Last Season’s Fantasy Highlights
Springer arrived to provide hope for the future and promptly smacked 20 homers
in less than 300 at-bats. Chris Carter provided even more power, blasting 37
home runs in 2014 and Jose Altuve continued to be the best player on the team
as he raked to the tune of a .341 average and stole 56 bases. On the pitching
front, Dallas Keuchel came out of nowhere to be a fantasy darling. The ground
ball specialist won many folks fantasy titles by throwing 200 innings of 2.93
ERA/1.17 WHIP ball.
Fowler decamped to the windy city and was promptly replaced by Colby Rasmus.
Evan Gattis arrived to use his bat, not his catcher’s mitt. Luis Valbuena is
now in town to challenge for the 3B job. Jed Lowrie has returned to reclaim SS
in southern Texas. Finally, Luke Gregerson now owns the 9th inning
(assuming he can hold off fellow newcomer Pat Neshek and incumbent Chad
Springer and Carter to hit for big power but no average. Do not expect Jonathan
Singleton to help your fantasy team as he could easily lose out to the glut of
1B/OF/DH types in Houston as he attempts to make contact at any semblance of a
reasonable rate. Finally, do not rely too heavily on Jason Castro as his
contact and K-rates say his .222 average from 2014 is much more realistic than
.276 from 2013.
Grossman will find his way into the lineup and provide value for the minimum
draft day price. Grossman hit .337 in Triple-A last year after an awful major
league start. He then returned to the big leagues and hit .282 over the last 30
days in 103 at-bats. Keep an especially close eye on him on OBP leagues as he
as demonstrated strong walk rates at every level.
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