2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Closer Tracker: Pete Fairbanks, Liam Hendrick, More (5/12/23)
Welcome to the Week 7 Closer Tracker update! There’s been a lot of closer (and set-up man) turnover this week, so let’s dive in!
If you're new to this article, here's a quick primer (if not, skip down to the Closer Tracker and Top Takeaways!):
In the chart below, I’ve created a Closer Tracker that will hopefully stay ahead of the closer curve. I’m going to update this every Friday for the rest of the season, so please feel free to send feedback if there’s anything you’d like to see.
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The Closer Tracker is organized in three ways:
- In the left column, you’ll find my closer power rankings. This order is based on a mix of current statistics weighted (in my mind) with how I think these players will perform over the rest of the season.
- In the third column, you’ll see my best attempt at quantifying how stable a closer’s job is. Or said another way, how closely do you have to pay attention to this situation?
- In the right column, you’ll find the player who looks to be next in line. If you see SHAKY in the third column, you should probably grab the player next in line off the waiver wire.
Lastly, keep scrolling all the way to the bottom for my top takeaways. I promise this isn’t a marketing trick – I just don’t want to spoil the Closer Tracker.
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Top Week 7 Closer Takeaways:
- Liam Hendriks is very close to being activated and will step into the closer role for the White Sox once he is. Scoop and stash him if you can.
- David Robertson and Adam Ottavino have entered into a committee and have plummeted down the list. Both are worth having on your roster, but neither will be very valuable in such a situation.
- Clay Holmes has ceded his hold on the Yankees job and they also have a committee situation. Holmes and Michael King are the guys to roster, but this is a bit of a mess. Must be something in that NYC water.
- Pete Fairbanks is back for the Rays, which moves Jason Adam back to his set-up role.
- Raisel Iglesias has been a bit of a mess. I’m not sure he’s about to lose his job as A.J. Minter has struggled too, but it’s something to keep an eye on.
- Evan Phillips seems to have grabbed control of the Dodgers closer job again. I moved him up a bit, but I’d like to see a few sustained weeks before I move him up more.
- Bryan Abreu has moved into the primary setup role for the Astros. With Pressly struggling through the first two months of the season, I’d grab Abreu if you can.
- Speaking of, there have been a few changes at set-up man – make sure you’re familiar with who is next in line for any of the closers you have on your roster.
- Miguel Castro has picked up the last two saves for the Diamondbacks. I’m not sure that will last, but worth noting.
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