Fantasy owners who used a first-round pick in 2018 on José Altuve certainly didn’t receive the return on investment that they were seeking. After two straight seasons of hitting at least 24 home runs with 30 or more stolen bases and batting average north of .335, Altuve’s numbers dropped across the board in 2018. An unfortunate knee injury gobbled up some of the time, and it was the first time since 2011 that Altuve failed to appear in more than 140 games. While the knee injury ultimately did him in, the writing was on the wall for a less-than-desirable fantasy season before the injury even occurred.

While he did make harder contact in 2018 than recent seasons, and his exit velocity was improved upon from 2017, his barrel rate dropped to below six-percent for the first time since 2015. His batting average prior to the knee injury would have been a more than respectable mark, but after missing time with the knee injury, he came back and hit under .280.

In terms of his...