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Astros in Fantasy: Fantasy Players of the Week- Week 20

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Aug 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) hits a single during the third inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) hits a single during the third inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /
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A Look at Fantasy Baseball Through the Lens’ of an Astros Fan

Aug 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) hits a single during the third inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) hits a single during the third inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports /

Here is how I did in Week 19:

Week 19 Hitter:

Alex Bregman– 7/29 H/AB, 5 R, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 SB, .241 BA

Even though his batting average this week may not attest for this, Bregman was one of the most consistent hitters in the Astros lineup this week.

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With a mini eight-game hitting streak that ended with a 0-4 performance Sunday afternoon Bregman had seven hits in 29 at-bats, raising his batting average from .125 to .169. He also drove in two runs and scored five times from the two-spot.

The most important aspect of Bregman’s performance this week was the glimpse of power the Astros saw. Three of his seven hits this week were doubles and in each of those games, he scored at least once. With those extra base hits, he raised his slugging percentage from .167 after the Texas series, to .234.

Although his walk and strikeout numbers are far from impressive, Bregman seems to be slowly getting more comfortable in a major league batter’s box. Starting in 2017, Bregman will be a fantasy weapon.

Week 19 Pitcher:

Aug 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (59) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Musgrove won his first game of the season in a 5-3 win for the Astros. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Houston Astros starting pitcher Joe Musgrove (59) delivers a pitch against Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. Musgrove won his first game of the season in a 5-3 win for the Astros. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

Joseph Musgrove- 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 W, 2.57 ERA. 1.00 WHIP

Musgrove has been absolutely tremendous in his first three appearances this season. In his second start of the year, he recorded his first major league win after giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in seven innings of work.

Musgrove, like Lance McCullers, was the most hyped starting pitching prospect the Astros had in 2016. He has not disappointed yet. He has a 1.47 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in 18.1 career innings. Also, he does not generate a lot of contact, striking out 21 in those 18.1 innings with a .185 batting average against.

There is not much more to say about how well Musgrove has done at the start of his major league career. With him available in a lot of leagues, he is the underrated option that will lead your fantasy team to success.

Next: Now on to Week 20

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