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Marcus Semien went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored, and a walk in the A's 11-6 season-ending loss to the Astros in Game 4 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Semien notched an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning to score Robbie Grossman but, unfortunately, the game was all but over by then. The upcoming free agent had a poor regular season but did all he could to make up for it during the playoffs. He registered a .407/.484/.667 batting line to go along with two home runs and four RBI across 27 at-bats.

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Tommy La Stella went 2-for-5 with an RBI as the A's lost to the Houston Astros 11-6 on Thursday, which ended their season.

Fantasy Impact: La Stella picked up an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning with the game well out of reach. He was excellent for Oakland after coming over at the trade deadline, slashing .289/.369/.423 with one home run and 11 RBI over 97 at-bats. The impending free agent should garner some interest on the open market after his stellar 2020 season.

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Ramon Laureano went off on Thursday, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI as the A's fell to the Astros 11-6 and were eliminated from the playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Laureano put Oakland on the board with his three-run blast off Zack Greinke in the second inning. He victimized Greinke again in the fifth inning, this time for a solo home run. The centerfielder hit just .192 with a .684 OPS in the postseason and had a disappointing regular season overall but there is a lot of upside given his age and talent level. He should still be drafted as a top-100 player in fantasy drafts next spring.

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Frankie Montas took the loss in Game 4 of the ALDS on Thursday when he allowed five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and one walk over 3 2/3 innings in the A's 11-6 loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Montas actually kept the Astros off the board until the bottom of the fourth inning when Michael Brantley (2-run HR) and Carlos Correa (3-run HR) took him deep. The 27-year old had a poor regular season but given the fact it was such a small sample size he shouldn't be faulted much for it. He'll be an intriguing bounce back candidate in fantasy drafts next season.

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Matt Olson went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk in the A's 9-7 victory over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Olson drilled his second homer of the postseason off Jose Urquidy in the top of the fourth inning to put the A's up 3-2. It was his only hit of the contest but he also drew a walk. The first baseman is batting just .105 with a .713 OPS to go along with two home runs and three RBI over 19 at-bats this postseason.

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Mark Canha went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as Oakland beat Houstn 9-7 in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Canha hit one of five Oakland home runs in the second inning when he took Jose Urquidy deep for his first blast of the postseason. The outfielder has been quiet in the playoffs thus far with a .143 batting average and a .494 OPS over 21 at-bats.

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Chad Pinder went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and four RBI in the A's 9-7 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Pinder paced the A's in their comeback win on Wednesday as he hit a game-tying three-run home run off Josh James in the seventh inning to even up the score at 7-7. He added his fourth RBI in the top of the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly. The A's certainly miss Matt Chapman, especially on defense, but Pinder has filled in admirably at the hot corner this postseason.

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Liam Hendriks picked up the win on Wednesday when he allowed one hit with four strikeouts over three scoreless innings as the A's beat the Astros in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Hendriks entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with the score knotted up at seven apiece and promptly retired the first three batters in order. Things got dicey in the eighth as Oakland retook the lead in the top of the frame but the first two Houston batters reached in the bottom half. Hendriks was able to end the threat, though, with a pop out, ground out, and a Josh Reddick strikeout, which caused the outfielder to snap his bat in frustration, to end the inning. He then retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth inning to lock up the win. Oakland lives to play another day but they're still down 2-1 in the series.

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Jesus Luzardo took a no-decision on Wednesday when he allowed four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in Oakland's Game 3 ALDS win over the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Luzardo allowed a pair of runs in the first inning, including a solo shot to Jose Altuve. He kept Houston at bay until the bottom of the fifth inning when Aledmys Diaz cracked a two-run shot off of him before he was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit. The young left-hander has had a rough go this postseason, posting a 8.22 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, and a 7:2 K/BB ratio over 7 2/3 innings (two starts).

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Jake Lamb is not the lineup for Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros on Wednesday. (Source: Oakland Athletics on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Lamb will remain out of the lineup for the second consecutive game. He hit third in Game 1 of the ALDS, but hasn’t appeared since. Chad Pinder will draw the start at 3B.

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Khris Davis went 2-for-4 with a solo blast in the A's 5-2 loss to the Astros in Game 2 of the ALDS on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Krush was responsible for one of Oakland's two runs when he smacked a solo shot off Framber Valdez in the second inning. He's been one of the A's best hitters so far this postseason with a stellar .400 batting average and a 1.400 OPS over 15 at-bats go go along with three home runs and four RBI.

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Sean Manaea took the loss on Tuesday in Game 2 of the ALDS when he allowed four runs on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk across 4 1/3 innings in the A's 5-2 loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Manaea navigated through the first two innings relatively unscathed but gave up a two-run tater to George Springer in the top of the third inning with two outs. The left-hander gave up two more hits in the fourth inning but escaped without allowing a run before coughing up a solo shot to Martin Maldonado in the fifth with one out. He was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit and eventually saddled with the loss as Oakland couldn't mount a comeback. The A's are now one loss away from being eliminated. They will attempt to force a Game 4 when they face Houston for Game 3 on Wednesday.

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Sean Murphy went 1-for-4 with a solo home run as the A's lost 10-5 to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the ALDS on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Murphy was the second of three Athletics' to take Lance McCullers Jr. deep in this one. Khris Davis and Matt Olson also went yard on Monday. The solo blast was the only hit of the night for the rookie backstop but he's having a solid postseason with a .333 batting average and a 1.262 OPS with two home runs, three RBI, and two walks.

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J.B. Wendelken blew a save and took the loss on Monday in Game 1 of the ALDS as he allowed four runs, none earned, on three hits with one strikeout over 2/3 of an inning in the A's 10-5 loss to the Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Wendelken entered in the sixth inning to protect a 5-3 lead. He got two quick outs before a Marcus Semien error, a mishandled grounder, allowed Josh Reddick to reach base. It all fell apart after that as the Astros recorded three straight hits to take the lead. Officially, Wendelken didn't allow a run as none of them were technically earned but he was still saddled with the blown save and the loss.

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Chris Bassitt took a no-decision on Monday when he gave up three runs on nine hits with four strikeouts in Oakland's Game 1 ALDS loss to the Houston Astros.

Fantasy Impact: Bassitt cruised through the first three innings by allowing no runs on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Houston was all over him the fourth inning, though, as Alex Bregman led off the frame with a solo home run and Carlos Correa followed suit with a two-run blast. The right-hander finished the inning but gave up back-to-back singles to start the fifth inning and was replaced by Yusmeiro Petit. When it was all said and done, Bassitt had given up nine hits over four inning with three earned runs, which isn't bad considering what the Houston offense unleashed on the Oakland bullpen. The A's will look to bounce back with Sean Manaea on the bump in Game 2 on Tuesday.

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Mike Fiers got the start in Game 3 on Thursday and allowed one run on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over just 1 2/3 innings as the A's beat the White Sox to advance to the ALDS.

Fantasy Impact: Fiers served more as an opener in this one as Oakland used eight pitchers to secure their first playoff series win since 2006. The A's would have preferred in the veteran could have lasted longer but he was pretty inefficient (39 pitches) and the White Sox were all over him from the get go. Fiers was fortunate that the the only run he gave up was an absolute bomb off the bat of Luis Robert, which was the longest home run at the Oakland Coliseum since the stat cast era began. All's well that ends well, though, as the A's will face division-rival Houston in the ALDS on Monday.

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Robbie Grossman went a combined 3-for-5 with two solo home runs in Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners.

Fantasy Impact: Grossman didn't start Game 1 and struck out in his only at-bat as a pinch-hitter. He started game two and uncorked two solo home runs off Justin Dunn. The outfielder got off to a hot start this season but hasn't been an everyday player since the trade deadline. On the season he's slashing .241/.344/.482 with eight home runs and 23 RBI across 166 at-bats.

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Mike Minor was handed a no-decision in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mariners when he allowed just one run on four hits with seven strikeouts and no walks across five innings in the A's eventual 5-1 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Minor did a good job limiting the Mariners, scattering four hits over five innings and issuing no free passes. The veteran left-hander has taken a step back overall this year with a 1-6 record, 5.56 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and a 62:20 K/BB ratio across 56 2/3 innings (11 starts) between the Rangers and A's. He'll likely work out of the bullpen in the postseason for Oakland.

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Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base on Wednesday in the A's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Piscotty picked up a pair of singles and swiped his fourth bag of the year. The outfielder was leading the A's in RBI heading into September but has been hampered by wrist and knee injuries this month. He's got a .242/.278/.383 batting line with five home runs and 29 RBI across 149 at-bats.

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Daniel Mengden cleared waivers and was sent to AAA Las Vegas by the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. (Source: AthleticsPR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mengden has a 3.65 ERA over 12 1/3 innings pitched this season. He will be organizational depth for the Athletics who are poised to make a deep run in the playoffs. Mengden survived COVID-19 earlier this season.

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