2014 Fantasy Baseball: Top 10 Closers Through Week 7

Top 10 Closers

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The closer position has quickly become one of the most important spots in a fantasy lineup. There is such a high turnover rate, though, that it often makes the position very thin. Here are the top-10 fantasy closers through seven weeks of action.

NOTE: Rankings come from a point-based league in order to better show value.

9. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

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9. Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox

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Uehara missed weeks at the beginning of the season, but he has been unhittable in his return. He currently owns a 1.08 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP. He also has an insane 32 K: 3 BB ratio.

Total Points: 95 Points
2014 Stats: 16.2 IP, 9 Saves, 1.08 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 25 K's

9. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals

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9. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals

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Despite his skyrocketing ERA, Rosenthal continues to be the team’s closer. His 13 saves are third best in the NL and the fireballer will continue to be a legitimate fantasy closer as long as he remains in the role.

Total Points: 95 Points
2014 Stats: 21.2 IP, 13 Saves, 4.98 ERA, 1.43 ERA, 27 K's

8. Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers

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8. Joe Nathan, Detroit Tigers

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Nathan started the year off very slowly, as he had just four saves up to April 28. In the three weeks since, though, Nathan has racked up seven saves and lowered his ERA down to 3.24.

Total Points: 99 Points
2014 Stats: 16.2 IP, 11 Saves, 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 15 K's

6. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals

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6. Greg Holland, Kansas City Royals

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After a couple strong weeks, Holland is suddenly on the verge of putting up elite numbers. Either way, he has earned his spot among the top-tier closers in fantasy.

Total Points: 103 Points
2014 Stats: 16.2 IP, 12 Saves, 2.16 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 25 K's

6. Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins

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6. Steve Cishek, Miami Marlins

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Despite the lack of saves (9), Cishek has shockingly recorded three wins already this season. He has an outstanding WHIP (1.04) and his 20 punch outs show that he can put hitters away when it counts.

Total Points: 103 Points
2014 Stats: 17.1 IP, 9 Saves, 2.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 20 K's

5. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

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5. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves

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Kimbrel has struggled at times this season, as the All-Star has already blown two saves. However, he has yet to hit his groove and the veteran should easily finish with 40-plus saves when it is all said and done.

Total Points: 106 Points
2014 Stats: 16.1 IP, 11 Saves, 2.20 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 30 K'S

4. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

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4. Glen Perkins, Minnesota Twins

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Despite playing for an underachieving Minnesota squad, Perkins continues to be an extremely reliable fantasy closer. His 3.54 ERA may leave something to be deserved, but his strikeouts numbers (12.84 K/9) have been utterly dominant in 2014.

Total Points: 115
2014 Stats: 20.1 IP, 12 Saves, 3.54 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 29 K's

3. Huston Street, San Diego Padres

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3. Huston Street, San Diego Padres

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Street is another late-round closer that has been dealing all season long. The veteran has an ERA under 1.00 (0.50) and the veteran has already racked up 13 saves. He has emerged as a legitimate RP1 this season.

Total Points: 129 Points
2014 Stats: 18 IP, 13 Saves, 0.50 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 21 K's

2. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants

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2. Sergio Romo, San Francisco Giants

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Romo has recorded eight saves this month alone and has suddenly found himself among the top closers in the game.

Total Points: 141 Points
2014 Stats: 20.1 IP, 15 Saves, 2.21 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 17 K's

1. Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers

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1. Francisco Rodriguez, Milwaukee Brewers

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Rodriguez stole the closer role from Jim Henderson this spring and the veteran has run away with the job. He is leading the majors with 17 saves and has a sizzling 1.57 ERA. He has dominated the competition this season and has put up the best numbers among all the closers.

Total Points: 157 Points
2014 Stats: 23 IP, 17 Saves, 1.57 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 28 K's


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