Friday April 17th, 2015

The closer position is the most volatile in baseball, and fantasy baseball owners are often left high and dry when their closer loses his job in the ninth. Here at, we'll be keeping tabs of who's in and who's out in our fantasy baseball closer rankings. These will be updated on an as-needed basis, so keep up all season.

Fantasy Baseball CLOSER Rankings
1 Aroldis Chapman CIN The game's best closer already has seven strikeouts in five innings.
2 Craig Kimbrel SD Changing time zones hasn't had an adverse effect on Kimbrel. He's 2-for-2 in save opportunities.
3 Greg Holland KC  
4 David Robertson NYY The White Sox haven't given Robertson many save chances, but he has been lights out when called upon.
5 Huston Street LAA The next batter to reach base against Street will be the first of the year.
6 Andrew Miller NYY Joe Girardi's actions are speaking louder than his words. It looks like Miller will be the Yankees' closer all season.
7 Cody Allen CLE  
8 Hector Rondon CHC  
9 Glen Perkins MIN Perkins has two saves in 3 2/3 innings pitched so far this year. He's not going to get many save opportunities on a team as bad as MIN.
10 Koji Uehara BOS Uehara is back from a hamstring injury and should hold down the ninth for Boston.
11 Fernando Rodney SEA  
12 Francisco Rodriguez MIL  
13 Jonathan Papelbon PHI Papelbon and the Phillies may not be in the happiest marriage, but he continues to get the job done.
14 Trevor Rosenthal STL Rosenthal is off to a great start this season, and likely put to rest any lingering questions about his job security.
15 Zach Britton BAL  
16 Jason Grilli ATL Grilli became the Atlanta closer when the team shipped Craig Kimbrel to SD, and he has converted all four of his save chances.
17 Drew Storen WAS  
18 Steve Cishek MIA Storen struggled in his second outing of the year, and could eventually be pushed by Casey Janssen at some point.
19 Kenley Jansen LAD Jansen (foot) is expected back in mid-May. This feels like a fair ranking for now, but he's a top-five closer when healthy.
20 Mark Melancon PIT Melancon's velocity is down early this year, which has already led to trouble. Owners may want to grab Tony Watson while they can, just in case.
21 Santiago Casilla SF Gregerson has done enough in the first 10 days of the season to earn some leash from A.J. Hinch. Keep Pat Neshek on your radar.
22 Joakim Soria DET Joe Nathan's out a month with an elbow injury. The bet here is Soria pitches his way into being Detroit's full-time closer in the interim.
23 Luke Gregerson HOU  
24 Tyler Clippard OAK Clippard would be higher in these rankings if Sean Doolittle didn't loom as Oakland's preferred closer when healthy.
25 Neftali Feliz TEX  
26 Dellin Betances NYY Betances has not been sharp in the early going, and will likely settle back into a setup role with Andrew Miller closing for the Yankees.
27 Jeurys Familia NYM Familia has a chance to grab a stranglehold of the closer's job for the Mets. If he struggles, however, the team will llkely give Bobby Parnell a shot when he returns from the DL.
28 Addison Reed ARI  
29 Brad Boxberger TB Don't assume Jake McGee will automatically get the closer role back when he returns from the DL. Boxberger already has three saves this season.
30 Miguel Castro TOR Castro is in the lead for save opportunities in Toronto for now, but this is a fluid situation.
31 Adam Ottavino COL Colorado could go with a matchup approach in the ninth, but consider Ottavino the leader for now, with Rafael Betancourt in second.
32 Rafael Betancourt COL See above
33 Joel Peralta LAD Peralta will have strong fantasy value for about another month, but he's going to lose the job when Kenley Jansen returns.
34 Wade Davis KC  
35 Joe Nathan DET Nathan's owners should hold onto him for now, especially since they can stash him on the DL, but don't be surprised if he returns as a setup man.
36 Jake McGee TB McGee (elbow) is set for an appearance in an extended spring training after throwing live BP earlier this week. He should be back sometime in early May.
37 Ken Giles PHI  
38 Edward Mujica BOS With Koji Uehara back from the DL, Mujica returns to being one of the league's better setup men.
39 Sean Doolittle OAK Doolittle (shoulder) will begin throwing off a mound next week, and is expected to return in mid-to-late May.
40 Pat Neshek HOU  
41 Joaquin Benoit SD  
42 Brett Cecil TOR Cecil is still in the mix for saves in Toronto, but this is one of the more frustrating situations for fantasy owners to deal with on a nightly basis.
43 Bobby Parnell NYM Parnell (elbow) is set to begin a rehab assignment soon. If all goes well, he'll rejoin the Mets in mid-May, and could quickly take over the closer's role.
44 Brad Ziegler ARI  
45 A.J. Ramos MIA  
46 Roberto Osuna TOR  
47 Sergio Romo SF  
48 Tony Watson PIT  
49 Tanner Scheppers TEX Scheppers (ankle) was just activated from the DL. If Neftali Feliz struggles, he would be first in line to get some save opportunities.
50 Joe Smith LAA  

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