Astros in Fantasy: Sneak peak into 2016 rankings of 1st place Astros

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Where do the Astros players rank in fantasy baseball?

Aug 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) gets a walk-off game-winning RBI single during the thirteenth inning as the Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros are currently 2 1/2 games ahead of the Texas Rangers in the AL West. Following a day off, I thought it would be a good time to see where your favorite Astros rank in the early ESPN fantasy rankings. Keep in mind that this ranks the players as they are currently performing this season. This is a good gauge into what the players value is in terms of starting to pick keepers. Let’s take a look at where your Houston Astros currently rank overall and by position.

12th Overall Player – Jose Altuve

Altuve is probably the Astros MVP for the 2015 season, so of course he would be the highest ranked Astro on the list. Altuve is the older but smaller brother of the young Astros team. He leads by example with his .311 Avg/ 11 HR/ 57 RBI. If that wasn’t enough, he has 36 stolen bases. Where does he rank among the other second baseman, let’s say that he is currently the king of the castle at second base? Robinson Cano and Jason Kipnis could raise to the top later, but Altuve has been the best second baseman this year.

28th Overall Player – Carlos Correa

The rookie is already getting love as a top 30 player. Recently, David Ortiz was quoted as saying that in 2017, Correa will be the best player in baseball. Thanks for the respect Big Papi, I agree with him, and I think he could be a top-10 player next year. Since Dickie Thon, the Astros have had an offensive hole at shortstop on a consistent basis. During his rookie season, Correa has batted .273/ 17 HR/ 51 RBI. He doesn’t quite have the same speed as Altuve, but he does have 11 steals on the season. Not too many people’s surprise, Correa currently ranks as the top shortstop in baseball.

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41st Overall Player – Dallas Keuchel

This surprised me, Keuchel could easily win the AL Cy Young Award this season, but he is the 41st overall player. After all he has done this year, the bearded one is still not getting the love. His pitching line from this season is impressive, 2.29 ERA/ 17-6/ 185 strikeouts/ 0.99 WHIP. Where does he rank among all starting pitchers, he is the tenth overall SP in the game?

100th Overall Player – Carlos Gomez

The Astros acquired a player at the trade deadline which was a top-30 player before the season, he has struggled a little this season, especially after the trade to the Astros. While he has heated up recently, he still is not producing like he’s done in the past. This season, Gomez has a .255/ 11 HR/ 54 RBI/ 14 SB. Gomez is under contract for 2016, so the Astros could have the real Gomez next year. Where does he rank right now? He is currently #30 on the outfield list.

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