Per league rules, tie breaker game 163 statistics do not count in your fantasy league. It would be an unfair advantage to some teams.
LABR trade deadline Sept. 3
Just a friendly reminder that the trade deadline in LABR is a week from today. You can propose and make trades from now until first pitch (1:05 p.m. ET) on Monday, Sept. 3.
After that, you're on your own and fate takes over.
Good luck down the stretch!
Derek Carty (Carty) sends C Buster Posey to USA TODAY Sports (Gardner) for Willson Contreras.
Trade takes effect for Week 19
Power bats on the move
Baseball Prospectus (Zimmerman) sends OFs Andrew McCutchen and Michael Conforto, plus 1B Jesus Aguilar to Derek Carty (Carty) for OFs Nick Markakis and Christian Yelich, plus 1B/2B Wilmer Flores.
Trade takes effect for Week 19.
USA TODAY Sports (Gardner) sends C Alex Avila to Colton and the Wolfman (Colton/Wolf) for SP Mark Leiter Jr.
Trade goes into effect for Week 16.
No more d'Arnaud
Derek Carty (Carty) reclaims $3 for Travis d'Arnaud's season-ending elbow surgery.
Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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|Fantasy Alarm - Bender||94.0|
|Colton & The Wolfman||67.5|
|ESPN - Karabell||63.0|
|USA TODAY Sports||56.0|
|Yahoo - DDD||44.5|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Hunter Harvey (elbow, forearm) is scheduled to start a throwing program in December. Harvey hasn't been able to stay healthy so far in his young career, but he's still the team's No. 8 prospect and is only 24 years old. The right-hander only pitched in nine games in 2018 and had a 5.57 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 8.4 K/9 in 32 1/3 innings after throwing just 18 2/3 frames in 2017 in the minors. He's no longer a must-stash in dynasty/keeper leagues and must prove he's healthy in 2019 or risk falling off the radar completely.
Houston Astros starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who is 34 years old and a pending free agent, said he would like to continue his playing career. The veteran right-hander struggled down the stretch while battling an injury and was touched up in his ALCS start against the Red Sox, but otherwise he was once again fantastic this year, going 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and career-high 10.8 K/9 in 30 starts. Even if he departs Houston this offseason, Morton should remain in play in all mixed leagues in 2019.
Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch said second baseman Jose Altuve (knee) wouldn't be playing through his injury if it were the regular season. Altuve is serving as the designated hitter for the third straight game in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Red Sox on Thursday. He's picked it up a bit of late at the plate and is now hitting .267 (8-for-30) with two doubles, one homer, four RBI, three walks and four strikeouts in seven playoff games. His injury should give you a bit more pause when considering whether to spend on him in DFS games.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (illness) played catch on Thursday and is ready for a potential Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros back in Boston on Saturday. Sale was shaky with his command in Game 1 last Saturday and was admitted to the hospital last weekend with stomach issues. He was too weak to make the start in Game 5 on Thursday, so he has been pushed back. In a best-case scenario, the Red Sox wrap up the ALCS with a win on Thursday, which would give Sale a little extra time before his next start. If he starts in a Game 6 against Houston, he'll be a little more risky as a DFS play after losing strength and weight this week due to his illness.
Houston Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick is starting in center field and is batting ninth in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against Red Sox left-hander David Price. Marisnick is just 1-for-12 with five strikeouts in his career against Price, although the one hit was a home run. He's hitless in just one at-bat (a strikeout) this postseason and will probably be removed from the game when Price comes out. You should avoid Marisnick in DFS. Josh Reddick will start on the bench but should get into this game at some point.
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland is starting at first base and is batting fifth in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against Astros starter Justin Verlander. Steve Pearce will start on the bench. It will be Moreland's first start since tweaking his hamstring in Game 2 of the Division Series, although he has one hit in four plate appearances in the ALCS. The left-handed hitter is 11-for-38 with six doubles, seven RBI, seven walks and 13 strikeouts in his career against Verlander, but he'll still be weak DFS play.
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said catcher Austin Barnes will start over Yasmani Grandal in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series against the Brewers on Friday. Grandal has been a mess at the plate and on defense in this series, so Barnes continues to play over him. The Dodgers will also be facing left-hander Wade Miley, so it makes plenty of sense. In three games in the NLCS, Barnes is 2-for-11 with two RBI, two walks and five strikeouts. He makes for a low-upside DFS play.
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (hip) is expected to be fully recovered entering the 2019 season. "He's due to be healthy and back on track [following left hip surgery]. He'll enter Spring Training as a rehab player. I guess it remains to be seen if he will be a player that we can deploy as early as Opening Day, or is it going to need a little more time? That's to be determined, but he is supposed to be fully recovered," Cashman said. Ellsbury missed all of the 2018 season due to hip and other ailments, and he's not expected to be a starter in New York's crowded outfield even if he's healthy. He'll be avoided in most fantasy drafts next spring.
New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery, and the Yankees are optimistic that they will have him back in 2019. General manager Brian Cashman said that Gregorius should return between June and August of next year, in an interview with Michael Kay on ESPN New York. The leading internal candidate to start the year at shortstop in Gregorius' absence will be Gleyber Torres, who made 15 starts at short in his rookie season. Infielders Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are other options. Free-agent shortstop Manny Machado is another possibility if they can land him on the open market. Gregorius had an excellent year, hitting .268/.335/.494 with 27 home runs, 86 RBI and 10 steals, so it's a big loss for New York for half the season. Gregorius' fantasy value will obviously take a significant hit.
Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman (thumb) underwent successful left thumb surgery on Tuesday, and it was performed by Dr. Steven Shin. Chapman had an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb. Shin was happy with the outcome and expects Chapman to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training. While this could affect him early in the year, Chapman has proven to be a budding star, hitting .278 (152-for-547) with 100 runs scored, 42 doubles, 24 home runs and 68 RBI in his breakout 2018 season. He also led all of baseball in doubles (25) after the All-Star break, and his 52 runs scored and 42 extra-base hits led the American League in the second half. He's also one of the best defensive third basemen in the league.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price will start Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros on Thursday, according to manager Alex Cora. Price was warming up in the ninth inning with the game on the line in Game 4 on Wednesday, but he never came into the game. The left-hander has a dreadful postseason ledger in his career, and he might not last long in this one, making him a very risky DFS pick against a Houston team with their backs against the wall in the series.
Houston Astros Alex Bregman lined out with the bases loaded to send the Astros to the brink of elimination in the 8-6 loss to the Red Sox. Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi made a fantastic, diving catch to end the Houston threat and Bregman is now hitting only .182 in the series. It has been a superstar-making season for Bregman but has been thrust into the leadoff spot to jump-start the offense. The Astros will go up against Red Sox starter David Price in Game 5 and Bregman slashed a robust .315/.402/.567 against left-handed pitching during the regular season. Expect Bregman to produce in this win-or-go-home scenario.
Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa continued his strong ALCS, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in as the Astros lost to the Red Sox 8-6 in Game 4. The Astros are now on the brink of elimination but Correa has enjoyed a resurgent series. Correa has hits in every game in the series, hitting .400 through 15 at-bats with two runs scored and three runs batted in. It has been a difficult year offensively for Correa, who has battled a back injury that has really derailed his production this season. But he is producing at the right time currently and will be in the lineup against Red Sox starter David Price in Game 5. Correa this season slashed .286/.390/.408 in 98 at-bats against left-handed pitching during the regular season.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer continued his torrid October by going 3-for-4 in Game 4 of the ALCS with his fourth home run of the postseason. Springer got the Astros on the board in the first inning with the blast and now has five runs batted in during the series. Springer has been, by far, the best hitter in the Astros lineup during the playoffs, slashing .419/.471/.903 over his last 31 at-bats. He now has three doubles, four home runs, six runs scored and eight runs batted in through seven postseason games. The Astros will face Red Sox starter David Price in Game 5 and Springer slashed .285/.359/.475 against left-handed pitching this season.
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|Fantasy Alarm - Bender||10/15 11:32 pm ET|
|Baseball Prospectus||10/11 12:49 pm ET|
|USA TODAY Sports||10/2 11:04 pm ET|
|Lenny Melnick||10/2 9:59 am ET|
|CreativeSports||10/2 9:19 am ET|
|Yahoo - DDD||10/1 9:02 pm ET|
|Baseball HQ||10/1 5:50 pm ET|
|RotoWire||10/1 4:46 pm ET|
|Commissioner||10/1 10:33 am ET|
|ESPN - Karabell||9/30 9:50 pm ET|
|Derek Carty||9/30 9:14 pm ET|
|Colton & The Wolfman||9/30 9:28 am ET|
|NFBC||9/10 12:24 pm ET|
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