Lebanon surpasses record daily virus deaths amid protests

first_imgBEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has hit a new daily record for COVID-19 fatalities, registering 73 deaths as protesters took to the streets for a second day to denounce strict lockdown measures put in place to curb an exhausting surge in infections. The health ministry said Tuesday the number of new virus-related deaths in a day climbed above 60 for the first time, bringing the total number of deaths in the small country to nearly 2,500. Daily infections have soared in recent weeks and hospitals have struggled with COVID-19 patients, reporting near full occupancy of ICU beds. Nearly 286,000 infections have been recorded since last year.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball SS Rankings: Top players, sleepers at shortstop for 2020

first_imgFantasy Baseball SS RankingsRankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categoriesPosition eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)* = not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the seasonRankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1Alex BregmanAstros3B2Francisco LindorIndians3Trevor StoryRockies4Fernando Tatis Jr.Padres5Trea TurnerNationals6Gleyber TorresYankees2B7Javier BaezCubs8Adalberto MondesiRoyals9Jonathan VillarMarlins2B, OF*10Xander BogaertsRed Sox11Manny MachadoPadres3B12Bo BichetteBlue Jays13Ketel MarteD-backs2B, OF14Carlos CorreaAstros15Marcus SemienA’s16Tim AndersonWhite Sox17Scott KingeryPhillies2B, 3B, OF18Danny SantanaRangers1B, 2B, 3B, OF19Elvis AndrusRangers20Corey SeagerDodgers21Didi GregoriusPhillies22Paul DeJongCardinals23Amed RosarioMets24Jorge PolancoTwins25Jean SeguraPhillies3B*26Kevin NewmanPirates2B27Mauricio DubonGiants2B28Carter KieboomNationals3B*29Luis UriasBrewers2B30Dansby SwansonBraves31Willy AdamesRays32Garrett HampsonRockies2B, OF33Nick AhmedD-backs34Niko GoodrumTigers1B, 2B, OF35Freddy GalvisReds2B36Nick MadrigalWhite Sox2B37Jon BertiMarlins3B, OF38Ryan MountcastleOrioles39Orlando ArciaBrewers40Enrique HernandezDodgers2B, OF41J.P. CrawfordMariners42Chris TaylorDodgers2B, OF43Leury GarciaWhite Sox2B*, OF44Jose IglesiasOrioles45Jose PerazaRed Sox2B, OF46Brendan RodgersRockies2B47Andrelton SimmonsAngels48Brandon CrawfordGiants49Miguel RojasMarlins50Johan CamargoBraves3B, OF51Nico HoernerCubs2B* 2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Fernando Tatis Jr. and Trea Turner are also potential first-rounders, with Turner standing out because of his high-SB upside. However, it’s worth noting that Adalberto Mondesi and Jonathan Villar have just as much SB potential and will be available three or four rounds later. Obviously, you’re giving up batting average and likely some overall run production with those two compared to Turner, but stolen bases alone shouldn’t cause you to take Turner in the first or second round if you think you can get Mondesi or Villar a little later. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamBut that just proves our original point — this position is loaded with high-impact players, which is why most owners will fill it before the end of the sixth round. The fact that last year’s AL batting champion, Tim Anderson, is No. 16 in our rankings, and the NL’s No. 2 hitter, Ketel Marte, is No. 13, shows you just how deep and varied this position is. We’ve already mentioned the power-speed, high-SB, and high-average guys, but you also have good power hitters, such as Paul DeJong (30 HRs last year), Carlos Correa (21 HRs in 75 games), and Didi Gregorius (16 HRs in 82 games) ranked outside of the top 12. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverThere are legit sleepers available at SS, but you really shouldn’t be counting on any of them to start for you on opening day. Mauricio Dubon, Carter Kieboom, Luis Urias, and Ryan Mountcastle are the types of potential breakouts who just need playing time to put up solid all-around stats, while Nick Madrigal, Garrett Hampson, and Jon Berti could all put up big SB numbers with regular at-bats. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorThere isn’t quite as much multi-position eligibility for the top shortstops as there is at other positions, but there’s plenty throughout the middle tiers. This should allow you to grab at least one stud SS early in your draft and one or two solid backups later on. Take advantage of the varied skill sets and high level of talent at this important position. Please note that the players below are ranked as if they’re only eligible at SS. Players might be ranked higher overall if they’re eligible at other positions.Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsWe’ll be updating our SS rankings as needed, so check back for the latest player movement. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet Other positions are deeper, but none are more important than shortstop during your fantasy baseball draft. Not only do you have as many as five legit first-round talents in the top tier, but you also have the kind of power-speed guys needed to balance out a roster. Our 2020 SS rankings are as deep as any we’ve put together in recent years, which should give you some relief when finalizing your draft cheat sheet. We have Alex Bregman at the top of our rankings, but many will value the higher-SB upside of Francisco Lindor or Trevor Story more. That’s fine, as both could pop as many or more homers than Bregman, but we expect the Astros star to hit for a better average and produce noticeably more RBIs. Bottom line — you’re in great shape if you start your draft with any of those three, so it comes down to how you like to build your team. last_img read more