Bryce Harper
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
3. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
4. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
5. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
6. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
7. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
9. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
10. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
11. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
12. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
13. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
14. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
15. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins
16. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
17. Matt Kemp, Atlanta Braves
18. David Dahl, Colorado Rockies
19. Stephen Piscotty, St. Louis Cardinals
20. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
21. Adam Eaton, Washington Nationals
22. Odubel Herrera, Philadelphia Phillies
23. Dexter Fowler, St. Louis Cardinals
24. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giatns
25. Jay Bruce, New York Mets
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Mike Trout
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
3. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
3. George Springer, Houston Astros
4. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
5. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
6. Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles
7. Khris Davis, Oakland A’s
8. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
9. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
10. Jackie Bradley, Boston Red Sox
11. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
12. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
13. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
14. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
15. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
16. Kole Calhoun, Los Angeles Angels
17. Carlos Gomez, Texas Rangers
18. Carlos Beltran, Houston Astros
19. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
20. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
21. Matt Holliday, New York Yankees
22. Brett Gardner, New York Yankees
23. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
24. Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers
25. Jorge Soler, Kansas City Royals
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Buster Posey
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball catcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
2. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
3. J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins
4. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
5. Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Cameron Rupp, Philadelphia Phillies
8. Austin Hedges, San Diego Padres
9. Tom Murphy, Colorado Rockies
10. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
11. Derek Norris, Washington Nationals
12. Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Jonathan Lucroy
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball catcher rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Jonathan Lucroy, Texas Rangers
2. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
3. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
4. Evan Gattis, Houston Astros
5. Brian McCann, Houston Astros
6. Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays
7. Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays
8. Stephen Vogt, Oakland A’s
9. Welington Castillo, Baltimore Orioles
10. Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners
11. Sandy Leon, Boston Red Sox
12. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians
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Corey Seager
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball shortstop rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers
3. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
4. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
5. Aledmys Diaz, St. Louis Cardinals
6. Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
7. Eduardo Núñez, San Francisco Giants
8. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
9. Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds
10. Jedd Gyorko, St. Louis Cardinals
11. Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves
12. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
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The Quarterback“ (CC BY 2.0) by afsilva2
The days of drafting a quarterback in the first two rounds of your NFL fantasy draft are now more or less over but should you be considering a signal caller in the third, fourth or even fifth round?
Well, it might prove prudent to load up on running backs and wide receivers in the early stages of the draft. With so much talent out of the backfield and at receiver, the key to winning another fantasy title might just be to refrain from taking Aaron Rodgers and co. in the opening few rounds.
Eight of the top 10 points scorers in 2016 were quarterbacks but running backs were much more valuable. Nine backs scored 200 points or more; a solid total for the position. Only five quarterbacks notched 300 or more – with 25 racking up over 200 points.
Even San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick, who sat out for more than half the campaign, managed to rack up over 200 points. Most quarterbacks who throw a mediocre tally of touchdown passes and yards will eclipse that total.
Running backs like Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott are worth so much more than say Andrew Luck or Matt Ryan. Whilst an elite quarterback gives you the chance to rack up a hefty total and advantage at the position, you won’t benefit in the long term. Simply put, a consistent running back who scores 10 or more points per game is vital to success in fantasy football.

The same goes for wide receivers. Drafting Antonio Brown or Julio Jones in the opening round of your fantasy draft could give you the edge; particularly as both men will prosper in the hunt for Super Bowl glory.
Jones’ Atlanta Falcons, priced at 14/1 in the NFL odds with bet365, averaged 30 points a game in the final six matches of the campaign and Jones will still prosper despite the departure of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco.
The National Football League is still a quarterback league but the number of pass-heavy offenses means that wide receivers are now more important than ever. By the same token, solid running backs are equally as vital to success; especially as more teams are throwing the football.
Take the Indianapolis Colts for example; Andrew Luck is the heart and soul of that offensive unit. Knowing this immediately boosts the stock of Donte Moncrief and T.Y Hilton but Frank Gore may be one to stay away from. By the same token, the Dallas Cowboys will adopt a run heavy offense and Elliott will be key.
It is always important to consider whether a back is a three down back or whether he has competition at the position. Quarterbacks can win a fantasy title but running backs and wide receivers WILL win your fantasy crown this year.
The days of selecting a QB in the opening round are over and we are now in a new era. Take two running backs and two wide receivers in the first couple of rounds and you will be well on your way to winning another fantasy championship.

Manny Machado
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball shortstop rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
2. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
3. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
4. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
5. Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
6. Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays
7. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
8. Brad Miller, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Marcus Semien, Oakland A’s
10. Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
11. Tim Anderson, Chicago White Sox
12. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
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Kris Bryant
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball third baseman rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
2. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
3. Jonathan Villar, Milwaukee Brewers
3. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
5. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
6. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies
9. Eduardo Nunez, San Francisco Giants
10. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
11. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Yangervis Solarte, San Diego Padres
13. Hernan Perez, Milwaukee Brewers
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Josh Donaldson
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball third baseman rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
2. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
3. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
4. Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox
5. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
6. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
7. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
8. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
9. Ryon Healy, Oakland A’s
10. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
11. Nick Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
12. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins
The 2016 fantasy football season has come to a close and has left plenty on the table for conversation. Among the top scorers at their positions, Aaron Rodgers led quarterbacks, David Johnson led running backs, and Mike Evans and Jordy Nelson finished tied atop the wide receiver crop. Having these four players at the top left some surprised, considering only one of these teams would move on to the postseason.The season also had a long list of shortcomings, under performers, and nagging injuries to reduce output. Below we’ll detail some of the headlines of the 2016 fantasy season and look ahead to what 2017 could have in store.


We start with underwhelming performers. Two names that we find at the top of the list are two running backs: Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles. Peterson was a first-round pick in nearly all leagues, but rarely saw the field in 2016. Peterson went down in week 3 of the season with a meniscus injury. Through those three games, Peterson wasn’t exactly setting the fantasy world on fire. He only accumulated 72 total rushing yards through three contests and failed to reach the end zone. He was off to a disappointing year before the injury occurred.


Jamaal Charles entered the 2016 as a question mark with big upside attached to his history of success in the league. Charles was coming off a season that he saw cut short due to a torn ACL. He was being drafted in the late second to early third rounds of most leagues. Charles spent the first few weeks on and off the injury report, not once seeing the field. During this time the Chiefs leaned heavily upon both Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. Both Ware and West reaped the benefits of Jamaal Charles’ absence. Once Charles made his return, it was too little too late for the fantasy stud of old. The backfield was crowded and he never returned to a form he once owned. Later in the season the team would place Charles on IR and would mark a second disappointment for fantasy owners.


The 2016 season also offered a sit and wait perspective with both Le’Veon Bell and Tom Brady. Bell was forced to sit out the first three games due to breaking the substance abuse policy and Brady received his four-game reprimand for his involvement in the deflate scandal. Bell would go on to finish in the top four for running back scorers and Brady would come in at 11th among quarterbacks. Not bad for having a heavily reduced work log to make up the distance among league leaders. Owners who were able to secure these talents in later rounds were the ones who were reaping the benefits of a fantasy playoff run.


The 2016 also had its fair share of surprises. We go back to the running backs and visits Dallas for a dynamic duo. Jordan Howard of the Chicago Bears was a lone bright spot in a dismal season. The Bears finished near the bottom of the league in most statistical categories and win to loss ratio. Howard had over 1300 yards, which placed him near the top rushers in the league.


Jay Ajayi was a second unicorn of a fantasy draft pick. Compiling multiple 200 yard performances, Ajayi was the diamond in the rough we all hope to seek out before he gains the eyes of the other players in our leagues, finishing fourth in the league in rushing yards. The Dallas Cowboys also brought the heat from an unlikely source category: the rookies. Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott created a tandem that ended their season as the top team in the NFC. Both players out-performed their projected value and made for nice additions to any fantasy roster.


With the 2016 season long gone, owners look ahead to 2017 perspectives. The 2017 season will likely follow a format that mimics the this season: take a chance on players who are up against adversity and make sure you backup your studs. Injuries plagued most of the top positional players and opened the doors for new faces to showcase their talents in 2016. The Chiefs backfield, the Cowboys offensive attack, and players that led their teams when the record didn’t show for it helped make up for the big storylines in the 2016 season.

2017 will be no different. Bounce-back candidates include: Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, C.J. Anderson, Doug Martin and even Julio Jones, who was on-and-off all season long. Target the players who have something to play for in 2017. Teams who almost tasted the success of the post season, but fell short are prime candidates on draft day. Search out the guys that don’t have the hype surrounding their play. The ones who are the silent performers; the ones who let their play do the talking and keep quiet off of the field.

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