Jason Heyward
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Jason Heyward struggled in his first season with the Chicago Cubs hitting just .230 with 61 runs, seven home runs, 49 RBI and 11 stolen bases. His struggles could be somewhat overlooked for Cubs fans as the team is loaded with talent and they won their first World Series in ages.
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During his first five seasons Heyward averaged 134 hits for a .268 average, 26.3 doubles, 3.5 triples, 16.2 home runs, 58.7 RBI and 14.3 stolen bases.
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Things didn’t get better for Hewyard during the postseason as he hit .104 with 13 strikeouts in 48 at bats.
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Heyward has worked on fixing his swing to return to a prior form. He was plagued with too many softly hit balls.
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The hope is to make better contact, which would improve on his dreadful .266 BABIP that contributed to that paltry batting average. His BABIP was .329 in 2015, .308 in 2014, .281 in 2013 and .319 in 2012. For a player that has stole at least 20 bases in three of the past five seasons, that BABIP should improve.
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Heyward  is currently projected to be outside of the top 70 outfielders in fantasy baseball drafts. That puts him at a sixth outfielder in 12-team leagues. He should be able to hit at least 15 home runs with at least 15 stolen bases. He should come close to 80 runs and 70 RBI. While they aren’t numbers worthy of his loft contract, they should help fantasy owners.

Joe Panik
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In 651 at bats to start his big league career, San Francisco Giants’ second baseman Joe Panik compiled 201 hits for a .309 batting average. During those 173 games he scored 90 runs, hit 37 doubles and nine home runs and drove in 55 runs. For what amounts to just about a full season, those are pretty solid numbers.
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Last year things went south. In 127 games and 464 at bats Panik finished with 111 hits for a .239 batting average. He scored 67 runs, hit ten home runs and drove in 62 runs. Those numbers certainly put him off the fantasy radar.
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There are some reasons to believe that he could turn it around in 2017. He suffered a concussion last year that sent him to the disabled list. He contributes that concussion and issues with his vision to his season statistically spiraling down the drain. On June 25th he was batting .259 with 45 runs, seven home runs and 36 RBI. He went on the disabled list with those concussions symptoms. When he returned he hit .215 over 57 games with 22 runs, three home runs and 26 RBI.
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Panik has been doing eye exercises during the offseason to restore his vision. It’s obviously difficult to hit the ball when you can’t see the ball. With his eyes back in order, that should help Panik return to form.
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Panik’s luck should also be better in 2017. His batting average on balls in play (BABIP) was .245 in 2016, which is a far cry from his .343 and .330 marks he had in his first two seasons. Should he bounce back, even to the .300 mark his batting average should see a nice jump.
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Panik still isn’t a starting caliber fantasy baseball second baseman as he doesn’t offer any power or speed numbers. He should be a decent middle infield option or bench depth. Panik should help your batting average (.370 college hitter, .294 minor league hitter, .280 MLB hitter). He has hit .285 against lefties and .278 against righties so he’s fairly safe to roll out almost regardless of matchup.

As you prepare for your fantasy baseball drafts approach you may want to start think about having some fun with your fantasy baseball team name. Here are some ideas.
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Bull Dozier – Brian Dozier owners
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Cashner Outside, Howbow Dah – Andrew Cashner owners
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nancy
Just Sano to Drugs – Miguel Sano
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Kluber Lang – Corey Kluber owners
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Netflix And Cahill – Trevor Cahill
Place Your Betts – Mookie Betts owners
Schoop There It Is – Jonathan Schoop owners
Three Little Puigs – Yasiel Puig

Kenley Jansen
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball closer/relief pitcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
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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
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball closer/relief pitcher rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
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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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Clayton Kershaw stare
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
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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. 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
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball starting pitcher rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
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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
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
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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
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball outfielder rankings for AL Only fantasy leagues.
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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
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I present the Lester’s Legends 2017 fantasy baseball catcher rankings for NL Only fantasy leagues.
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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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