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Multiple media outlets are reporting that Mark Melancon will still serve as Atlanta's closer to begin the year despite the team signing Will Smith on Thursday. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith is undoubtedly the superior reliever but the idea is to use him in the highest leverage situations, which don't always come in the ninth inning. Ultimately we expect both relievers to get some saves in 2020, which complicates matters for fantasy.


The Braves re-signed Darren O'Day to a one-year, $2.25 million contract. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The contract has a $3.5 million club option for 2021. The 37-year-old reliever pitched in just eight games this past season but was effective, posting a 1.69 ERA.

Category: Transactions


The Braves declined Julio Teheran's $12 million option for 2020. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Teheran will instead receive a $1 million buyout. The 28-year-old has made at least 30 starts in every season since 2013 but just hasn't showed enough upside in recent years to warrant picking up his option. In 2019 Teheran posted a 3.81 ERA with 162 strikeouts in 174 2/3 innings pitched. He also had a 1.32 WHIP.

Category: Transactions


Nick Markakis and the Braves have come to terms on a one-year contract worth $4 million. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Markakis had an option that was declined by Atlanta but they are still bringing him back. The 35-year-old played in 116 games last year, batting .285 with nine homers and two steals.

Category: Transactions


The Braves are re-signing Tyler Flowers on a one-year contract worth $4 million. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is just some clever accounting by the Braves, who are declining Flowers' $6 million option and handing him a $2 million buyout. So he'll still receive $6 million for his 2020 services, but only $4 million will go towards the team's payroll. The 33-year-old will once again get a decent amount of starts behind the plate for Atlanta next year.

Category: Transactions


Billy Hamilton's 2020 $7.5M team option is being declined by the Atlanta Braves, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Once considered a top prospect with elite speed, Hamilton has never really been able to add much more to his game than top-notch speed and above-average defense. The Braves picked him up in 2019, but there was little doubt that they were going to decline his expensive option for next year. He should catch on somewhere else quickly either as a fourth outfielder for a contender or a potential starter for a rebuilding or retooling squad.

Category: Transactions


Freddie Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow Wednesday. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The procedure cleaned up bone spur formations in Freeman’s elbow. He has been dealing with an elbow issue since September and hit only .200 during the MLB playoffs. Freeman should be ready for spring training, but is a slight injury risk coming off right elbow surgery.

Category: Injury Updates


Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz allowed three earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out five over four innings in Saturday's loss to the New York Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Foltynewicz only went four innings on Saturday as the Braves clearly had him on a pitch count as they head into the playoffs. He finishes the regular season with a 4.54 ERA over 117 innings but has been pitching much better than his overall numbers show over the last month of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson went 3-for-6 with three doubles, four RBI, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Royals.

Fantasy Impact: Donaldson had been slumping a bit of late and was seeing some regular time off with the Braves having wrapped up the division title, but he broke out of it on Wednesday with three doubles.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies went 3-for-4 with a double, a two-run home run, and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Royals. The homer was his 24th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Albies is finishing strong and has his average up to .299 with a shot to finish the year over the .300 mark.

Category: Game Recaps


Ronald Acuna Jr. was removed from Tuesday's game due to right hip tightness. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Atlanta pulled him as a precautionary move as they don't want their star outfielder injuring himself ahead of the playoffs. Acuna reportedly wanted to stay in the game even. He'll likely sit out on Wednesday before hopefully returning to the lineup this weekend. This likely ends his bid at a 40-40 season, however. Acuna currently has 41 homers and 37 stolen bases.

Category: Injury Updates


Braves starter Max Fried tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings in Saturday's win over the Giants, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out two. The win brings him to 17-6 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Fried has a 4.11 ERA on the season but has won an incredible 17 games despite the pedestrian earned run average. He continues to pitch well behind a strong Atlanta offense and should get a shot for his 18th win against the Mets in New York in his last start of the season.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves starter Mike Soroka allowed two earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out five over five innings in Thursday's win over the Phillies. The win brings him to 13-4 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Soroka is finishing the season strong and will now take a 2.60 ERA into his next start against the Royals in Kansas City.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves starter Dallas Keuchel allowed five earned runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Keuchel snapped a streak of six consecutive quality starts on Tuesday, and he had his ERA down to 3.35 heading into yesterday. He will now take a 3.63 into his next start on Sunday against the Giants as he tries to deliver a better performance for fantasy owners in his second start of the week.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, a run scored, and a stolen base in Monday's win over the Phillies. The steal was his eighth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Swanson has not been the same player as he was earlier in the season since returning from the injured list, and he is no longer hitting near the top of a talented Atlanta lineup.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves catcher Brian McCann went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's win over the Nationals. The homer was his 11th of the season.

Fantasy Impact: McCann has been relegated to part-time catching duty, limiting his fantasy value to two-catcher leagues and DFS for the time being.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves reliever Shane Greene struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 23rd save of the season in Friday's win over the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Friday was surprisingly Greene's first save with Atlanta as he quickly lost his grip on the job and saw Mark Melancon take over in the ninth inning shortly after joining the Braves.

Category: Game Recaps


Austin Riley (knee) will begin a rehab assignment with Lowe-A Rome Friday. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Riley went through normal pregame activities Wednesday. He will begin his rehab assignment Friday as the team’s designated hitter. Riley is on track to return to the Braves when the rosters expand in September.

Category: Injury Updates


Ender Inciarte was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday with a right hamstring strain according to the Braves Twitter page. (Source: Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The injury sounds serious as reports have Inciarte not being back until September and possibly missing the rest of the season. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on updates and if this is the case they should be moving on from Inciarte as he will not be available during fantasy playoffs.

Category: Injury Updates


Charlies Culberson went 4-for-5 with two RBI in Wednesday's match-up versus Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact: Culberson now has two straight games of reaching bases after being in a hitting drought for five straight. He isn't being used as often but has saw five plate appearances back to back.

Category: Game Recaps


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