Fantasy Baseball 2011: AL/NL-Only Closer Rankings

I posted my overall Closer rankings here, a couple late round closer options here, and Jeremy posted his Breakout Closer rankings here.

Here are my AL/NL-Only league Closer Rankings for 2011, starting with the NL-only closers:

Brian Wilson, SFG

Heath Bell, SD

Jonathon Broxton, LAD

Carlos Marmol, CHC

Brad Lidge, PHI

Francisco Rodriguez, NYM

John Axford, MIL

J.J. Putz, ARI

Craig Kimbrel, ATL

Drew Storen, WAS

Huston Street, COL

Francisco Cordero, CIN

Closers are one of the most volatile positions to guage for fantasy owners as the turnover from year to year is extreme. I have ranked 12 closers here and I would not be surprised to see a few of them lose their jobs this season. My ranking for Craig Kimbrel is aggressive, but at this point, I think he is the best option to close in Atlanta, and Bobby Cox was confident enough to bring him in some pressure situations in September and October last season.

More commentary and the AL Rankings after the jump:

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton is looking to bounce back from a horrific 2nd half of 2010 in his walk year, as he is a free agent at the end of the 2011 season. Those of you in keeper leagues should look to grab Kenley Jansen as he appears, to me, to be the closer of the future in LA.

Here are my AL-Only league closer rankings for 2011:

Mariano Rivera, NYY

Joakim Soria, KC

Neftali Feliz, TEX

Joe Nathan, MIN

Jonathan Papelbon, BOS

Jose Valverde, DET

Andrew Bailey, OAK

Matt Thornton/Chris Sale, CHW

Chris Perez, CLE

Kevin Gregg, BAL

Frank Francisco, TOR

Fernando Rodney, LAA

There are plenty of question marks in the AL list as well, with Papelbon, Gregg, Francisco, Rodney and Perez all capable of blowing up and losing their job in the first month of the 2011 season. Rivera, Soria and Feliz are three of the more reliable closers in the game. I think the White Sox may go with Sale as their closer, but Thornton is solid as well.

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