Astros in Fantasy: Best and Worst Performances — Week 22
Which Houston Astros players had the biggest positive and negative impacts in fantasy baseball in Week 22?
This was a big week for fantasy owners who have awaited the return of Carlos Correa from the disabled list. Not only is Correa back in action, but the Astros added a new fantasy contributor in Justin Verlander.
You’re not likely to find Verlander on your waiver wire, but his addition to the rotation will affect other players’ fantasy values. Fellow acquisition Cameron Maybin holds little value, however, thanks to his low batting average and irregular playing time. Here are the best and worst of the week.
Best Hitter: Jose Altuve
Altuve continues to do Altuve-like things. He hit .381 over the week with a homer, three RBIs, two steals and eight runs scored. He’s been the best, most consistent player in the league this season and is in the running for his first AL MVP award.
Best Pitcher: Chris Devenski
Devenski earned the win on Thursday against the Rangers, tossing 2.1 hitless innings. He then threw two scoreless innings on Sunday to notch a save. His fantasy value is dependent on getting these decisions, but his value to the Astros is immeasurable. He may be the most fantasy relevant reliever in the game who isn’t a closer.
Worst Hitter: Carlos Beltran
Beltran missed the series against the Mets with some injury issues, so that contributes to his low output. He wasn’t effective before the injury, though, going hitless in three games against Texas. His production has disappointed throughout the season, making his fantasy value near zero.
Worst Pitcher: Mike Fiers
Fiers may have just pitched his way out of a rotation spot. In two starts this week, he gave up a total of 14 earned runs in 8.1 innings, walking six and striking out four.
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There’s not much point to having him on your fantasy roster anymore, as Verlander’s acquisition and Lance McCullers‘ impending return likely pushes him to the bullpen.
***Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference***