Fantasy baseball closer stock watch: Matt Barnes rises up the ranks

Getting a handle on his previous wildness has helped propel Matt Barnes into the fantasy baseball spotlight. AP

Rostering Boston Red Sox RHP Matt Barnes back in 2019 was a wild ride. Oh, there were strikeouts, as only two relief pitchers registered more, but Barnes also permitted a flood of walks and home runs -- and nobody had more wild pitches. Barnes throws hard and relies upon a nasty curveball, but during that wild season (and the abbreviated one in 2020), it was tough to imagine him ever becoming a top closer, either for the Red Sox or for fantasy baseball investors. He was just too wild.