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It all comes down to this! Yes, It's the final week of the 2021 MLB regular season and, with it, the fantasy baseball season. It's a mad dash to the finish line, and we wish you best of luck if you're still in the running in your league!
In all of ESPN's fantasy baseball leagues, our season concludes with the games on Sunday, Oct. 3, regardless of whether or not tiebreaker "Game 163s" are needed to be played on the following Monday. Prepare accordingly. If you play offsite, make sure to check your league's rules in advance of the week's start. In addition to the possibility of necessary tiebreakers -- those "Game 163s" -- the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies will have a game to make up on Monday, Oct. 4, should the Braves be within a half-game of the National League East title after Sunday's games conclude.
For the seventh consecutive season, every game on the final day of the regular season (Sunday) is scheduled to begin between 3:05 and 3:20 p.m. ET, with 12 of those games being divisional matchups. It's a fun way to keep tabs on the final postseason races as they unfold -- not to mention that it heightens the drama for fantasy managers checking their live scoring. Definitely, keep this in mind if you play in a league with daily transactions.
Thanks to a trio of Sept. 22 rainouts, Week 25 gets off to an earlier start than usual. Games featuring the Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds, and Kansas City Royals at Cleveland (all of them rescheduling those postponements) are slated to begin at 1:10 p.m. ET. Those games also assure that no team will be limited to a mere five-game week, as the White Sox and Reds, who play a two-game interleague series on Tuesday and Wednesday and were in danger of facing short weeks, are now scheduled for six games apiece.