MOHALI, India, CMC – Opener Devon Smith says scoring his maiden One-Day International century has given him added confidence for West Indies’ clash with England next Thursday in Chennai. The left-hander made 107 last Friday as West Indies beat Ireland by 44-runs to inch even closer to a quarter-final spot of the ongoing World Cup. “I’m feeling very happy at the moment and I’m happy for the fantastic support of my team-mates and all those people who supported me and believed in me over the years,” said Smith, who surpassed his previous best of 91 against South Africa three years ago. “Winning a match for the West Indies feels great! I am now more confident and I’m looking ahead to the next game against England in Chennai. “That is the next step and that is all we are concentrating on at the moment. We will be look to move from strength to strength.”Smith faced 133 balls and struck 13 fours and one six, and anchored the innings after West Indies were sent in to bat. He put on a slow 89 for the first wicket with Shiv Chanderpaul (35) but was involved a frenetic 88-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kieron Pollard who fell just short of three figures with a robust 94. “Doing so well and helping the team to a victory … has given me great confidence,” said the 29-year-old. “I started slowly but I knew that if I battled out to the end of the innings I would be able to cash in and get a good score at the end. It’s all about the team and I batted for the team.”West Indies were missing talismanic opener Chris Gayle who pulled out of the side with an abdominal strain, and Smith said this was his cue to shoulder the responsibility. “With Chris out … I realised from very early that I had to step up and be counted in a big way,” he explained. “I was asked to take on the responsibility and I am happy I did it. It feels really good that I could get my first ODI century in a winning cause and help us get closer to next stage of the World Cup.” The victory left West Indies second in the standings on six points from four matches, with remaining fixtures against England and Group B leaders India. With the century, Smith moved to 202 runs for the World Cup at an average of 50.5.Source: Cana News Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Share Share NewsSports Smith pumped up for England clash by: – March 14, 2011 30 Views no discussions
Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) has quarantineofficers at the Iloilo Airport to make sure no pork, pork products andbyproducts from ASF-hit areas enter the province. * certificate of vehicle registration Defensor said seaports in the province such asthose in Dumangas, Ajuy and Carles are also being monitored. The following are the requirements: * the DA detected DNA traces of ASF virus inbatches of hotdogs and skinless longanisa sourced from Luzon * livestock and poultry transport / carriercertificate These areas were Luzon and the countries ofLatvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Luxembourg, Belgium, Bulgaria,Moldova, Czech Republic, South Africa,Zambia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao People’s Republic,South Korea, and China. * farm registration * sporadic cases of ASF were still reported inRizal, Bulacan, National Capitol Region, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Caviteand other areas of Luzon and these pose a lingering threat to the swineindustry of the province of Iloilo * livestock handler’s permit * disinfection clearance * veterinary health certificate (VHC) andveterinary shipping permit Executive Order No. 027 cited the followingreasons for extending the temporary ban: ASF causes high fever, loss of appetite,hemorrhage, and death among domestic and wild pigs, thus a threat to the localswine industry. Only those that meet the regulatoryrequirements of the BAI would be allowed to enter Iloilo, he stressed. In Executive Order No. 027, series of 2020,Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. extended the temporary ban until the Department ofAgriculture (DA) has declared as ASF-free those areas that the agencyidentified as having been hit by the ASF virus. ILOILO – The provincial government is not keenon lifting the temporary ban it imposed beginning October last year on swine,pork, pork products and byproducts from areas hit by the African swine fever(ASF). All swine, pork, pork products and by-productsshall also be accompanied by National Meat Inspection Service or LocalGovernment Unit Meat Inspection Certificate./PN
Batesville brings home trophies from RCT in both levels of play.JV from Coach Shelly Prickel: The Batesville JV volleyball team captured the Ripley County Tourney title in convincing fashion with a 25-12, 25-8 opening round win over Milan followed by a 25-10, 25-12 victory over Jac-Cen-Del in the championship game.In the Milan game, Monica Gerstbauer earned 17 service points including 5 aces. Kelsey Shupe and Tori Kurtz each had 8 good attacks earning 4 and 2 kills respectively. In the championship game Gerstbauer led in serving again with 12 points, while Anna Bauer chipped in with 8. Shupe led the front line with 6 kills. Caitlyn Broering and Kerigan Haskamp each earned 2 kills. Katie Bedel, Bauer, Cece Hund, and Nikki Fox all contributed a kill in the winning effort. The team’s record is now 12-1.Varsity. Defeats Milan 25-21, 25-16 (round 1).Defeats South Ripley 25-16, 18-25, 17-15 (Championship)Great overall effort was being given on both sides… It showed how much winning the county means to all of the players. We were just fortunate enough to show our mettle at the right moment. We were actually on the losing side of 15 when the Raiders got to 14. I think having played in 7 five game matches this year to date gave us the composure we needed.On the Day, Morgan Meyer was 100% serving 19 times with one ace. Audrey Amberger # 8 finished hitting .342 on 38 swings, notching 16 kills w/only 3 errors. Kylie Laker #7 had 24 Assists on 66 attempts with 14 digs, and Jenna Ertel #11 notched 26 digs.All three teams will travel to EIAC Rival East Central on Monday with freshman serving first @ 5:00pm. JV will follow the first match with Varsity finishing the last match of the evening.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
Press Association Comparing Southampton to La Masia – where Lionel Messi, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas honed their skills – may seem a little far-fetched for some, but Villas-Boas may have a point considering Bale is now regarded as one of the best players on the planet. Villas-Boas added: “In Portugal, Sporting Lisbon is the development club and great players have come out of that school. “They haven’t produced the results in the first team as they wanted in the modern era. “Porto invest in a later stage and don’t develop the player. “Southampton falls into the same category as Sporting Lisbon, like Barcelona, which is to nurture. “But it is a great school of development – a bit like West Ham.” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas believes Southampton’s youth academy is so good that it is comparable to Barcelona’s famed La Masia school. Spurs welcome the Saints to White Hart Lane looking to register a much-needed victory that will keep the London club in the hunt for Champions League qualification. Key to that aim, of course, will be the performance of Gareth Bale. The Welshman is one of many players – like Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana – who have come through the Southampton youth ranks and gone on to make a big impact in the Barclays Premier League. That has not gone unnoticed by Villas-Boas, who said: “Sometimes there are clubs that keep developing and nurturing players, then there are clubs that go for scouting.”
Officials in Monroe County have declared a State of Local Emergency and have issued mandatory evacuation orders for parts of the county due to Tropical Storm Laura.The order was mandated just after 9:00 am Friday after Depression 13 strengthened into the tropical storm.Leaders are asking those in all live-a-board vessels, mobile homes, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, and campers evacuate the area.” Folks that live in the Keys know what they need to do,” Monroe County Administrator Roman Gastesi said. “People that live on boats and live in trailers, things like that, don’t try to ride it out because you never know how much it can intensify. There’s a lot of uncertainty on how much it can intensify. We’re going to play it on the safe side. Please leave, get off your boat and find shelter. ”As of 2:00 pm, Tropical Storm Laura was located about 175 miles from the Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving at 18 mph.Laura is expected to continue moving at a west-northwestward motion where it will increase in speed. The center is expected to move over the Leeward Islands later on today and continue near or over Puerto Rico into Saturday, and near the northern coast of Hispaniola late Saturday and early Sunday.Officials also plan to discuss possible shelters options on Saturday. According to the reports, if the shelters are to open, they will begin opening around 3:00 pm on Saturday.Monroe County government offices plan to close on Monday, however, they will continue to monitor the storm through their Emergency Operations Center.
The Latest: No fans for NASCAR races at Dover next month July 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. Associated Press Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.NASCAR has run race weekends without fans with limited exceptions, notably at tracks in Tennessee and Texas.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The Syracuse offense needed some patience. After sloppy, turnover-prone play the past couple of games, it had to return to what earned it a top ranking in the first place.And that patience started in the first two minutes of the game. SU midfielder Jovan Miller sprinted down the left sideline and got next to the goal, trying to find an open look.It wasn’t there. So instead of taking a chance and shooting, he turned and passed it to Josh Amidon. And Amidon quickly flipped it back into the goal from the right of the crease.‘I think our whole offense, not just myself, has been thinking too much out there,’ Miller said. ‘Under that atmosphere, we really relaxed out there, and you could obviously tell in the first half how relaxed we were.’Patience opened up a slumping offense. Nine different players scored goals to guide the No.1 Orange to a 13-11 win over No. 3 Duke (8-3) in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic at New Meadowlands Stadium in front of 25,115. After two games, during which Syracuse (8-0) seemed incapable of consistently scoring — combining for only 10 goals — it broke out of its slump in a big way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere were plenty of concerns surrounding the offense coming into the game. The only thing keeping the Orange afloat was its dominant defense, which served as the answer to the offense’s struggles. But in this contest, the SU offense established itself early and often.‘I think we were patient offensively,’ attack Stephen Keogh said. ‘I think we worked for the better shots instead of taking the no-angle shots from 15 yards out.’It became clear early in the first quarter that Syracuse found the solution to its recent scoring drought.Instead of rushing the ball to the goal and giving up possessions, which had been the case of late, Syracuse returned to what it did at the start of the season. The Orange passed around the offensive zone, eventually finding the open look for the right shot.‘We like to be like that,’ head coach John Desko said. ‘I think it makes you harder to cover. If you play with a philosophy that one guy’s going to get it done for you and you run into that one game where somebody stops him, then everything stops. It’s great that we share the ball like we do.’That’s how the Orange took down the defending national champion, the Blue Devils. In the first quarter, Syracuse scored six goals. That’s one more goal than it did in each of the past two games. And those six goals came on only seven shots.But while Syracuse scored easily, Duke struggled. The Blue Devils scored only twice in the entire first half, despite taking 17 shots. Throughout the game, the Blue Devils couldn’t manage to get the ball past Orange goaltender John Galloway.On a night when the Syracuse scorers didn’t have problems finding the back of the net, they struggled mightily at the faceoff X. The Orange won only 7-of-27 faceoffs in the game and only 3-of-14 in the second half. So instead of bad shots and sloppy passing leading to inopportune turnovers, it was the lack of consistency at the X.That only made the first-quarter scoring barrage that much more important.‘I think a lot of it had to do with the first half,’ Desko said. ‘We didn’t have the ball that much in the second half. With the lack of possessions we had and the numbers on the faceoffs, to put up 13 goals against these guys is a good thing.’The Duke defense never had a response to Syracuse and was caught off guard the entire game. Even when the Blue Devils crowded around the crease, the Orange still managed to score. In the third quarter, long-stick midfielder Joel White took a behind-the-back shot that bounced off the right post, but Keogh picked up the rebound, then flipped it in for the score.The Blue Devil defense lost the ball amid the scuffle, but Keogh found it right away and took advantage. For Syracuse, it was the type of game in which almost everything was going right from start to finish.Duke attempted to crawl back from a seven-goal deficit late, but it was too big of a hurdle. That was a testament to the Orange’s offensive patience early. Patience that led to an offensive outburst.‘We just played unselfish,’ Keogh said. ‘And luckily, our shots were finding the back of the net today.’email@example.com Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 3, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @chris_iseman
Seattle Sounder striker Obafemi Martins, has welcomed a baby boy with Mario Balotelli’s biological sister, Abigail Barwuah.The child, which is Martin’s baby number three from a third woman, was delivered on Wednesday in Italy.Both Martins and Abigail have been dating since 2012 and according to several reports, she lost two pregnancies for the Super Eagles frontman, with the last case of miscarriage in December 2012. However, it is understood she got pregnant almost immediately.In January this year,a report broke out that Abigail was expecting a child with Martins.According to ‘Diva e Donna’ magazine in Italy,Abigail was excited with the pregnancy.The magazine quotes her as saying: “The baby is making its presence felt. This is a very special Christmas for me.” Martins who is yet to be married, has two other sons.
DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: 2019 ultimate cheat sheetThat’s where our “True Tiers” come in handy. We break down players by type of production, which can sometimes be more important than overall production. Every fantasy baseball team needs balance, and while you can’t win your entire league on draft day, you can make things a lot more difficult for yourself in one or more categories if you don’t build your team the right way.Note: All position-eligible designations based on Yahoo default settings.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Who are the best fantasy baseball OFsIn many ways, Mike Trout and Mookie Betts are in a tier by themselves. They’ll almost certainly go first and second in drafts, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. But the rest of the players we’ve grouped with them can also provide elite production. We admit we’re a little nervous about Ronald Acuna Jr., as second-year players have a tendency to plateau after a huge first years, but the 21-year-old Braves star has so much upside, it’s easy to dream big. He’s grouped with Trout, Betts, and Christian Yelich because this group feels like the best bet for big-time production in all five categories.Bryce Harper and Charlie Blackmon are studs in their own right, but they also have warts — Harper is inconsistent, especially in terms of batting average, and Blackmon looks like he has started declining at age 32. Both are proven high-end producers in great parks who can give you a lot of Rs, HRs, and RBIs, as well as about 15 SBs.J.D. Martinez is the best slugger of this group. He could lead the league in homers and hit well over .300. Even though he won’t steal bases, his production is elite, so if you draft him in the first round and pair him with a high-SB middle infielder later on, you’ll be in great shape.It’s likely all but Blackmon will go in the first round of your draft, with Blackmon going in the second round. Starting your team with any of these players gives you category and roster flexibility, making them ideal building blocks.TIER 1A (5-category stars)Mike Trout, AngelsMookie Betts, Red SoxChristian Yelich, BrewersRonald Acuna Jr., BravesTIER 1B (High-average, high-power)J.D. Martinez, Red SoxTIER 1C (Do-it-all stars with slightly less SB upside)Bryce Harper, PhilliesCharlie Blackmon, RockiesMore Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Closer2019 Fantasy Baseball OF Rankings: Tier 2This tier is loaded with guys who could easily be in Tier 1 next season. We know Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton can hit 50 HRs, and Khris Davis is about as sure of a bet as there is for 40-plus homers. Note: We’re not saying the players in Tier 2B are “worse” than Tier 2A or “better” than those in Tier 2C, just different.Clearly, the Tier 2A guys are sluggers whose averages will vary. Judge has hit .284 and .278, respectively, the past two seasons, so it’s not as if he’s a “low-average” guy, but Davis has hit exactly .247 four years in a row, so it’s tough to expect much improvement. Many view that as a reason to bump him down, but with at least 42 HRs (133 total) and 102 RBIs (335 total) the past three years, you know what you’re getting. Tier 2B features speedsters with 15-20-HR upside. Merrifield will likely be drafted as a 2B, so we don’t need to talk more about him, but Marte is always an interesting guy to roster with a high pick. He’s stolen as many as 47 bases (2016), clubbed 20 HRs (’18), hit .311 (’16), driven in 81 (’15) and scored 84 (’15), and while that last number is a bit disappointing, if he can put together a full season like that, he’ll be a monster. However, he’s now 30 and got caught stealing 14 times last year. Still, few players have 20/40 upside, making Marte a solid third-round pick, especially if you have MI targets in mind who don’t steal a ton of bases.Tier 2C is relatively young guys who have hit 34-plus homers before but all saw drops in power last season. They’ve also all stolen at least 13 bases in a season, but with the exception of Bellinger, it’s unclear if running is a part of their respective games. Ultimately, these are potentially elite guys who will definitely go below the likes of Stanton and Judge in drafts, but their overall upsides are just as strong.TIER 2A (High-power sluggers)Giancarlo Stanton, YankeesAaron Judge, YankeesKhris Davis, A’sRhys Hoskins, Phillies (1B)TIER 2B (some power, great speed)Starling Marte, PiratesWhit Merrifield, Royals (1B, 2B)TIER 2C (Great power, a little speed)Kris Bryant, Cubs (3B)Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1B)George Springer, AstrosSLEEPERS & BUSTS: All-Breakout Team | All-Overrated TeamFantasy Baseball Draft Strategy: Potential studs and undervalued producersAs the draft opens up, so do the OF possibilities. Admittedly, our Tier 3 OFs have a wide range, and many would consider us undervaluing guys like Juan Soto and Andrew Benintendi while overvaluing several others, but even by the third or fourth round of 12-team drafts when these guys will start to go, many owners are already thinking about the type of team they’re building and the categories in which they need the most help.Soto and Benintendi could certainly have big breakouts and be borderline Tier 1 guys next year, but Soto is only 20 and doesn’t really steal bases and Benintendi might not even hit 20 HRs or steal 20 bases. Given their ages, it’s easy to expect big improvements, but we’re being a little cautious. If you want them, you’ll probably have to reach for them, but there are solid, albeit riskier, facsimiles available a few rounds later, like Justin Upton (at least 30 HRs three straight years) and Tommy Pham (eight more HRs, 10 more Rs, one fewer SB, 10 points higher in batting average in 34 fewer games than Benintendi the past two years).The 20/20 candidates in Tier 3A vary in batting average and injury worries, with both Wil Myers and A.J. Pollock carrying red flags on both.Yasiel Puig likely won’t steal 20 bases, which is why we put him in Tier 3C, but in a contract year and a tiny new park, he could easily hit 30-plus HRs and steal around 15 bases, giving him the most SBs of that sub-tier. Joey Gallo gets his own sub-tier because, like Khris Davis above, he’s a safe bet for 40 HRs, but his Mendoza-level batting average is sure to hurt teams. If he has a year with good batted-ball luck (or just improves, which is certainly possible for a 25-year-old slugger) and gets his average up to even .240, he’d be up a tier, but until we see that, we’re not betting on it.Again, these guys will go anywhere from the third to the eighth round in 12-team leagues, but clearly they all do different things and can help fantasy teams based on your needs. If you’re taking the plunge on one of these targets early, just go for the best all around unless you really have a hyper-specific strategy. The great thing about guys in Tier 3C is they really fit with any team, so unless you’re desperate for speed, it never hurts to grab a 30-HR guy who will steal a few bases here and there.TIER 3A (Power-speed threats)Andrew Benintendi, Red SoxTommy Pham, RaysWil Myers, Padres (3B)A.J. Pollock, DodgersTIER 3B (High-power, bad average)Joey Gallo, Rangers (1B)TIER 3C (30-HR upside, a few steals)Juan Soto, NationalsYasiel Puig, RedsJustin Upton, AngelsAaron Hicks, YankeesMitch Haniger, Mariners2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamFantasy Baseball Draft Advice: Boring (but reliable) OFsNow we’re really branching out, but that’s by design, not laziness (maybe a little laziness). At this point in the draft, it’s all about what your team needs and personal preferences. You likely have most of your IF starters and maybe two OFs, but you’re still going to have spots in your lineup to play with. Waiting for one of these guys, who could easily outproduce most of the guys in the above tier, is smart. It’s all about finding the right one.Tier 4A features 20/20ish guys. Some will only steal 15 bases (Andrew McCutchen, Steven Souza Jr.) and some might not get to 20 HRs (Kevin Kiermaier), but these are all moderate power-speed contributors who are great to help balance out any team.If you need a little more speed than power, Tier 4B is the tier to target. These players will hit around 10 homers with 30-SB upside. They are all also threats to hit .300 and score a bunch of runs, so if you’re loaded with RBI-producing sluggers, these are good early-middle-round targets.Tier 4C features your classic 25-HR OFs. At least one or two will hit 30-plus and at least one or two will disappoint, but this group is full of similar players whose values will ultimately be determined by batted-ball luck and RBI/run-scoring opportunities. Everyone probably has a different favorite here, which is why where these players get drafted could vary wildly, but the outlook for most isn’t all that different. We seem to be lower on Marcell Ozuna and Nicholas Castellanos than most, but Ozuna had offseason shoulder surgery, which is always scary for a power hitter, and Castellanos is on a bad team and had a .361 BABIP last year, so he’s no sure thing to hit .298 again.Domingo Santana and possibly Eddie Rosario could steal 10-15 bases, so they’re close to Tier 4A players, but they’re more likely to hit homers than most of those guys. Again, Tier 4C doesn’t mean “worse” than Tier 4A, just different.Nomar Mazara remains a breakout candidate. He’s only 23 and has reportedly focused on generating more power this season after seeing his HR/game pace improve last year.If you’re desperate for a true speedster, we have three in Tier 4D. Dee Gordon will likely be drafted as a 2B or SS, but both Mallex Smith and Billy Hamilton could lead the league in steals. Of course, Hamilton has burned owners in the past, and neither are going to provide any power and very few RBIs, so you have to be ready to make up for that. Still, they can win you a category, so it’s all about balancing what that’s worth. Smith hit .296 last year and has shown the ability to take some walks, which gives him a little more upside.Michael Brantley and Adam Eaton are pretty similar to the guys in Tier 4A, but the difference is they’re closer to 15/15 candidates who will hit .300 and score a bunch of runs. Most of the guys in Tier 4A won’t hit for that high of an average, giving Brantley and Eaton unique upside. Are you actually going to draft based on, say, 30 points in batting average during your draft? Probably not — especially since both Brantley and Eaton are very injury-prone — but we wanted to point out they do slightly different things than the rest of the guys in their tier.TIER 4A (“Safe” moderate power-speed threats)Andrew McCutchen, PhilliesDavid Dahl, RockiesIan Desmond, Rockies (1B)Steven Souza Jr., D-backsGregory Polanco, PiratesKevin Kiermaier, RaysTIER 4B (More speed than power, but a little pop)Lorenzo Cain, BrewersVictor Robles, NationalsEnder Inciarte, BravesTIER 4C (Consistent 25-30-HR upside)Michael Conforto, MetsKyle Schwarber, CubsMarcell Ozuna, CardinalsEddie Rosario, TwinsDavid Peralta, D-backsNicholas Castellanos, TigersRandal Grichuk, Blue JaysStephen Piscotty, A’sNomar Mazara, RangersDomingo Santana, BrewersTIER 4D (no-power, high-SB)Mallex Smith, MarinersBilly Hamilton, RoyalsDee Gordon, Mariners (2B, SS)TIER 4E (.300, 15/15 types)Michael Brantley, AstrosAdam Eaton, NationalsFantasy Baseball Sleepers: OFNot all of these guys qualify as “sleepers”, especially players like Mark Trumbo or Shin-Soo Choo, but this is still a solid group of OFs who don’t differ much from the above tier. For whatever reason, most receive less hype or are coming off disappointing seasons. You can live with a lot of these guys as your fifth OF, but relying on two as everyday starters is a bit risky. Still, many are nice to have on your bench, as there’s plenty of upside here for potential middle-to-late-round picks.Tier 5A features HR hitters who could easily pop 25 (or more) bombs. Again, they’re not all that dissimilar from the guys in Tier 4C, but they either haven’t done it before (Franmil Reyes, Eloy Jimenez), are fighting for playing time (Reyes, Hunter Renfroe, Scott Schebler, Joc Pederson, Ian Happ), or are simply boring (Corey Dickerson, Trey Mancini, Mark Trumbo). Jimenez is obviously the must-have sleeper, but it’s unclear when he’ll be in the majors. Garcia is an interesting breakout candidate for a Rays team that seems to have a surprise 30-HR hitter every year now. He hit 19 in only 93 games for the White Sox last year, and only two years ago he posted a .330/.380/.506 line. Happ already has a 24/8 season in 115 games, so he’s also an intriguing flier.You can find moderate power-speed threats in Tier 5B, with several popular sleepers, such as Harrison Bader, Ramon Laureano, Nick Senzel, Austin Meadows, and Jake Bauers, all dripping with upside (and plenty of bust potential, too). Byron Buxton probably has the most upside of anyone in this tier — and he’s more of a power-speed threat than a pure speed threat like Delino DeShields — but at this point, it feels like the one thing you might be able to count on him for is speed. Nothing else is guaranteed, and given his injury history, he’s not even guaranteed for that, but if the 25-year-old defensive whiz can put it together at the plate, watch out.Odubel Herrera is in a sub-tier by himself now that he doesn’t really run anymore. He popped a career-high 22 HRs last year, so perhaps he’s a Tier 5A guy, but he seems like a safer bet for average than those players. His runs/RBIs will be interesting to see this year after Philadelphia beefed up its lineup with Bryce Harper, Jean Segura, and J.T. Realmuto. His spot in the order will make a big difference in what he contributes to fantasy teams.TIER 5A (20-30-HR upside)Eloy Jimenez, White SoxHunter Renfroe, PadresScott Schebler, RedsJoc Pederson, DodgersMark Trumbo, OriolesCorey Dickerson, PiratesIan Happ, Cubs (3B)Trey Mancini, Orioles (1B)Franmil Reyes, PadresTIER 5B (Moderate power-speed threats)Manuel Margot, PadresChris Taylor, Dodgers (2B, SS)Jackie Bradley Jr., Red SoxHarrison Bader, CardinalsRyan Braun, BrewersLeonys Martin, IndiansRamon Laureano, A’sNick Senzel*, Reds (3B)Brandon Nimmo, MetsShin-Soo Choo, RangersAustin Meadows, RaysKevin Pillar, Blue JaysJake Bauers, Indians (1B)TIER 5C (Good speed)Delino DeShields, RangersByron Buxton, TwinsTIER 5D (Good average, decent power)Odubel Herrera, PhilliesFantasy baseball OF deep sleepers, bounce-backs, and moreThese players are bench fodder, but most have some upside if they can get regular playing time. Most won’t, though, so they’re limited to matchups or dependent on injuries. The guys in Tier 6A who will play every day (Max Kepler, Kole Calhoun) are fairly low-average 20-HR hitters, but the rest in that sub-tier simply have some power upside that they may or may not get a chance to fulfill.Tier 6B features guys who can steal a few bases and hit a few homers, and while some are legit sleepers (Cedric Mullins II), it’s still a group that isn’t all that reliable.Nick Markakis is Nick Markakis, so if you want a decent average, a few homers, and a decent amount of runs, he’s your guy.Tier 7 is probably a group you can ignore, but any of those players could have some hot stretches here and there. TIER 6A (Decent power upside)Jorge Soler, RoyalsAdam Jones, DiamondbacksAvisail Garcia, RaysLewis Brinson, MarlinsNick Williams, PhilliesSteve Pearce, Red Sox (1B)Kole Calhoun, AngelsJose Martinez, Cardinals (1B)Enrique Hernandez, Dodgers (1B, 2B, SS)Marwin Gonzalez, Twins (1B, 2B, SS)Matt Kemp, RedsMax Kepler, TwinsEric Thames, Brewers (1B)Jay Bruce, Mariners (1B)Adam Duvall, Braves (1B)Christin Stewart, TigersChris Shaw, GiantsDaniel Palka, White SoxTeoscar Hernandez, Blue JaysNick Delmonico, White SoxTyler O’Neill, CardinalsTIER 6B (A little power, a little speed)Hernan Perez, Brewers (2B, 3B, SS)Brett Gardner, YankeesCedric Mullins II, OriolesNiko Goodrum, Tigers (1B, 2B, 3B, SS)Ketal Marte, Diamondbacks*Alex Gordon, RoyalsJaCoby Jones, TigersDexter Fowler, CardinalsJoey Wendle, Rays (2B, 3B, SS)Jason Heyward, Cubs When you open your fantasy baseball cheat sheet to OF rankings, your eyes can gloss over pretty quickly. Sure, the names in the top tier are exciting, but it doesn’t take long before you’re trying to figure out what the difference is between the outfielder ranked 26th and the guy ranked 53rd. Sometimes they’re completely different types of players; other times they seem the exact same except for minor age/injury differences. As a result, your draft strategy, at least for offensive players, can really depend on what you do at outfield, as you need multiple OFs and can find some fairly similar guys throughout the early-middle and middle rounds of your draft. Unfortunately, you often don’t realize this until after the fact.Unless you have very specific targets, OF tends to be a “figure-it-out-as-you-go” strategy. You can build your team around an OF, but those Nos. 3, 4, and 5 outfielders are often used as fill-ins for whatever category your team is lacking. It’s tough to plan ahead for that, and parsing through rankings and tiers on the fly isn’t always easy, especially when you’re looking for a specific type of player. It’s also easy to get caught up in certain names and overdraft them, which can really hurt you at other positions. TIER 6C (Good average and runs)Nick Markakis, BravesTIER 7Jesse Winker, RedsBen Zobrist, Cubs (2B)Josh Reddick, AstrosJordan Luplow, IndiansJorge Bonifacio, RoyalsBrian Anderson, Marlins (3B)Tyler Naquin, IndiansChris Shaw, GiantsSteven Duggar, GiantsJuan Lagares, MetsAlbert Almora Jr., CubsJoey Rickard, OriolesAustin Slater, GiantsJon Jay, White SoxAdam Frazier, Pirates (2B)* = Not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there throughout the season
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