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Atlanta Braves

NL East


Touki Toussaint pitched 3 1/3 innings against the Brewers Friday, allowing six hits, seven runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out five batters. He surrendered two gopher balls, which accounted for five runs, the Braves lost 9-5 and Toussaint is 1-2 on the year. He threw 79 pitches, 48 for strikes. He carries a 4.76 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: The big thing against Toussaint has always been his consistency, but tonight was just a few costly mistakes. He can overcome that and rebound the next time out. Some pitches were sharp, good breaking action, don't drop him yet.

Category: Game Recaps


Adam Duvall went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Duvall is back with the Braves and hopefully, he can generate some offense for the club. His numbers appear light, slashing .230/.277/.475 thus far for the season. We'll see if he was a good pickup in the coming weeks. There really hasn't been any word on what his usage will be from the team, the Braves also traded for Jorge Soler and Eddie Rosario (abdominal) to augment the earlier trade for Joc Pederson.

Category: Game Recaps


Austin Riley went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, and a walk, in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: That's five homers over his last four games. Coming into today, since July 23rd, he's slashing .438/.471/1.094 with a .637 wOBA. All of those numbers indicate he's continuing his quest to deliver results at the plate. The Braves have obviously found their long-term third baseman.

Category: Game Recaps


Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, a walk, and two runs scored in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Coming into today, since June 23rd, Freeman was slashing .393/.482/.624 with a .465 wOBA. That's over a month-plus of owning the plate and he shows no signs of slowing down.

Category: Game Recaps


Joc Pederson went 3-for-5 with a double, two singles, and a run scored in Friday's game against the Brewers.

Fantasy Impact: Since July 16th, his first game with the Braves, Pederson is slashing .283/.321/.434 with a .327 wOBA.

Category: Game Recaps


Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Mets Thursday, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout, sealed the win, and earned his 21st save.

Fantasy Impact: Smith has proven to be very reliable, his job is secure, and we see why the Braves let Mark Melancon walk.

Category: Game Recaps


Drew Smyly pitched four-plus innings against the Mets Thursday, allowing nine hits, three runs (all earned), and one walk while striking out six batters. He was chased after a Pete Alonso home run in the fifth (no outs). The Braves' offense came alive to seal the 6-3 win although Smyly didn't pitch the required innings to get a win or quality start. He threw 85 pitches, 56 for strikes. He carries a 4.40 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: It's apparent that Smyly can get through a lineup once or twice, but the third time through is definitely a no-no. And that, of course, puts a dent in his fantasy value.

Category: Game Recaps


Dansby Swanson went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's game against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Swanson is another Braves hitter who is rounding into form, slashing .357/.400/.500 over his last seven games coming into today. He has 25 doubles, 18 home runs, 46 runs scored, and 50 RBI thus far this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Max Fried pitched seven innings against the Mets Wednesday, allowing five hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while striking out nine batters. The Braves offense was held to one run and Fried was tagged with the loss, he's 7-7 on the year, but he did earn a quality start. He threw 106 pitches, 67 for strikes. He carries a 4.32 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Fried struggled his last time out so tonight is a hopeful sign, perhaps he can find some consistency and help his team win the division. For fantasy, he's had a so-so year but he should be fine the rest of the way.

Category: Game Recaps


Charlie Morton pitched five innings against the Mets Tuesday, allowing five hits, three runs (all earned), and two walks while striking out five batters. It was a blowout win for the Braves, 12-5, and Morton picked up the win, and his record goes to 10-3 on the year. He threw 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. He carries a 3.72 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Morton has turned into the ace the Braves signed him for and now leads a fairly stable rotation. He should end up will a terrific year under his belt.

Category: Game Recaps


Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, a walk, and an additional run scored in Tuesday's game against the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Albies has 17 homers this season, to go along with 30 doubles and 13 stolen bases. He's a complete package at the plate, hits for some power, hits for some contact. He's not striking out much either, with an 18% K%. He's slashing .258/.319/.494 with a .344 wOBA.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson started long tossing. Anderson will start throwing off of a mound potentially this week. He will have a rehab appearance and then the Braves will re-assess. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson hasn't pitched since July 11. Hopefully, he returns healthy soon since he pitched well with a 3.56 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 24.3% strikeout rate, and 9.7% walk rate.

Category: Injury Updates


Kyle Muller pitched five innings against the Mets in the first game of the doubleheader Monday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three batters. The Braves bullpen pitched an additional two shutout innings and Muller earned the victory, his record stands at 2-3 on the year. He threw 75 pitches, 46 for strikes. He carries a 2.55 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: At some point, manager Brian Snitker is going to free Muller and let him pitch deeper into games and hopefully, that will happen soon. Muller has not pitched six innings in any game yet. Until he does, his value, while still good, is limited for fantasy purposes, especially in those leagues that score quality starts.

Category: Game Recaps


Guillermo Heredia went 2-for-3 with a single, double, and run scored in the first game of the doubleheader against the Mets Monday.

Fantasy Impact: It represents his 23rd double on his improbable season as a starter. Not bad for a journeyman, but he's a grinder, a guy who hustles and makes good contact with his bat. He's only suitable in deeper formats, as well as NL-only. Heredia is slashing .249/.332/.403 thus far.

Category: Game Recaps


Stephen Vogt went 2-for-4 with two singles in Friday's game against the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Vogt has had a couple of decent games with the Braves and might have a couple left in him. The news came out today that Travis d'Arnaud is not far away from returning to the team, maybe two-three weeks. So Vogt will have a few opportunities to do well.

Category: Game Recaps


Braves RHP Huascar Ynoa (hand) is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ynoa has been out since May with a fractured hand. He's scheduled to throw live BP this week, which is his final step before being able to pitch in games. Ynoa was pitching well before getting hurt and is a name to monitor for fantasy managers who need pitching down the stretch.

Category: Injury Updates


Braves' catcher Travis d'Arnaud is starting to swing a bat with both hands. He expects to return in August according to manager Brian Snitker. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although d'Arnaud struggled when healthy in 2021, he has been productive as a hitter in recent seasons. In 15-team leagues with two catchers, d'Arnaud is a valuable piece to stash and add sometime in August or late July.

Category: Injury Updates


Ronald Acuna Jr. will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a complete tear of his right ACL. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There's no other way to describe this but devastating news for Acuna, fantasy managers, and baseball generally. Acuna was having another dominant season, slashing .283/.394/.596 with 24 home runs and 17 steals. Given that it's a complete tear of the ACL, it's possible, and perhaps likely, that Acuna's 2022 season will be delayed. Don't move him down your boards too much in dynasty formats given his youth and talent, but obviously, he can be cut in all redraft formats.

Category: Injury Updates


The Braves recalled SS Orlando Arcia from Triple-A Gwinnett. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Arcia has hit .303 with 13 homers and five stolen bases at Triple-A since being acquired earlier this season. He doesn't have any fantasy value at this time.

Category: Transactions


The Braves optioned LHP Sean Newcomb to Triple-A Gwinnett. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Newcomb has struggled this season, posting a 5.82 ERA through 23 appearances. Max Fried (finger) was activated from the 10-day IL as a corresponding move.

Category: Transactions