Weekly Closer Rankings: Week 2

Jim Rogash

Ray Guilfoyle ranks the closers, and some middle relievers, for week 2 of the 2013 season.

The first few weeks of the 2013 season has shown us one thing never changes in fantasy baseball. The race for closers and the closers in waiting, is all the talk in fantasy circles. Every fantasy owner wants that next closer in line for saves, even if it means wasting a roster spot for a few weeks. I do it. Everyone does it. It's the fantasy fix that every owner needs.

Thus far in 2013, we have seen changes in the closer role on the Cubs and Brewers, and a few changes-a-brewin in Boston and Kansas City. With that said, here is my Week 2 Closer Rankings:

Rank

Closer/Middle Reliever

Team

1

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

2

Aroldis Chapman

CIN

3

Fernando Rodney

TB

4

Mariano Rivera

NYY

5

Rafael Soriano

WAS

6

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

7

Joe Nathan

TEX

8

Sergio Romo

SFG

9

Tom Wilhelmsen

SEA

10

J.J. Putz

ARI

11

Glen Perkins

MIN

12

Grant Balfour

OAK

13

Jim Johnson

BAL

14

Addison Reed

CHW

15

Jason Grilli

PIT

16

Ernesto Frieri

LAA

17

Chris Perez

CLE

18

Brandon League

LAD

19

Greg Holland

KC

20

Steve Cishek

MIA

21

Kyuji Fujikawa

CHC

22

Huston Street

SD

23

Joel Hanrahan

BOS

24

Rafael Betancourt

COL

25

Casey Janssen

TOR

26

Bobby Parnell

NYM

27

Mitchell Boggs

STL

28

John Axford/Jim Henderson

MIL

29

Joaquin Benoit

DET

30

Jose Veras

HOU

31

Kelvin Herrera

KC

32

Kenley Jansen

LAD

33

David Robertson

NYY

34

David Hernandez

ARI

35

Luke Gregerson

SD

36

Mark Melancon

PIT

37

Drew Storen

WAS

38

Joakim Soria

TEX

39

Carlos Marmol

CHC

40

Wilton Lopez

COL

Week 2 Closer thoughts:

Moving Up

Sergio Romo

I moved Giants closer Sergio Romo up to the 8th spot in my rankings, as he leads MLB in saves with 5, and is the owner of a -0.09 FIP. So, that tells me when he comes in the other team has no chance of scoring. Or something like that......until his elbow starts getting cranky again.

Glen Perkins

I moved Perkins up to the 11 spot in the rankings, as he has yet to be scored upon and has saved 3 of the 4 Twins wins this season. If this pace keeps up, he will save about 50 games this season. Won't happen though.

Jason Grilli

I moved Grilli up to my 15th ranked closer this week, as he has saved all 3 of the Pirates wins this season and is also unscored upon.

Joaquin Benoit

He is manager Jim Leyland's choice in the 9th inning for now, so go grab him if he is available.

Moving Down

Joel Hanrahan

Hanrahan moves down after last night's meltdown in the 9th inning, where he gave up 2 home runs and 5 runs to blow a 2 run Red Sox lead. His walk and homer rate going back to last year is higher than you want from your closer, and now he has moved to Fenway Park. Ouch.

Mitchell Boggs

Yeah, he blew up a few days ago vs division rival Cardinals, giving up 7 runs, 6 of them earned, in 2/3rds of an inning. Trevor Rosenthal and his 100 mph heat is creeping up on him as well.

John Axford

He blew up several times over the last week and has lost his closer job to Jim Henderson, but if things follow what happened last year, he will be back closing in a few weeks.

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