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Ronald Acuna, Jr. was named the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Monday after establishing himself as a superstar in the 2018 campaign.

Fantasy Impact: He arrived in the majors on April 25th and missed additional time (nearly a month) with a knee injury but produced a .293 average, .366 on-base percentage, 26 home runs, a .917 OPS and 4.1 bWAR. His elite combination of power, on-base ability, speed, and defense made him an obvious standout among his peers, who overwhelmingly voted Acuña the 2018 Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year. In a September survey of National League players, Acuña received 72 percent of the vote for the rookie honor, far outpacing the rest of the NL rookie class.


Brian Snitker has signed a two-year extension as manager of the Braves with an option for a third year.

Fantasy Impact: Snit, as he is known in Braves country, led his team to an improbable NL East title in 2018 and the future looks brighter than that. In other news, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez will not be retained but he may take another position within the organization.

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Didi Gregorius will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week. Yankees officials are reportedly "hopeful" that Gregorius will be back at some point in 2019. (Source: Bob Klapisch on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gregorius reportedly injured himself in Game 1 of the ALDS. Assuming that he misses at least a good chunk of the 2019 season, this is a huge blow to the Yankees and their offense. Although hitters can recover from Tommy John surgery much sooner than pitchers, there remains a lengthy rehab process. It's likely that Gleyber Torres would see time at shortstop next year in Gregorius' absence, further enhancing his value.

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Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals have agreed to a one-year contract for 2019. (Source: St. Louis Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wainwright missed most of the 2018 season, throwing just 40 1/3 innings while pitching to a 4.46 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. While his professional career may not be over, his time as a fantasy asset likely is. Tip your cap to the veteran but ignore him for fantasy purposes.

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The Marlins have traded Kyle Barraclough to the Nationals in exchange for international slot money. (Source: Dan Kolko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barraclough was dominant for the early part of the season before hitting the skids in the second half, ultimately finishing with a 4.20 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. Unless the Nationals add to their bullpen, Barraclough, who is under team control for three more seasons, will be in the mix for saves.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Addison Russell has been suspended 40 games for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence agreement. The suspension is retroactive to September 21. (Source: Jesse Rogers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Russell will therefore miss roughly 30 games next season, but it's unclear if those games will be for the Cubs. Russell has agreed not to appeal, so his suspension should factor into draft boards next season.

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Cespedes is scheduled for a second heel surgery on October 23. He didn't rule out missing 2019. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: According to Cespedes, "it's unpredictqable given what will happen." He couldn't commit to any number of games played for 2019. This likely opens up an everyday spot for Brandon Nimmo next season. It also hurts Cespedes value going forward, as he's not getting any younger. Cespedes is 32 years old.

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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.

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