Closer Monkey Tiered Closer Rankings; Week 12

Things have settled across the high-leverage landscape, with another week in the rearview mirror. Although rankings change rapidly, our tiered ranks combine current season results while considering the rest of the season and should not be considered gospel.

Tier One

  • Emmanuel Clase (CLE)
  • Robert Suarez (SDP)
  • Ryan Helsley (STL)
  • Kyle Finnegan (WSH)
  • Clay Holmes (NYY)

This group represents the only five relievers with 17 or more saves entering games this week.

Tier Two

  • Mason MIller (OAK)
  • Andrés Muñoz (SEA)
  • David Bednar (PIT)
  • Raisel Iglesias (ATL)
  • Josh Hader (HOU)
  • Jhoan Durán (MIN)
  • Craig Kimbrel (BAL)
  • Evan Phillips (LAD)
  • Trevor Megill (MIL)
  • Paul Sewald (ARI)
  • Yimi García (TOR)
  • Héctor Neris (CHC)
  • Pete Fairbanks (TBR)

While this tier contains relievers in stable save shares, it usually undergoes the most movement based on performance.

Tier Three

  • Alexis Díaz (CIN)
  • Tanner Scott (MIA)
  • Carlos Estévez (LAA)
  • José Alvarado (PHI)
  • Camilo Doval (SFG)
  • Kirby Yates (TEX)
  • Kenley Jansen (BOS)
  • Edwin Díaz (NYM)
  • Jeff Hoffman (PHI)

There are very good relievers in this tier, but volume or recent outcomes sometimes affect rankings for closers. It may be recency bias, but closers in this tier can move up with a strong scoring period.

Tier Four

  • Jalen Beeks (COL)
  • Tyler Kinley (COL)
  • James McArthur (KCR)
  • Jason Foley (DET)
  • Ryne Stanek (SEA)
  • Chad Green (TOR)
  • Michael Kopech (CHW)

Not only must Beeks and Kinley deal with half of their home games in Coors Field, but they are splitting saves based on lineup pockets in the late innings. Can McArthur turn things around or will the Royals make a move for an established reliever with “closer” experience soon?

Tier Five

  • Griffin Jax (MIN)
  • Fernando Cruz (CIN)
  • Jeremiah Estrada (SDP)
  • Bryan Abreu (HOU)
  • JoJo Romero (STL)
  • Bryan Hudson (MIL)
  • Hunter Harvey (WSH)
  • Luke Weaver (NYY)
  • Matt Strahm (PHI)
  • Daniel Hudson (LAD)
  • Blake Treinen (LAD)
  • Jason Adam (TBR)

From a fantasy perspective, there are valuable relievers in this tier, especially for those who can stream them in daily lineups for ancillary save chances or vulture wins while protecting ratios.

Tier Six

  • Mark Leiter Jr. (CHC)
  • Reed Garrett (NYM)
  • David Robertson (TEX)
  • Yennier Cano (BAL)
  • Colin Holderman (PIT)
  • Aroldis Chapman (PIT)

Stash List

  • Nick Anderson (KCR)
  • Justin Martinez (ARI)
  • Justin Slaten (BOS)
  • Jordan Leasure (CHW)
  • Orion Kerkering (PHI)

Thanks for being a part of the Closer Monkey community. Stay safe and well.