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Houston Astros Fantasy Baseball Draft Primer

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Houston Astros, Justin Verlander
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For the Astros, these are your steals in fantasy baseball.

Justin Verlander

Another potential steal in fantasy drafts, Verlander is only ranked 86th and is way down on the list for starters, so he could easily fall to the sixth or the seventh round. He will be a steal at anything above the seventh, and in the 10th round, he could be an amazing deal.

Framber Valdez

Ranked 118th according to Yahoo Fantasy, Valdez will easily be a mid-round steal. The lefty will get plenty of innings with a limited Verlander and injured Lance McCullers Jr. His low 3.00 ERA and low WHIP could make him a big-time steal around round 15, if he makes it that deep.

Lance McCullers Jr.

McCullers could be a steal, if many owners let him drop and if there is no auto draft on. I could easily see him fall to the last few rounds of the draft and be a perfect steal for an injured-reserved pitcher to start the year, but the righty will likely get 15 starts.

Jake Meyers/Chas McCormick

Meyers has to be a late-round sleeper pick, as he will start the season late so he will fall. The centerfielder is probably already ranked a fourth or fifth outfielder for most, but if Meyers plays a good two-thirds of the season, he will have 20 homers and 60 or more RBI.

McCormick would be a great last-round pick for a guy who will play early on and will be a good off the bench guy for your team.

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