Just 7 Days Remaining in Fantasy Baseball

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The 162-game season that is Major League Baseball has just seven days remaining in it. There is no other way to describe it than it is a marathon that everyone involved just has to find a way to grind through it. Its the same for fantasy owners who grind it out as well. Sure, fantasy owners are not traveling and living out of a suitcase for six months, but fantasy baseball is challenging and winning your league is a major accomplishment. Head-to-head formats have arrived at championship week and rotisserie league formats have GMs scrambling to grab that last .5 point or point in a category that will win them the league or finish in the money. For those fantasy owners that lead their rotisserie league by a comfortable margin - enjoy the final week. You have survived that grind and you've earned a stress free week. Congrats! 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Jean Segura (hamstring) suffered a strained right hamstring last Wednesday against the Cubs and has not made enough progress in his recovery to guarantee an appearance during the regular-season’s final week.
  • Justin Maxwell belted a walkoff grand slam in Sunday’s dramatic defeat of the Rangers. The Royals thrilling win secured the Oakland Athletics as the AL West Champs.
  • Coco Crisp went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBI in Sunday’s win over the Twins. Crisp also had a stolen base and with it, he joined the 20/20 club for the first time in his career.
  • Andrelton Simmons hit his 16th and 17th home runs of the season in Sunday’s win over the Cubs. Simmons OBP is nothing to get excited about for fantasy owners, but he has shown some power this year. The only shortstops with more home runs are J.J. Hardy (25), Troy Tulowitzki (24), and Ian Desmond (20).
  • Felix Hernandez struck out 10 in a no-decision against the Angels on Sunday, but had to leave after four innings after throwing 93 pitches. He'll face the Athletics in his final start of the season at home on Friday.
  • Shin-Soo Choo (thumb) hopes to return to the Reds’ starting lineup on tonight after X-rays on his left thumb came back negative. Choo missed both games over the weekend, but its positive news that it appears he avoided a broken thumb.
  • Avisail Garcia went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers. Garcia is batting .319 with three home runs since joining the White Sox. Look for him to go earlier than expected in 2014 drafts.
  • Julio Teheran allowed one run in six innings and fanned seven as the Braves beat the Cubs on Sunday. Teheran improved to 13-8 with a 3.07 ERA. Most years, he would be a Rookie of the Year candidate, but this year will not be the year. Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez have seen to it.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury (foot) could return as early as Wednesday to the Red Sox lineup. Ellsbury has been out since September 5 due to a compression fracture in his right foot, so its safe to assume that his playing time during the final days will be limited.