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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.

Allen Craig likely on the move

Mon, Oct 12th 1:11pm EDT
By Chris McCoy


Having spent the majority of 2015 in Triple-A, Red Sox first baseman Allen Craig has no apparent future in Boston with Hanley Ramirez and Travis Shaw as the likeliest in-house options to man the position. The former all-star posted a .152/.239/.203 slash line in 88 Major League plate appearance this season. (Source: John Tomase - WEEI)

Fantasy Impact: There was talk earlier this year that Craig may find a home in Miami or San Francisco, but that never came to pass. Instead Craig languished in Triple-A and did nothing to distinguish himself there. Regardless of where he starts 2016 you can leave Craig off of your draft radar. He has shown nothing that would indicate a turnaround.

Gordon went 1-for-4 with the lone hit being a solo HR in the ninth inning to pull the Royals within two.

Fantasy Impact: He is a solid hitter who had some injury concerns that lead to some missed time this season.

Category: Game Recaps

Cain went 1-for-4 with a walk in Game 3. His lone hit was a solo HR to drive in one of the two runs the Royals would score in the game.

Fantasy Impact: Cain is a very good hitter with a combination of speed and power.

Category: Game Recaps

Volquez went five and two third innings giving up three runs. He allowed five hits and four walks while striking out eight. He took the loss as the Royals only scored two runs in the game.

Fantasy Impact: It was not a bad outing but he was facing a top notch pitcher who simply pitched better. If he does not pitch again this season, it has been a solid season as he would finish with a 13-9 record with a 3.55 ERA in the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps

Dallas Keuchel allowed one run on five hits in seven innings against Kansas City on Sunday. He had three walks and seven strikeouts in the outing.

Fantasy Impact: Keuchel has been masterful in his first postseason, and showed that Sunday as he dominated the Royals over seven innings. The one run allowed was a solo-homer in the fourth, but otherwise it was an easy cruise for the Astros ace. Keuchel won't see another start until the ALCS should the Astros advance, but he's a great (and pretty safe) DFS play if they do.

Category: Game Recaps

Colby Rasmus went 1-for-1 with a single and three walks against the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Rasmus went from a power bat to a patient one, walking three times against the Royals in Game 3 of the ALDS. Colby has had the hottest bat for the Astros in this series, and is a must play in DFS for a pretty reasonable price. He faces SP Yordano Ventura in Game 4 whom he homered off of in Game 1.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Carter went 3-for-3 with a single, a double, and a solo-HR against the Royals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: After a quiet Game 2 (1-for-4 1R), Carter exploded in Game 3, including an insurance solo-homer in the 7th inning to seal the victory for the 'Stros. Carter is a good, cheap option for DFS in Game 4, looking to repeat his solid plate discipline from Game 1 which was also against SP Yordano Ventura (3 walks).

Category: Game Recaps

Granderson went 2-for-3 in Game 2 between the Mets and the Dodgers. He also drew one walk.

Fantasy Impact: His stat line mirrored his stats in Game 1, when he also went 2-for-3 with one walk. He will face lefty Brett Anderson in Game 3, but the Mets are expected to keep Granderson in the lineup for that game. For the season, Granderson sports a .183 batting average against left handed pitchers.

Category: Game Recaps