Astros in Fantasy: Best and Worst Performances — Week 20

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Collin McHugh
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 19: Collin McHugh /

Which Houston Astros players had the biggest positive and negative impacts in fantasy baseball in Week 20?

The Astros managed to get back on track during the last week, in large part because of some strong pitching performances. The offense lagged at times, but overall was enough to get the job done. Many fantasy owners who have been waiting for the starting pitchers to post good numbers have finally been rewarded. Here are the best and worst of the week.

Best Hitter: Alex Bregman

Bregman continues to stay hot. He posted four multi-hit games during the week, adding a pair of homers, four RBIs and a stolen base. His numbers are more than respectable at this point in the season, and he’s within range of a 20-20 season. If you’ve got him, start him.

Best Pitcher: Collin McHugh

Such a tough call this week. Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton both turned in excellent starts, and Brad Peacock racked up 17 strikeouts in two outings. Owners of all these guys are happy right now.

But McHugh gets the nod in part because he made two starts this week. He took a hard-luck loss against Arizona, giving up two runs in 5.2 innings. But he bounced back with six scoreless frames against Oakland to earn his first win of the season. He’s a hot waiver wire pickup right now and can help just about any fantasy team.

Worst Hitter: Derek Fisher

Part of Fisher’s problem is he only played in four out of seven games this week. He also managed a total of two hits in those four games with two runs scored and a stolen base. Fisher has plenty of potential, but his average is too low and he’s striking out too much to be a fantasy asset. He’s worth hanging onto in keeper leagues, but otherwise, you can do better.

Next: Astros: Dallas Keuchel appears to be back on track

Worst Pitcher: Chris Devenski

Overall, it was a great week for Astros pitching. Devenski did pitch a scoreless inning on Tuesday, but he saw his eight-appearance scoreless streak end on Friday. He’s still posting great numbers, but as always, his fantasy value is limited without save opportunities.

***Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference***