Kenley Jansen
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball closer/relief pitcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
3. Seung-Hwan, St. Louis Cardinals
4. Mark Melancon, San Francico Giants
5. Jeurys Familia, New York Mets
6. A.J. Ramos, Miami Marlins
7. Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates
8. Shawn Kelley, Washington Nationals
9. Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
10. Jim Johnson, Atlanta Braves
11. Adam Ottavino, Colorado Rockies
12. Brandon Maurer, San Diego Padres
13. Hector Neris, Philadelphia Phillies
14. Fernando Rodney, Arizona Diamondbacks
15. Neftali Feliz, Milwaukee Brewers
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Aroldis Chapman Yankees
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball closer/relief pitcher rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
2. Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
3. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
4. Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners
6. Kenneth Giles, Houston Astros
7. Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals
8. Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
9. David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
10. Francisco Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers
11. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
12. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
13. Alexander Colome, Tampa Bay Rays
14. Sam Dyson, Texas Rangers
15. Cameron Bedrosian, Los Angeles Angels
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When you finally make it to the top of your sport, be it football, baseball, basketball or any other professional sport, there is one thing that you simply cannot get away from and that is money. As a famed athlete you will see sponsorships deals, high wages and money being thrown at you from all angles as you progress through the sport. For most athletes, they spend the large majority of their time training or practicing the sport which has taken them to such dizzy heights and that leaves little time to splash the cash which they have in their pockets.


Once you have bought the house, the cars, the clothes and the jewelry, paid for a few vacations and picked up a rare pet or two, what is there left to spend money on? Why of course, making more of it by way of gambling, pro athletes have strict rules on gambling but many are able to find legal ways of staking their money in different places, some may even look for sport betting options in Canada or other countries where the rules differ slightly.


Today we’re going to take a look at 10 sports stars who loved nothing than more than spending their free time and their pocket money on the ancient art of gambling.


Paul Hornung


Ex-pro footballer Paul Hornung was a running back for the Green Bay Packers during the early 60s, he was a Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP in 1961 as well as being part of the team that won the very first Super Bowl back in 1967. Hornung loved nothing more than throwing his money at a good spread and unfortunately for him he was banned for the entire ’63 season for betting on football games. The running back claimed that he would stop gambling and after some friendly lobbying from a certain Vince Lombardi, he was reinstated for the ’64 season.


Kenny McKinley


Gifted young receiver Kenny McKinley was a hot prospect for the Denver Broncos who last year sadly took his own life. It was later revealed that the young footballer loved nothing more than hitting the casinos, specifically in Vegas and owed money to a number of Las Vegas casinos as well as to a teammate. The debts became too much and after a bout of depression the young footballer could find no other way out. The sad side to gambling.


Floyd Mayweather


The 49-0 boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather is well known for his penchant for gambling, so much so that there are even some casinos in Vegas that won’t take his bets any more as a result of his infamous lucky winning streaks which sees him clean up on a regular basis. Floyd often posts his bets and his winnings on social media and some of the sums which he likes to gamble are staggering, equally, so are some of his winnings.


John Daly


US pro golfer John Daly was raking in the money during the 80s and 90s and with his iconic and colorful style of both playing and dressing, he became an instant hit on the circuit. John Daly has confessed that he simply loves gambling in all of its forms and was as surprised as most of us when it became clear that during a 12-year stint throughout the 90s and early 00s, Daly lost between $50-60 million. $5,000 slots and 36-hour blackjack marathons contributed to Daly’s losses but fortunately for the golfer, his income can more than support it and his winnings are pretty high too.



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Pete Rose

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Pete Rose played Major League Baseball from 1963 until his retirement in 1969, Rose was a phenomenal baseball player who holds several MLB records including for hits and at-bats and he collected 3 series rings, an MVP and a Golden Gloves award. Following his retirement however it was discovered the Rose loved to gamble and after being found having bet on his own team, the Cincinnati Reds, Rose accepted a lifetime ban from baseball and was denied entry into the Hall of Fame.


Alex Rodriguez


One of the greatest baseball players of his generation, Alex Rodriguez gained notoriety for his impressive performances for the New York Yankees as short-stop and third baseman and is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time. Rodriguez however, like many who have gone before him loved nothing more than gambling, specifically in high-stakes poker games and, to the dislike of the MLB, often illegal, high-stakes poker games.


Denny McClain


Denny McClain worked with Pete Rose on the 1969 How to Play Better Baseball and it would seem that the two had more than just the book in common. McClain loved to gamble on horse and he enjoyed it so much that he even invested in a bookmaking operation. Unfortunately, the other members of the operation were the Syrian mob and as the years progressed, the baseball player got into lots of difficulties with his new friends including being injured by the mob for them to win a bet.


Michael Jordan

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Even Air Jordan couldn’t contain himself when it came to the casino and he was regularly spotted in Atlantic City playing high-stakes. Rumors even circulated that Jordan’s first retirement in ’93 was about getting his addiction dealt with although they are unsupported claims.


Art Schlichter


A promising draft pick for the Indianapolis Colts, Art Schlichter’s career soon took a turn for the worst after he racked up huge debts through his love for gambling. By the end of 1985 the NFL player had debts of $700,000 and even got picked up by cops for his part in a multi-million dollar sports betting scheme, this guy loved money and gambling way more than football.


Lenny Dykstra


Lenny Dykstra formed a solid MLB career for the New York Mets and later the Phillies, he was a 3-time All Star and and a World Series champion but he will be remembered far more avidly for his love of gambling rather than his baseball ability. St one point, Dykstra was riding high in his career, pulling in millions, betting big and winning bigger, his luck ran out however and after finishing his career and going bankrupt, Dykstra ended up spending time living out of his own car, quite the fall from grace.


Who is your favorite gambling sports star, the winners? The losers? Or the ones who haven’t quite made it to the front pages yet? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Clayton Kershaw stare
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
5. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
6. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
7. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
8. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
9. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
10. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
11. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
13. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
14. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
15. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
16. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
17. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
18. Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
19. Aaron Nola, Philadelphia Phillies
20. Steven Matz, New York Mets
21. Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals
22. John Lackey, Chicago Cubs
23. Jeff Samardzija, San Francisco Giants
24. Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers
25. Jonathan Gray, Colorado Rockies
26. Matt Moore, San Francisco Giants
27. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
28. Raisel Iglesias, Cincinnati Reds
29. Taijuan Walker, Arizona Cardinals
30. Anthony DeSclafani, Cincinnati Reds
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Chris Sale Red Sox
I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
2. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
3. David Price, Boston Red Sox
4. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
5. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
6. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
7. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
8. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
9. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
10. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
11. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
12. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
13. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
14. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
15. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
16. Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
17. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
18. Lance McCullers, Houston Astros
19. Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles
20. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
21. James Paxton, Seattle Mariners
22. Sean Manaea, Oakland A’s
23. Carlos Rodon, Chicago White Sox
24. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
25. J.A. Happ, Toronto Blue Jays
26. Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays
27. Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels
28. Drew Pomeranz, Boston Red Sox
29. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
30. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
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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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