Miguel Cabrera
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball first baseman rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
2. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
3. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
4. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
5. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
6. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
7. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
8. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
9. Adam Lind, Seattle Mariners
10. Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
11. Mitch Moreland, Texas Rangers
12. Byung-ho Park, Minnesota Twins
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Craig Kimbrel Red Sox
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball closer rankings.
1. Craig Kimbrel, Boston Red Sox
2. Aroldis Chapman, New York Yankees
3. Wade Davis, Kansas City Royals
4. Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates
6. Trevor Rosenthal, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Jeurys Familia, New York Mets
8. David Robertson, Chicago White Sox
9. Jonathan Papelbon, Washington Nationals
10. Kenneth Giles, Houston Astros
11. Huston Street, Los Angeles Angels
12. Cody Allen, Cleveland Indians
13. Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
14. Francisco Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers
15. Hector Rondon, Chicago Cubs
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Clayton Kershaw
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings.
1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers
2. Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
3. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
4. Jake Arrieta, Chicago Cubs
5. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox
6. David Price, Boston Red Sox
7. Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Jacob deGrom, New York Mets
9. Matt Harvey, New York Mets
10. Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins
11. Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates
12. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
13. Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
14. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
15. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
16. Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
17. Noah Syndergaard, New York Mets
18. Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs
19. Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
20. Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians
21. Sonny Gray, Oakland A’s
22. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
23. Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers
24. Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers
25. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
26. Danny Salazar, Cleveland Indians
27. Garrett Richards, Los Angeles Angels
28. Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres
29. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals
30. Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates
31. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays
32. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees
33. Lance McCullers , Houston Astros
34. Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
35. Michael Pineda, New York Yankees
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Mike Trout
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings.
1. Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
3. Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh Pirates
4. Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins
5. Jose Bautista, Toronto Blue Jays
6. Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox
7. A.J. Pollock, Arizona Diamondbacks
8. Starling Marte, Pittsburgh Pirates
9. J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers
10. Nelson Cruz, Seattle Mariners
11. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
12. Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies
13. George Springer, Houston Astros
14. Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
15. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers
16. Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies
17. Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers
18. Adam Jones, Baltimore Orioles
19. Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals
20. Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee Brewers
21. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs (more valuable as a catcher)
22. Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
23. Jason Heyward, Chicago Cubs
24. Matt Kemp, San Diego Padres
25. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees
26. Hunter Pence, San Francisco Giants
27. Billy Hamilton, Cincinnati Reds
28. Michael Brantley, Cleveland Indians
29. Gregory Polanco, Pittsburgh Pirates
30. Adam Eaton, Chicago White Sox
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Buster Posey
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball catcher rankings.
1. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
2. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs
3. Brian McCann, New York Yankees
4. Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals
5. Russell Martin, Toronto Blue Jays
6. Jonathan Lucroy, Milwaukee Brewers
7. Travis d’Arnaud, New York Mets
8. Matt Wieters, Baltimore Orioles
9. Stephen Vogt, Oakland A’s
10. Derek Norris, San Diego Padres
11. Devin Mesoraco, Cincinnati Reds
12. Yasmani Grandal, Los Angeles Dodgers
13. Welington Castillo, Arizona Diamondbacks
14. Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians
15. Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals
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Carlos Correa
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball shortstop rankings.
1. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros
2. Troy Tulowitzki, Toronto Blue Jays
3. Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
4. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers
5. Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians
6. Jose Reyes, Toronto Blue Jays
7. Ian Desmond, Free Agent
8. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
9. Jhonny Peralta, St. Louis Cardinals
10. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants
11. Starlin Castro, New York Yankees
12. Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
13. Jean Segura, Milwaukee Brewers
14. Addison Russell, Chicago Cubs
15. Alcides Escobar, Kansas City Royals
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Josh Donaldson
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball third baseman rankings.
1. Josh Donaldson, Toronto Blue Jays
2. Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
3. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
4. Manny Machado, Baltimore Orioles
5. Todd Frazier, Chicago White Sox
6. Matt Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals
7. Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
8. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays
9. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
10. Kyle Seager, Seattle Mariners
11. Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins
12. Maikel Franco, Philadelphia Phillies
13. David Wright, New York Mets
14. Matt Duffy, San Francisco Giants
15. Jung-Ho Kang, Pittsburgh Pirates
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With the Major League Baseball season only two months away, it’s time for sports gamblers to start looking for or developing a reliable sports betting system that will work well with MLB tips offered up during the regular season. At 162 games, it’s a long season that demands patience and commitment on the part of the gamblers. After assessing player signings during the off-season, a good sports betting system and reliable MLB tips could be all it takes to build a big bankroll over the entire season.


Of course, it’s also time for Fantasy Baseball managers to get back to work. With plenty of top talent still available through free agency, there is a lot of current news to start digesting. Here is a handful MLB news stories that could have a big effect on the 2016 fantasy landscape.


Justin Upton Signs Multi-year Deal With the Tigers

As one of the most sought after jewels of the 2016 free agency class, OF Justin Upton signed a 7-year, $132.75 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. He joins an elite group of hitters, including 1B Miguel Cabrera and OF J.D. Martinez who is coming off a breakout season.


Fantasy Analysis: For Fantasy Baseball managers, Upton has been a reliable source of power with 27 HRs and 85 RBIs per year over the last three seasons. He accomplished this while playing in pitcher friendly ballparks like Atlanta and San Diego with little to no lineup protection around him. Now he moves to the hitter friendly confines of Comerica Park. He figures to be slotted in the two-hole with Cabrera behind him, or in the cleanup spot between Cabrera and Martinez. In either slot, he should see more pitches to hit, which should drive his power numbers up about 10%. Good take in rounds 5-7.


Starlin Castro at Third Base

Over the past few seasons, the New York Yankees have been looking for a long-term solution to its problems at third base. It appears Starlin Castro is open to the idea of playing there, a notion confirmed by GM Brian Cashman.


Fantasy Analysis: By adding third base to his position eligibility that includes second base and shortstop, Castro would improve his value to fantasy managers. With that said, his offensive numbers to date (65/10/60/.281 career slash-line) don’t slot well for a third baseman. Given he figures to start the season at second base, he could probably do without the distraction of learning to play a new position as he works to improve on his career numbers from a less than desirable place in the bottom third of a weak hitting lineup. Usually overrated, best to wait until rounds 14-16.


P Carlos Martinez Progressing Nicely for Cardinals

After being shutdown in late September due to a severe right-shoulder strain, RHP Carlos Martinez has indicated he is currently at 90% strength and should be ready to go by Spring Training. This is good news for a Cardinals team that has several question marks in its rotation.


Fantasy Analysis: In his second full season in the majors and first as a starter, Carlos Martinez put together some impressive numbers. His record of 14-7 with an ERA of .301, WHIP of 1.29 and K/BB ratio of 184/63 plays well in the big leagues. Fantasy managers should be aware that the injury occurred at the 179 innings mark, which might prompt team officials to impose an innings cap of between 180-200 innings. For the most part, it would be reasonable to expect similar numbers in 2016 with a slight increase in ERA, given teams started hitting him a little better in the 2nd half of the season. Rounds 6-8 would be ideal.


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Jose Altuve
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball second baseman rankings.
1. Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
2. Dee Gordon, Miami Marlins
3. Robinson Cano, Seattle Mariners
4. Brian Dozier, Minnesota Twins
5. Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers
6. Jason Kipnis, Cleveland Indians
7. Rougned Odor, Texas Rangers
8. Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
9. DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
10. Ben Zobrist, Chicago Cubs
11. Kolten Wong, St. Louis Cardinals
12. Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox
13. Neil Walker, New York Mets
14. Daniel Murphy, Washington Nationals
15. Logan Forsythe, Tampa Bay Rays
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Paul Goldschmidt
I present the Lester’s Legends 2016 fantasy baseball first baseman rankings.
1. Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
2. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers
3. Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs
4. Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox
5. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
6. Edwin Encarnacion, Toronto Blue Jays
7. Joey Votto, Cincinnati Reds
8. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves
9. Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants
10. Adrian Gonzalez, Los Angeles Dodgers
11. Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels
12. Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals
13. Prince Fielder, Texas Rangers
14. Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees
15. Brandon Belt, San Francisco Giants
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