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Opening Day is next week and Athlon Sports has all the fantasy baseball rankings you need to get ready for the upcoming season.

Athlon Sports has combined nine fantasy baseball big boards from around the web to compile an updated consensus Top 200 as well as positional breakdowns.

No position has been impacted by injuries more during spring training than relief pitching, or more specifically, closers.

Ryan Madson (No. 10 RP, No. 122 overall) and Joakim Soria (No. 17 RP, No. 157 overall) are both out for the season after tearing ligaments in their pitching elbows that will require Tommy John surgery to repair. Their loss is a blow for the Reds and Royals, their respective teams, but also presents an opportunity for someone else.

To this point, Reds manager Dusty Baker has said he's leaning towards going with a closer by committee. Sean Marshall figures to get the first shot at the save opportunities for the Reds, but others to watch include Bill Bray, Aroldis Chapman and Nick Masset. To add even more uncertainty to the Reds' bullpen situation, both Bray and Masset are dealing with injuries and the team has already said that Masset will start the season on the DL.

With the Royals, Jonathan Broxton, who saved 36 games for the Dodgers in 2009, could be first in line to replace Soria, but he's not only candidate. Greg Holland and Aaron Crow are two young pitchers who bear watching and could seize the closer's job and not relinquish it.

Drew Storen (No. 5 RP, No. 91 overall), who saved 43 games for the Nationals last season, is another closer dealing with elbow issues. In Storen's case, his does not seem to be serious, but he will start the season on the DL. The Nationals hope to have him back by the middle of April.

While Storen is out, the Nationals appear to be leaning towards handing closing duties to Brad Lidge. Lidge was one of the top closers in the game from 2004-10 when he was with the Astros and Phillies, averaging more than 31 saves a season during that time. Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Henry Rodriguez also could get a chance to close, especially should Lidge struggle finishing games.

Be sure to consult Athlon Sports' MLB Fantasy Closer Grid throughout the season to keep track of every team's bullpen situation.

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Rank Position ranking
OVR
Overall ranking on The Big Board
LR — Last Ranked, where player was ranked on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012
NR — Not Ranked, means player did not appear on The Big Board that was published on Feb. 20, 2012

AS – Athlon Sports (updated 3/19/12)
CBS – CBSSportsline.com (as of 3/16/12)
ESPN – (updated 3/13/12)
FOX – FOXSports.com (updated 3/7/12)
MLB – MLB.com (as of 3/15/12)
RC – RotoChamp.com (updated 3/18/12)
RS – RotoSummit.com (updated 2/27/12)
USA — USAToday.com (updated 2/13/12)
Y! – Yahoo! Sports (updated 2/24/12)*

*Yahoo! ranked only 120 players on their list, while Athlon's Big Board contains 200. The aggregated scores of the other eight big boards were used to extrapolate Yahoo!’s rankings to 200 players.

Athlon Sports Fantasy Rankings: Big Board | C | 1B | 2B | 3B | SS | OF | SP | RP

Rank

OVR

LR

Player

Team

Pos

AS

CBS

ESPN

FOX

MLB

RC

RS

USA

Y!

1

49

45

Craig Kimbrel

ATL

RP

30

39

62

75

52

57

65

63

56

2

76

80

Jonathan Papelbon

PHI

RP

32

112

87

74

71

82

79

73

77

3

79

78

Mariano Rivera

NYY

RP

56

110

73

88

57

85

82

84

76

4

85

88

John Axford

MIL

RP

36

92

93

108

70

127

96

82

78

5

91

89

Drew Storen

WAS

RP

50

93

89

96

78

141

107

110

82

6

110

112

Matt Moore

TB

RP

115

104

74

221

140

79

95

130

91

7

114

109

Brian Wilson

SF

RP

84

133

106

122

92

189

106

118

112

8

120

116

Jose Valverde

DET

RP

61

154

125

117

90

171

124

120

131

9

121

111

Heath Bell

MIA

RP

92

94

148

151

83

165

117

139

108

10

122

127

Ryan Madson

CIN

RP

129

120

99

182

108

132

118

107

113

11

125

144

Joel Hanrahan

PIT

RP

135

134

119

170

103

155

128

104

136

12

132

128

J.J. Putz

ARI

RP

149

113

142

145

102

120

130

168

138

13

134

135

Cory Luebke

SD

SP/RP

144

135

130

174

134

67

136

177

137

14

139

140

Andrew Bailey

BOS

RP

130

143

158

-

109

119

179

112

143

15

153

182

Rafael Betancourt

COL

RP

150

159

114

-

172

118

141

-

146

16

155

160

Sergio Santos

TOR

RP

176

155

-

178

131

123

151

137

159

17

157

151

Joakim Soria

KC

RP

196

142

152

169

119

187

135

160

162

18

170

188

Jason Motte

STL

RP

178

172

136

197

136

175

156

194

178

19

171

170

Jordan Walden

LAA

RP

-

171

163

163

125

183

143

-

173

20

175

174

Carlos Marmol

CHC

RP

198

-

183

-

127

148

146

182

174

21

177

179

Joe Nathan

TEX

RP

-

156

-

195

128

181

164

170

184

22

180

159

Neftali Feliz

TEX

RP

-

187

141

-

-

121

181

-

168

23

188

162

Daniel Bard

BOS

RP

185

-

185

-

-

99

-

-

165

24

197

NR

Huston Street

COL

RP

-

-

176

-

157

186

167

-

-

25

201

202

Kyle Farnsworth

TB

RP

-

-

172

-

147

184

195

-

196

26

202

NR

Brandon League

SEA

RP

-

-

191

-

149

172

188

-

198

27

219

NR

Matt Thornton

CHW

RP

-

-

-

-

189

159

-

-

-

28

221

192

Kenley Jansen

LAD

RP

-

-

-

-

190

161

-

-

-

29

226

NR

Sergio Romo

SF

RP

-

-

-

-

-

158

-

-

-

30

230

226

Jonny Venters

ATL

RP

166

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

31

233

225

Francisco Cordero

TOR

RP

167

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

32

235

224

Rafael Soriano

NYY

RP

168

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

33

241

NR

Frank Francisco

NYM

RP

-

-

-

-

173

-

-

-

-

34

243

NR

Tyler Clippard

WAS

RP

-

-

-

-

-

174

-

-

-

35

248

185

Chris Perez

CLE

RP

-

-

-

183

-

-

-

-

-

36

250

NR

Javy Guerra

LAD

RP

-

-

-

-

185

-

-

-

-

37

255

NR

Mike Adams

TEX

RP

-

-

-

-

-

190

-

-

-

38

261

NR

Koji Uehara

TEX

RP

-

-

-

-

-

195

-

-

-

— By Mark Ross, updated on March 30, 2012

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