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08-15

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Closer Report: Week 20
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Matt Collins

08-08

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Closer Report: Week 19
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Matt Collins

08-04

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Fantasy Freestyle: Closers of 2018
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Matt Collins

08-01

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Closer Report: Week 18
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Matt Collins

07-25

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Closer Report: Week 17
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Matt Collins

07-18

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Closer Report: Week 16
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Matt Collins

07-11

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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

06-27

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Closer Report: Week 13
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Matt Collins

06-20

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 12
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Mike Gianella

06-20

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Closer Report: Week 12
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Matt Collins

06-15

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Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed
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Mike Gianella

06-13

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Closer Report: Week 11
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Matt Collins

06-06

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Closer Report: Week 10
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Matt Collins

05-30

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Closer Report: Week 9
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Matt Collins

05-23

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Closer Report: Week 8
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Matt Collins

05-16

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Closer Report: Week 7
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Matt Collins

05-09

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Closer Report: Week 6
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Matt Collins

05-02

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Closer Report: Week 5
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Matt Collins

04-27

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12

Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin’ in the Wins (Part 2)
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Rob Mains

04-25

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Closer Report: Week 4
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Matt Collins

04-20

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Fantasy Freestyle: Reconsidering Your Targets
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Mike Gianella

04-19

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Deep League Report: Week 3
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Scooter Hotz

04-18

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Expert FAAB Review: Week 3
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Mike Gianella

04-18

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Closer Report: Week 3
by
Matt Collins

04-17

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9

Flu-Like Symptoms: Blowin' In the Win
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Rob Mains

04-11

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Closer Report: Week 2
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Matt Collins

04-04

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Closer Report: Week 1
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Matt Collins

03-10

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The -Only League Landscape: American League Relievers
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Mike Gianella

03-08

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Fantasy Three-Year Projections: Relief Pitchers
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Greg Wellemeyer

03-07

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State of the Position: Relief Pitchers
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George Bissell

09-27

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Closer Report: Week 26
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Matt Collins

09-20

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Closer Report: Week 25
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Matt Collins

09-13

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Closer Report: Week 24
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Matt Collins

09-06

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Closer Report: Week 23
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Matt Collins

08-30

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Closer Report: Week 22
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Matt Collins

08-23

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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

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Closer Report: Week Eight
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Matt Collins

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August 15, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 20

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Matt Collins

The White Sox and Angels: forever murky.

Welcome back to another Closer Report. Although we are into August, we know that doesn’t mean it’s the end of trade season. Generally speaking, closers aren’t the ones dealt at this time of year, but that didn’t hold true this past week as one was traded late Sunday night. Additionally, we lost clarity in some situations and gained some elsewhere, as well as getting some injury news. We’ll cover all that and more, but first a reminder that you can keep up with the changes around the league on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

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August 8, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 19

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Matt Collins

Go ahead and pick up Tyler Clippard—if you're into that

Welcome to the Trade Deadline Hangover Edition of the Closer Report. After all of the action we saw last week with plenty of movement around the league, things were pretty quiet in the time after. Teams are settling in with their new bullpen depth charts, and it’s likely going to be a little longer until we see some major changes. That being said, there are still some situations that could use a little clarity that we need to look at more closely this week. Before we get to that, just a reminder that you can keep up with the latest changes on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the good stuff.

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August 4, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Closers of 2018

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Matt Collins

How about David Hernandez on Chicago's South Side, and Greg Holland with the North Siders?

We’ve flipped the calendar over to August, which means the MLB trade deadline has passed and player are, more or less, where they will be for the rest of the season. It also means that our fantasy trade deadlines are quickly approaching. This is obviously a busy time of year, particularly for those of us in longer-term leagues. If you’re the owner of a team that is not in contention this year, it’s time to start thinking of next year. With that in mind, I thought today I would attempt to predict the closer landscape for next year. Obviously, there are going to be events that I cannot predict, but it’s useful to know who could get saves in the following season and try now to get them on the cheap. So, with that in mind, here is a link to who I see closing for each team at the start of next season. Below is an explanation for teams that are seeing a change from who is closing right now.

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August 1, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 18

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Matt Collins

Choose one: The White Sox bullpen, or the sweet embrace of death.

Welcome to the post-trade deadline Closer Report, which is always the busiest Closer Report of the year. We’re just going to jump right into it today because there was obviously a lot of movement, but before we do just a quick reminder that you can keep track of all the action with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

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July 25, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 17

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Matt Collins

How long will Mr. Hand shoulder the saves in San Diego? Sean Doolittle, and not Ryan Madson, appears to be closing in Washington. Who will take over in Detroit if and when Justin Wilson gets moved?

Welcome back to another edition of the Closer Report. Specifically, welcome to the last edition of the Closer Report before the trade deadline next week. We had our second big closer-related deal of the summer this past week, and just yesterday our third took place. It’s expected that more will come soon. Coming up, we’ll talk about the implications of the deals that were already made and a couple of handcuffs you can pick up now for trades we expect to be made. But first, just a reminder that you can keep up with all of the changes on the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news!

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July 18, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 16

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Matt Collins

Nationals trade should have brought clarity to Washington and Oakland, but it hasn't really done that yet.

Welcome to the Closer Report, and more importantly welcome to trade season. We had our first major reliever trade of the summer, and it involved the team we were all expecting it to include. That wasn’t the only news of the All-Star-shortened week, either, as a couple of committees are becoming slightly clearer. Before we move on to that, just a reminder you can keep up with all movement with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the news.

Nationals finally address bullpen woes

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July 11, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 15

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Matt Collins

Bud Norris stays strong at back end of Angels pen.

We have reached the official unofficial halfway point of the baseball season and a small break from action for fantasy baseball players. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) the world of closers never sleeps. Despite it being a fairly quiet week in Reliever Land, there still are a few situations that we are keeping close tabs on and can update heading into the break. Before we get there, just a reminder that you can keep up with the latest movement with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

Bud Norris is still in control for the Angels

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July 5, 2017 8:04 am

Closer Report: Week 14

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Matt Collins

Sam Dyson, Bud Norris, and Matt Bush—maybe.

Welcome back to a one-day-late edition of the Closer Report. It was an eventful week in the world of relievers, with injuries and underperformance leading to some notable changes in bullpens around the league. Before we get into that, just a reminder you can keep up with the latest changes with the Closer Grid. Now, on to the news.

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June 27, 2017 10:45 am

Closer Report: Week 13

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Matt Collins

The Nationals would love to switch places with the Angels when it comes to the bullpens. Both teams are frustrating as heck for fantasy players.

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It wasn’t a terribly busy week in Reliever Land, but there seems to be plenty of movement bubbling under the surface, just waiting to jump out into the wilderness. Before we get into all of that, just a reminder that you can keep up with any movement with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the good stuff.

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Derek Fisher was sent down, but he'll be back, and was worth bidding on.

Welcome back to The FAAB Review, the weekly series that looks at FAAB bidding in expert leagues to help you, the Baseball Prospectus reader, with your fantasy baseball bidding needs. Every week, I closely scrutinize the expert free agent bids in LABR Mixed, Tout Wars NL, and LABR AL.

As a reminder, LABR uses a $100 budget with $1 minimum bids, while Tout Wars uses a $1,000 budget with $0 minimum bids. LABR and Tout Wars use a bidding deadline of Sunday at midnight ET for all FAAB claims. Any statistics mentioned in this article are through the previous Sunday’s games.

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June 20, 2017 6:00 am

Closer Report: Week 12

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Matt Collins

Did you know the Nationals are still feeling around in the dark for a closer?

Welcome back to the Closer Report. It wasn’t a busy week in Reliever Land but, despite that, there is still plenty to talk about with some strange performances, notable usage and returns from injury. Before we get into that, just a reminder that you can keep up with all changes during the week with the Closer Grid. Now, let’s get to the goods.

Cam Bedrosian is back in Los Angeles; Huston Street close behind

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June 15, 2017 1:53 pm

Fantasy Freestyle: The Pitching Landscape Has Changed

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Mike Gianella

Middle relievers with big strikeout totals are gaining in value, which has fundamental implications for how fantasy baseball should be played.

A large portion of the conversation in fantasy circles has revolved around how the spike in home runs has altered the landscape—and with good reason. Home runs have increased from 4,186 in 2014 to 4,909 in 2015 to 5,610 in 2016. Entering action Wednesday, major-league hitters were on pace to hit 6,133 home runs in 2017. It is with good reason this has been analyzed ad infinitum. But since this fertile soil has been properly tilled, we can look at a different trend that is slipping under the radar somewhat.

Table 1: Major League Baseball Starting Pitchers, 2013-2017

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