Astros in Fantasy: What to Watch for in Week One

Mar 6, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Josh Reddick (22) bats against the Boston Red Sox at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 6, 2017; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Josh Reddick (22) bats against the Boston Red Sox at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 14, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis (11) hits a single during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

Brian McCann and Evan Gattis’ playing time

In most leagues, Gattis was drafted higher than McCann, but McCann should get more time behind the plate. Gattis’ fantasy value is contingent on him getting at least semi-regular DH at-bats when McCann catches. McCann needs to catch the majority of games while mixing in an occasional start at DH or first base.

Other players’ performances could factor into this as well. If Yulieski Gurriel struggles, McCann could see more time at first. If Reddick struggles, Carlos Beltran could see more starts in left field, giving Gattis more DH time. This may be slow to develop but could have a big fantasy impact.

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