Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Picks of the Week- Week 10
By Colin Gay
Week 10 Hitter:
Jun 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Evan Gattis (11) hits a two-run home run during the second inning against the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Evan Gattis (Owned in 44.7% of ESPN Fantasy Leagues)
After a 10-day stint in Double-A Corpus Christi to polish up his catching skills, Gattis is an entirely different player. Since May 17th, he has hit eight home runs, including four home runs in his last five games, 18 RBIs, and has scored himself 13 times. Raising his average from .203 before he left to .248, Gattis has torn up the ball.
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With being the outright backup catcher, Gattis has been rewarded more playing time by his offensive productivity and with starting catcher Jason Castro going on paternity leave and struggling with injuries.
If anything, Gattis has elongated a lineup that usually struggles offensively at the catcher position. With a .864 slugging percentage so far in the month of June, Gattis has earned an everyday spot in the lineup whether it is at catcher or as the designated hitter.
However, Gattis is a hard person to keep in their lineup every day. As of June 6th, he only has DH eligibility in ESPN fantasy leagues. So, fantasy owners that have Gattis or players in a similar situation, such as Prince Fielder for the Texas Rangers, use a roster spot on a player that can only be used in the utility spot in the lineup.
However, Gattis has been very successful offensively and has a favorable matchup against the Rangers this week. In 71 at bats last season, Gattis hit .282 with a .748 OPS with seven extra-base hits and eight RBIs.
Gattis may not be a long-term option on a fantasy team. However, as he continues to be a monster offensively, Gattis is a serviceable option this week for some offensive spark.
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