Astros: Players and their fantasy baseball draft rankings
By Brian Murray
It’s that time of the year when fantasy baseball heats up and participants prepare for the draft. Where do the experts rank your favorite Astros players?
Fantasy baseball enthusiasts will soon be sitting at their laptops or gathering at their favorite watering hole to hold their league’s drafts and select the players for their teams. They’ll do their research and analyze players to get ready for the big day. Let’s take a look at a consensus of fantasy baseball experts and where they place the Astros players in the draft rankings.
I’ll be using FantasyPros for the statistical data and draft analysis in this article. I prefer them because they compile the information from experts of five of the top fantasy baseball hosts, including CBS Sports and Yahoo! Sports. I’ll also base this on a typical 12 team league with each round consisting of 12 players.
Astros players tend to be evenly dispersed throughout the draft in each sequential round. The first three rounds have one Houston player taken in each round, two in the fourth round, and one in the fifth and seventh rounds.
As one would expect, Alex Bregman is the first Astro to come off the board with an average draft position (ADP) of 9.6. He came in behind former teammate Gerrit Cole and just barely edged out Jacob deGrom who had an ADP of 9.8 I was a bit surprised at this placing when considering he was runner-up for the AL MVP just behind Mike Trout last season.
They have Bregman’s performance dropping off some in the 2020 projected numbers, even though he has consistently improved every year. His lack of stolen bases is one stat that may drop him into that draft position. But one aspect that I think could be overlooked is the fact that he qualifies for both the SS and 3rd base positions which can be a great asset on any fantasy team.