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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

08-16

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Closer Report: Week 20
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Matt Collins

08-09

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Closer Report: Week 19
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Matt Collins

08-02

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Closer Report: Week 18
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Matt Collins

07-26

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Closer Report: Week 17
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Matt Collins

07-19

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-12

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Closer Report: Week 15
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Matt Collins

07-05

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

06-28

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Closer Report: Week 13
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Matt Collins

06-21

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-14

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Closer Report: Week 11
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Matt Collins

06-07

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Closer Report: Week 10
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Matt Collins

05-31

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Closer Report: Week Nine
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Matt Collins

05-25

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Updating the Tiers: Relief Pitchers
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Bret Sayre

05-24

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Closer Report: Week Eight
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Matt Collins

05-17

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Closer Report: Week Seven
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Matt Collins

05-10

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Closer Report: Week Six
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Matt Collins

05-03

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Closer Report: Week Five
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Matt Collins

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
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Matt Collins

04-05

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Closer Report: Week One
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Matt Collins

03-09

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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
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Matt Collins

03-07

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State of the Position: Relief Pitcher
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Mike Gianella

03-03

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

01-04

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

10-27

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Fantasy Freestyle: A Tale of Two Closers
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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

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Closer Report: Week 23
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Matt Collins

08-25

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Closer Report: Week 22
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Matt Collins

08-18

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Closer Report: Week 21
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 20
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 19
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 18
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Matt Collins

07-21

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

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 14
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 13
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-09

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Closer Report: Week 11
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Matt Collins

06-02

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Closer Report: 10th Edition 2015
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Matt Collins

05-26

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Closer Report: Ninth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Eighth Edition
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Matt Collins

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Closer Report: Seventh Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

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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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September 22, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 26

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Greg Holland out as closer?

Coming into the season, there were three closers looked at as sure things for fantasy purposes. One of them has done poorly enough over the past month that it’s looking like he’ll be taken out of the ninth inning just in time for the fantasy stretch run. Holland has a 5.54 ERA since the start of August with a discouraging 14-to-8 K:BB ratio. Even worse, he’s watched his velocity dip in a big way since the start of September, sitting in the low-90s this month as opposed to his typical 95-96 mph heat. Ned Yost doesn’t want to talk about it, but it appears likely that Holland will be relegated to setup duties for the last couple of weeks of the season.

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September 15, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 25

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

The Nationals’ bullpen is betraying them

It’s been a rough stretch run for the Nationals as well as any fantasy player who has a stake in that relief corps—specifically, in Jonathan Papelbon or Drew Storen.

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September 8, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 24

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Glen Perkins out indefinitely

The Twins’ playoff chances took a bit of a hit last week when it was announced that Perkins would be out indefinitely with back spasms, and so did the chances of fantasy owners with him on their rosters. Although the second half hasn’t been nearly as productive as the first was, Perkins has been one of the more valuable fantasy closers on the season. He seems a bit blindsided by the injury, and since it’s one involving his back, there’s no guarantee he’ll be healthy again this season. If there’s no room to stash him on the disabled list, he’s a safe drop candidate in most redraft leagues.

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September 1, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 23

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Junichi Tazawa out. Jean Machi in.

It’s happening. Jean Machi is a closer in the year 2015. This outcome has been rumored since Koji Uehara was put on the disabled list earlier this month, but it never seemed like it was a real possibility. Tazawa was too obvious of a candidate to be next in line, and he did get the first chance. Unfortunately for those who picked him up, he’s been about as bad as a closer can be. In the month of August, he tossed 9 2/3 innings with a 9.31 ERA while allowing a 1.092 OPS. Even more concerning for Tazawa, who is usually a dominant strike-thrower, is his 0.5 K:BB ratio in that time. If you haven’t already, now is the time to drop him. He’s been overworked for the past few years, and that could be contributing to his downfall. He likely won’t pitch much more in 2015, and almost certainly won’t have any fantasy value.

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August 25, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 22

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Shakeup in Seattle

The Mariners have dealt with a struggling bullpen all season, and they finally decided they’ve had enough of the main perpetrator, Fernando Rodney. He was lit up to the tune of a 5.68 ERA with five losses and six blown saves before getting designated for assignment over the weekend. In terms of closer news, it’s not the biggest deal in the world since Carson Smith had already taken over the ninth-inning gig. With that being said, it’s encouraging to no longer have the expensive veteran breathing down his neck.

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August 18, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 21

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

What’s Going On in Oakland?

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