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Fantasy Ranks: Soria tops closer ranks

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As the calendar prepares to turn to June, lets take a look at some of our updated CPR Position Rankings. Today we hit closers. Rankings are based on the value we would assign these players from today on through the rest of the season. Feel free to tell us where you disagree in the comments.

Closers

1. Joakim Soria – The 25-year old hasn’t had his best season thus far (3.18 ERA with 2 blown saves), but Soria’s strikeout numbers are as high as ever (13.24 per 9IP). Slotting Soria at No. 1 may be a surprise, but consistency is key when it comes to closers and Soria is known for his consistency and is throwing well now. We see great production and a lower ERA coming from Soria the rest of the season.
2. Heath Bell
3. Brian Wilson
4. Jonathan Broxton
5. Jose Valverde
6. Mariano Rivera
7. Carlos Marmol – Marmol’s control has returned after issuing 65 walks in 74 innings last year. This season the Cubs’ closer has a sparkling K/BB rate of 3.29. If that number stays north of 2.50 the rest of the way, Marmol’s value will stay high.
8. Andrew Bailey
9. Jonathan Papelbon
10. Matt Capps – If you had told us that Matt Capps would lead the Majors with 16 saves by May 26, we would never have believed it. We have to think there will be more opportunities the rest of the way as well.
11. Francisco Rodriguez
12. Francisco Cordero
13. Jon Rauch
14. Ryan Franklin – Franklin’s strikeout numbers aren’t nearly as high as many of his counterparts (5.75 K/9), but the Cardinals’ closer has been consistent this season (only 1 BS) and he will continue to get a solid number of opportunities the rest of the way as well.
15. Rafael Soriano
16. Neftali Feliz
17. Kevin Gregg
18. Leo Nunez
19. David Aardsma – Aardsma’s save opportunities have been few and far between this season. Before the Seattle closer picked up back-to-back saves this week, he had only one for the entire month of May.
20. Billy Wagner
21. Octavio Dotel
22. Matt Lindstrom
23. Chad Qualls
24. Bobby Jenks
25. Trevor Hoffman

Left off: Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood, Brad Lidge, Huston Street, and Baltimore’s closer of the moment.

Topics: Andrew Bailey, Baltimore Orioles, Billy Wagner, Bobby Jenks, Brad Lidge, Brian Fuentes, Brian Wilson, Carlos Marmol, Chad Qualls, Closers, David Aardsma, Fantasy Baseball, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez, Heath Bell, Huston Street, Joakim Soria, Jon Raugh, Jonathan Papelbon, Jonthan Broxton, Jose Valverde, Kerry Wood, Kevin Gregg, Leo Nunez, Mariano Rivera, Matt Capps, Matt Lindstrom, Neftali Feliz, Octavio Dotel, Rafael Soriano, Ryan Franklin, Save Chasing, Trevor Hoffman

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