Week 5 Pitcher:
Dallas Keuchel (Owned in 98.8% of all ESPN Fantasy Leagues)
The ace for the Astros is off to a rough start in 2016. Through 5 starts, Keuchel is 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA and a 1.408 WHIP. His hits given up and walks given up per nine innings have skyrocketed up to 9.1 and 3.6 respectively.
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So why is Keuchel the best fantasy starter the Astros have going this next week? It’s his home field advantage.
According to a tweet from MLB.com correspondent Richard Justice, the Astros are 20-2 in Keuchel’s last 22 home games. In those games, Keuchel is 17-0 with a 1.47 ERA. In fact, four of his five starts this year have been on the road. In his only start at Minute Maid Park so far this season, Keuchel was stellar, pitching 8 shutout innings, giving up only 5 hits, walking 1, and striking out 4.
Keuchel will have two home starts this week first against the Minnesota Twins tonight and against Seattle on Saturday.
Also, despite his mediocre numbers to start 2016, Keuchel has been stellar at keeping the ball in the park. Through his 32.2 innings pitched, Keuchel has given up only 1 home run. This will especially come in handy against Seattle this weekend after he struggled against them in his last start on April 26th, giving up 5 earned runs on 6 hits.
With Keuchel’s Korner in full swing at Minute Maid Park twice this week, not only do I think that Keuchel is going to be the best pitcher on the Astros this week, I think he could be the best pitcher in the AL this week. Make sure he is starting for your fantasy teams!
***Stats from Baseball-Reference***