Braves confirmed that Fredi Gonzalez will return as manager in 2015.
Hard to say that this is a good decision as Gonzalez is one of those managers who frustrates with his stubbornness and questionable decisions. However, injuries rattled the Braves this season , particularly on the pitching front, so it's hard to blame the manager here. Keeps tabs on the situation early in the season as Gonzalez could actually open the year on the hot seat. Analyst: Howard Bender View Profile
Emilio Bonifacio went 1-for-4 with a home run in the Braves victory against the Phillies on Sunday.
Overall Bonifacio's 2014 numbers do not look bad, with three home runs and 26 stolen bases to go with a .259 batting average. The reality is Bonifacio was terrible after batting .337 with 10 stolen bases in April. He could be a cheap source of steals again next season if he lucks into regular playing time, but it is difficult to see a scenario where he is draftable in mixed leagues come February. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Craig Kimbrel gave up a hit but struck out the side to earn his 47th save of the season for the Braves on Sunday.
Only Fernando Rodney had more saves in 2014. Kimbrel now has four consecutive seasons with at least 42 saves, 95 strikeouts and a 2.10 ERA. He should be the undisputed first closer taken in fantasy drafts again next year. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
James Russell did not give up a run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts over four innings in a no decision against the Phillies on Sunday.
Russell made his first start since 2011 after Alex Wood was scratched due to a forearm strain. This was a great start for Russell, but considering he has hefty lefty-righty splits and starting-relieving splits, this could very well be the last start of his career. Russell could be a sleeper holds candidate next season, but that is the extent of his fantasy value. Analyst: Steve Pimental View Profile
Evan Gattis (kidney stones) is expected to play nine innings on Sunday.
Although the Braves are out of contention, Gattis is expected to play on Sunday. Those who are still fighting for a fantasy championship will want to get Gattis into starting lineups in the Braves final game of the season. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile
Craig Kimbrel has converted 25 consecutive saves while posting an 0.86 ERA and .126 opp avg in 31 appearances since June 24th.
Kimbrel remains the top ninth inning option to own as he has now converted 189 saves while failing on just 19 over the last four seasons, which is a great start to his career. Looking ahead to 2015 he should be the top closer taken off the board on draft day. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile