Today’s MLB Top Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to all 8 Position Players – Postseason Wild Card Series

SP – Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers (vs MIL)

C – Yasmani Grandal – Chicago White Sox (vs OAK)

1B – Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs (vs MIA)

2B – Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals (vs SD)

3B – Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati Reds (vs ATL)

SS – Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox (vs OAK)

OF – Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (vs MIA)

OF – AJ Pollock – Los Angeles Dodgers (vs MIL)

OF – Wil Myers – San Diego Padres (vs STL)

Happy drafting!

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Tomorrow’s MLB Top Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to all 8 Position Players – Postseason Wild Card Series

SP – Kwang-Hyun Kim – St. Louis Cardinals (vs SD)

C – Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees (vs CLE)

1B – Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox (vs OAK)

2B – Brandon Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays (vs TOR)

3B – Eugenio Suarez – Cincinnati Reds (vs ATL)

SS – Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians (vs NYY)

OF – George Springer – Houston Astros (vs MIN)

OF – Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (vs MIA)

OF – Christian Yelich – Milwaukee Brewers (vs LAD)

Happy drafting!

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Today’s MLB Top Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to Position Players – Regular season finale – Under $60,000

SP – Josh Fleming – Tampa Bay Rays (vs PHI) / $5,000

C – Sam Huff – Texas Rangers (vs HOU) / $6,100

1B – Jose Abreu – Chicago White Sox (vs CHC) / $10,000

2B – Nicky Lopez – Kansas City Royals (vs DET) / $5,300

3B – Yoan Moncada – Chicago White Sox (vs CHC) / $7,600

SS – Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals (vs DET) / $7,900

OF – Edwin Encarnacion – Chicago White Sox (vs CHC) / $7,700

OF – Joey Gallo – Texas Rangers (vs HOU) / $7,500

OF – Cesar Puello – Boston Red Sox (vs ATL) / $2,400

Salary Cap remaining ($60,000): $500

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Today’s MLB Top Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to Position Players (8) – Evening Games – Under $60,000

SP – Michael Pineda – Minnesota Twins (vs CIN) / $5,000

C – Eric Haase – Detroit Tigers (vs KC) / $2,600

1B – Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs (vs CWS) / $7,900

2B – Nick Solak – Texas Rangers (vs HOU) / $7,300

3B – Matt Carpenter – St. Louis Cardinals (vs MIL) / $6,500

SS – Adalberto Mondesi – Kansas City Royals (vs DET) / $7,700

OF – Jason Heyward – Chicago Cubs (vs CWS) / $8,100

OF – Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs (vs CWS) / $7,500

OF – Edward Olivares – Kansas City Royals (vs DET) / $7,300

Salary Cap remaining ($60,000): $100

Happy drafting!

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MLB Top Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to Position Players (8) – Evening Games

SP – Jose Urquidy – Houston astros (vs TEX) / $5,000

C – Austin Hedges – Cleveland Indians (vs PIT) / $2,000

1B – Michael Chavis – Boston Red Sox (vs ATL) / $7,100

2B – Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers (vs LAA) / $8,200

3B – Wyatt Mathisen – Arizona D-Backs (vs COL) / $2,000

SS – Willi Castro – Detroit Tigers (vs KC) / $8,700

OF – Ronald Acuna Jr – Atlanta Braves (vs BOS) / $10,000

OF – Marcell Ozuna – Atlanta Braves (vs BOS) / $10,000

OF – J.D. Martinez – Boston Red Sox (vs ATL) / $7,300

Salary Cap remaining ($60,000): $0

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MLB Top Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to Position Players (8) – Evening Games

SP – Ian Anderson – Atlanta Braves (vs MIA)

C – Christian Vasquez – Boston Red Sox (vs BAL)

1B – Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (vs MIA)

2B – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros (vs TEX)

3B – Alex Bregman – Houston Astros (vs TEX)

SS – Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox (vs BAL)

OF – Ronald Acuna Jr – Atlanta Braves (vs ATL)

OF – George Springer – Houston Astros (vs TEX)

OF – Joey Gallo – Texas Rangers (vs HOU)

Happy drafting!

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MLB Fantasy Picks from Starting Pitcher to Position Players (8) – Evening Games

SP – Max Fried – Atlanta Braves

C – Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals

1B – Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves

2B – Brandon Lowe – Tampa Bay Rays

3B – Josh Donaldson – Minnesota Twins

SS – Paul De Jong – St. Louis Cardinals

OF – Ronald Acuna Jr – Atlanta Braves

OF – Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers

OF – Nelson Cruz – Minnesota Twins

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SP: Jon Lester, CHI at PIT – $7,300

C: Luis Torrens, SEA vs HOU – $2,000

1b: Yuli Gurriel, HOU at SEA – $7,700

2b: Kolten Wong, STL at KC – $6,700

3b: Brian Anderson, MIA at ATL – $7,500

SS: Andres Gimenez, NYM vs TB – $6,700

OF: Kyle Schwarber, CHC at PIT – $7,800

OF: Austin Riley, ATL vs MIA – $7,500

OF: Josh Reddick, HOU at SEA – $6,800

Price Total: $60,000

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Starting Pitchers

1-Josh Fleming – Tampa Bay Rays (vs BOS)

2-Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees (vs BAL)

3-Sonny Gray – Cincinnati Reds (@ CHC)

Hitting Lineup

c: Travis D’Arnaud – Atlanta Braves (@ WAS)

1b: Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals (vs DET) or Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (@ WAS)

2b: Cesar Hernandez – Cleveland Indians (vs KC) or Aledmys Diaz – Houston Astros (@ OAK)

3b: Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels (@ TEX) or Jose Ramirez – Cleveland Indians (vs KC)

ss: Marcus Semien – Oakland Athletics (vs HOU) or Didi Gregorius – Philadelphia Phillies (@ MIA)

of: Ronald Acuna Jr – Atlanta Braves (@ WAS) or Justin Upton – Los Angeles Angels (@ TEX)

of: Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies (@ MIA) or Austin Meadows – Tampa Bay Rays (vs BOS)

of: Mookie Betts Los Angeles Dodgers (@ ARI) or Clint Frazier – New York Yankees (vs BAL)

Happy Drafting!

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*Hitters

  1. Marcell Ozuna – Atlanta Braves
  2. Alex Dickerson – San Francisco Giants
  3. Rhys Hoskins – Philadelphia Phillies
  4. Tyler Naquin – Cleveland Indians
  5. Luis Robert – Chicago White Sox
  6. Michael Brantley – Houston Astros
  7. Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
  8. Kyle Schwarber – Chicago Cubs
  9. Michael Conforto – New York Mets
  10. Eric Hosmer – San Diego Padres
  11. Garrett Cooper – Miami Marlins
  12. Luke Voit – New York Yankees
  13. Adam Duvall – Atlanta Braves
  14. Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
  15. Xander Bogaerts – Boston Red Sox
  16. Austin Riley – Atlanta Braves
  17. Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros
  18. Andrew McCutchen – Philadelphia Phillies
  19. Robinson Cano – New York Mets
  20. Pete Alonso – New York Mets

*Catcher of the Day

  • Gary Sanchez – New York Yankees

*Starting Pitchers

  1. Yu Darvish – Chicago Cubs
  2. Zach Davies – San Diego Padres
  3. Pablo Lopez – Miami Marlins
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MLB FanLotto Preview 07/17/19

Check out the groupings for this Wednesday’s Fantasy Lotto contest and our experts favorite picks () to win.

Group 1

Luke Voit (vs TB)

Rhys Hoskins (vs LAD)

Renato Nunez (vs WAS)

Carlos Santana (vs DET)

Michael Chavis (vs TOR)

Group 2

Ronald Guzman (vs ARI)

Albert Pujols (vs HOU)

Ji-Man Choi (vs NYY)

Max Muncy (vs PHI)

Miguel Cabrera (vs CLE)

Group 3

Brian Dozier (vs BAL)

Eric Sogard (vs BOS)

Ian Kinsler (vs MIA)

Ketel Marte (vs TEX)

Yolmer Sanchez (vs KC)

Group 4

Jose Altuve (vs LAA)

DJ LeMahieu (vs TB)

Cesar Hernandez (vs LAD)

Hanser Alberto (vs WAS)

Jason Kipnis (vs DET)

Group 5

Rafael Devers (vs TOR)

Brian Anderson (vs SD)

Asdrubal Cabrera (vs ARI)

Hunter Dozier (vs CWS)

David Fletcher (vs HOU)

Group 6

Justin Turner (vs PHI)

Anthony Rendon (vs BAL)

Jeimer Candelario (vs CLE)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr (vs BOS)

Manny Machado (vs MIA)

Group 7

Nick Ahmed (vs TEX)

Didi Gregorius (vs TB)

Jean Segura (vs LAD)

Richie Martin (vs WAS)

Francisco Lindor (vs DET)

Group 8

Xander Bogaerts (vs TOR)

Miguel Rojas (vs SD)

Elvis Andrus (vs ARI)

Adalberto Mondesi (vs CWS)

Andrelton Simmons (vs HOU)

Group 9

Tommy Pham (vs NYY)

Cody Bellinger (vs PHI)

Juan Soto (vs BAL)

Nicholas Castellanos (vs CLE)

Lourdes Gurriel Jr (vs BOS)

Group 10

Framnil Reyes (vs MIA)

Adam Jones (vs TEX)

Leury Garcia (vs KC)

Michael Brantley (vs LAA)

Aaron Judge (vs TB)

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Pictured: Nolan Arenado
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Arizona Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks face the daunting task of replacing franchise icon and perennial MVP candidate Paul Goldschmidt as well as free agents Patrick Corbin and A.J. Pollock. Although many in the industry believed the Goldschmidt trade to St. Louis signaled an immediate tear-down, the D-backs held on to their other movable assets, including righthander Zack Greinke. They believe that a return to health from Jake Lamb and Steven Souza Jr. will help compensate for the loss of Goldschmidt, the only NL player to make each of the previous six All-Star rosters.

Colorado Rockies

The Rockies won 91 games last season. They’re coming off consecutive appearances in the postseason for the first time in the team’s 26-year history. While they are clearly on the rise, the Rockies, swept by the Brewers in the Division Series last year, are looking to go deeper into October this year and very well might — if the offense improves.

They set franchise lows last year with their .256 average overall and .225 mark on the road. They had a .322 on-base percentage, the second lowest in franchise history, and a plus-35 run differential, the worst of any of the teams in the postseason. GM Jeff Bridich said the offseason priority was to improve the offense. To that end, the Rockies signed Daniel Murphy to a two-year, $24 million deal and will have him play first base. Murphy will add a veteran presence to both the lineup and clubhouse and has been very successful in the postseason. His arrival will free up versatile Ian Desmond to move from first base to, in all probability, center field, where he has ample experience. The lineup will revolve around third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story, who provide middle-of-the-lineup power and exceptional defense.

Young starters Kyle Freeland and German Marquez made huge strides last season and will anchor a rotation that should be more formidable if talented Jon Gray, who has power stuff, can be more consistent. The bullpen will be better if Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw rebound from poor seasons. Regardless, Scott Oberg and Seunghwan Oh, key parts of the relief corps last season, will help weather the loss of free agent Adam Ottavino.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have had a great run of success — and there is no sign of it ending soon. Despite suffering a World Series hangover that had them 10 games under .500 in mid-May and second in the National League West deep into September, they won their sixth consecutive division title, made their third consecutive NL Championship Series and second consecutive World Series. The 287 games they have won in Dave Roberts’ three years as manager are tied for the fourth most any manager has ever won in his first three seasons, and they have averaged 94 wins per season during this six-year run.

But it hasn’t been good enough.

Each of the past two seasons, baseball’s World Series champion has celebrated on the field at Dodger Stadium — and it hasn’t been the home team. In 2017, the Houston Astros beat the Dodgers in a seven-game series that could have gone either way. The Dodgers pledged to get back in 2018, vowing that it would be different this time. It was. The Boston Red Sox needed just five games to claim the crown.

The World Series drought in L.A. has now reached 30 years, and a fan base spoiled by the annual division titles and deep playoff runs will accept nothing less than a championship as a success.

San Diego Padres

They did it. The Padres made the big move that their fans have been clamoring for — they signed free agent Manny Machado to a staggering 10-year, $300 million dollar contract that gives the team a proven bat in the middle in the lineup and, more important, shows that the franchise is serious about fielding a winning team. The turnaround might not be immediate, but the arrival of Machado combined with a loaded farm system — headlined by top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. — puts the Padres in great shape to be relevant over the next decade.

San Francisco Giants

After two seasons of desperately trying to patch holes around an accomplished but aging core, the Giants are embracing a fresh perspective with new leadership. They lured away former Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi with a five-year contract and a club president title that gives him full authority over all roster decisions, as executive vice president Brian Sabean steps aside into an advisory role. Sabean and deposed GM Bobby Evans gave it one last shot in 2018 by acquiring Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen, but injuries overwhelmed every area of the club, and the Giants were unable to build momentum. Now they are seeking a reboot, if not a full rebuild.

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Pictured: Christian Yelich
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Chicago Cubs

Though still loaded with team-controlled talent and star-caliber names, the Cubs enter 2019 looking to rinse out the sour taste of a brutal end to their 2018 campaign. Though Javier Baez has emerged as a terrific, dynamic complement to the steady slugging of Anthony Rizzo, and though the anchors of the starting rotation are as sturdy and established as any in the National League, huge questions hang over the team. They’re still banking on development and improved offensive consistency from catcher Willson Contreras, outfielders Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. and utility man Ian Happ, and their success will hinge in some meaningful part on the health and effectiveness of Kris Bryant, who was hampered by a shoulder injury in 2018. No longer a budding dynasty, the Cubs are now an expensive team trying to reclaim its place atop the NL Central.

Cincinnati Reds

The year 2019 marks the sesquicentennial of the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional (i.e., salaried) team in baseball history. In celebration, Reds players will wear commemorative patches on their jerseys and caps throughout the 2019 season. The team will also feature 15 throwback uniforms on various home dates. The 1869 Red Stockings, playing amateur teams from coast to coast, went 67–0.

Ironically, the Reds are coming off a season in which they exactly matched the 1869 team’s total of 67 wins. Unfortunately, the 2018 edition played 95 other games, finishing last in the National League Central for the fourth straight year.

The offseason focus has been to improve a perennially weak pitching staff that has, more than the offense, kept the team in the cellar. A blockbuster trade sending prospects and the disappointing Homer Bailey to the Dodgers for Alex Wood, Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig strengthens the team, though probably not enough to avert another losing season. But with a new manager and young arms moving up the farm system, better days could lie ahead.

Milwaukee Brewers

What was expected to be a long organizational rebuild by the Milwaukee Brewers quickly shifted into overdrive late last January when, in a 24-hour span, they traded for Christian Yelich and signed Lorenzo Cain to the largest free agent contract in team history. The moves couldn’t have worked out better. Both were named to the All-Star Team, and behind a huge second half that had him flirting with a triple crown up to the season’s final day, Yelich was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player.

Their performances, coupled with breakout seasons from first baseman Jesus Aguilar, righthander Jhoulys Chacin and relievers Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress helped set the stage for Milwaukee’s unexpected late-season successes. The Brewers beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field in Game 163 to win their first Central Division title since 2011 and then fell just a game shy of advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1982.

All of that has set the bar even higher for 2019. Can Yelich somehow improve upon one of the best individual performances in recent memory? Can Aguilar and Hader continue to ascend? Will the team once again utilize the bullpen-centric approach to pitching that worked so well down the stretch?

Salary-cap considerations led the Brewers to play the offseason conservatively. They made minor trades for reliever Alex Claudio and outfielder Ben Gamel and signed second baseman Cory Spangenberg — not exactly matching the major moves made by division foes St. Louis (Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller) and Cincinnati (Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood).

St. Louis Cardinals

For years, the Cardinals have been guided by past championships that set expectations for future contention. A new force steered them into the coming season: the present — and its demand to win. “We realize the importance of 2019,” says John Mozeliak, president of baseball operations. “I’ve always been one for the longer-term decision making. But we’re trying to win now.”

The Cardinals landed their desired blockbuster hitter in a trade for Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt. The six-time All-Star has one year remaining on his contract, as does cleanup hitter Marcell Ozuna, last winter’s big-bat addition. Include Matt Carpenter’s team option for 2020, and the Cardinals’ top three hitters could all walk by season’s end. Franchise favorites Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright near the end of their contracts as well, adding to the Cardinals’ emphasis on immediacy and a sprint for the division title. The push is on to punctuate this era with a return to October.

Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates hope to build on the momentum of the final three months of the 2018 season to contend in 2019. General manager Neal Huntington believes that he helped paved the way for better days last July when he traded for Tampa Bay righthander Chris Archer and Texas reliever Keone Kela. The Pirates wound up finishing 82–79, better than expected following the winter trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole.

It was only the franchise’s fourth winning record in 26 years, and it was still only good enough for a fourth-place finish in the National League Central behind the Brewers, Cubs and Cardinals. All three teams look strong again in 2019 — and the Reds will be improved as well — meaning the Pirates will have their work cut out, though the team believes that it is on the rise.

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