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Lackey will get the ball to start for the Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon against the Cubs. The Cubs will counter with Jason Hammel. Lackey was the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the series in St. Louis.

Fantasy Impact: Lackey will be starting on three day rest to pitch for the Cardinals on Tuesday. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided that he wanted to go with Lackey's playoff experience in a win or go home game for the Cardinals. This start will be the 20th start for Lackey in the postseason over his career. Lackey was dominant in Game 1 of the series throwing 7 1/3 shutout innings.

2015 represented a turning point for Jackie Bradley Jr. as he finally proved that he was able to hit Major League pitching posting a .249/.335/.498 line with 10 HR's in 255 plate appearances. A deeper look into the numbers revealed that Bradley, a lefthanded hitter actually produced better against LHP with a .306/.390/.528 line versus a .221/.380/.483 against RHP. Similarly, Bradley was much better at home (.321/.391/.621) versus on the road (.186/.288/.390).

Fantasy Impact: Jackie Bradley turned out to be a pretty useful fantasy player at the end of 2015 as he went on streaks where he crushed everything in sight. Be wary of him in the 2016 draft as he may go off the board a little higher than necessary. The smart play would be to look at Bradley as a reserve in three OF leagues and a four to five in five OF leagues. Its possible that he outperforms that level, but its just as likely that he comes crashing back down to Earth.

Brian Johnson resumes throwing

Tue, Oct 13th 10:15am EDT
By Chris McCoy


After a visit with the Red Sox medical team on October 1st, Brian Johnson has been cleared to resume throwing starting at 90 feet and building up from there. Johnson had been shut down since experiencing tightness in his elbow during a Triple-A start in early August. (Source: Rob Bradford -

Fantasy Impact: From the get go this injury was seen as a fairly minor one, and the Red Sox certainly had the luxury of putting Johnson on the shelf as long as he needed. Otherwise, Johnson likely would have been making August and September starts for Boston along side the other Red Sox rookies Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Owens. Johnson does not have overpowering stuff, but makes good use of his pin point accuracy. However, his lack of experience and likelihood to begin the season in Triple-A means Johnson is a player with only dynasty format appeal.

Lance McCullers allowed two runs on two hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Royals in Game 4 of the ALDS. He had two walks and seven strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: McCullers started off a little shaky, giving up his two runs on a homer by C Salvador Perez in the second inning, but then settled in and started racking up the Ks the rest of the way. Unfortunately, McCullers had to watch his bullpen (and a frustrating error) cost him his first postseason victory. McCullers looks to be a great young talent (with high strikeout potential) that might go under the radar in fantasy drafts next season.

Category: Game Recaps

Carlos Correa went 4-for-4 with a single, a RBI-double, and two home runs against the Royals on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: While the story of Game 4 might be Correa's fielding error leading to the Royals rally, in fantasy it is all about Correa's monster hitting day. Correa had a solo-HR in the 3rd, a RBI-double in the 5th, and a two-run homer in the 7th to cap a very impressive performance for the rookie. Correa is an expensive buy in DFS, but games like this show why he could be worth it. He'll face SP Johnny Cueto in Game 5 on Wednesday.

Category: Game Recaps

Colby Rasmus went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo-HR against the Royals on Monday. He had one walk and two strikeouts in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Rasmus has consistently lit up the Royals pitching staff, with homers in three of the four ALDS games. Colby is one of the hottest hitters in DFS right now, and should be a solid play on Wednesday in game five as he takes on SP Johnny Cueto (who he homered off of in Game 2).

Category: Game Recaps

Cespedes had a big Game 3 for the Mets. He finished 3-for-5 with a homerun. He also had three runs scored and three RBIs.

Fantasy Impact: Cespedes was quiet in Los Angeles, where he only had one hit in seven at-bats. He has a platoon advantage on Tuesday, but it's against lefty Clayton Kershaw. Whatever happens this series, he will get a big pay day next season for producing big for New York.

Category: Game Recaps

Jake Arrieta recorded his worst start since June, but it was just enough for the Cubs and their explosive bats. Arrieta only threw for 5.2 innings and surrendered four earned runs off of five hits and two walks. He still managed to strikeout nine batters and pick up the win.

Fantasy Impact: While this start was probably not what most daily owners were expecting, Arrieta's nine strikeouts and his win salvaged what could have been a bad outing considering his steep price. Arrieta is still worth paying up for if the Cubs advance and he gets another start.

Category: Game Recaps

Three hits for Shin-Soo Choo

Tue, Oct 13th 1:18am EDT
By Mitch Cox


Shin-Soo Choo had three of the Rangers 11 hits on the day, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Toronto Blue Jays evened the ALDS at two games a piece with an 8-4 victory.

Fantasy Impact: The middle of the Rangers lineup has struggled throughout the series, but Choo stayed hot with the three hits and two runs scored.

Category: Game Recaps

Derek Holland roughed up by Jays

Tue, Oct 13th 1:15am EDT
By Mitch Cox


Derek Holland was introduced early to the Toronto Blue Jays high-scoring offense in game four of the ALDS. Holland surrendered three home runs and six runs overall in just two innings of work as the Jays blasted the Rangers 8-4.

Fantasy Impact: This was especially disappointing for the Rangers as Holland is a veteran who could have helped the team clinch the series at home. Instead, he was simply awful and now the teams head back to Toronto for the series finale.

Category: Game Recaps

Brett Anderson allowed six earned runs, seven hits (one home run), and struck out three in three innings Monday night in Game 3 of the NLDS. 43-of-57 pitches were thrown for strikes.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson ended the regular season with a 3.69 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 116 strikeouts in a career high 180 1/3 innings pitched. The soft tossing lefty is prone to the occasional blow up. He allowed more than three earned runs five times during the regular season. It's too bad the sixth happened in the playoffs. Anderson is a viable fantasy option in only the deepest of leagues.

Category: Game Recaps

Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich ended the 2015 season with an even .300 batting average.

Fantasy Impact: After an awful start to the season, Yelich came on strong in the second half, hitting .342 after the All-Star Game. A polished, professional hitter at 23-years-old, the sky is the limit for Yelich in 2016.

Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon won the National League batting title, finishing the season with a .333 batting average.

Fantasy Impact: Gordon also stole the most bases in baseball. His .333 batting average was second in the game only to Miguel Cabrera's .338 in almost 200 fewer at bats.

Miami Marlins infielder Donovan Solano was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Monday; he is now off the 40-man roster. (Source: on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Easily one of the worst players in Major League Baseball, Solano put up a pathetic .189/.215/.244 line in 2015. If the Marlins intend to compete in 2016, Solano won't be on the roster.

Category: Transactions

Miami Marlins reliever Chris Reed was taken off the 40-man roster on Monday as he was outrighted to Triple-A. (Source: on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Reed appeared in two games for the Fish, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He was acquired from the Dodgers in the middle of the season.

Category: Transactions

Miami Marlins pitcher Chris Narveson was removed from the 40-man roster on Monday as he was outrighted to Triple-A. (Source: on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Narveson was forced into some Marlins games due to injuries, but actually put up some decent numbers. He posted a 4.45 ERA but a 9.49 K/9. He's better suited out of the bullpen.

Category: Transactions

Miami Marlins reliever Erik Cordier was outrighted to Triple-A on Monday. He is now off the Marlins 40-man roster. (Source: on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cordier pitched 12.1 innings for the Fish in 2015, posting a 5.84 ERA with almost as many walks as strikeouts (7:6 K:BB ratio).

Category: Transactions

Miami Marlins pitcher Preston Claiborne was outrighted to Triple-A on Monday. (Source: on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: He is now off the 40-man roster. Claiborne spent 2015 off the field recovering from a labrum injury in his throwing shoulder.

Category: Transactions

Arrieta (23-6, 1.70), is 26-for-34 on quality starts this season, working on a ridiculous run of 14 in a row. Last Wednesday he pitched Chicago to victory in the National League wild-card game at Pittsburgh, throwing a complete-game, four-hit shutout, walking none while whiffing 11. And over his last four starts he's allowed zero runs and just 10 hits, with one walk against 38 strikeouts, through 31 innings. Wacha (17-7, 3.38) is 18-for-30 on quality starts, but 0 for his last three. Twelve days ago he got knocked around for six runs in four innings against Pittsburgh, and over his last three starts he's given up 13 runs through 14 innings. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: This is a pivotal Game 3 for both the Cubs and Cardinals. Arrieta has been an absolute beast for the Cubs this season and it's hard to imagine him slowing down any time soon. The Cards need a flawless-like outing from their ace, Wacha, if they hope to contend in this game. Wacha has not dominated to the extent of Arrieta this season, but he should post a quality start against the Cubs. Look for a low-scoring, scrappy game between these two clubs on Monday afternoon.

Category: Game Recaps

Red Sox infielder Deven Marrero could find himself in a new organization this off season as he is blocked at SS by Xander Bogaerts and not enough of an offensive presence to man 3B. Probably the best defensive infielder in the Red Sox system, Marrero could be an attractive option to an offensively sound team in need of a defensive upgrade. (Source: John Tomase - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: The questions around Marrero have always been whether he would hit enough to stay in the Major Leagues. In his 56 plate appearance with the Red Sox this season Marrero posted a .226/.268/.283. Hardly inspiring numbers despite the very limited sample size. Even if Marrero finds a starting job in 2016 he is not an option at SS worth considering.