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Fantasy Baseball 2018: Closer depth chart

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

The closer position is an endless source of frustration for fantasy baseball owners. Whether it's more teams going to committees, inevitable trade rumors, injuries, or demotions due to poor performances, fantasy owners will head to the waiver wire many times this year in search of the handcuff or middle reliever sleeper who's hopefully about to start racking up saves.

All fantasy owners know how difficult it is to predict next-in-lines or try to declare a winner in a position battle, but we do our best to stay on top of every ninth-situation throughout the season. Bookmark this article and check back often, as there will be plenty of changes throughout the year.

Staying ahead of the competition and picking up the "next-the-line" behind a closer on the hot seat can be the difference between finishing with lackluster saves numbers and winning the category.

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Fantasy Baseball Closer Depth Chart

* - Injured | ^ - Trade bait | Hot seat

Arizona Diamondbacks

Closer: Brad Boxberger | Handcuff: Archie Bradley

Atlanta Braves

Closer: Arodys Vizcaino | Handcuff: Dan Winkler

Baltimore Orioles

Closer: Zach Britton | Handcuff: Brad Brach

Boston Red Sox

Closer: Craig Kimbrel | Handcuff: Joe Kelly

Chicago Cubs

Closer: Brandon Morrow | Handcuff: Pedro Strop

Chicago White Sox

Closer: Joakim Soria | Handcuff: Bruce Rondon

Cincinnati Reds

Closer: Raisel Iglesias | Handcuff: Jared Hughes

Cleveland Indians

Closer: Cody Allen | Handcuff: Dan Otero

Colorado Rockies

Closer: Wade Davis | Handcuff: Jake McGee

Detroit Tigers

Closer: Shane Greene* (shoulder) | Short-term: Joe Jimenez | Handcuff: Blaine Hardy

Houston Astros

Committee: Hector Rondon/Ken Giles

Kansas City Royals

Closer: Wily Peralta | Handcuff: Kevin McCarthy

Los Angeles Angels

Closer: Keynan Middleton* (elbow) | Short-term closer: Blake Parker | Handcuff: Jim Johnson

Los Angeles Dodgers

Closer: Kenley Jansen | Handcuff: Daniel Hudson

Miami Marlins

Closer: Kyle Barraclough | Handcuff: Brad Zielger

Milwaukee Brewers

Closer: Corey Knebel | Handcuff: Josh Hader

Minnesota Twins

Closer: Fernando Rodney | Handcuff: Addison Reed

New York Mets

Closer: Jeurys Familia | Handcuff: Robert Gsellman

New York Yankees

Closer: Aroldis Chapman | Handcuff: David Robertson

Oakland Athletics

Closer: Blake Treinen | Handcuff: Lou Trivino

Philadelphia Phillies

Closer: Seranthony Dominguez | Handcuff: Victor Arano

Pittsburgh Pirates

Closer: Felipe Vazquez | Handcuff: Michael Feliz

San Diego Padres

Closer: Brad Hand | Handcuff: Kirby Yates

San Francisco Giants

Closer: Mark Melancon | Handcuff: Tony Watson/Sam Dyson

Seattle Mariners

Closer: Edwin Diaz | Handcuff: Alex Colome

St. Louis Cardinals

Closer: Bud Norris | Handcuff: Jordan Hicks

Tampa Bay Rays

CommitteeSergio Romo/Jose Alvarado

Texas Rangers

Closer: Keone Kela l Handcuff: Jake Diekman

Toronto Blue Jays

Committee: Ryan Tepera/Tyler Clippard

Washington Nationals

Closer: Sean Doolittle | Handcuff: Kelvin Herrera