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2015 Closer Rankings: Grab the studs early

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Ray updates his closer rankings for the 2015 season.

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We finished up our Consensus Rankings series with Starting Pitcher week last week. We won't dedicate a week to closers, but we will offers some rankings and take a look at some set up men who could close in 2015, and possibly a few sleeper choices to close.

The closer position is one of the hardest to predict due to the turnover that occurs every season. A few bad weeks for a hitter, and he might get a day off to rest and work on his hitting mechanics. A few bad weeks for a closer, even a veteran closer, and he can lose his job and be used in the 7th inning or mop up duty to work on a few things.

It is important to draft a closer you can count on all season, but you must grab them earlier than you want to as there are only a handful that you can rely on to stay in the role for the whole season. Should you want one of the dominating, top five closers, you will need to draft them in the first 5-6 rounds of your mixed league draft. In auction leagues, be prepared to pay $20-25 in mixed leagues, or $30+ in "only" leagues.

I have seen closers going in the fourth round of experts leagues drafts, with Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, Greg Holland and Kenley Jansen being picked in the first 61 picks of the draft. That is too early for me, but, as stated, if you want a closer you can count on, you have to draft them earlier than you really want to.

Since I last published my closer rankings, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen broke his foot, Francisco Rodriguez signed with the Brewers, Jonathan Papelbon is still with the Phillies - for now, and it appears Dellin Betances will get the first crack at saving games in Yankee Stadium.

Here is a look at my updated 2015 Closer Rankings:

Rank

Name

Team

1

Craig Kimbrel

Braves

2

Aroldis Chapman

Reds

3

Greg Holland

Royals

4

Dellin Betances

Yankees

5

Mark Melancon

Pirates

6

David Robertson

White Sox

7

Steve Cishek

Marlins

8

Fernando Rodney

Mariners

9

Jonathan Papelbon

Phillies

10

Kenley Jansen

Dodgers

11

Drew Storen

Nationals

12

Cody Allen

Indians

13

Brad Boxberger/Jake McGee

Rays

14

Sean Doolittle

Athletics

15

Glen Perkins

Twins

16

Huston Street

Angels

17

Santiago Casilla

Giants

18

Francisco Rodriguez

Brewers

19

Joaquin Benoit

Padres

20

Hector Rondon

Cubs

21

Zach Britton

Orioles

22

Brett Cecil

Blue Jays

23

Koji Uehara

Red Sox

24

Trevor Rosenthal

Cardinals

25

Jenrry Mejia

Mets

26

Neftali Feliz

Rangers

27

Addison Reed

Diamondbacks

28

Joe Nathan

Tigers

29

Chad Qualls

Astros

30

LaTroy Hawkins

Rockies

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