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Didi Gregorius went 2-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius finished the regular season hitting .268 with 27 homers and 86 RBI. He finished the postseason hitting .235 with three RBI. Didi Gregorius should be a top fantasy shortstop next season.

Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 in a 16-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Judge is having a great postseason so far hitting .462 with three homers. The Yankees face elimination on Tuesday with Rick Porcello pitching for the Red Sox. Judge is a career .250 hitter with one homer and three RBI lifetime vs. Porcello.

J.D. Martinez was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two walks as the Red Sox decimated the Yankees 16-1 on Monday to take a 2-1 ALDS lead.

Fantasy Impact: A quiet night by Martinez on all accounts, just going to show how valuable he truly is. J.D. drove in Mookie Betts on a sacrifice fly in the third and also singled in Jackie Bradley Jr. in the seventh. It is a scary thought for the rest of the playoff teams that on a night Boston scores 16 runs Martinez only accounts for one hit. JDM is batting .364 (4-for-11) so far this postseason with one home run, five RBIs, and two walks. Expect the fireworks to continue on Tuesday night.

Mookie Betts was 2-for-5 with two RBI and a walk as he helped Boston take a decisive 2-1 ALDS series lead over New York on Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Betts scored on a J.D. Martinez sacrifice fly after reaching in the third, scoring Boston's second run of the game. This equated to all the damage the team would end up requiring as they went on to dominantly win 16-1. The RBIs were Betts' first of the postseason and he finally looked completely locked in at the plate, even his outs were hit hard on Monday. The eventual AL MVP will attempt to send his team to the ALCS on Tuesday as he will square off with C.C. Sabathia, a pitcher he holds a career .429 (12-for-28) batting average against.

Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-3 with a three-run double, two runs scored, two walks, and a stolen base as the Red Sox demolished the Yankees 16-1 in game three of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: With Boston already up 4-0 in the top of the fourth, Benintendi came up with the bases loaded and cleared them with a double off of reliever Lance Lynn. The hit really put the game out of reach at that point, as Boston's entire lineup could not be stopped on Monday. Benintendi is now 4-for-10 (.400) with three RBIs, three walks, and two steals through the first three games of the series.

Brock Holt made MLB history on Monday night in game three of the ALDS, becoming the first player to ever hit for the cycle in the postseason.

Fantasy Impact: Holt singled off Yankees' starter Luis Severino in the fourth, and tripled later off Lance Lynn as the Sox batted around in the frame. He then doubled in the top of the eighth and finally smoked a line drive homer to right in the ninth off of catcher-turned-pitcher Austin Romine. It was an incredible all around performance by Holt that will quite literally never be forgotten.

Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBI in a 6-2 win over the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez finished the regular season hitting .186 with 18 homers and 53 RBI. After going hit less in the Yankee's first two postseason game he finally had a breakout game with two homers. Game 3 will be Monday at home.

David Price recorded just five outs on Saturday night versus the Yankees as the Red Sox would go on to lose 6-2 in Game 2 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Price allowed three runs on three hits and two walks. For the first time in his career he failed to strike a batter out. Manager Alex Cora understandably had a quick hook. The loss continued the streak of Price's poor post-season play.

Giancarlo Stanton went 1-for-5 in a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Stanton finished the regular season hitting .266 with 38 homers and 100 RBI. He has great numbers against the Red Sox hitting .371 with five homers this season.

Craig Kimbrel allowed one run and registered four outs as the Red Sox held on to beat the Yankees 5-4 in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Kimbrel entered the game in th eighth inning with a two-run lead. He escaped the eighth without allowing an inherited runner to score, but then allowed a solo homer to Aaron Judge in the ninth. The good news is he then settled down to secure the win. It’s unknown if he will be available in Game 2 on Saturday night.

Chris Sale allowed two runs and struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings on Friday night as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-4 in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Sale walked two and allowed five hits. He hit 96 mph on the first pitch of the night but mainly threw off speed pitches over the course of his outing. He left with a 5-0 lead that the bullpen was barely able to hold on to. If needed Sale will pitch Game of this series next Thursday night.

Hyun-Jin Ryu dominates Game 1

Fri, Oct 5th 11:45am EDT
By Brendan Tuma

Hyun-Jin Ryu fired seven shutout innings on Thursday night as the Dodgers beat the Braves 6-0 in NLDS Game 1.

Fantasy Impact: The southpaw was fantastic for Los Angeles this year, and his performance validated the decision to save Clayton Kershaw for Game 2. Ryu struck out eight and allowed just four hits while walking none. He could be used in a potential Game 4 on short rest.

Max Muncy homered and walked three teams on a Thursday night as the Dodgers shutout the Braves 6-0 in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Fantasy Impact: Muncy’s homer was a three-run shot in the second inning off Atlanta ace Mike Foltynewicz. He then walked in his next three plate appearances. It’s a great start to the playoffs for the breakout star, who hit 35 homers with a .973 OPS this season.

Kyle Hendricks went 1 1/3 innings versus the Rockies Tuesday. He would give up the run in the 13th inning that decided the game.

Fantasy Impact: Hendricks was strong down the stretch even though his overall numbers are not what they were a few years ago. He is a solid bounce-back candidate for 2019.

Jon Lester went six innings Tuesday versus Colorado. He would allow one run while striking out nine.

Fantasy Impact: Lester finished the regular season with an 18-6 record with a 3.32 ERA. He will go into 2019 as a solid starter who should be owned in virtually all leagues he is eligible in.

Javier Baez went 1-for-5 with a walk Tuesday. He would drive in the only run for the Cubs in a 13-inning 2-1 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Baez was one of the best fantasy options in 2018. He will go early in 2019 drafts.

Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-4 Monday versus the Brewers. His lone hit was a solo homer that would be the Cubs only run.

Fantasy Impact: Rizzo finished the regular season with 25 HR and 101 RBI. As for the playoffs. he should be in the lineup pretty much every game.

Jose Quintana went five innings Monday versus the Brewers. He would allow one run and take a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: Quintana has gone 13-11 with a 4.09 ERA this season. It is unknown yet whether he will get another start, especially since the Cubs face a one-game elimination format Tuesday.

Eric Skoglund allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks against the Indians on Sunday. He struck out three batters and gave up a solo home run to Francisco Lindor over five innings in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Going up against Carrasco and Bauer, Skoglund didn't have much of a chance at the win, but he held his own against a World Series contender. Hopefully Skoglund can stay healthy next year, and fantasy owners can get a better idea of what the 25-year-old has to offer.

Spencer Turnbull allowed four runs on five hits and a pair of walks on Sunday against the Brewers. He struck out seven and allowed a home run over 5 1/3 innings in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Turnbull had a rough go of it in his first month in the majors. He'll finish 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in this cup of coffee, with a shot to make next year's rotation. But he'll have to show something more before being considered for fantasy purposes.