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Fantasy Baseball: Relief Pitcher Weekly Positional Forecast

Josh Collacchi identifies every fantasy baseball closer with no off-days, good matchups, bad matchups, and relievers making a start in Week 18.

Santiago Casilla
Santiago Casilla

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Each and every week, we will break down the pitching forecast for the upcoming week. Here, you’ll find relief pitchers with no off days (more opportunities), good matchups, and bad matchups. In addition, you will find all relievers who will start a game this week. Keep those guys in mind when your closers have bad matchups, or if you do not have any closers rostered.

Without further ado, this week’s Relief Pitcher Positional Forecast:

Closers with No Off-Days

Zach Britton BAL

David Robertson NYY

Steve Cishek MIA

Jenrry Mejia NYM

Greg Holland KC

Trevor Rosenthal STL

Jonathan Papelbon PHI

Glen Perkins MIN

Fernando Rodney SEA

Joe Nathan DET

Francisco Rodriguez MIL

Casey Janssen TOR

Mark Melancon PIT

Kenley Jansen LAD

Craig Kimbrel ATL

Sean Doolittle OAK

Chad Qualls HOU

Hector Rondon CHC

Good Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Santiago Casilla SF (Brewers and Royals)

Jonathan Papelbon PHI (Astros and Mets)

Cody Allen CLE (Reds and Yankees)

Bad Matchups

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Zach Britton BAL (Blue Jays and Cardinals)

Huston Street LAA (Dodgers and Red Sox)

David Robertson NYY (Tigers, Indians, and Orioles)

Relief Pitcher Probable Starts

[Player, Team, (Opponent)]

Trevor Cahill, Arizona Diamondbacks (Rockies)

Justin Turner, Miami Marlins (Reds)

Hector Santiago, Los Angeles Angels (Dodgers and Red Sox)

Drew Smyly, Tampa Bay Rays (Athletics and Rangers)

Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels (Red Sox)

Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres (Pirates)

Joe Kelly, Boston Red Sox (Cardinals)

Chris Capuano, New York Yankees (Tigers)

Roberto Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies (Astros)

Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros (Phillies Rangers)

Alex Wood, Atlanta Braves (Mariners and Nationals)

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles (Cardinals)

Brett Anderson, Colorado Rockies (Cubs and Diamondbacks)

Brad Hand, Miami Marlins (Pirates and Reds)

Josh Collmenter, Arizona Diamondbacks (Royals)

Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals (Braves)

Alfredo Simon, Cincinnati Reds (Indians and Marlins)

Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals (Diamondbacks and Giants)

Franklin Morales, Colorado Rockies (Cubs)

Brandon Workman, Boston Red Sox (Cardinals)

Hector Noesi, Chicago White Sox (Rangers and Mariners)

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays (Tigers)

Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers (Giants and Dodgers)

Josh Tomlin, Cleveland Indians (Reds and Yankees)

Rubby De La Rosa, Boston Red Sox (Cardinals and Angels)

Miles Mikolas, Texas Rangers (Astros)

Nick Martinez, Texas Rangers (White Sox and Astros)

Shane Greene, New York Yankees (Tigers)

Matt Shoemaker, Los Angles Angels (Dodgers)

Scott Carroll, Chicago White Sox (Mariners)

Yohan Pino, Minnesota Twins (Athletics)

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of our pitching forecasts.

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