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Fantasy baseball closer rankings, news and notes

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Mark Melancon will take the mound in the ninth for the Pirates while Jason Grilli is on the DL.

The closer position is constantly changing, so we'll keep you up to date with who's in and who's not with our rankings below. We will be updating this chart throughout the season; be sure to check back for updates.

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Rankings and information updated as of April 29. An asterisk next to a players name indicates additional notes below.

Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings

1

Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel*

Atlanta Braves

2

Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen

Los Angeles Dodgers

3

Greg Holland

Greg Holland

Kansas City Royals

4

Koji Uehara

Boston Red Sox

5

Sergio Romo

San Francisco Giants

6

Rafael Soriano*

Washington Nationals

7

Joe Nathan

Detroit Tigers

8

Francisco Rodriguez*

Milwaukee Brewers

9

Trevor Rosenthal

St. Louis Cardinals

10

Huston Street

San Diego Padres

11

Glen Perkins

Minnesota Twins

12

Joakim Soria

Texas Rangers

13

David Robertson*

New York Yankees

14

Steve Cishek

Miami Marlins

15

Aroldis Chapman*

Cincinnati Reds

16

Grant Balfour

Tampa Bay Rays

17

Jonathan Papelbon

Philadelphia Phillies

18

Addison Reed*

Arizona Diamondbacks

19

John Axford

Cleveland Indians

20

Tommy Hunter

Baltimore Orioles

21

LaTroy Hawkins

Colorado Rockies

22

Fernando Rodney

Seattle Mariners

23

Mark Melancon*

Pittsburgh Pirates

24

Joe Smith

Los Angeles Angels

25

Matt Lindstrom*

Chicago White Sox

26

Sergio Santos*

Toronto Blue Jays

27

Luke Gregerson

Oakland A's

28

Jonathan Broxton

Cincinnati Reds

29

Kyle Farnsworth

New York Mets

30

Hector Rondon*

Chicago Cubs

31

Jason Grilli

Pittsburgh Pirates

32

Carlos Martinez

St. Louis Cardinals

33

Casey Janssen*

Toronto Blue Jays

34

Sean Doolittle

Oakland A's

35

Shawn Kelley

New York Yankees

36

Jim Johnson*

Oakland A's

37

Joaquin Benoit

San Diego Padres

38

Josh Fields*

Houston Astros

39

Raul Valdes

Houston Astros

40

Drew Storen

Washington Nationals

41

Rex Brothers

Colorado Rockies

42

Cody Allen

Cleveland Indians

43

J.J. Putz

Arizona Diamondbacks

44

Tyler Thornburg

Milwaukee Brewers

45

Jordan Walden

Atlanta Braves

46

Pedro Strop

Chicago Cubs

47

Daniel Webb

Chicago White Sox

48

Tyler Clippard

Washington Nationals

49

Chad Qualls

Houston Astros

50

Carlos Torres

New York Mets

Rankings updated as of April 29

April 29 news and notes

1. Craig Kimbrel -- Against all odds, Kimbrel might be getting better. He has 22 strikeouts in 10.1 innings, good for a 19.2 K/9.

6. Rafael Soriano -- Soriano has yet to give up an earned run in nine innings this season.

8. Francisco Rodriguez -- A 0.00 ERA, 12-for-12 on save opportunties, and 22 strikeouts against four walks in 15 innings. Looks like Ron Roenicke made the right choice when he tapped K-Rod as his closer.

13. David Robertson -- Since returning from the DL, Robertson has allowed one hit and one walk in three innings, striking out four and earning a pair of saves.

15. Aroldis Chapman -- Chapman faced live hitters for the first time over the weekend. After Tuesday's simulated game, he's set for a minor league rehab assignment.

18. Addison Reed -- Reed has allowed earned runs in four of his 12 outings this season, including his last when he picked up a save but surrendered a run on two hits and walk to the Phillies.

23. Mark Melancon -- Melancon will serve as the closer in Pittsburgh while Jason Grilli is on the shelf with an oblique strain.

25. Matt Lindstrom -- Lindstrom still needs to watch for rookie Daniel Webb nipping at his heels, but he seems to have a decent grip on the closer's role, middling performance and all.

26. Sergio Santos -- Casey Janssen's recovery from a back injury is dragging, though he is expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment soon. Santos probably hasn't done enough to keep the job when Janssen returns.

30. Hector Rondon -- The Cubs don't offer much in the way of save opportunities, but Rondon appears to be the man in the ninth for now.

33. Casey Janssen -- Janssen is expected to go on a rehab assignment soon.

36. Jim Johnson -- Johnson hasn't allowed a run in his last six outings, and he has eight strikeouts in that span. He's quietly lurking.

38. Josh Fields -- Fields may have had an opportunity to put himself at the top of the closer committee in Houston, but he allowed eight earned runs in one-third of an inning across two appearances.

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