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Cleveland Indians pitcher Cal Quantrill will start Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox, while Shane Bieber will start Wednesday's game. This decision lines Bieber up perfectly to start the Indians' postseason opener. Likely, Quantrill will only pitch a couple of innings, but he owns respectable ratios in 2020. The 25-year-old has posted a 2.52 ERA and 25/7 K/BB over 25 innings, but he is not a recommended option against the high-powered White Sox offense.
San Diego Padres left-handed pitcher Matt Strahm (knee) will undergo a patellar tendon repair in his right knee. He underwent a similar surgery on his left knee in 2017 when he was with the Royals. Strahm went 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 19 outings in his third season with the Friars this year. The 28-year-old southpaw made 46 appearances in 2019 and started 16 of those, sporting a 4.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while striking out 9.3 hitters per nine innings. In his five MLB seasons, Strahm has made 151 appearances, with only 24 coming in the form of a start. He can be ignored in the vast majority of fantasy leagues heading into the 2021 season.
Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe hit two home runs -- both to the opposite field after he hit zero opposite-field homers in the regular season -- in the 6-4 World Series victory over the Dodgers in Game 2 on Wednesday. Lowe helped the team snap a major league record of 10 straight games with eight hits or fewer. The left-handed hitter came into Game 2 of the World Series in a 4-for-52 funk before going deep twice. The 26-year-old is still hitting just .131 (8-for-61) during the postseason with three home runs, five RBI and six runs scored in 15 games. But perhaps the big game on Wednesday will get him going for the rest of the series.
The Washington Nationals re-signed utilityman Josh Harrison to a one-year, $1 million deal on Thursday. Harrison was released by the Phillies in July and latched on with the Nats, hitting .278 with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBI, six walks and 11 runs scored for Washington. The 33-year-old can make an extra $250,000 in performance bonuses tied to plate appearances in 2021. The two-time All-Star doesn't carry much fantasy appeal at this point in his career, but he's useful in NL-only leagues for his positional versatility, as he's started games at second base, third base, shortstop, designated hitter and both corner outfield spots in his 10-year career. He has a .273 career batting average, but he hit just .175 with a home run in 36 games for Detroit in 2019.
The Los Angeles Dodgers did not use left-handed pitcher Julio Urias out of the bullpen in the Game 2 World Series loss to the Rays on Wednesday, lining him up to start Game 4 on Saturday. The Dodgers will roll with Walker Buehler, Urias and Clayton Kershaw in Games 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Urias, 24, has been one of the Dodgers most consistent pitchers in the playoffs this year, going 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA, 16 strikeouts and three walks in 16 innings. Opponents have hit just .125 against him, and the only earned run he's allowed came on a solo home run. Manager Dave Roberts may trust him more than any other pitcher on the team right now. He'll be a solid DFS choice this Saturday if he can keep his pitch count low and go deep into the game.
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who is 5-0 in five playoff starts with the team, will get the ball for Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday. Morton's velocity was down during the regular season, but he's been great in the postseason. The right-hander threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in just 66 pitches in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series against the Astros. The 36-year-old is 3-0 with a 0.57 ERA in three playoff starts this year, with opposing hitters sporting just a .474 OPS against him. Morton helped beat the Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series with the Astros back in 2017. The playoff experience and success is there, but he's also facing a historically stacked Dodgers lineup, making him a risk/reward DFS choice.
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts was 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, two runs scored, and two stolen bases during an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the World Series. The 28-year-old became the first player in MLB history to hit a homer, steal two bases, and score two runs in a World Series game. Betts is one of the brightest stars in baseball, and his elite skill set has been on full display in the postseason. He is a worthwhile building block in any DFS lineups for the rest of the Fall Classic.
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie right-handed pitcher Tony Gonsolin will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Rays on Wednesday. Gonsolin faced 11 batters and tossed 41 pitches in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against Atlanta on Sunday, so he may only be able to go a couple of innings. Manager Dave Roberts said that youngsters Julio Urias and Dustin May will also be available out of the bullpen on Wednesday, although Urias and May combined to face 14 batters in Game 7. Whoever is freshest among Gonsolin, May and Urias will likely start in Game 4 on Saturday. Because Gonsolin may not go over a few innings on Wednesday, he's not a sound DFS choice on Wednesday over Rays starter Blake Snell.
San Diego Padres catching prospectLuis Campusano was arrested and charged in Georgia with felony marijuana possession on Oct. 17. The 22-year-old was pulled over with nearly three times the felony threshold in one of the strictest states on marijuana and faces a punishment of up to 10 years in prison. The Friars No. 4 prospect debuted in 2020 for just one game, homering in four plate appearances before spraining his wrist and missing the rest of the regular season. He was expected to compete for a backup role behind backstop Austin Nola in 2021. While the legal process plays out, dynasty players should hang tight and hope for the best on their premium fantasy asset.
Tampa Bay Rays rookie outfielder Randy Arozarena has been this year's breakout star during the postseason. He became the first rookie position player to be named Most Valuable Player of an LCS or World Series in the American League Championship Series against the Astros. Arozarena's first hit in the World Series will be his 22nd this month, which would tie him with Derek Jeter for the most hits by a rookie in a single postseason. The 25-year-old will maintain rookie eligibility going into 2021, too. And if Arozarena hits a home run against the Dodgers, he'll tie the playoff home run record of eight currently held by Barry Bonds, Carlos Beltran and Nelson Cruz. He's five hits shy of the playoff record for hits by any player, which currently is held by Pablo Sandoval with 26. Arozarena leads all players this postseason in hits, runs (14), extra-base hits (11) and total bases (47). You can say he's already seriously boosted his fantasy stock heading into 2021.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brett Phillips and left-handed pitcher Ryan Sherriff have been added to the team's roster for the World Series. Right-hander Aaron Slegers and left-handed reliever Jose Alvarado were subsequently dropped from the roster. Tampa will go with 13 pitchers against the Dodgers, one fewer than they used during the American League Championship Series against the Astros. The World Series has days off after Games 2 and 5, so pitchers will have a bit more rest during the series. Phillips went 0-for-2 in the Division Series against the Yankees, while Sherriff hasn't pitched since the last day of the regular season on Sept. 27, but he could be used in high-leverage situations against the Dodgers left-handed hitters.