FANTASY BASEBALL 2022: 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. I’m not listing obvious drops, such as players who suffered serious injuries that will end their season or players demoted to the Minors. This is primarily for redraft leagues. Players are in alphabetical order based on last name.

BUY

SELL

PICK UP

1. Barlow, Scott KCR CP

Despite his recent bad outings, he’s still the best reliever in their bullpen by far with elite numbers.

DROP

1. Bauer, Trevor LAD SP

Who knows if he’ll even play again this season, so drop him.

2. Chapman, Matt OAK 3B

Why does anyone still have him? .219/.313/.371 and a normal .298 BABIP. It’s time to move on while he still has some name value (07/21/2021).

3. Conforto, Michael NYM RF

He’s been terrible all season and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

4. Gurriel Jr., Lourdes TOR LF

His advanced metrics and projections indicate not much improvement.

5. Lamet, Dinelson SDP SP

He can’t stay healthy or pitch a starter’s workload. He will likely be shut down for the season soon. He might still be tradeable.

6. Plesac, Zach CLE SP

He’s waiver wire material with no hope for a rebound: 4.19 ERA, 4.78 FIP, 4.46 xFIP and a 5.90 K/9 (07/22).

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. Red/orange doesn’t always mean that the closer us doing badly, he might simply be a trade candidate.

AL

AL EAST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

NYY–Aroldis Chapman*–Green—Zack Britton

BOS–Matt Barnes—Red—Adam Ottavino

TBR—Committee

BAL—Committee

TOR—Jordan Romano—Orange—Brad Hand

AL CENTRAL

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

KCR—Scott Barlow—Green—Jake Brentz

CLE—Emmanuel Clase—Green—Bryan Shaw

MIN—Taylor Rogers*—Green—Alex Colome

DET—Michael Fulmer—Red–Gregory Soto

CWS—Liam Hendriks—Red–Craig Kimbrel

AL WEST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

TEX—Joe Barlow—Green—Spencer Patton

HOU—Ryan Pressly—Green—Kendall Graveman

SEA—Committee

OAK—Andrew Chafin—Orange—Unclear

LAA—Raisel Iglesias—Green—Steve Cishek

NL

NL EAST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

ATL—Will Smith—Green—Richard Rodriguez

MIA—Dylan Floro—Orange–Anthony Bender

PHI—Ian Kennedy—Red—Archie Bradley

WAS—Kyle Finnegan—Green—Andres Machado

NYM—Edwin Diaz—Orange—Trevor May

NL CENTRAL

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

CIN—Mychal Givens—Green—Lucas Sims

STL—Giovanny Gallegos–Orange–Alex Reyes

PIT—David Bednar—Green—Chris Stratton

MIL—Josh Hader—Green—Devin Williams

CHC—Robert Wick—Red—Unclear

NL WEST

TEAM—CLOSER—STATUS—NEXT IN LINE

LAD—Kenley Jansen—Green—Blake Treinen

COL—Carlos Estevez—Red—Daniel Bard

ARI—Tyler Clippard—Green—Noe Ramirez

SFG—Jake McGee—Orange—Tyler Rogers

SDP—Mark Melancon—Orange–Emilio Pagan

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