Which Houston Astros players had the biggest positive and negative impacts in fantasy baseball in Week 17?
This was a tough week for many Astros fantasy owners. George Springer joined Carlos Correa on the disabled list, while Lance McCullers‘ struggles continue. Dallas Keuchel returned, but was understandably rusty. Plus, Keuchel’s return knocks Brad Peacock out of the rotation, hampering his fantasy value. Here are the best and worst of the week.
Best Hitter: Jose Altuve
Even people living under rocks could see this coming. Altuve continues his torrid month of July with four multi-hit performances in six games this week. If Aaron Judge fails to replicate his impressive first half, Altuve could find himself at the top of many MVP ballots come season’s end.
Best Pitcher: Charlie Morton
Facing his former team on Tuesday, Morton absolutely dominated. He tossed seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out nine. Having a healthy and effective Morton would be a huge boost to the team’s pitching staff down the stretch. For fantasy purposes, he’s worth a look.
Worst Hitter: Yuli Gurriel
Gurriel enjoyed a nice hot streak, but he’s now cooled off. He managed just two hits in five games this week, including three straight hitless efforts before his day off Sunday. He’s likely to get back on track at some point, but you might want to consider benching him in the meantime.
Worst Pitcher: Lance McCullers
McCullers is just off. His command has eluded him as he appears to be battling his mechanics. His latest outing — five runs on eight hits with four walks in five innings — is his fourth straight dud.
If you still have McCullers in your lineup, bench him now. He’ll get back on track at some point, but it doesn’t look like he’s close yet.
***Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference***