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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: A.J. Minter

Baltimore Orioles

Closer: Zach Britton* (Achilles') | Short-term: Brad Brach | Handcuff: Richard Bleier

Boston Red Sox

Closer: Craig Kimbrel | Handcuff: Joe Kelly

Chicago Cubs

Closer: Brandon Morrow | Handcuff: Pedro Strop

Chicago White Sox

Committee: Bruce Rondon/Joakim Soria/Nate Jones

Cincinnati Reds

Closer: Raisel Iglesias | Handcuff: Wandy Peralta

Cleveland Indians

Closer: Cody Allen | Handcuff: Andrew Miller

Colorado Rockies

Closer: Wade Davis | Handcuff: Jake McGee

Detroit Tigers

Closer: Shane Greene | Handcuff: Joe Jimenez

Houston Astros

Closer: Ken Giles | Handcuff: Chris Devenski

Kansas City Royals

Closer: Kelvin Herrera | Handcuff: Kevin McCarthy

Los Angeles Angels

Closer: Keynan Middleton* (elbow) | Short-term committee: Cam Bedrosian/Jim Johnson/Justin Anderson

Los Angeles Dodgers

Closer: Kenley Jansen | Handcuff: Josh Fields

Miami Marlins

Closer: Brad Ziegler | Handcuff: Kyle Barraclough

Milwaukee Brewers

Closer: Corey Knebel | Handcuff: Josh Hader

Minnesota Twins

Closer: Fernando Rodney | Handcuff: Addison Reed

New York Mets

Closer: Jeurys Familia | Handcuff: A.J. Ramos

New York Yankees

Closer: Aroldis Chapman | Handcuff: David Robertson

Oakland Athletics

Closer: Blake Treinen | Handcuff: Santiago Casilla

Philadelphia Phillies

Committee: Hector Neris/Edubray Ramos

Pittsburgh Pirates

Closer: Felipe Vazquez | Handcuff: George Kontos

San Diego Padres

Closer: Brad Hand | Handcuff: Kirby Yates

San Francisco Giants

Closer: Mark Melancon* (forearm) | Short-term: Hunter Strickland | Handcuff: Sam Dyson/Tony Watson

Seattle Mariners

Closer: Edwin Diaz | Handcuff: Juan Nicasio

St. Louis Cardinals

Closer: Bud Norris | Handcuff: Greg Holland/Luke Gregerson

Tampa Bay Rays

Closer: Alex Colome | Handcuff: Sergio Romo

Texas Rangers

Closer: Keone Kela l Handcuff: Alex Claudio

Toronto Blue Jays

Closer: Robert Osuna* (away from team pending assault chargers) Short-term: Tyler Clippard | Handcuff: Ryan Tepera

Washington Nationals

Closer: Sean Doolittle | Handcuff: Ryan Madson