Week 7 Hitter:
Jose Altuve (Owned in 99.2% of Fantasy Leagues)
This is not the first time I have picked Altuve as the Astros Fantasy Hitter of the Week, and it won’t be the last. That’s because he has been the entire offense for the Astros in the first month and a half of the 2016 season.
Currently on an eight-game hitting streak, Altuve is hitting .397 in May with a .478 on-base percentage and a .655 slugging percentage.
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Altuve has done everything the Astros have needed him to at the top of the lineup. However, in the month of May, he has turned into more of the prototypical leadoff man. During his eight-game hit streak, he only has three extra-base hits but has raised his average from .325 to .340 in that span.
Hits aren’t the only way he’s getting on base. Altuve has ten walks in the month of May setting the table for George Springer, who was red hot offensively in his homecoming series at Fenway Park.
Altuve hasn’t only been a fantasy success hitting the ball, though. He leads the AL in stolen bases with 15 in 16 attempts.
This is not even bringing up his power numbers on the season. Altuve has done a little bit of everything, not only for the Astros but also for fantasy teams everywhere. It is key if the Astros want any success against the Chicago White Sox or the Texas Rangers, to be everything and more offensively. This should make the lucky few who own Altuve to be ecstatic.
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