2013 Fantasy Baseball Tiers for Closers – Craig Kimbrel Sits on Top

The fantasy baseball tiers for closers tend to be a little bit thinner with very few consistent options for saves from year-to-year. We already know going into the season that more than 30% of the closers are going to lose their job at some point during the season. In 2013, we also seem to have a higher number of first time closers than in recent years which makes quantity over quality the theme of day in fantasy bullpens.

Here is a look at the 2013 fantasy baseball tiers for closers.

Tier 1:

Craig Kimbrel

There is a decent sized gap between Kimbrel and the next closer on the list given Kimbrel strikes out more batters than some 4th and 5th starters do.

Tier 2:

Jonathan Papelbon
Jason Motte

Tier 3:

Joe Nathan
Mariano Rivera
J.J. Putz
Sergio Romo
Rafael Soriano

Tier 4:

John Axford
Jim Johnson
Fernando Rodney
Tom Wilhelmsen
Rafael Betancourt

Tier 5:

Greg Holland
Glen Perkins
Huston Street
Addison Reed
Joel Hanrahan

Tier 6:

Chris Perez
Casey Janssen
Grant Balfour
Kenley Jansen
Ernesto Frieri

Perez, Janssen and Balfour have all been nicked up this spring. If healthy, I would move Janssen and Balfour up one tier and Perez up two.

Tier 7:

Steve Cishek
Jason Grilli
Jonathan Broxton
Brandon League

Tier 8:

Carlos Marmol
Jose Veras
Ryan Madson

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