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Austin Riley is expected to begin the 2021 season at third base, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morosi added that the Braves are more focused on adding a left fielder than they are a third baseman so that would give Riley the opportunity to begin the year at the hot corner. He started 45 games at third base last year but got some run in left field and third base as well. Riley isn't known for his defense but Atlanta must feel comfortable enough having him start the year at third.

The Yankees signed RHP Jhoulys Chacin to a minor league deal. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Chacin will serve as rotation depth for the Bronx Bombers. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports the club is still looking for another proven starter to team up with Gerrit Cole atop the rotation.

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Adam Duvall was not tendered a contract by the Braves, prior to the non-tender deadline. (Source: David O'Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Duvall had a fantastic 2020, hitting 16 homers and slugging .532 in just 209 plate appearances. While the non-tender may be surprising, a reunion between Duvall and the Braves could happen, pending a ruling on if the NL DH is here to stay. He could be an interesting late-round target, depending on where he lands.

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The Braves and RHP Luke Jackson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.8 million contract. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jackson had a down season in 2020 and posted an ugly 6.84 ERA. However, he was a valuable reliever for Atlanta as recently as 2019. Jackson should continue operating out of middle relief next season.

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3B Johan Camargo has agreed to a one-year, $1.36 million deal with the Braves to avoid arbitration. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Camargo avoided arbitration and settled on a one-year deal with the Braves. He slashed .200/.244/.367 over 127 plate appearances in 2020. Camargo is expected to be the Braves’ utility man once again in 2021.

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Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos says RHP Mike Soroka (Achilles) has resumed throwing off flat ground. (Source: Arash Madani on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "His arm will be ahead of his lower half. The key for us will be how long will we have to wait" to go full in baseball activities. "In terms of having his arm in shape, we're not concerned," Anthopoulos elaborated. Soroka underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles in early-August. We'll likely have a better idea of his 2021 availability come spring training.

Category: Injury Updates

Atlanta Braves’ star 1B Freddie Freeman was named the 2020 National League MVP Thursday. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Freeman beat out finalists Mookie Betts and Manny Machado for the 2020 NL MVP. He received 28-of-30 first place votes. Freeman was terrific in a shortened 2020 campaign, slashing .341/.462/.640 with 23 doubles, 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 51 runs scored and two stolen bases over 262 plate appearances.

The Braves declined their $3.5 million 2021 option for RHP Darren O'Day. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Instead, Atlanta will pay a $500,000 buyout. The 38-year-old was fantastic in 19 appearances this year, posting a 1.10 ERA with a 0.80 WHIP. He should generate some moderate interest on the free agent market.

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Braves president Alex Anthopoulos says the team "would love to" re-sign OF Marcell Ozuna. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: No surprise here. “Marcell was amazing for us. He was awesome. I’d love to have him back," Anthopoulos said. Ozuna settled for a one-year, $18 million contract following a couple of down seasons with the Cardinals. It proved to be a tremendous value for the Braves as Ozuna wound up leading the National League in homers (18) and RBI (56) while finishing third in batting average (.338). The Braves have had some recent success with one-year deals, both with Ozuna this year and with Josh Donaldson in 2019. It remains to be seen if they would pay what it would take to bring him back on a multi-year deal. The Red Sox have been suggested as another team who might have interest in Ozuna's services.

OF Ronald Acuna played through a sore left wrist throughout the postseason. (Source: David O’Brien on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Acuna played the postseason with a wrist issue, but was at no risk of further aggravating his injury. "He played banged up," said Braves' GM Alex Anthopoulos. "But it was good enough for him to play and not risk it getting worse playing through soreness until he could rest in the offseason." The 22-year-old OF slashed .217/.333/.370 in 12 playoff games. Acuna will have all offseason to recover and is expected to be one of the top picks off the board in fantasy drafts next season.

Category: Injury Updates

Dansby Swanson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in the Braves 4-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 7 of the NLCS on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Swanson crushed a towering upper deck home run in the second inning off of Tony Gonsolin to put the Braves up 2-0. He would commit a brutal base-running error later in the game, though, when Atlanta had runners on second and third with no out in the fourth inning. Nick Markakis grounded out to short and Swanson was caught in a rundown between third and home plate, he was eventually tagged out and then Austin Riley was gunned down trying to reach third. The Braves were unable to extend their lead, walking away with nothing, and eventually lost the ball game. The 26-year old shortstop finishes the postseason with a .267/.333/.556 batting line to go along with three home runs and nine RBI over 45 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps

Ian Anderson took a no-decision on Sunday when he allowed two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts and walks in the Braves 4-3 loss to the Braves in Game 7 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Anderson wasn't at his sharpest in Game 7 and he gave up five hits, including a two-run single to Will Smith, and walked two over his three innings. It was a tight game from the get go and eventually the Dodgers prevailed and prevented Atlanta from reaching its first World Series since 1999. The rookie Anderson finished the postseason with a 2-0 record with a superb 0.96 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a 24:10 K/BB ratio over 18 2/3 innings.

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Max Fried took his first loss of the postseason on Saturday when he allowed three runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and four walks over 6 2/3 innings in the Braves 3-1 loss to the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Fried surrendered all three of his runs in the first inning when he allowed back-to-back homers to Corey Seager and Justin Turner, respectively, then gave up an RBI single to Cody Bellinger. The left-hander wasn't his most efficient as the Dodgers logged eight hits off him and he issued four free passes. The Braves offense was nowhere to be found and the Dodgers took the win to force a Game 7 on Sunday. Fried won't pitch again this year unless the Braves reach their first World Series since 1999.

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Will Smith blew a save and took the loss on Friday when he allowed two earned runs on one hit with a walk over 1/3 of an inning in the Braves 7-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Smith allowed a go-ahead three-run blast off the bat of, none other than, Will Smith on a 3-2 pitch to give LA a 4-2 advantage. They would never relinquish the lead and Smith was saddled with the loss on top of the blown save. After not allowing a run over his first 5 1/3 innings this postseason, the big left-hander has given up three runs over the last 2/3 of an inning. Overall, he owns a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and a 7:3 K/BB ratio over six innings of work this postseason.

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A.J. Minter did his job in Friday's no decision when he allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts over three scoreless innings in the Braves 7-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Minter was making his first start of the postseason and was in complete control over his three innings of work. The only hit he allowed was a two-out double to Justin Turner but he was perfect otherwise. He whiffed seven and didn't issue a walk in the sterling outing. Unfortunately things started to fall apart for Atlanta once he turned it over to the rest of the bullpen. Minter is sporting a 1.69 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, and a 10:1 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings in the playoffs.

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Bryse Wilson secured his first-ever postseason win on Thursday when he allowed just one run on one hit with five strikeouts and a walk over six innings in the Braves 10-2 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson was excellent on Thursday, holding down the Dodgers offense over six strong innings. The only run he surrendered came in the third inning when Edwin Rios took him deep for a solo shot, it was the only hit Wilson allowed, too. Not too shabby for a pitcher making his postseason debut. The Braves are now one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1999. The former top prospect should get a chance to start a game in the fall classic if the Atlanta were to advance.

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Cristian Pache went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the Braves were blown out by the Dodgers 15-3 in Game 3 of the NLCS on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Pache smashed a Julio Urias offering in the third inning to put the Braves on the board. Unfortunately they were down 15 runs at that point so it had no material impact on the game. It certainly was a big hit for the rookie, though, as it was his first major league home run. Pache has been filling in for Adam Duvall and is batting .200/.333/.600 with a double, a home run, and two RBI through 10 postseason at-bats.

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Kyle Wright completely fell apart on Wednesday, taking the loss, as he allowed seven runs on five hits with two walks over just 2/3 of an inning in the Braves 15-3 loss to the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Fantasy Impact: As evidenced by the box score, Wright was in trouble from the very start as he personally allowed six runs, including back-to-back long balls to Joc Pederson and Edwin Rios. He walked the final batter he faced before being replaced by Grant Dayton, who subsequently gave up a grand slam to finally close the book on Wright. When the dust finally settled the Dodgers scored an MLB-record 11 runs in the first inning. On the bright side, Wright didn't expend too much energy as he only threw 28 pitches. He should be available to pitch later in the series, if necessary.

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Ozzie Albies went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI as the Braves topped the Dodgers 8-7 in Game 2 of the NLCS on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Albies picked up his first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to put the Braves up 6-0. He then took Adam Kolarek deep for a solo shot in the top of the ninth to put the Braves up 8-3. The homer would prove to be a crucial insurance run as the Dodgers mounted a fierce comeback in the ninth inning only to fall short by one run. The second baseman has now homered in back-to-back games and is having himself a fine postseason with a .310/.344/.552 batting line with two home runs and four RBI over 29 at-bats. The Braves will look to extend their series lead on Wednesday when they face Julio Urias in Game 3.

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Braves catcher Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two RBI, and a run scored in Thursday's win over the Miami Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Through five postseason games, d'Arnaud is now batting .421 with two home runs and seven RBI while recording at least one hit in all five games.

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