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Relief pitcher Kirby Yates agreed to a two-year, $8.25 million contract with a club option for 2024 with the Atlanta Braves (Source: Jeff Passan on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Yates will more than likely be tasked with giving the Braves another high-leverage arm in the late innings. Yates underwent Tommy John surgery in March and missed all of the 2021 season and will not be ready until the mid-part of the 2022 season.

Major League Baseball announced Monday that Braves OF Marcell Ozuna has received a retroactive suspension of 20 games for violating the Joint Domestic Violence Policy. (Source: Jared Diamond on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The suspension applies to the games that Ozuna missed while on administrative leave from September 10th through the end of the regular season. It's unclear if Ozuna will be on the Braves' roster to begin 2022, but he is now eligible to be.

Braves outfielder Adam Duvall declined his side of a $7 million mutual option for 2022. However, he's still eligible for arbitration, meaning the Braves could keep Duvall on the roster by tendering him a contract ahead of Dec. 2, 2021. (Source: Craig Mish on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Acquired at the trade deadline, Duvall was phenomenal in his second stint with the Braves. Between Miami and Atlanta in 2021, the 33-year-old slashed .228/.281/.491 with 38 homers, 113 RBI, and a career-high 2.4 fWAR.

Category: Transactions

Braves LHP Max Fried will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday night. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fried will look to give the Braves a commanding 2-0 series lead when he takes the mound against the Astros on Wednesday night. Fried has a 3.78 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in three starts for the Braves this postseason.

Braves RHP Charlie Morton suffered a broken right fibula in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. He'll miss the remainder of the postseason. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: X-rays revealed the fracture after Morton departed in the third inning. Morton took a comebacker off his leg, which did the damage. He had thrown 2 1/3 scoreless innings before departing. The Braves announced that he's expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2022.

Category: Injury Updates

Braves OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (ACL) says he'll start jogging sometime in November or December. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Acuna doesn't have an exact timetable to return, but it's still early in the process. He underwent ACL surgery in early July and seemingly has a shot at being ready for Opening Day. We'll have a better idea of his 2022 status the closer we get to spring training.

Category: Injury Updates

Braves starting pitcher Ian Anderson will start Game 2 of NLCS against the Dodgers on Sunday night. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Anderson has risen to the occasion for the Braves when called on in the postseason the last two seasons. Anderson has a 1.01 WHIP, 0.76 ERA, .165 opponents batting average while also recording 30 strikeouts in five career postseason starts. In one start against the Dodgers in the 2021 regular season, Anderson struggled, lasting just 4.1 innings, allowing four runs, and recording six strikeouts in a June 4th loss to the Dodgers at Truist Park.

Braves OF Jorge Soler tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss a minimum of 10 days. (Source: Jayson Stark on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Soler had been operating as Atlanta's leadoff hitter, but their postseason journey will continue without him now. They enter Tuesday's NLDS Game 4 up 2-1 over the Brewers.

Category: Injury Updates

Austin Riley went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, an RBI single, and a run scored against the Mets Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Riley finishes the season with a .303 average, 33 doubles, 33 homers, and 107 RBIs (second in NL), to go with .367 OBP, .531 slugging%, and .898 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps

Ozzie Albies went 1-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored against the Mets Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Albies' double was his 40th, which made him just the 10th player in MLB history to have three or more seasons with at least 40 doubles, 20 homers, and five triples. The others are eight Hall Of Famers and Mookie Betts.

Category: Game Recaps

Freddie Freeman went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored against the Mets Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Freeman finished at exactly .300 (180-for-600) on the season and led the NL with 120 runs scored. He had 31 homers, 83 RBI, .393 OBP, and .896 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps

Eddie Rosario went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a double, and an additional run scored against the Mets Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Rosario would be a perfect addition to the Braves roster next season as he has made himself at home in the daily lineup. Entering today, since coming off the IL on August 28th, he was slashing .262/.330/.560 with a .370 wOBA.

Category: Game Recaps

Will Smith pitched the ninth inning against the Phillies Thursday, striking out two, and securing not only the win but also the Braves' 4th straight division title. It was his 37th save.

Fantasy Impact: Smith's effort tonight was flawless with no drama whatsoever, and he appears ready for the playoffs.

Category: Game Recaps

Dansby Swanson went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles, and two RBI against the Phillies Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Dansby found his bat last night, and he exploded tonight after a prolonged drought at the plate. Hopefully, he will continue this success in the coming days.

Category: Game Recaps

Joc Pederson goes yard Sunday

Sun, Sep 26th 10:41pm EDT
By Steve Painter

Joc Pederson went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, a single, and an additional run scored against the Padres Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Today comes on the heels of a pinch-hit RBI double Saturday, and some managers prefer to stick with a potentially hot bat so he might see some starts during the last week of the regular season.

Category: Game Recaps

Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-5 with an RBI double against the Padres Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: d'Arnaud missed over three months this summer while on IL, forcing the team to promote William Contreras before he was ready to the MLB roster. That didn't work out well. The return of d'Arnaud on August 11th is part of the reason the team flipped the NL East race during the second half of the season. Entering today, since August 11th, he was slashing .231/.314/.444 with a .327 wOBA and eight doubles, five homers, 13 runs scored, and 14 RBI.

Category: Game Recaps

Huascar Ynoa pitched 4 2/3 innings against the Rockies Wednesday, allowing four hits, two runs (both earned), and two walks while striking out eight batters. He did not factor in the decision, a 3-2 Braves loss. He threw 92 pitches, 60 for strikes, and carries a 3.26 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: Ynoa is making rookie mistakes and is getting his development in under live-fire. The 23-year-old has shown some good things to build upon, and he'll grow from these starts. But the fact remains that, speaking honestly, the team only has three bonafide starters right now. Ynoa has a future, yes, but he's still developing.

Category: Game Recaps

The Braves placed Stephen Vogt (hip) on the 10-day injured list. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vogt hit two homers on Thursday but also left with the injury. William Contreras has been recalled from Triple-A as a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates

Braves pitcher Touki Toussaint is scheduled to start Thursday's game against the Rockies. (Source: Mark Bowman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Toussaint was recently shifted to a relief role and made one appearance out of the bullpen, allowing one walk during a scoreless inning. Now, he's rejoining the rotation during a game at the hitter-friendly Coors Field. The 25-year-old is 3-2 with a 3.60 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and .217 OBA through eight games (seven starts) this season. He has amassed 40 strikeouts while allowing seven homers and 15 walks up to this point.

Category: Rumors

Drew Smyly pitched 4 2/3 innings against the Dodgers Monday, allowing nine hits and five runs (all earned) while striking out five batters. The five runs were all the Dodgers needed, and Smyly's record slipped to 9-4 on the year. He threw 89 pitches, 63 for strikes, and carries a 4.75 ERA.

Fantasy Impact: This game was a disaster for Smyly, giving up four gopher balls in his short time on the mound. The Braves seem intent on keeping him in the rotation, but more times often than not, it just turns into a bullpen game for them.

Category: Game Recaps