FANTASY BASEBALL 2021: DAILY PLAYER ADVICE & CLOSER CHART

As the season goes on, some players become underrated and potential buy lows and others become overrated and great sell highs. The players in the “pick up” section are those who may still be available on your league’s waiver wire, as in they’re owned in less than 60% of leagues. The players to drop are still owned in over 50% of leagues. This is primarily for redraft leagues. Players are in alphabetical order based on last name.

BUY

1. Conforto, Michael NYM RF

His BABIP is very low.

2. Devers, Rafael BOS 3B

He’s undervalued when he’s an elite 3B.

3. Giolito, Lucas CWS SP

His FIP and xFIP indicate that he’s just been really unlucky.

4. Ozuna, Marcell ATL LF

His BABIP is too low.

5. Pham, Tommy SDP LF

His BABIP is very low and his EV is high, he’s a five category contributor.

SELL

1. Greinke, Zack HOU SP

His ERA is that of an ace, but his FIP and xFIP are that of a bottom of the rotation starter and his k/9 are below average. He is declining.

2. Martinez, J.D. BOS DH

His BABIP is too high and I’m not sure he’s back to his old form.

3. Scherzer, Max WAS SP

He’s not an ace based on his FIP and xFIP.

4. Turner, Justin LAD 3B

His BABIP is very high and he’s injury prone.

PICK UP

1. Crichton, Stefan ARI CP

Even when Joakim Siria comes back, he’s their best reliever, so he should end up with the most saves.

2. Doolittle, Sean CIN RP

About to take over as Cincinnati’s closer?

3. Dunning, Dane TEX SP

He‘s been pitching as a legit ace so far.

4. Kelly, Carson ARI C

He’s got power and could be breaking out.

5. Soto, Gregory DET CP

DROP

1. Kluber, Corey NYY SP

He’s done.

2. Pollock, A.J. LAD LF

He’s an injury-prone platoon player at this point.

3. Swanson, Dansby ATL SS

He’ll improve but not by much.

CLOSER CHART

The chart is color coded: Red = close to losing his job. Orange = might be in danger of losing his job soon. Green = safe. Asterisk next to the closer indicates that he’s injured and that the “next in line” is currently the closer.

AL

AL EAST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

NYY–Aroldis Chapman–Green–Chad Green

BOS–Matt Barnes—Green—Adam Ottavino

TBR—Committee

BAL—Cesar Valdez—Orange—Tanner Scott

TOR—Committee

AL CENTRAL

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

KCR—Greg Holland—Orange—Wade Davis

CLE—Committee

MIN—Alex Colome—Red—Taylor Rogers

DET—Gregory Soto—Red—Bryan Garcia

CWS—Liam Hendriks—Green—Aaron Bummer

AL WEST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

TEX—Ian Kennedy—Green—Unclear

HOU—Ryan Pressly—Green—Unclear

SEA—Rafael Montero—Red—Kendall Graveman

OAK—Lou Trivino—Green—Jake Diekman

LAA—Raisel Iglesias—Green—Mike Mayers

NL

NL EAST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

ATL—Will Smith—Orange—Unclear

MIA—Yimi Garcia—Red—Anthony Bass

PHI—Hector Neris—Green—Archie Bradley

WAS—Brad Hand—Green—Daniel Hudson

NYM—Edwin Diaz—Green—Trevor May

NL CENTRAL

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

CIN—Amir Garrett—Red—Sean Doolittle/a Lucas Sims

STL—Alex Reyes—Orange—Jordan Hicks

PIT—Richard Rodriguez—Green—Kyle Crick

MIL—Josh Hader—Green—Unclear

CHC—Craig Kimbrel—Green—Brandon Workman

NL WEST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

COL—Daniel Bard—Ref—Mychal Givens

LAD—Kenley Jansen—Green—Blake Treinen

ARI—Stefan Crichton—Orange—Joakim Soria

SFG—Jake McGee—Green—Tyler Rogers

SDP—Mark Melancon—Green—Drew Pomeranz

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