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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

09-01

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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

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
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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

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
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Matt Collins

06-16

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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

05-19

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Closer Report: Eighth Edition
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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
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Matt Collins

04-21

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Closer Report: Fourth Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

04-14

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Closer Report: Third Edition, 2015
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Matt Collins

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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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August 10, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 20

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Koji Uehara Hits the DL

The Red Sox bullpen has been garbage all season, but Uehara has been his typical great self. There has been a bit of a downturn in his stuff in 2015, but he’s still striking out more than 10 batters per nine innings and has racked up 25 saves. Now, he’s hitting the disabled list with wrist issues that came as a result of being hit with a line drive, and that will hold him out for the rest of the season.

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August 4, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 19

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Jonathan Papelbon Traded to Washington

We all knew that Papelbon was going to be traded at some point this season, but I don’t think anyone saw this coming a month ago. Not only was this an intra-divisional trade, but he landed on a roster that already had a very good closer. Drew Storen has been one of the best relievers in the game, striking out more than 11 batters per nine innings, walking just over two batters per nine, and keeping both his ERA and FIP below 2.00. So, obviously, this trade is a huge blow to Storen owners, who lost what should have been surefire save chances all season. He’s too good to drop in all but the shallowest of leagues, however, as he can be one of the most valuable setup men in fantasy for the final two months.

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July 28, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 18

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Matt Collins

Surveying the ninth-inning situations around the league.

Clippard Traded to the Mets

In what has been inevitable for a while, Tyler Clippard has finally been traded, landing with the Mets. As I mentioned last week, the picture behind Clippard in Oakland is less than clear. I speculated that Drew Pomeranz could get some save chances, but it appears they’ll be looking at him as a starter again. I still believe Fernando Rodriguez is the best option. He’s been phenomenal this year, striking out more than 11 batters per nine innings while walking fewer than three. At 31 years old, this is a good time for the A’s to give him a spotlight and flip him in the offseason. With that being said, Edward Mujica and Eric O’Flaherty could be getting the first crack. If I had to pick someone for immediate saves, I’d choose Mujica. Rodriguez should get the most saves over the rest of the season, though.

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July 21, 2015 6:00 am

Closer Report: Trade Deadline Edition (Week 17)

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Matt Collins

Examining the ninth-inning impact of possible deadline trades involving relievers.

Because of the All-Star break, there wasn’t much closer news this week. Instead of rehashing the same story lines of the last few weeks, I’m taking a different approach to the Closer Report this time around. With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, and many closers rumored to be available, I’ll take a quick look at each of the potential movers, and all of the fantasy ramifications from possible deals. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week.

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