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Astros in Fantasy: Ranking draft-worthy position players

Sep 21, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 21, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (27) hits a single during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bench contributors: Yulieski Gurriel, Josh Reddick

Sep 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yulieski Gurriel (10) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 12, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yulieski Gurriel (10) bats during the game against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The problem with Gurriel at the moment is that he is only eligible at third base in ESPN formats. He’s ranked 21st among third basemen and 200th overall, but if he is indeed the Astros’ primary first baseman, he will gain eligibility there early in the season. Being eligible at two positions will add to his value, and if he posts solid numbers, he could be a strong player off the bench. He can be had late in the draft, so value him accordingly.

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Reddick may or may not be drafted, depending on the size of your league, as he’s rated 69th among outfielders and 253rd overall. He struggled mightily against lefties in 2016, so if he can turn that around and establish himself as more than a platoon player, he could provide solid value late in your draft or off the waiver wire. Otherwise, he will need to mash right-handed pitching to have any real fantasy value.

***Stats and rankings via ESPN***

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