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04-26

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Closer Report: Week Four
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Matt Collins

04-19

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Closer Report: Week Two
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Matt Collins

04-12

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Closer Report: Week Two
by
Matt Collins

04-05

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Closer Report: Week One
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Matt Collins

03-09

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5

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 40 Relief Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-09

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Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers
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George Bissell

03-08

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Tale of the Tape: Cody Allen vs. Ken Giles
by
Matt Collins

03-07

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8

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
by
Mike Gianella

03-03

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14

The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers
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Scooter Hotz

01-04

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6

Fantasy Freestyle: Surveying the Uncertain Closer Landscape
by
J.P. Breen

10-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Tale of Two Closers
by
George Bissell

09-29

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Closer Report: 2015 Wrap-Up Awards
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Matt Collins

09-22

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Closer Report: Week 26
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Matt Collins

09-15

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Closer Report: Week 25
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Matt Collins

09-08

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Closer Report: Week 24
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Matt Collins

09-01

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Closer Report: Week 23
by
Matt Collins

08-25

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Closer Report: Week 22
by
Matt Collins

08-18

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Closer Report: Week 21
by
Matt Collins

08-10

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Closer Report: Week 20
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Matt Collins

08-04

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Closer Report: Week 19
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Matt Collins

07-28

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Closer Report: Week 18
by
Matt Collins

07-21

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Closer Report: Trade Deadline Edition (Week 17)
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Matt Collins

07-14

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-07

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

06-30

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

06-23

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Closer Report: Week 13
by
Matt Collins

06-16

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Closer Report: Week 12
by
Matt Collins

06-09

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Closer Report: Week 11
by
Matt Collins

06-02

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Closer Report: 10th Edition 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-26

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Closer Report: Ninth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

05-19

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Closer Report: Eighth Edition
by
Matt Collins

05-12

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Closer Report: Seventh Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

05-05

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Closer Report: Sixth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

04-28

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Closer Report: Fifth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-21

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Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-14

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Closer Report: Third Edition, 2015
by
Matt Collins

04-07

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Closer Report: Second Edition
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Matt Collins

04-03

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Fantasy Staff Predictions
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-31

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Closer Report: Week One
by
Matt Collins

03-06

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Player Profile: Neftali Feliz
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Nick Shlain

03-06

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Fantasy Players to Avoid: Relief Pitchers
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BP Fantasy Staff

03-05

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Tale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Nick Burdi vs. Derek Law
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J.P. Breen

03-05

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Dynasty League Positional Rankings: Top 50 Relief Pitchers
by
Bret Sayre

03-04

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
by
Ben Carsley

03-04

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Player Profile: David Robertson
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Jeff Quinton

03-03

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Fantasy Tiered Rankings: Relief Pitchers
by
Mike Gianella

03-03

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Tale of the Tape: Fernando Rodney vs. Huston Street
by
Matt Collins

03-03

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Get to Know: Relief Pitcher Prospects
by
Craig Goldstein

03-02

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State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
by
J.P. Breen

03-02

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The Quinton: Market Corrections and Undervaluing Closers
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Jeff Quinton

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April 26, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week Four

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. There’s finally a little bit of action happening on the Closer Carousel, which you can see in a semi-active Closer Grid. As always, the changes since last week’s posting are in yellow.

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April 19, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week Two

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Week Two was another relatively quiet week on the closer front, though there was one big injury and a few noteworthy performances. The updated closer grid can be found here. Let’s get to it.

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April 12, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week Two

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

We’re one week into the season and, unsurprisingly, not a whole lot has happened in the world of closers. There have been a few changes, but most of the news has been more speculative than concrete. Here is the up-to-date closer grid, with the changes made since last week’s publishing highlighted in yellow.

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April 5, 2016 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week One

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

The fantasy season is officially back, and that means it’s also time for the return of everyone’s favorite part of fantasy baseball: the closer carousel. If you were here for The Closer Report, it’s mostly staying the same this year. I’ll tackle a few of the week’s biggest stories, and finish up with a few quick hits I find interesting. One change I’m implementing is sharing my closer grid, which I’ll be updating on something close to a daily basis. I’ll share it every week, but you can check up on it whenever you’d like and I’ll highlight any recent changes I’ve made. One quick note: The Watchlist isn’t necessarily the next man in line, but rather someone to keep an eye on as the season progresses. Now, let’s get on with the show.

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March 9, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Top 40 Relief Pitchers

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Greg Wellemeyer

Stacking up the bullpenners based on their values through the end of the 2018 season.

J.J. Jansons and I are taking turns doing the three-year rankings, and we’ve arrived at the last installment, relief pitchers. In case you missed any of the previous positions, you have some catching up to do:

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March 9, 2016 6:00 am

Early ADP Analysis: Relief Pitchers

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George Bissell

A look at where closers and setup men have been selected in drafts held to date.

Welcome to the final installment of our new fantasy series focused primarily on analyzing early average draft position (ADP) trends. The goal of the series is to identify trends in the data to improve our draft-day strategy going forward. The early ADP data referenced for this entire series, housed at STATS.com, is from 2016 National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) leagues, which are comprised of 15 teams. Therefore, the average round data is reflective of that league size.

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Is the Indians or the Astros ninth-inning man a better bet to anchor your fantasy relief corps?

One of the most difficult decisions in any draft or auction is to decide how hard to push for a closer. Do you try to push for one of the top-tier guys, or wait and hope you can find value with a late-round or low-dollar player. Personally, I try to find my top closer towards the bottom of the top 10, splitting the difference between the two strategies. That is where both of today’s subjects find themselves. We’ll be looking at two former top prospects—or, as much of a top prospect as a reliever can be—who have lived up to their promise for the early parts of their careers. It’s Cody Allen vs. Ken Giles.

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March 7, 2016 6:00 am

State of the Position: Relief Pitcher

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Mike Gianella

The 30,000-foot-high view of the bullpen landscape for the 2016 fantasy season.

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March 3, 2016 6:00 am

The -Only League Landscape: National League Relief Pitchers

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Scooter Hotz

All you need to know about the senior circuit's high-leverage bullpen arms.

I wrote this article thinking that deep-league NL-only roto players already know who is closing for each team. I will mention the closer for each team as a reference, but I’ll spend more time talking about the non-closers in each bullpen.

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January 4, 2016 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Surveying the Uncertain Closer Landscape

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J.P. Breen

Eyeing a handful of teams whose ninth-inning roles might be up for grabs.

“Super bullpens” have become a league-wide trend, especially among contending teams. The Boston Red Sox shipped a pair of top-100 prospects, and then some, to San Diego for Craig Kimbrel. They went on to add the Mariners’ 2015 closer, Carson Smith, to perhaps be their seventh-inning guy. The New York Yankees proved that talent and winning always matter more than morality when they traded for Aroldis Chapman, who conceivably could miss the entirety of the 2016 season due to abuse allegations. Finally, the Houston Astros traded a massive package of prospects to Philly in return for the young, fireballing reliever Ken Giles.

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October 27, 2015 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: A Tale of Two Closers

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George Bissell

How Wade Davis and Jeurys Familia went from failed starters to dominant closers...

Fantasy owners', particularly keeper and dynasty owners', aversion to investing heavily in closers has been well documented and is certainly warranted. The risks often outweigh the rewards when you consider the relative instability of the position overall. Due to a toxic combination of injuries and ineffectiveness, there is more turnover on a yearly basis among closers than among player at any other position. As a result, elite fantasy stoppers have a tendency to emerge out of nowhere, as was the case with both Wade Davis and Jeurys Familia this year.

A pair of premier setup men a year ago, their performance once they ascended into their respective teams' closing roles made them two of the best values in fantasy baseball this season. According to the end-of-season valuations compiled by my Baseball Prospectus colleague Mike Gianella (who won both Tout Wars NL and LABR Mixed with Bret Sayre this year), only Andrew Miller ($23) earned more than Davis ($22) in the AL, while Familia ($23) finished behind Mark Melancon ($25) in the NL this season.

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September 29, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: 2015 Wrap-Up Awards

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Matt Collins

Handing out the ninth-inning hardware.

The fantasy year is just about over, and hopefully you’ve won or are on your way to winning your league. If not, hopefully you didn’t lose because of something I said. It’s been a typically frustrating season in the world of closers, and to end the year I figured I’d hand out completely subjective awards that were chosen by a panel of one.

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