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Fantasy baseball closer rankings, news and notes

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Hector Rondon will be taking the mound in the ninth inning for the Cubs while Pedro Strop 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. This week, Aroldis Chapman moves up in anticipation of his return, while Joe Smith falls out of relevance, as Mike Scioscia has seemingly chosen Ernesto Frieri as the Los Angeles Angels' ninth-inning man.

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Rankings and information updated as of May 8. 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

Sergio Romo

San Francisco Giants

5

Koji Uehara

Boston Red Sox

6

Rafael Soriano*

Washington Nationals

7

Joe Nathan

Detroit Tigers

8

Aroldis Chapman*

Cincinnati Reds

9

Francisco Rodriguez

Milwaukee Brewers

10

Glen Perkins*

Minnesota Twins

11

Huston Street

San Diego Padres

12

Steve Cishek*

Miami Marlins

13

Joakim Soria

Texas Rangers

14

David Robertson

New York Yankees

15

Trevor Rosenthal

St. Louis Cardinals

16

Addison Reed*

Arizona Diamondbacks

17

Grant Balfour

Tampa Bay Rays

18

Jonathan Papelbon

Philadelphia Phillies

19

Fernando Rodney

Seattle Mariners

20

John Axford

Cleveland Indians

21

Tommy Hunter

Baltimore Orioles

22

LaTroy Hawkins

Colorado Rockies

23

Mark Melancon

Pittsburgh Pirates

24

Matt Lindstrom

Chicago White Sox

25

Ernesto Frieri*

Los Angeles Angels

26

Hector Rondon*

Chicago Cubs

27

Luke Gregerson

Oakland A's

28

Jonathan Broxton

Cincinnati Reds

29

Kyle Farnsworth

New York Mets

30

Aaron Loup*

Toronto Blue Jays

31

Brett Cecil*

Toronto Blue Jays

32

Casey Janssen*

Toronto Blue Jays

33

Jason Grilli*

Pittsburgh Pirates

34

Sean Doolittle

Oakland A's

35

Jesse Crain*

Houston Astros

36

Jim Johnson

Oakland A's

37

Joaquin Benoit

San Diego Padres

38

Joe Smith*

Los Angeles Angels

39

Shawn Kelley

New York Yankees

40

Drew Storen

Washington Nationals

41

Rex Brothers

Colorado Rockies

42

Cody Allen

Cleveland Indians

43

Carlos Martinez*

St. Louis Cardinals

44

Daniel Webb

Chicago White Sox

45

Danny Farquhar

Seattle Mariners

46

Mike Adams

Philadelphia Phillies

47

Tyler Clippard

Washington Nationals

48

Tyler Thornburg

Milwaukee Brewers

49

Carlos Torres

New York Mets

50

Junichi Tazawa

Boston Red Sox

Rankings updated as of May 8

May 8 news and notes

8. Aroldis Chapman -- He's expected back this weekend and, until further notice, he's still Aroldis Chapman.

10. Glen Perkins -- Perkins has allowed one run and four hits while striking out 18 and converting seven save opportunities in his last 11 innings.

12. Steve Cishek -- Cishek was better last year than he got credit for, and now that the Marlins are competitive, he should remain in this echelon all season.

16. Addison Reed -- Reed never makes it easy, but he usually gets the job done, doesn't have any serious competition, and is good for more than a stirkeout per inning.

25. Ernesto Frieri -- Frieri is back in the closer's role for the Angels. Given his shakiness, he probably won't rank much higher than this all year, but so long as he's getting the ball in the ninth, he deserves this spot.

26. Hector Rondon -- Rondon has been the best reliever in the Cubs' bullpen, and Pedro Strop's trip to the DL helps solidify his hold on the closer's job.

30. Aaron Loup -- Loup has mopped up a few games of late, but Casey Janssen's return appears right around the corner. He's a viable option in the short term.

31. Brett Cecil -- John Gibbons has shown a willingness to play matchups, so Cecil could get a few save opportunities in the next few days, but Casey Janssen should be back before too long.

32. Casey Janssen -- Janssen began a rehab assignment earlier this week as he continues to get over a back injury. The Blue Jays expect him to need four or five outings before he's ready to come off the DL.

33. Jason Grilli -- Grilli played catch for the third time earlier this week, but there still isn't a timetable for his return from an oblique injury.

35. Jesse Crain -- With all the tumult in the Houston bullpen, Crain, who is eligible to return from the DL on May 29, may be the best bet. He's expected to get on a mound for the first time since biceps surgery next week.

38. Joe Smith -- Smith did everything the Angels asked of him during his short stint as the closer, but it seems the team just prefers Ernesto Frieri.

43. Carlos Martinez -- I can't quit Martinez, despite the fact that the Cardinals continue to use him as a setup man. His strikeouts are down this year, but there's still value in a guy who would be in a lot of lesser team's rotations.

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