Which Houston Astros players had the biggest fantasy baseball impacts in Week Seven?
This was a bit of a difficult week for fantasy owners relying on Astros. Not only were the players’ fantasy numbers down on average, but two key contributors — Dallas Keuchel and Brian McCann — hit the disabled list. Owners need these players back quickly and for the team as a whole to rebound. Here are the best and worst fantasy performances of Week Seven.
Best Hitter: Jose Altuve
Though many Astros hitters had down weeks, Altuve was red hot. He hit safely in all six games this week, including a four-hit performance on Wednesday. He added a pair of homers and is now hitting above .300 for the season. In all likelihood, he will continue to produce.
Best Pitcher: Lance McCullers
McCullers made one start this week, throwing six scoreless innings. He’s 4-1 with a 2.65 ERA through his first nine starts with strong peripheral stats. His last three starts have come on the road and he’s allowed a total of zero earned runs. If he can stay healthy, he could turn himself into the team’s co-ace.
Worst Hitter: George Springer
Springer was sporting a 12-game hit streak coming into this week, but snapped it quickly. He had three hitless games in his five starts with no homers. It’s likely nothing more than a small slump, but his production is worth monitoring going forward.
Worst Pitcher: Joe Musgrove
Musgrove made two starts this week, and they were night and day. He earned a win on Monday against the Marlins, giving up one run in 5.2 innings. Then he imploded on Sunday against Cleveland, coughing up seven runs in three innings. This is a microcosm of his season thus far, and he’ll need to find consistency to improve his fantasy value.
Honorable Mention: Jake Marisnick
Marisnick is not a guy who gets much fantasy consideration considering his irregular playing time and poor offensive numbers. He had a solid fantasy week, however, most of which game from one game. His two-homer performance against Miami showed his potential, though it’s unlikely to continue. Still, his strong game was worth recognizing.
***Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference***