The 2023 Fantasy Closer Chart: All Projected Closers (End of Season Edition)

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It’s fantasy baseball season, which means yet another year of attempting to figure out which relievers are set to pick up the all-important save in games. Granted, there are those who sit among the top of the food chain. But, there are also teams that do have a lack of clarity, with regards to whom will receive most of the save opportunities. Let’s try to help with that, as we take a look at MLB closers for the 2023 fantasy baseball campaign.

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Updated September 25, 2023.

MLB Projected Closers for Fantasy

Let’s start off with the closers in the American League in the 2023 season:

American League

TeamCloserNext Man Up
Baltimore OriolesYennier CanoCionel Pérez
Boston Red SoxKenley JansenChris Martin
Chicago White SoxBryan ShawTanner Banks
Cleveland GuardiansEmmanuel ClaseSam Hentges
Detroit TigersAlex LangeJason Foley
Houston AstrosRyan PresslyBryan Abreu
Kansas City RoyalsJames McArthurTaylor Clarke
Los Angeles AngelsCarlos EstevezJose Soriano
Minnesota TwinsJhoan DuranEmilio Pagan
New York YankeesClay HolmesTommy Kahnle
Oakland AthleticsTrevor MayLucas Erceg
Seattle MarinersAndrés MuñozMatt Brash
Tampa Bay RaysPete FairbanksColin Poche
Texas RangersAroldis ChapmanJose Leclerc
Toronto Blue JaysJordan RomanoJordan Hicks

Former Phillies prospect James McArthur has emerged as an intriguing vulture save option. Not only have the Royals been winning in September, but the Kansas City righty has thrown 13.1 scoreless innings in the month, struck out 14 along the way, and nabbed three saves.

Meanwhile in Chicago, Gregory Santos‘ absence has made Bryan Shaw a bit more valuable in fantasy. Even though the White Sox have had a forgetful season, Shaw’s pitched to the tune of a 1.23 ERA (14.2) for Chicago in September.

National League

Now, a look at the NL closers:

TeamCloserNext Man Up
Arizona DiamondbacksPaul SewaldKevin Ginkel
Atlanta BravesRaisel IglesiasKirby Yates
Chicago CubsJulian MerryweatherJose Cuas
Cincinnati RedsAlexis DíazIan Gibaut
Colorado RockiesTyler KinleyJustin Lawrence
Los Angeles DodgersEvan PhillipsBrusdar Graterol
Miami MarlinsTanner ScottDavid Robertson
Milwaukee BrewersDevin WilliamsJoel Payamps
New York MetsAdam OttavinoBrooks Raley
Philadelphia PhilliesJosé AlvaradoCraig Kimbrel
Pittsburgh PiratesDavid BednarCarmen Mlodzinski
San Diego PadresJosh HaderLuis Garcia
San Francisco GiantsCamilo DovalTyler Rogers
St. Louis CardinalsRyan HelsleyDrew VerHagen
Washington NationalsKyle FinneganHunter Harvey

Not much has changed here on the NL side of things. However, one 2023 fantasy baseball closer situation that’s interesting is in Philadelphia.

As we noted on September 24, José Alvarado picked up four saves in the month of September, two more than Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel has not picked up a save since September 11.

Disclaimer

A couple of things to keep in mind with the list of closers for the 2023 fantasy baseball season.

While this list does consider the individual most likely to get a save as the “closer, ” managers in recent years have opted to use relievers usually reserved for the closer role a bit differently. Rather than save the team’s top reliever for the ninth inning, there have been many situations in which that individual comes in for either the seventh or eighth inning to face the middle of the lineup and the opposing team’s best hitters.

In this day of age, keep that in mind with pitchers that carry the “closer” role.

We should note that this chart is subject to change, due to injuries, role changes, etc. This chart will be updated throughout the year, to reflect changes.