This is a converted starter with some lackluster stuff, so don’t be surprised to see more blown chances in the near future if he even gets any.

Detroit Tigers

The Tigers have been free-falling down the standings, but Jason Foley has been fantastic. He leads the team with 10 saves but has only recorded one since April 28. That is nearly a month of action, and it’s terrifying since Alex Lange has been lingering around. We expect Foley to get the next chance, but keep an eye on Lange as we advance.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Phillips is slated to work some rehab games this weekend, which could have him back with the Dodgers next week. He’ll resume his role as one of the best closers in baseball, but Daniel Hudson has been filling in during Phillips absence. Hudson has two saves in his last five appearances, allowing just one baserunner in that span. He’s the guy for the next week if you’re desperate for some streaming saves.

New York Mets

Edwin Diaz has been the best closer in the league over the last decade, but something is off right now. The hard-throwing righty has struggled since his return from offseason knee surgery, generating a 10.80 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across his last eight appearances. That has led to the Mets putting Diaz in a “fluid” role, which means he could get some low-leverage chances before his next save. Calling it fluid is as annoying as it gets, but we will guess that Reed Garrett gets the next opportunity. We’ll talk about him later.

Tampa Bay Rays

Pete Fairbanks just came off the IL last week and recorded a save a few days ago. We thought Jason Adam might take over as the closer for good, but Fairbanks has resumed his role as the ninth-inning guy. Both players need to be rostered everywhere, as they should be guaranteed 20 holds+saves from here on out.

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My Saves/Holds Rankings

Rank Player Team
1. Josh Hader HOU
2. Edwin Diaz NYM
3. Emmanuel Clase CLE
4. Evan Phillips LAD
5. Camilo Doval SF
6. Ryan Helsley STL
7. Raisel Iglesias ATL
8. Clay Holmes NYY
9. Jordan Romano TOR
10. Andres Munoz SEA
11. Jhoan Duran MIN
12. Mason Miller OAK
13. David Bednar PIT
14. Paul Sewald ARI
15. Kirby Yates TEX
16. Robert Suarez SD
17. Alexis Diaz CIN
18. Pete Fairbanks TB
19. Craig Kimbrel BAL
20. Jose Alvarado PHI
21. Jason Foley DET
22. Hector Neris CHC
23. Kenley Jansen BOS
24. James McArthur KC
25. Kyle Finnegan WAS
26. Jason Adam TB
27. Tanner Scott MIA
28. Trevor Megill MIL
29. Carlos Estevez LAA
30. Alex Lange DET

Relievers on the Rise

Reed Garrett (NYM)

With Diaz being shifted to a “fluid” role, Garrett will likely get the next save chance. He has a 1.04 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 13.5 K/9 rate this season, recording the team’s most recent save on May 19. He also took a loss in his most recent outing, and NY wants to keep him in a fireman role going forward. We expect Diaz to resume his role as the closer, but Garrett could get some chances now and should lead the team in holds going forward.

Daniel Hudson (LAD)

This is only a one-week fill-in. Hudson has been nearly perfect over the last two weeks, picking up two saves for LA in that span. As long as Phillips is out, Hudson should get most of the saves over the next week.

Potential Holds Specialists

JoJo Romero, Hunter Harvey, Erik Swanson, Ryan Pressly, David Robertson, Scott Barlow, Matt Moore, Bryan Abreu, Aroldis Chapman.

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Potential Closers on the IL

Felix Bautista (BAL): The O’s closer is out for the year after Tommy John surgery.

Devin Williams (MIL): Williams played catch over the weekend and will have to jump multiple hurdles before being ready. He’s still out for at least another month with his back issue.

Evan Phillips (LAD): Phillips is rehabbing his hammy issue but is projected to return with the Dodgers within the next week!

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