Gary Sanchez
I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball catcher rankings.
1. Gary Sanchez, New York Yankees
2. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
3. Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
4. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
5. Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals
6. J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins
7. Evan Gattis, Houston Astros
8. Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners
10. Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
11. Brian McCann, Houston Astros
12. Welington Castillo, Chicago White Sox
13. Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays
14. Robinson Chirinos, Texas Rangers
15. Alex Avila, Arizona Diamondbacks
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Trea Turner
I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball shortstop rankings.
1. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
2. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
3. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
4. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
6. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
7. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
8. Didi Gregorius, New York Yankees
9. Jean Segura, Seattle Mariners
10. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs
11. Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
12. Paul DeJong, St. Louis Cardinals
13. Andrelton Simmons, Los Angels Angels
14. Marcus Semien, Oakland A’s
15. Tim Beckham, Baltimore Orioles
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Nolan Arenado swing
I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball third baseman rankings.
1. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
3. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
4. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
5. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
6. Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros
8. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
9. Jake Lamb, Arizona Diamondbacks
10. Travis Shaw, Milwaukee Brewers
11. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
12. Mike Moustakas, Kansas City Royals
13. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
14. Nicholas Castellanos, Detroit Tigers
15. Evan Longoria, San Francisco Giants
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Jose Altuve swing
I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
2. Jose Ramirez, Cleveland Indians
3. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
4. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
5. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
6. Jonathan Schoop, Baltimore Orioles
7. Dee Gordon, Seattle Mariners
8. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
9. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
10. Whit Merrifield, Kansas City Royals
11. Ian Kinsler, Los Angeles Angels
12. Scooter Gennett, Cincinnati Reds
13. Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies
14. Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs
15. Ozhaino Albies, Atlanta Braves
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Paul Goldschmidt gray jersey
I present the Lester’s Legends 2018 fantasy baseball first baseman rankings.
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. Edwin Encarnacion, Cleveland Indians
7. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
8. Wil Myers, San Diego Padres
9. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
10. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
11. Justin Smoak, Toronto Blue Jays
12. Eric Hosmer, San Diego Padres
13. Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
14. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
15. Carlos Santana, Philadelphia Phillies
16. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
17. Joey Gallo, Texas Rangers
18. Matt Olson, Oakland A’s
19. Greg Bird, New York Yankees
20. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
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There’s a month left in this season of baseball. Why does that matter? It matters because the trade deadlines have left the wild card in a mess. It feels like the aftermath of the trade deadlines has thrown a bunch of the online baseball odds for the season into the air.


Things do not make complete sense, but only with the Wild Card. There is still order in a couple of corners. The Astros, Nationals and the Dodgers have their respective divisions in a virtual lock.


Only the NL Central and the AL East division seem set to go right down to the wire. But none of that matters much in light of the wild card race in both leagues. Things seem to be winding up instead of down.


The Diamondbacks and the Rockies seemed set to stay atop the NL Wild card standings until the end. But with the way the Rockies have been fading, it won’t be so surprising if they lose out to the Brewers who are 1.5 games behind them.


With their 4.5 games lead, the Diamondbacks are also struggling to pull away. But they are not in as dire a position as the Rockies who must also worry about the Cardinals who are just 2.5 games back.


And it will only take a few bad series for the Marlins, who are within striking distance, to also close that gap. So the people in the Rockies camp cannot be getting that much sleep.


Of course, anyone who thinks that situation is insane hasn’t yet peeked at the hullabaloo manifesting in the AL Wild Card. The Yankees might be leading the standings but they are not rejoicing, what with their measly one game lead.


And the Twins are closely following them. But that is nothing compared to the race that is playing out between the Orioles, Rangers, Angels, Mariners, Royals and the Rays all of whom are clustered over a 5-game spread.


Simply put, any seemingly full proof prediction you might have with regards to the teams that will go to the playoffs this year has a high chance of being very wrong. There is no predicting the wild card, at least not now.


And remember that there is only a month left to the season. With that many clusters, it might be time to raise the possibility of a tie bringing the regular season to a close. Think about that. Fans would be treated to game 163, which might make 2017 one of those years that go down in history.


Every piece of news coming out of baseball has added meaning these days because one can never tell how it will impact the game in the next month. There’s still some buzz over C.C. Sabathia’s conflict with Eduardo Nuez. He isn’t happy that the Red Sox made him field a bunt after he came back from his knee injury.


The issue isn’t raising as much noise as the Thursday night game that saw the replay umpire royally mess up. But that controversy is unlikely to bloom into anything serious, not while everyone is busy scrutinizing the consequences of the trade deadlines.


It is worth noting that no managers have been fired this year. So that says something.

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Byron Buxton
With the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season fast approaching, fantasy baseball fans are trying to make moves that can help them win their leagues. With teams that have big division leads contemplating resting players for the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how people respond to baseball betting odds for the rest of the regular season. In any case, there is still plenty of time to pick up the right player to help you win your fantasy league.


Thanks to their struggles either at the beginning of the season or at the midway point, there are some players that wouldn’t be available this late in the season if everything was equal, that are still available and can make a significant difference on your team.


There are also players that you have probably kept on your roster for way too long and need to get rid of for more productive players.


Here are some players that should be on your roster right now.


Trevor Bauer, Pitcher, Cleveland Indians


Bauer had a very slow start to the season and was a disappointment to those who picked him early, which is one of the reasons he is likely still available in most leagues. For the season, he has a 4.50 ERA to go with a 12-8 record.


However, Bauer has been playing very well lately, and has a 1.51 ERA since late July and has 38 strikeouts in his last 35 2/3 innings. Even though he still gives up a lot of hits, Bauer is one of the hottest pitchers in the league right now and it would be a good idea to add him to your roster and ride the streak out.


Dinelson Lamet, Pitcher, San Diego Padres


Like Bauer, Lamet has overcome a poor start to the season and has become one of the hottest pitchers in the league. For the season, Lamet has a 4.84 ERA and a 7-5 record, but since the All-Star break, he has gone 4-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings. The fact that he is doing this with the Padres makes it more impressive.


Byron Buxton, Outfielder, Minnesota


Nelson too had a slow start to the season but has since picked things up. Since July, Buxton has been hitting .356 and has eight stolen bases as well.


Cory Spangenberg, Utility, San Diego Padres


For the season, Spangenberg has a .278 batting average, 12 HRs and eight SBs. But he has also been hitting.300 since July, and can fill in for at least three positions on your roster, which makes him a very smart pickup.


Players to Sit or Drop


Trevor Rosenthal, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals


Rosenthal was providing quality fantasy points as a closer for the Cards, but an injury just likely ended his 2017 season, so there’s no reason to keep him on your roster.


Gregory Polanco, Outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates


Fans had big expectations from Polanco this season, but a slow start to the season quickly tempered the expectations. In the past month, he hit .175, and is heading to the disabled list with an injury making it the right time to part with one of the most disappointing fantasy players of the year.


Dustin Pedroia, Second Base, Boston Red Sox


Pedroia, decline continued this season and the former AL MVP continues to deal with injuries, which have affected his power and speed.


Brent Suter, Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers


Suter was hot in July, posting a 1.50 ERA in five starts. However, things haven’t gone as well for him recently and he had an 8.16 ERA in three August starts.

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Asher Wojciechowski
Asher Wojciechowski, Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres
Wojciechowski is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 39 innings. He’s 2-1 at home with a 3.12 ERA. The Padres are hitting .234 and averaging 3.81 runs per game.
Season Totals: 99 starts, 32-30, 552.2 IP, 400 Ks, 4.45 ERA (273 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (567 hits, 195 walks)

Yonder Alonso
What does it take to win a fantasy baseball championship? That question seems like an easy one but if you know anything about betting you should realize how untrue that sentiment is. 2017 has been a good year in the MLB. There have been a lot of big names to cheer for, people like Aaron Judge and Jonathan Schoop that are justifying their super star status and making betting tips for wagering all but irrelevant.


After all, everyone seems to think that they know what it takes to make it to the top. Even young arms like Aaron Nola and Luis Severino are joining big names in the league and garnering all manner of attention, a trend that is likely to end in disaster.


It is easy to lose oneself in the allure of a big name. And it takes a bit of careful sniffing for one to realize that not every big name is what they seem. An example is Yonder Alonso. Alonso has been experiencing a surge of sorts. And if you’re foaming at the mouth for him, no one will blame you.


After all, Alonso is definitely having a career year, having garnered a .266 average and 22 home runs. 2017 has seen Alonso eclipse his performance from the previous years on more than one occasion.


And it isn’t just the runs scored on his record that have people talking but the changes Alonso has been implementing in his swing, alterations in the launch angle that are clearly improving his capabilities and setting him up for some incredible feats down the line.


Of course, if none of those trendy Alonso stories with their buzz words have moved you in any way, no one is going to blame you either. You probably have your eyes set on the fantasy baseball championship which means that you are ignoring the surface numbers.


That is what everyone is doing with Alonso, looking at the surface stats. Yes he was hot at some point, and maybe there are residual elements of his previously amazing performance, but Alonso is no longer the player everyone thinks he is and, if you really have your eyes on the prize, then you must let him go.


That isn’t to suggest that anyone that was hyping Alonso was wrong. Players wax and wane and no one would criticize you for hyping a player at their best. However, once they begin to wane, you must be able to recognize their descent so that you can let go of them in time.


Anyone that is still hyping Alonso’s previous numbers isn’t looking at the below average figures he has posted since June. Alonso might have been a star at the start but his shine has definitely plummeted.


Do not be surprised if he fails to make in on a 12-team mixed league roster because he is that bad these days. If you thought Alonso was blossoming in previous months, you should know that there are other prospects showing the same talent or even greater, this including Mike Moustakas and Justine Smoak.


No one is stopping you from letting the numbers define the way you structure your team roster. However, make an effort to take an in-depth look at the players at hand. If you look closely enough, you might be surprised by what you discover.

Matt Garza
Matt Garza, Milwaukee Brewers at Minnesota Twins
Garza takes on his old team. He’s 5-5 with a 3.68 ERA, including 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in his last five starts.
Season Totals: 98 starts, 32-29, 546.2 IP, 395 Ks, 4.41 ERA (268 earned runs), 1.38 WHIP (562 hits, 192 walks)

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