Aroldis Chapman Yankees
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball closer rankings.
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1. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
2. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
3. Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
4. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
5. Wade Davis, Chicago Cubs
6. Seung-Hwan, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Roberto Osuna, Toronto Blue Jays
8. Mark Melancon, San Francico Giants
9. Edwin Diaz, Seattle Mariners
10. Kenneth Giles, Houston Astros
11. Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City Royals
12. Andrew Miller, Cleveland Indians
13. David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
14. Jeurys Familia, New York Mets
15. Francisco Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
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1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
4. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
5. Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox
6. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
7. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
8. David Price, Boston Red Sox
9. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
10. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
11. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
12. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
13. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
14. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
15. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
16. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
17. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
18. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
19. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
20. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves
21. Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
22. Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs
23. Carlos Martinez, St. Louis Cardinals
24. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
25. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
26. Kenta Maeda, Los Angeles Dodgers
27. Jose Quintana, Chicago White Sox
28. Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
29. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
30. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
31. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
32. Aaron Sanchez, Toronto Blue Jays
33. Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers
34. Rich Hill, Los Angeles Dodgers
35. Jameson Taillon, Pittsburgh Pirates
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It was a tale of two halves. In the end, my pick of the Patriots came true giving me a 9-2 mark in the postseason.
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Regular Season Record: 151-103-2 (.594)
Playoff Record:  9-2 (.818)
Overall Record:  160-105-2 (.603)

Mike Trout
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings.
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1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
3. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
4. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
5. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
6. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
7. Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
8. George Springer, Houston Astros
9. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
10. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
11. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
12. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
13. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
14. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
15. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
16. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
17. 20. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
18. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
19. Ian Desmond, Colorado Rockies
20. Christian Yelich, Miami Marlins
21. Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles
22. Khris Davis, Oakland A’s
23. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
24. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
25. Matt Kemp, Atlanta Braves
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Logan Ryan
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Super Bowl LI features two of the highest scoring offenses. Defense may not be a premium in this one. That said, the Patriots do have the better statistical defense. Plus, they have the better defensive minds installing their game plan.
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1. New England Patriots
2. Atlanta Falcons
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Matt Bryant
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My guess is the Patriots’ defense will allow Atlanta to move into field position, but force Bryant into multiple field goal attempts. Meanwhile Gostkowski will be kicking PATs.
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1. Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons
2. Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots
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Martellus Bennett
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Perhaps the biggest advantage in the Super Bowl is the tight end comparison.
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1. Martellus Bennett, New England Patriots
2. Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons
3. Levine Toilolo, Atlanta Falcons
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Julio Jones white jersey
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Bill Belichick will do his best to take away Julio Jones in Super Bowl LI. I still like Julio’s chances to be productive, even if it’s late.
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1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons
2. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots
3. Chris Hogan, New England Patriots
4. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons
5. Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta Falcons
6. Danny Amendola, New England Patriots
7. Michael Floyd, New England Patriots
8. Malcolm Mitchell, New England Patriots
9. Aldrick Robinson, Atlanta Falcons
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Blount TD
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Super Bowl LI features two teams with multiple viable fantasy football options. It’s possible that any of the top two backs on each team could be the top fantasy back this week. I’ll roll with the past using Blount force against the Falcons. The Pats have the top scoring defense, which puts Freeman in the second spot for me.
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1. LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
2. Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons
3. Dion Lewis, New England Patriots
4. Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons
5. James White, New England Patriots
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Tom Brady tunnel Matt Ryan
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Super Bowl LI features two of the top quarterbacks in the league. Matt Ryan averaged 309 yards and 2.4 touchdowns per game (4,944 yards, 38 TDs, 7 INTs). He  has somehow risen his game this postseason averaging 365 yards and 3.5 touchdowns in two wins. He even added a rushing touchdown. Entering the Super Bowl, Ryan is playing at the higher level of the two. Brady averaged 296.2 yards and 2.3 touchdowns per game (3,554 yards, 29 TDs, 2 INTs). He’s averaging 335.5 yards and 2.5 touchdowns in his two wins.
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Where Brady has Ryan beat is experience. This is the seventh time playing on the biggest stage in professional sports. He has averaged 267.5 yards and 2.2 touchdowns in his six appearances. In his past five he’s averaging 292 yards and 2.4 TDs. The other area where Brady has the advantage is the defense he’s facing. Those two factors give Brady a slight edge.
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1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
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