Fantasy baseball closer rankings, news and notes
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.
Rankings and information updated as of May 8. An asterisk next to a players name indicates additional notes below.
Fantasy Baseball Closer Rankings
|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.