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10/20:Updating a previous report, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (knee) had surgery to fix a patellar avulsion fracture in his right knee, according to a source. An avulsion fracture is when a small chunk of bone attached to a tendon or ligament gets pulled away from the main part of the bone. The good news is that Altuve is expected to be fully recovered for spring training next year. The six-time All-Star and 2017 MVP initially hurt his knee in July and played hurt the rest of the way. His numbers suffered as a result, as he hit .316/.386/.451 with only 13 home runs, 61 RBI, 84 runs scored and 17 steals. The home runs and RBI were his fewest since 2014, while he hadn't come in under 30 stolen bases since his rookie season in 2011. Altuve could easily bounce back to MVP levels in 2019 with better health, and he'll remain a top-tier fantasy second baseman.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Brian McTaggart
10/20:The Miami Marlins are expected to announce the signing of Cuban prospects Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. during a press conference on Monday, according to sources. Victor Victor is expected to sign for more than $5 million, while Victor Jr. is expected to sign for a bonus around $1 million. The two players are widely believed to be the top two international prospects on the table this offseason, so the Marlins are landing two future prospects to boost their minor league system.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Jesse Sanchez
10/20:The Boston Red Sox are considering playing outfielder Mookie Betts at second base when the World Series shifts to the National League park. It's not a given, though, and manager Alex Cora said there are a lot of factors to consider. One way or another, J.D. Martinez, the regular designated hitter, will play in every game of the series. That means that if Betts doesn't shift to the keystone that Jackie Bradley Jr. will start on the bench in an NL park. Bradley was more of a defensive player during the regular season, but he won the ALCS MVP with two home runs and nine RBI despite hitting just .200 (3-for-15).--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Boston Herald - Jason Mastrodonato
Next Matchup:   10/23  |  vs. LAD   |  8:09 PM ET
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10/20:Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson is starting in left field and hitting leadoff in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against Brewers right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. First baseman Max Muncy will hit second, while Chris Taylor drops to seventh. David Freese and Enrique Hernandez will start on the bench. While Pederson has just three hits in 16 career at-bats against Chacin, two of those have gone over the fence and he has driven in six runs against him. Pederson also had 24 of his 25 homers on the year against righties, so he'll be a popular DFS pick. Muncy is in a great spot to do some damage as well.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Baseball Press
Next Matchup:   10/23  |  @ BOS    (Chris Sale - LHP)   |  8:09 PM ET
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10/20:Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin will start Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday against the Dodgers. Chacin doesn't have electric stuff, but he has the experience and often keeps opposing lineups off balance. He was the team's most consistent starter throughout the year, going 15-8 with a 3.50 ERA and 156 strikeouts. He's been awesome in the playoffs, too, throwing 10 1/3 scoreless innings in the Division Series and Game 3 of the NLCS combined. He has a 2.28 ERA dating back to Aug. 8. Chacin has been great, but it doesn't mean he's untouchable, although the Dodgers bats have been rather quiet for most of the NLCS. He'll probably be the more popular DFS pick over Dodgers starter Walker Buehler, who has struggled in the postseason.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource:
10/20:Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler will start Game 7 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday against the Brewers. The young right-hander was fantastic during the season, going 8-5 with a 2.62 ERA and 151 strikeouts. He was also exceptional in the National League West tiebreaker against the Rockies, but he's allowed nine runs over 12 innings (6.75 ERA) in the Division Series and NLCS in two starts. Things won't be easy for Buehler on Saturday in a must-win game and he'll probably have a short leash, but he has the stuff to silence a strong Brewers lineup if he's on.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource:
10/20:Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (knee) underwent surgery on his right knee, according to a source. The six-time All-Star fought through a knee injury for most of the second half of the season and the playoffs, initially injuring the knee sliding into second base in July in Colorado. He's expected to make a full recovery and be ready for spring training. Altuve hit .316 with 13 homers and 61 RBI in 137 games this year. While the counting stats were a bit down, it was also because it was the first time he didn't play at least 150 games. While there's a bit more pause as to whether Altuve can continue his elite-caliber play, he should remain one of the top second basemen off the board in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: - Brian McTaggart
10/20:Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wade Miley came back from his notable one-batter start Wednesday to help keep the team alive in the playoffs Friday. He would only last 4 1/3 innings but he bounced back from allowing a lead-off homer to start the game to hold the Dodgers to just two runs. While Miley was keeping the Dodgers at bay, the offense broke out for five runs in the first two innings. After the offense built up a lead and Miley did his job, Milwaukee's bullpen took care of the rest to tie the series at 3 games apiece.--Jamie Mellor - RotoBallerSource:
10/20:Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain performed well Friday in his role as the table-setter in NLCS Game 6. Cain would come around to score twice, including one in the first inning after the Dodgers had jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning. Cain's position at the top of the order provides him great potential for value in fantasy. However, Cain's ability offers great value for the Brewers. He is an elite defender who can bat over .300 and then steal 30 bases once he gets on. Cain even produces decent power for a leadoff hitter, as evidenced by his 10 homers this season.--Jamie Mellor - RotoBallerSource:
10/20:Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar stepped up when his team needed it Friday versus Los Angeles. The Dodgers had the momentum with a 3-2 lead in the series and a 1-0 lead in Game 6 when Aguilar doubled in two runs to give the Brewers the lead. Milwaukee would take the momentum from there and run away with Game 6 by the score of 7-2. Aguilar would end up scoring twice while driving in three Friday. Saturday will be the decisive Game 7 which will determine whether Aguilar's season continues.--Jamie Mellor - RotoBallerSource:
10/19:Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (abdomen, pelvis) underwent surgery to fix the abdominal wall and to help his pelvic stress reaction heal. The Pirates expect the right-hander to be on a schedule close to a normal spring training. Musgrove was shut down late in the year due to the injury. He had his moments in 2018 and went 6-9 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 across 19 starts for the Bucs. He should remain a key member of the rotation heading into next season as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: The Athletic - Rob Biertempfel
10/19:Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman David Freese is starting at first base and is hitting leadoff in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against Brewers left-hander Wade Miley. Max Muncy is at second base and will hit second. Joc Pederson will start on the bench for this one. Freese is 7-for-20 (.350) with a homer, three runs and four walks in his career against Miley and hit very well against southpaws this year, so the Dodgers will trot him out there first. It will really increase his DFS value for Friday night's game as a sleeper. Muncy also has a bit more DFS upside, although he hit only eight of his 35 homers this year against left-handers.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Baseball Press
Next Matchup:   10/23  |  @ BOS    (Chris Sale - LHP)   |  8:09 PM ET
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10/19:Milwaukee Brewers infielder Travis Shaw is starting at second base and is hitting cleanup against Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Friday. It's a nice lineup placement, but Shaw hit just .209/.303/.296 with two of his 32 homers during the regular season against southpaws. He did take Dodgers lefty Alex Wood deep in Game 2 in Milwaukee, but Shaw has limited DFS upside Friday night.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: Baseball Press
10/19:Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that starting pitcher Chris Sale (illness) will start Game 1 of the World Series against either the Brewers or Dodgers. While it's not official yet, it will "probably" be David Price in Game 2 in Boston. Sale will have plenty of rest, with his last start coming in Game 1 of the ALCS a week ago. He'll be a bit more of a DFS risk coming off a serious stomach issue that caused him to lose strength and weight. Price pretty much earned the start in Game 2 after dominating the Astros and helping clinch the ALCS on Thursday night.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: WEEI
10/19:Chicago White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson will focus on becoming a two-way player this offseason. The White Sox support the decision and plan on assessing him throughout the offseason. Davidson tossed three scoreless innings in three blowout games in 2018, giving up one hit and a walk while striking out two. He has a 92 mph fastball with what the coaching staff thinks is decent movement. Before pitching this year, Davidson had last stepped on a mound in high school. He'd like to be able to help keep the bullpen fresh, and he's not expecting to be used in high-leverage situations. It's a fun story, but it's unlikely to stick or produce good results over the long term. Davidson is a power option in deeper leagues, but he swings and misses too often to be a strong option in mixed leagues. He hit .228 with 20 homers, 62 RBI and a .738 OPS in 123 games this year.--Keith Hernandez - RotoBallerSource: 670 The Score - Bruce Levine
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