One of the worst teams this season in baseball is the Houston Astros. After 47 games, the Astros have a 17-30 record. Despite this record, there are many good signs for the Astros maybe not this season, but most likely for the future. For fantasy teams, there are many good players to consider within the organization, and these players are Brett Myers (RHP), Brett Wallace (1B), Bud Norris (RHP), Carlos Lee (1B, OF), Chris Johnson (3B), Hunter Pence (OF), Michael Bourn (OF), Mark Melancon (RP), and Wandy Rodriguez (LHP).
Brett Myers (Hou – SP)
Known as a quality starting pitcher, among other things, Brett Myers has been having a lackluster season and is not performing near his last year’s ERA and WHIP of 3.14 and 1.24, respectively. This season, Myers has a record of 1-4, 46:22 K/BB ratio, ERA of 5.00, and a WHIP of 1.54. Myers is only 30 and will likely perform much better than his current numbers. Draft Myers in the late rounds. If already on your team, keep him. If already drafted and not on your team, add him to your watch list or trade for him as his numbers will most likely improve.
Brett Wallace (Hou – 1B)
Known for being one of the best prospects in baseball, Wallace is having a great season as his numbers are 21 runs, 3 HRs, 15 RBI’s, 1 stolen base, and a batting average of .318. Draft Wallace in the mid to late rounds. If already on your team, do not do anything. If already drafted and not on your team, I recommend considering trading for Wallace as he will most likely improve as the season progresses.
Bud Norris (Hou – SP)
Known for his powerful arm, Bud Norris has been having a great season with a record of 2-3, 3.93 ERA, 64:20 K/BB ratio, and a WHIP of 1.31. Norris will certainly be a help for teams who are in need of strikeouts. Draft Norris in the late rounds. If already on your team, keep Norris. If already drafted and not on your team, consider trading for Norris if you need strikeouts.
Carlos Lee (Hou – 1B, OF)
Carlos Lee, 34, is usually a great baseball player, but had a terrible season last year. In 605 at-bats, Lee had 67 runs, 24 HR, 89 RBI’s, 3 SB, and a batting average of .246. This season Lee is having an even worse season as he has 22 runs, 4 HR, 4 HR, 23 RBI’s, 2 SB, and an average of .244. The reason why I recommend drafting Lee in the mid to late rounds is because Lee has posted incredible numbers throughout his career and is a 3x All-Star. If already on your roster, keep Lee. If already drafted and not on your roster, try to trade for Lee, but do not trade away an all-star.
Chris Johnson (Hou – 3B)
Johnson, 26, played great year with the stat-line of 40 runs, 11 HR, 52 RBI, 3 SB, .308 batting average in 341 at-bats. This season, Johnson is not having a good season as he has 12 runs, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 1 SB, and an average of .226. If Johnson raises his batting average, draft him in the middle rounds. If not, draft him in the late rounds. Fantasy owners who currently have Johnson on their roster, should keep him. If already drafted and not on your roster, try to trade for Johnson as his batting average will most likely increase.
Hunter Pence (Hou – OF)
Pence, 28, has been having a decent start to the season as he has compiled 17 runs, 6 HR, 35 RBI’s, 2 SB, and a batting average of .295. Out of all the Astros, Pence may be the most consistent baseball player. Draft him in the sixth or seventh round. If already on your team, keep Pence. If already drafted and not on your roster, try to trade for him if you need a good mixture of runs, RBI’s, SB, and a decent to good batting average.
Michael Bourn (Hou – OF)
The speedy Michael Bourn is a must-have for fantasy owners who are in need of players who score runs and steal bases. Bourn has 29 runs, 0 HR, 10 RBI, 17 SB, and a batting average of .271. Draft Bourn in the fifth or sixth round. If already on your roster, keep him unless you already have a surplus of runs and stolen bases. If already drafted and not on your team, consider trading for him.
Mark Melancon (Hou – RP)
Currently the Astros’ closer, Melancon has been having a great season and should be highly considered. In 23.1 innings, he has a record of 3-1, 18:7 K/BB ratio, 1.93 ERA, and a WHIP of 1.20 to go along with 3 saves. Draft Melancon in the mid to late rounds. If already on your roster, keep Melancon. If already drafted and not on your team, consider trading for him, especially if you need a closer.
Wandy Rodriguez (Hou – SP)
The last fantasy baseball option is Wandy Rodriguez. Rodriguez, 32, has decent statistics this season of 3-3, 53:16 K/BB ratio, ERA of 3.41, and a WHIP of 1.33. Draft Rodriguez in the mid to late rounds. If already on your team, keep Rodriguez. If already drafted and not on your team, add him to your watch list.
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