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Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (knee) is expected to be added to the team's World Series roster on Tuesday morning. He will replace either Heath Hembree or Brandon Workman in the bullpen. Wright had reconstructive knee surgery last year and was still bothered by knee issues in 2018, so he'll need offseason surgery once again. But he got through a simulated game on Sunday and should be fine for the World Series. The knuckleballer was quite effective in his limited innings this year and will be a nice option out of the bullpen against the Dodgers. He won't have any DFS value, however.
Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon, who served as starter Chris Sale's personal catcher for most of the year, will start behind the plate in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Leon is the much weaker bat than Christian Vazquez, as he hit just .177/.232/.279 with five home runs and 22 RBI in 265 at-bats this year. However, if any team can get away with a weak link in the lineup, it'd be the Red Sox. Needless to say, Leon should be avoided in DFS against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price will start in Game 2 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Manager Alex Cora will see how Rick Porcello and Nathan Eovaldi are used out of the bullpen before announcing his Games 3 and 4 starters. Price has typically struggled in the playoffs in his career, but he was fantastic to clinch the ALCS against the Astros in Game 5, tossing six shutout innings while fanning nine. The lefty did give up seven earned runs (three homers) in just 6 1/3 innings in his other two starts this postseason, so he'll be a risk/reward DFS pick. The good news is that the Dodgers are more vulnerable against lefties.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start Game 1 of the World Series against the Red Sox on Tuesday. This was always expected, even after Kershaw came in to close out ninth in Game 7 of the NLCS against the Brewers. The left-hander has had his fair share of postseason struggles in his career, but Kershaw has allowed only five earned runs in 19 innings across three starts this year while walking four and striking out 16. He'll be just fine, although he'll be facing baseball's best lineup on the road.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin might be the best bet to open the 2019 season as the team's starting right fielder. He has recovered nicely from his hip surgery on July 26 and was playing games against prospects when the minor league playoffs ended. He hit .264 (.651 OPS) with three home runs and 23 RBI in 174 at-bats in 2018. Naquin is a lefty hitter that could be a sleeper in deep mixed and AL-only leagues coming off his surgery this year.
The Cleveland Indians are unlikely to re-sign pending free-agent outfielder Brandon Guyer after he hit .206 (.671 OPS) with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 2018. Outfielders Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, Rajai Davis and Melky Cabrera will also be free agents this winter. Guyer is a mostly a bench bat, leaving him little fantasy value.
The Cleveland Indians seem prepared to finally give infielder Yandy Diaz a shot at the starting gig at third base in 2019 with Jason Kipnis going to left field if the team doesn't re-sign outfielder Michael Brantley. Diaz has hit .312 (62-for-201) with a homer, 15 RBI and a .797 OPS since the All-Star break last season and is a career .319 hitter (.848 OPS) at Triple-A. That would allow Jose Ramirez to stay at second base. Josh Donaldson will be a free agent and was injured for most of this year. Diaz makes good contact and can hit for a decent average, but he has little power and little speed, which would make him mostly an AL-only consideration.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who hit .309 (.832 OPS) with 17 homers and 76 RBI this year, is a pending free agent. The Indians must decide if they'll extend an $18 million qualifying offer. There are whispers that he might get a three-year deal in the $45 million range on the open market, so he's unlikely to be re-signed by the Indians for multiple seasons. The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto guesses that the Tribe would move Jason Kipnis to left field if Brantley goes elsewhere. However, the Indians could also try to trade Kipnis, who is due $14.7 million in 2019. He has a $2.5 million buyout in 2020. Brantley finally stayed healthy and contributed across the board for fantasy owners. He doesn't have a ton of power but is a nice fourth outfielder if he doesn't get hurt again. It'll be hard to top the potent lineup in Cleveland, though, if he goes to another team.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright (knee) will throw a simulated game on Sunday and will do some fielding practice on Monday. Manager Alex Cora said Wright is putting himself in the conversation to be included on the World Series roster. The knuckleballer continues to battle issues with his knee after having surgery last offseason. The right-hander had a 2.68 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.0 K/9 in 20 outings (four starts) in 2018. If he does make the roster, he'll work in a relief role for Boston.
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress took one last blow in a rough 2018 postseason Saturday in NLCS Game 7. With the Dodgers up 2-1 in the sixth inning, Jeffress came into the game with a runner at first base and no one out. After the first batter singled off of him, he bounced back retiring the next two hitters. However, Yasiel Puig caught ahold of a 1-1 knuckle curve and hit it off the top of the outfield wall just over the glove of the outfielder and it would go out for a three-run homer to put Los Angeles up 5-1 (which would be the final score). After a 2018 regular season where he saved 15 games with a 1.29 ERA, Jeffress struggled in the postseason with three outings where he would allow two runs apiece sprinkled into his eight appearances.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin finally got beat in the 2018 National League stretch run. He had taken the ball in Game 163 with the division on the line and dominated. Chacin took the ball in the NLDS and held down a strong Rockies offense. He had taken the ball in NLCS Game 3 and dominated to help the Brewers earn a 2-1 lead in the series. On Saturday, Chacin was taken out after two innings but not before Cody Bellinger hit a two-run HR after giving up only 1 run in those three previous outings. Chacin had an ERA of 3.50 with a 15-8 in the regular season, 2.28 ERA since August 8th.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich went down swinging in NLCS Game 7 Saturday. As the second batter in the bottom of the first inning, he would drill a solo homer to give the Brewers the early run. Later, trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Yelich would drive a ball over the head of the outfield with a runner at second which Chris Taylor wouldn't give up on and made a running reaching catch to prevent the run and end the inning. Yusiel Puig would drill a three-run homer in the next half-inning to give the Dodgers a cushion and the final score of the game at 5-1. In 2018, Yelich came so close to winning the National League triple crown and is a heavy favorite for the NL MVP. There is a strong possibility that 2019 fantasy drafts could see Yelich break into the first round in some leagues.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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