Will the Nationals be able to defend an NL East crown for the first time after coming up short in the 2013 and 2015 seasons? Which divisional rival is the biggest threat? In spite of their success over the last five seasons, which includes three division titles and the second-most wins in the majors over that stretch, the Washington Nationals have not been able to win consecutive NL East crowns.
Fantasy owners need to dig further and further down the rankings to find true sleepers in today’s landscape. No player put forth in our AL sleepers column, presented herein, or in our NL sleepers column has a FantasyPros consensus ranking higher than 145.
The Boston Red Sox are coming off a year in which they won their division and looked like a World Series contender, only to get swept out of the postseason. Pablo Sandoval is back and slimmer than we’ve seen him. The youth movement has fully arrived too — as Andrew Benintendi is expected to be their everyday left fielder and Mookie Betts is expected to play like an MVP for the next 10 years or so.