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Corey Seager (back) is not on the Dodgers' NLCS roster. (Source: Joe Trezza on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Seager has missed workouts all week, but this news obviously comes as a surprise. The young shortstop tweaked his back on Monday against the Diamondbacks, and clearly the Dodgers don't think it will heal fully within the next week. It's a massive blow to the team's chances of advancing to the World Series. The NLCS begins on Saturday night, featuring Clayton Kershaw versus Jose Quintana.


Jose Quintana will pitch Game 1 of the NLCS for the Cubs on Saturday night. (Source: Paul Sullivan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Quintana will face off against fellow southpaw Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers. Quintana pitched 6 1/3 innings in the NLDS versus the Nationals, striking out seven and allowing just one unearned run.


Greg Holland is expected to decline his $15 million player option with the Rockies, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. (Source: FanRag Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This means he will become a free agent. Last winter saw Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon land record deals for relievers, and there will surely be a market for Holland. The 31-year-old closer posted a 3.61 ERA in 2017 to go along with 41 saves and 70 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings pitched.


Masahiro Tanaka will pitch Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday versus the Astros. (Source: Bryan Hoch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Tanaka was lights out in his Game 3 start versus the Indians. He will be followed by Luis Severino, CC Sabathia, and Sonny Gray in the Yankees' rotation.


Stephen Strasburg (flu) is expected to take the ball for the Nationals in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday afternoon. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nationals manager Dusty Baker had said Tanner Roark would start following Tuesday's rainout. Strasburg was believed to be under the weather. However, following some public outcry the former number one overall draft pick is now ready to go. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Monday, and is coming off a 10 strikeout performance in Game 1.


Major League Baseball announced Michael Conforto as one of fifteen finalists for the Hank Aaron award, which recognizes the most outstanding offensive performer in each league. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Conforto faces stiff competition with Cody Bellinger, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto among the finalists. Still, it's a great step forward for the young outfielder who hit 27 home runs in 109 games played.


John Lackey on NLDS roster

Sat, Oct 7th 1:13am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

CHC

John Lackey was included on the NLDS roster to potentially pitch out of the bullpen. The surprising corresponding absence was Hector Rondon. (Source: Chicago Sun Times)

Fantasy Impact: This may be Lackey's last hurrah and he does bring experience. Perhaps the bigger question fans might have is why Justin Wilson is there instead of Rondon. Either way, the move has been made so now it is time to see what happens.


Edwin Encarnacion left Friday's ALDS Game 2 with a sprained right ankle. (Source: Jordan Bastian on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Encarnacion couldn't put any weight on his leg as he got helped off the field. The slugger suffered the injury in the first inning as he attempted to get back to second base in the first inning. We'll provide an update when more information comes out, but it didn't look good.


The Red Sox have not yet decided if they are going to remove Eduardo Nunez from the ALDS roster. (Source: Scott Lauber on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The plan is to get more tests on Nunez before making a final decision, but it would be surprising to see him again this post-season. Nunez left Thursday's ALDS Game 1 in the first inning. He had to be carried off the field and couldn't put any weight on his leg. Chris Young would be the likely roster replacement.


Doug Fister will pitch game three of the ALDS versus the Houston Astros on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz will pitch the first two games. The news comes as somewhat of a surprise. Fister apparently beat out both Rick Porcello and Eduardo Rodriguez for the nod.


Hanley Ramirez is not in Thursday's lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Eduardo Nunez is the DH today and will bat second. It's pretty surprising when you consider Ramirez is Boston's best power threat, but it's a reminder of how inconsistent he has been this year. Ramirez is making $22.75 million in 2017.


Despite throwing 2 1/3 innings in Wednesday night's Wild Card game, Robbie Ray will be ready to start NLDS Game 2 on Saturday. (Source: Jared Diamond on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The original plan was for Ray to pitch Game 1 of the NLDS, but Arizona had to use him on Wednesday once Zack Greinke couldn't make it out of the fourth inning. Ray only threw 34 pitches and allowed one run on two hits while striking out three.


CC Sabathia will take the ball for game two of the ALDS. He'll face off with Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber. (Source: Nick Camino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sonny Gray is pitching game one, so Sabathia will take on his former team a day later. The southpaw went 14-5 this season with a 3.69 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 148 2/3 innings pitched.


Sonny Gray will pitch game one of the ALDS against the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night. (Source: Nick Camino on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: CC Sabathia will pitch game two. In 27 starts this year Gray went 10-12 with a 3.55 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings pitched. Given how dominant the Yankees bullpen looked last night it's likely Gray will have a short leash.


Kyle Hendricks will start Game 1 of the National League Division Series versus the Washington Nationals on Friday night. (Source: Carrie Muskat on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hendricks is the Cubs' best pitcher right now. He has a 2.19 ERA in his last 78 innings. After Hendricks the rotation goes Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Jake Arrieta.


Drew Pomeranz will get the ball in game two of the ALDS, according to manager John Farrell. (Source: weei.com)

Fantasy Impact: Chris Sale is slated to pitch game one, and it's not yet determined who will follow Pomeranz is the rotation. Pomeranz was the clear choice for Boston here. He posted a 3.32 ERA in 32 starts during the regular season.


Adam Wainwright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Tuesday. (Source: Adam Wainwright on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wainwright suffered through a brutal fantasy season in 2017, posting a 5.11 ERA with a 1.50 WHIP. He should be fully healthy for Spring Training next year, but isn't going to be a fantasy option early in the season.


Corey Kluber is scheduled to pitch the second game of the ALDS. (Source: Cleveland Indians on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Trevor Bauer will get the ball in game one. It's a little surprising, but pitching game two will keep Kluber on regular rest. Plus he could still pitch game five if necessary. The right-hander went 18-4 in 2017 to go along with a 2.25 ERA.


Byron Buxton had to exit Tuesday's American League Wild Card game due to back tightness. (Source: Rhett Bollinger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Buxton crashed into the center field wall in the second inning to rob Todd Frazier of an extra-base hit. He then tried to hit in the third, but was seen grimacing on the base-paths. The 23-year-old will now have all winter to recover and get healthy. In 140 games this season Buxton hit 16 homers and stole 29 bases. He's (once again) going to be a major breakout candidate in drafts next March.


Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray will take the mound in the team's Wild Card game opposite Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Source: Thomas Harding on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Like every team currently playing in the league's two Wild Card games, this was an easy decision for the Rockies. Gray is the best pitcher Colorado has, and he owns a 2.44 ERA since August 1st.