Jose Ramirez
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 AL Only fantasy baseball third baseman rankings.
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1. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
2. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
3. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
4. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
5. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
6. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
7. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
8. Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
9. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
10. Eduardo Nunez, Boston Red Sox
11. Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
12. Matt Davidson, Chicago White Sox
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Daniel Murphy Nationals
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 NL Only fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
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1. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
2. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3. Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
5. Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies
5. Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs
6. Ozhaino Albies, Atlanta Braves
7. Chris Taylor, Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
9. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
10.  Starlin Castro, Miami Marlins
11. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
12. Jose Peraza, Cincinnati Reds
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Jose Altuve swing
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 AL Only fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
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1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
2. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
3. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
4. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
5. Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
6. Dee Gordon, Seattle Mariners
7. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
8. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
9. Ian Kinsler, Los Angeles Angels
10. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
11. Eduardo Nunez, Boston Red Sox
12. Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros
13. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
14. Yangervis Solarte, Toronto Blue Jays
15. Tim Beckham, Baltimore Orioles
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Paul Goldschmidt gray jersey
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 NL Only fantasy baseball first baseman rankings.
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1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
3. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
4. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
5. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
6. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
7. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
8. Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres
9. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
10. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
11. Carlos Santana, Philadelphia Phillies
12. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
13. Josh Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates
14. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Justin Bour, Miami Marlins
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Edwin Encarnacion Indians
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 AL Only fantasy baseball first baseman rankings.
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1. Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians
2. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
3. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
4. Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
6. Matt Olson, Oakland A’s
7. Greg Bird, New York Yankees
8. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
9. Hanley Ramirez, Boston Red Sox
10. Marwin Gonzalez, Houston Astros
11. Trey Mancin, Baltimore Orioles
12. Logan Morrison, Minnesota Twins
13. Yonder Alonso, Cleveland Indians
14. C.J. Cron, Tampa Bay Rays
15. Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins
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Kenley Jansen save
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball closer rankings.
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1. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
3. Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
4. Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals
6. Kenneth Giles, Houston Astros
7. Felipe Rivero, Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
9. Corey Knebel, Milwaukee Brewers
10. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
11. Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners
12. Brandon Morrow, Chicago Cubs
13. Mark Melancon, San Francisco Giants
14. Wade Davis, Colorado Rockies
15. Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
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Kershaw
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
4. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
5. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
6. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
7. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
9. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
10. Luis Severino. New York Yankees
11. Justin Verlander, Houston Astros
12. Yu Darivsh, Chicago Cubs
13. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
14. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
15. Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs
16. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
17. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
18. Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros
19. David Price, Boston Red Sox
20. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
21. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
22. Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
23. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
24. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
25. Jake Arrieta, Free Agent
26. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels
28. Alex Wood, Los Angeles Dodgers
29. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
30. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
31. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
32. Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
33. Jose Berrios, Minnesota Twins
34. Luis Castillo, Cincinnati Reds
35. Zack Godley, Arizona Diamondbacks
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2018 NFL Mock Draft

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Here’s the Lester’s Legends 2018 NFL Mock Draft.
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1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC
2. New York Giants – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
3. Indianapolis Colts – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
4. Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
5. Denver Broncos -Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
6. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quenton Nelson, G, Notre Dame
8. Chicago Bears – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
9. San Francisco 49ers – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
10. Oakland Raiders – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
11. Miami Dolphins – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
12. Cincinnati Bengals – Mike McGlinchey, T, Notre Dame
13. Washington Redskins – Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
14. Green Bay Packers – Joshua Jackson, DB, Iowa
15. Arizona Cardinals – Connor Williams, T, Texas
16. Baltimore Ravens – Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Vita Vea, DL, Washington
18. Seattle Seahawks – Derwin James, S, Florida State
19. Dallas Cowboys – Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
20. Detroit Lions – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
21. Buffalo Bills – Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
22. Buffalo Bills – Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A & M
23. Los Angeles Rams – Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
24. Carolina Panthers – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA
25. Tennessee Titans – Will Hernandez, G, UTEP
26. Atlanta Falcons – Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia
27. New Orleans Saints – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
30. Minnesota Vikings – Billy Price, G/C, Ohio State
31. New England Patriots – Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Kolton Miller, T, UCLA

Mike Trout swing
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings.
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1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
3. Giancarlo Stanton, New York Yankees
4. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
5. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
6. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
7. George Springer, Houston Astros
8. J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox
9. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
10. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox
11. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins
12. Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Justin Upton, Los Angeles Angels
14. Khris Davis, Oakland A’s
15. Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers
16. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
18. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
19. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
20. Andrew McCutchen, San Francisco Giants
21. Tommy Pham, St. Louis Cardinals
22. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
23. Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers
24. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
25. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
26. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
28. Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves
29. Domingo Santana, Milwaukee Brewers
30. Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers
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Carson Wentz
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The Eagles’ triumph at Super Bowl LII, one of the most thrilling showpiece games in living memory, represented the success of a team that is the most complete in the NFL. From the work of Eagles Executive Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman, who put the finishing touches to the roster he built last year, bringing in players such as Torrey Smith and Jay Ajayi, to the expert play-calling of Doug Pederson and the astonishingly calm professionalism of Nick Foles, every part of the puzzle came together to produce a victory cheered in (almost) every part of the US.

 

As they calmly amassed a 13-3 record during the regular season, despite a string of potentially tough match-ups, this group of players forced pundits and experts to constantly reassess their merits. At every stage, there were predictions that the good run was about to come to an end, and then, when star quarterback Carson Wentz was ruled out, they just kept on confounding the experts as Foles steered the team all the way to the final, where he outplayed the great Tom Brady in a classic encounter.

 

Now that they’ve won their first Super Bowl in the history of the franchise, where do they go next? Can they turn a stunning victory into the beginning of a dynasty?

 

Well, in case they needed any motivation, Foles, Wentz, and the Eagles players need only look at the sports betting markets. In early betting for the 2019 Super Bowl, the Eagles are ranked some way behind the New England Patriots and on the same level as the Pittsburgh Steelers. That seems to significantly underestimate the potential of this group.

 

Any postseason strengthening must first take account of the quarterback position. Wentz, Foles, and Nate Sudfeld represent perhaps the strongest resource in this position in the whole of the NFL. Wentz is likely to return as starter next season, injuries permitting, and the Eagles will do all they can to persuade Foles – who has a year left on his contract – to stay with the franchise in the event of any doubt on the matter.

 

Assuming that Foles does stay, the champions do have a number of areas for consideration, though at $9 million or so over the pay cap, they have limited room for manoeuvre.

 

Away from the quarterback role, the most pressing need for strengthening is at linebacker. Jordan Hicks is recovering from a serious leg injury, Nigel Bradham could be on his way out as a free agent, and Mychal Kendricks’ position is uncertain. With Najee Goode and Dannell Ellerbe also possible departures, the entire linebacker department is up in the air. If they only strengthen one area during the off-season, this should be it.

 

If the Eagles lose both Trey Burton and Brent Celek – who contributed 765 backup snaps during the season – the squad would be left with no cover for Zach Ertz. Ertz is one of the best in the NFL, but tight end is such an important part of this team’s offense that they need at least one quality backup. Focusing on picking up cover at the draft and then adding a reliable third-choice veteran through the open market could be a good strategy.

 

Perhaps the hardest decision that the Eagles have to make is whether to keep hold of Jason Peters or give the nod to Halapoulivaati Vaitai? This decision at tackle will in turn shape their strategy for the whole of the offensive line, which is one of the older units in the NFL. Adding strength in depth in this crucial department is also likely to be high on their agenda.

 

The need for new blood in the receiver positions isn’t as clear-cut, but would become more pressing if Smith is allowed to leave. That would likely lead to Mack Hollins stepping up to play starting receiver with Alshon Jeffery, making a cheap but reliable free agent receiver a good option to have on board in case Hollins doesn’t work out.

 

Finally, with question marks over Donnel Pumphrey and Wendell Smallwood and the possibility that Darren Sproles may retire, the cover for Corey Clement and Ajayi looks threadbare, so the champions may also think about drafting another running back.

 

This might seem like a lot of potential areas in which to make changes, but good teams, if they want to become dominant teams, don’t rest on their laurels. Strengthening in these areas would give the Eagles momentum going into the new season and put them in the ideal position to prove the experts wrong all over again!

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