Which Houston Astros players had the biggest positive and negative impacts in fantasy baseball in Week 25?
If you’re still alive in fantasy baseball at this point in the season, you’re likely deep in the playoffs. If that’s the case, it’s even more imperative to get contributions from your entire team. For those who are relying on Astros hitters, there may be some disappointment. The pitching, however, has been rather helpful. Here are the best and worst of the week.
Best Hitter: Yuli Gurriel
Gurriel’s three-run homer on Friday was the big blow of the week. Overall, he hit .350 on the week with five RBIs. It wasn’t a particularly strong week for Astros hitters from a fantasy perspective, but Gurriel did well. If you had him in your lineup, he rewarded you.
Best Pitcher: Justin Verlander
There’s almost no need to even discuss this one anymore. Verlander has simply been remarkable since joining the Astros, and he posted another gem this week. He tossed seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball against the Angels for his fourth win in four starts. He’s looking more and more like the team’s undisputed ace.
Worst Hitter: Carlos Beltran
With due respect to Derek Fisher (0-for-10 with six K’s this week), Beltran actually has measurable fantasy value. The veteran was just 1-for-8 this week with no RBIs or runs scored. It’s been a disappointing year for him, and you have to wonder if he has anything left in the tank. Still, he may have an impact in the playoffs.
Worst Pitcher: Lance McCullers
This isn’t entirely fair, but Astros pitchers with fantasy value largely did well this week. McCullers is coming off injuries, so he only went 3.1 innings on Sunday. He struck out four, giving up two runs on four hits with one walk. His strong first half has been marred by a poor, unhealthy second half, frustrating many fantasy owners.
***Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference***