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  • Jake Odorizzi Starting Rehab On Monday

    Houston Astros pitcher Jake Odorizzi (forearm) will start his rehab assignment at Triple-A Sugar Land on Monday. Odorizzi hasn't played since straining his forearm in April, but his absence hasn't done much to impact fantasy managers, primarily since the 31-year-old hasn't provided much on the fantasy end. Fantasy managers who don't have space can safely drop him. However, for those with nowhere to turn, feel free to keep him as there is still a small upside.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Jose Urquidy Placed On 10-Day Injured List

    The Houston Astros have placed starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list due to shoulder inflammation. Urquidy had an MRI on his shoulder that showed no significant injury, but he will miss at least his next start, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 22 against the Texas Rangers. The team is yet to announce a replacement for the start. The Astros activated relief pitcher Enoli Paredes (side) in a corresponding move.

    May 16 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Urquidy
  • Jose Urquidy To Miss Next Start

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (shoulder) is not expected to pitch in the upcoming series against the Athletics, per manager Dusty Baker. Urquidy was forced to leave his most recent start early with a shoulder injury, though the MRI revealed no significant damage. Still, it's something that is bothering the 25-year-old enough that he won't be able to toe the rubber for his next scheduled outing. It's unlikely at this point that Urquidy will require a stint on the injured list, though fantasy managers should still monitor the situation closely. The Astros have tentatively listed their starters for the upcoming series- Cristian Javier, Zack Greinke, and Luis Garcia.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Urquidy
  • Yordan Alvarez To Get Day Off Sunday

    Houston Astros outfielder/designated hitter Yordan Alvarez is in the lineup for Saturday's game but is expected to get the day off on Sunday. The slugger was initially slated to start in left on Sunday, though he's been experiencing soreness in his legs and will get the day off, per manager Dusty Baker. Alvarez has been a beast at the plate this year, slashing .346/..375/.606 with seven homers and 22 RBI in 32 games. Michael Brantley, who is off Saturday, is expected to serve as the designated hitter Sunday.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Michael Brantley Getting A Breather Saturday

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley is not in Saturday's lineup for the game against the Rangers. Brantley has appeared in each of the last six games for Houston, going 6-for-21 with four RBI. He owns a strong .299 average and .818 OPS this season. Aledmys Diaz is starting in left and batting second Saturday. Brantley will be back out there for Sunday's game.

    May 15 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Jose Urquidy Remains Day-To-Day

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (shoulder) is considered day-to-day. The 26-year-old lasted just four innings before getting the hook during Wednesday's outing against the Angels due to what was described as a posterior shoulder injury. However, since then, an MRI revealed no significant damage, although he is in jeopardy of not suiting up for his next scheduled start. Fantasy managers should continue to monitor his status in case he ends up taking a trip to the injured list.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Urquidy
  • Framber Valdez To Begin Rehab Assignment Sunday

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (finger) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday with Triple-A Sugar Land, according to MLB.com's Brian McTaggart. It's been quite the turn of events for Valdez, who at one point was believed to have suffered a season-ending injury when he fractured his finger during Spring Training, but now McTaggart reports that the team believes he will return to the rotation some time in June. After throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session on Friday, Valdez said, "I had a really good bullpen today. I felt like I threw all the pitches I wanted to, and how and where I wanted to -- the sinker, the changeup, the curveball. It was all executed today. I feel like I had the perfect bullpen." For managers who stashed him away on the injured list, it appears their gamble will be paying off here soon.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Framber Valdez
  • Jose Altuve Gets Night Off Friday Against Rangers

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is not in the lineup on Friday night against the Rangers. It appears to be a day off for Altuve, who is slashing .291/.333/.444 over 28 games, and has started in 17 straight games. Robel Garcia will get the start in his place at second base, and will bat leadoff against Texas. Look for Altuve to return to action on Saturday.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Altuve
  • Michael Brantley Hopes To Extend Hitting Streak

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will try and extend his hitting streak to seven games when the Rangers visit Minute Maid Park beginning Friday. Brantley is not having a productive month of May but still continues to get at least a base-knock a game. The veteran is slugging only .364 over his last 44 at-bats and is posting a .765 OPS through 19 home games this season. Despite the dip in production, Brantley is simply too consistent historically to stay down for long.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Aledmys Diaz Producing In Super-Sub Role

    Houston Astros second baseman Aledmys Diaz is providing versatility and production off the bench for the Astros. Diaz is the team's 'super-sub' and is hitting .353 through 17 at-bats in the month of May. The 30-year-old provides little power but has been hitting the ball sharply and is posting a .931 OPS in 11 road games. Diaz does not have a true place on fantasy rosters in most formats but could help a DFS roster at a cheap price when he gets the nod in the starting lineup.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Aledmys Diaz
  • Carlos Correa Working Through Slump

    Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is hitting only .193 over his last 15 games heading into the team's series against the Rangers beginning Friday. Things have taken a turn for the worse in the month of May, slashing only .116/.174/.186 with only one extra-base hit. The impending free agent is hitting only .205 with runners in scoring position and is posting a paltry .299 on-base percentage. Correa's talent should keep him on most fantasy rosters for the time being but DFS teams should stay away for the next handful of games.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Carlos Correa
  • Yordan Alvarez Hitting .400 This Month

    Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez heads into this weekend's action absolutely on fire at the plate. Alvarez has hits in 10 of his last 11 games and is slashing .400/.412/.760 through 50 at-bats in the month of May. The 23-year-old is back punishing opposing pitchers, similar to what he accomplished in 2019. Alvarez will be an easy play in DFS tournaments this weekend and is posting a .960 OPS through 18 games at Minute Maid Park this season.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Jose Altuve Thriving At Home

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will head into this weekend's action dialed in at the plate. Over his last seven games, the Astros leadoff man is 12-for-31 (.387) and carries a nine-game hitting streak into the team's series with the Rangers. Altuve has been fantastic hitting at Minute Maid Park, slashing .328/.356/.522 with seven extra-base hits, eight runs scored and 11 runs batted in through 16 home games. Fantasy teams should take full advantage of Altuve's hot streak heading into the weekend.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Altuve
  • Cristian Javier Looks Solid Against Rangers

    Houston Astros starter Cristian Javier turned in another solid performance in Arlington against the Texas Rangers on Thursday. Allowing three earned runs across seven full innings, Javier put in the exact kind of performance fantasy managers want when their starters have an off night. The flamethrower managed to strike out six while working around a Willie Calhoun solo homer in the first, and two RBI outs in the second and third innings. Getting stronger as the game goes on is often a trait that is exclusive to elite starters, so this type of start has plenty of value to managers looking beyond the box score. Javier should face off against the Athletics in Oakland in his next start and is very close to becoming an every-start pitcher. He absolutely has the green light against the Athletics, so obviously get him in your lineups.

    May 14 · RotoBaller Astros Cristian Javier
  • Yuli Gurriel Held Out Of Lineup Thursday Due To Illness

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (illness) is being held out of Thursday's matchup as he continues to deal with an illness that forced him to leave Wednesday's game early, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Manager Dusty Baker said that Gurriel was feeling better on Thursday, but he was being put through health and safety protocols as a precaution. Baker added that the illness is not believed to be related to COVID-19, and that Gurriel is considered day-to-day for now. With Gurriel out, Aledmys Diaz is getting the start against Texas and is batting seventh in the lineup.

    May 13 · RotoBaller Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Yuli Gurriel Exits Early With Illness Wednesday

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel (illness) exited Wednesday's game early because of an undisclosed illness, according to Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle. Manager Dusty Baker said that Gurriel was "feeling sick all of a sudden", and he is currently being evaluated by team doctors. Gurriel had gone 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI before he was replaced defensively in the top of the eighth inning. There's no word on his condition yet, so managers should consider him day-to-day until more updates are released.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Jake Odorizzi "Looked Good" Throwing Live BP

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (forearm) "looked good" throwing during live batting practice on Wednesday. The veteran hasn't played since straining his forearm at the end of April, and with the Astros dealing with some injuries in the rotation, his return can't come soon enough. However, the 31-year-old hasn't done much this season, recording no wins, one loss, and a 4.91 ERA throughout two starts on the season. Based on his statistical output over the years, his numbers in 2021 aren't out of the ordinary, so fantasy managers without room wouldn't lose much by dropping him.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Jose Urquidy Exits Wednesday's Contest

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jose Urquidy (shoulder) was pulled from Wednesday's matchup against the Los Angeles Angels. The 26-year-old lasted nearly four innings before exiting with what was described as a posterior shoulder injury. He has met expectations so far in 2021, compiling a record of three wins and two losses in addition to a 3.51 ERA throughout seven starts. While he is classified as day-to-day, it wouldn't be unreasonable to assume he could miss a game or two moving ahead.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Urquidy
  • Kyle Tucker Has Big Game Against Los Angeles Angels On Tuesday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker flashed signs of breaking out of his season-long slump with a big game Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Tucker picked up a fifth-inning home run off Shohei Ohtani while going 2-for-3 with a walk. The imposing lefty's big game saw him boost his batting average up over the Mendoza Line to .203. The 24-year-old outfielder who was on pace for a 30/30 season one year ago across a 162-game slate, Tucker is still oozing with potential despite his subpar start to the season. With the Astros' upcoming series at home against the Rangers, then on the road against Oakland and Texas, an imminent breakout may be in the works for Tucker. Fantasy managers may be wise to try and swing a deal for Tucker before the he truly starts to heat up.

    May 12 · RotoBaller Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Alex Bregman Getting The Day Off On Tuesday

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is getting the day off on Tuesday as the team faces Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels. Aledmys Diaz is playing third base and hitting second in the game. It's just a routine day off for Bregman, who is off to a strong start to the year, slashing .313/.374/.500 with five home runs, 19 RBI and 20 runs over 29 games. He'll be back in his No. 3 spot in the lineup on Wednesday for the series finale against the Angels.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman
  • Luis Garcia Strikes Out Seven In No-Decision

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Luis Garcia pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out seven batters compared to three walks. Despite the three walks, Garcia displayed some excellent control throughout his start, as he generated a superb 37 percent CSW largely on the back of 26 called strikes. The 24-year-old has surrendered six long balls already this season- including two on Monday night- though his 3.60 ERA and 35:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio cannot go unnoticed in fantasy landscapes. Garcia is primarily a three-pitch hurler, though he has five offerings in his arsenal, which perhaps makes him a bit less prone to implosions than other pitchers his age.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Astros Luis Garcia
  • Jake Odorizzi To Face Hitters Wednesday

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (forearm) is slated to face live batters on Wednesday. Odorizzi was able to throw 37 pitches during a bullpen session on Saturday- though this would be his first action against live hitters since he strained a muscle in his forearm on April 24. The next step for the veteran right-hander is a one or two rehab starts to build up his arm. Odorizzi has pitched to a 3.97 ERA in 10 big-league seasons and could be a sneaky source of wins on the Astros when healthy.

    May 11 · RotoBaller Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Framber Valdez Could Throw Bullpen Before Rehab Assignment

    Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said that starting pitcher Framber Valdez (finger) could throw a bullpen session this week before he heads out on a rehab assignment. "That's still up in the air. It'll be good to see Framber. He's worked exceptionally hard. It seemed like he wasn't even gonna be available during the season -- would be a boost to get him back," Baker said. The 27-year-old left-hander is getting pretty close to game shape and could make his season debut not long from now after he fractured his ring finger early in spring training. Valdez broke out in the shortened 2020 season by posting a 3.57 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 10 starts, and he needs to be picked up and stashed if he's available on your league's waiver wire. There's a chance that he's ready before June if his rehab assignment goes off without a hitch.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Astros Framber Valdez
  • Zack Greinke Hoping To Snap Slump

    Houston Astros starter Zack Greinke will try and snap out of a mini-slump when he takes the mound for his next start this week. The veteran has been uneven on the mound his past three turns and has allowed 11 earned runs over his last 12 innings pitched. The right-handed starter has allowed a home run in each of his last three outings and his ERA has jumped up to 4.23 for the season. Greinke is too smart of a pitcher to continue to be knocked around and will look to get back on the right track when he takes the mound next.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Astros Zack Greinke
  • Yuli Gurriel Continues Strong Stretch

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel will happily welcome the Angels to Minute Maid Park for a series beginning Thursday. Gurriel is in the midst of a hot streak offensively and has been fantastic hitting at home this season. Through his first 17 games at home, Gurriel is slashing .417/.493/.683 with three home runs, seven doubles and 15 runs batted in. The 36-year-old also has struck out only three times through 60 at-bats at Minute Maid Park. He should have excellent DFS value over the next handful of games.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Yordan Alvarez On Fire At The Plate

    Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez will head into this week's action as one of the hottest hitters in the game right now. The talented slugger is slashing .469/.485/.906 in the month of May with two doubles, four home runs and seven runs batted in spanning eight games. Alvarez is hitting everything in sight and is slugging .638 through 105 at-bats this season. The 23-year-old is a must-start in all fantasy formats this week.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Alex Bregman's Arrow Pointing Up

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is slashing .344/.382/.531 in the month of May heading into the team's series-opener against the Angels. Bregman has hits in eight of his last 10 games and it is only a matter of time before his hits start leaving the ballpark with more regularity. Bregman is also getting it done when it matters most, posting a 1.369 OPS with runners in scoring position. When he is on his game, Bregman is a top-notch choice for DFS lineups. He will be a fantastic choice for DFS tournaments heading into this week.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman
  • Michael Brantley Slugging .346 Last Seven Games

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley will try and bounce back from a sluggish offensive week beginning Monday against the Angels. Brantley has been a model of consistency at the plate but is coming off a 5-for-26 (.192) over his last seven games. A baseball season is full of up's and down's and even a veteran like Brantley can struggle. He should be able to bounce back quickly but there is one area that fantasy managers need to keep an eye on. Brantley is hitting only .211 with runners in scoring position, an area of his game that typically is source of strength. The veteran should be able to turn his offense around quickly.

    May 10 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Carlos Correa Not In Sunday's Lineup Against Blue Jays

    Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Blue Jays. Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that Correa is healthy, and the team opted to hold him out of the lineup because Sunday was a day game immediately following a night game, and also because they are in the midst of a stretch of 13 games in a row without an off day. Correa has struggled a bit at the plate early in the season, slashing .246/.294/.421 with five home runs, 16 RBI and 17 runs scored. Robel Garcia will get the start at shortstop on Sunday, and will bat seventh against Toronto starter Nate Pearson.

    May 9 · RotoBaller Astros Carlos Correa
  • Astros Sign Yadiel Rivera To Minors Contract

    May 8 · MLB Trade Rumors Astros Yadiel Rivera
  • Framber Valdez Throws Live Batting Practice

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez (finger) threw a live batting practice session on Friday and threw all of his pitches during a 20-pitch session against live hitters, according to manager Dusty Baker. "That was the best news I've had in a while," Baker said. The left-hander has missed all of the season to this point after fracturing his left ring finger in spring training. There remains no clear timetable for the 27-year-old southpaw's return, but he's clearly getting closer to making his 2021 season debut. Valdez could rejoin the Astros as soon as he can go five innings while facing hitters. He broke out last season with a 3.57 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 11 games (10 starts), and he should remain stashed in all fantasy leagues with his return getting closer.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Framber Valdez
  • Justin Verlander Throwing From 90 Feet

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (elbow) is throwing from 90 feet and has been feeling great, but he said that it's much too early to have a timetable for a return after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The two-time Cy Young winner made just one start last year before being placed on the injured list with a strained right forearm. It was announced on in September that he needed Tommy John surgery, and he went under the knife on Oct. 1. The 38-year-old is making $33 million in 2021 and will be a free agent after the season, but he hasn't had talks with the Astros about his future. Since coming over to Houston in a trade in 2017, Verlander is 43-15 with a 2.45 ERA and 640 strikeouts in 74 starts. He went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA while striking out a career-high 300 hitters in 2019, but he'll be 39 when he returns to the mound next season, which will give fantasy managers plenty of pause when deciding if he can still be an ace.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Justin Verlander
  • Carlos Correa Looking For First Hit Of May

    Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and Co. will host the Blue Jays beginning Friday. Correa finished off the month of April with a bang, going 4-for-5 with two doubles on April 30. The month of May has not been kind, however, as Correa is 0-for-19 over his last five games. The impending free agent is scuffling but has performed positively at Minute Maid Park thus far this season, slashing .294/.327/.510 in 13 games. Correa's DFS value for the weekend may be at a price that is worth the gamble.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Carlos Correa
  • Alex Bregman Struggling At Home

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman will line up against the Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park on Friday. Over his last 15 games, Bregman is slashing .316/.371/.491 with 10 runs batted in and 12 runs scored. But the talented infielder has strangely struggled at home this season, slashing .227/.292/.318. He has only two extra-base hits through 12 games at Minute Maid Park, making Bregman more volatile in DFS lineups for the weekend. Standard fantasy formats, however, still must start the 27-year-old in all of their lineups.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman
  • Kyle Tucker Hitting .166 Last Nine Games

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker continues to struggle offensively heading into Friday's matchup against the Blue Jays. Tucker is 4-for-24 (.166) over his last nine games and is slugging an anemic .244 over his last 15 played. Tucker was able to deliver last season on the promise of being a heralded 'top prospect' but has not recorded an extra-base hit since April 24. Fantasy teams need to be patient with Tucker a little bit longer but may need to send him to the bench until he can string together a handful of productive games.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Jose Urquidy Hopes To Stay Hot

    Houston Astros starter Jose Urquidy will take the mound Friday night as the team takes on the Blue Jays. Urquidy (2-2) is currently trending in the right direction, allowing only two runs over his last 13 innings. He is coming off seven shutout innings against the Rays on May 1 and carries a 1.15 WHIP for the season into Friday's start. Urquidy is providing quality mid-rotation value right now in fantasy and should be rostered in fantasy formats that reward pitching depth.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Urquidy
  • Jose Altuve Hits Big Home Run On His Birthday

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve hit a huge three-run home run in the eighth inning off of New York Yankees reliever Chad Green on his 31st birthday on Thursday to give his club the 7-4 victory. It was Altuve's first career homer on his birthday and helped the Astros avoid a three-game sweep. He finished the day 2-for-5 with the three-run homer and a single. Through 21 games this year, Altuve is slashing .256/.295/.372 and has six walks, 12 RBI and 14 strikeouts. He entered the game on Thursday in a 2-for-28 funk since April 28, so hopefully the big performance in the Bronx will keep Altuve rolling into the weekend. Altuve had a rough 2020 campaign, but he's looked better so far this year and remains a must-start.

    May 7 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Altuve
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Solid Against Yankees

    Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. turned in another solid start against the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Thursday. Striking out eight batters across six innings, McCullers Jr. again showed his elite swing-and-miss stuff. He also showed why he can be so frustrating to roster in fantasy leagues, as both Clint Frazier and Giancarlo Stanton took him deep which accounted for all three of his earned runs. Now sporting a 3.58 ERA and 1.16 WHIP to along with a 10.46 K/9, McCullers Jr. should continue to provide mid-round value in nearly all types of fantasy leagues. With his next two starts slated to come on the road against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers, expect the right-handed hurler to continue providing this same type of value. Consistently consistent, McCullers Jr. is a strong hold in all leagues moving forward.

    May 6 · RotoBaller Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Jake Odorizzi Set To Throw Bullpen

    Houston Astros starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi (arm) is set to throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. Odorizzi was placed on the injured list a week ago with a strained muscle in his throwing arm. Astros' general manager James Click had said earlier that the veteran starter would likely need to make a couple of rehab starts before making his return to the big club, which seemingly indicates that he isn't recovering as quickly as the team initially hoped. Odorizzi got off to a rough start with a 10.13 ERA through three starts, though his track record as a dependable starter makes him worth holding onto for fantasy managers.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Jake Odorizzi
  • Yuli Gurriel Continues To Produce

    Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel went 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI Tuesday against the Yankees. Gurriel continues to produce at the dish and is slashing .333/.424/.529 through his first 102 at-bats. The 36-year-old has been highly effective, coaxing more walks (16) than striking out (14) while posting 12 extra-base hits. Gurriel has multiple hits in five of his last 10 starts and continues to represent great value in DFS lineups.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Yuli Gurriel
  • Michael Brantley Slugging .541 This Season

    Houston Astros outfielder Michael Brantley went 1-for-4, including his third home run of the season, Tuesday against the Yankees. Brantley has been really productive his last 15 games, slashing .350/.381/.500 with 12 runs scored. The veteran is hitting the ball sharply but one aspect of his game has room for improvement. Brantley, historically, has been highly effective with runners in scoring position but is hitting only .176 in those situations this season. Once he begins to produce in that area, Brantley will be even more valuable to fantasy teams moving forward.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Michael Brantley
  • Yordan Alvarez Hitting .385 In The Last Seven Games

    Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez will head into Wednesday's action against the Yankees in a groove at the plate. The young slugger has two hits in each of his last two games with one double, one home run and three runs scored. Alvarez has been solid over the last seven games, slashing .385/.414/.615 with seven runs scored. The 23-year-old now has multiple hits in five of his last eight starts and will carry a high floor in DFS over the next couple of games.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Yordan Alvarez
  • Jose Altuve In 2-For-28 Rut

    Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will try and snap out of a 2-for-28 slump heading into Wednesday's action against the Yankees. Altuve was hitting .347 on April 26 but the rut at the dish has seen his average plummet to .247. The season is full of ups and downs but there are several alarming aspects to Altuve's offense right now. His current .628 OPS is well below league average and he is a frightening 3-for-36 (.083) against right-handed pitching this season. Until he can improve against righties, putting Altuve into DFS lineups will be a volatile endeavor.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Jose Altuve
  • Alex Bregman Delivering In Road Games

    Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman went 2-for-4 with a home run Tuesday against the Yankees. The round-tripper was Bregmans' second in his last four games and is quietly beginning to heat up at the plate. The 27-year-old has been especially dangerous hitting away from Minute Maid Park, slashing an impressive .364/.417/.659 with 10 runs batted in through 11 road games. Wednesday may be an excellent time to drop Bregman into DFS lineups with the Yankees left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Bregman has tortured left-hander's thus far this season, going 14-for-41 (.348) against them with a .585 slugging percentage.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Alex Bregman
  • Martin Maldonado Day-To-Day After Home Plate Collision

    Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado (shoulder) was involved in a rough collision at home plate with New York Yankees second baseman Rougned Odor (knee) in Tuesday's game. As Maldonado was chasing down a ball thrown to home plate, Odor was dashing home and his leg crashed into Maldonado's shoulder/head area, sending Maldonado's helmet flying. Both players exited the game. Luckily, Maldonado has eluded a serious injury. He was diagnosed with a trapezius contusion and the team is considering him day-to-day. Expect to see Jason Castro behind the plate for the Astros in Wednesday's game against the Yankees.

    May 5 · RotoBaller Astros Martin Maldonado
  • Lance McCullers Jr. Enjoying Early Returns

    Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. has to feel good with his performance through the first month of the season. McCullers (2-1) is trying to re-establish himself as a top-of-the-rotation starter after missing all of the 2019 season after elbow surgery. Thus far, the results this season have been encouraging. Through his first five starts, McCullers has allowed two or fewer runs, including seven shutout innings on April 30. He is holding opponents to a .150 batting average and will be worth a roster spot in fantasy for his next turn in the rotation in the coming days.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Astros Lance McCullers Jr.
  • Ryan Pressly Off To Great Start

    Houston Astros closer Ryan Pressly has done an excellent job of locking down the ninth inning for the team through the first month of the season. Pressly is 4-for-4 in save chances with a 1.50 ERA and 13 strikeouts through his first 12 innings pitched. The veteran allowed a run in last performance on May 1 but the Astros should feel confident that they have their closer in place for the foreseeable future. Pressly will be a solid source of saves for fantasy rosters moving forward.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Astros Ryan Pressly
  • Kyle Tucker Hitting .176 In The Last 15 Games

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker will try and get his offensive game going as the month of May has begun. April was a month Tucker is ready to forget, slashing .181/.238/.372 through his first 94 at-bats and is struggling on several fronts. The main culprit, to this point, is the fact that Tucker is hitting only .149 against left-handed pitching. Tucker does have 15 runs batted in on the season but is only 4-for-31 (.124) with runners in scoring position. Tucker had been pegged to be a breakout candidate this season but the offense has really stalled out of the gate. The 24-year-old needs to remain rostered in most fantasy formats but is not a must-start until his production turns around.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Astros Kyle Tucker
  • Zack Greinke Off To Uneven Start

    Houston Astros starter Zack Greinke will try and bring more consistency to his game heading into the month of May. Greinke (2-1) and followed up strong performances with mediocre ones and has allowed 36 hits through his first 36 2/3 innings pitched. The veteran is still one of the most cerebral talents in the game but his stuff is beginning to fade. Through his first six starts, the right-hander is posting the lowest K/9 (6.63) mark of his career. The season is young and that number could rise but fantasy teams need to adjust to Greinke simply being at a different stage of his career.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Astros Zack Greinke
  • Carlos Correa Hoping For Power Surge

    Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa enjoyed a solid month of April but is hoping to provide more power moving forward. Through his first 106 at-bats, Correa is slashing .283/.336/.462 but has only one home run in his last 65 at-bats. The impending free agent is slugging only .397 over his last 15 games as the 26-year-old has cooled off a touch after a hot start. As long as Correa stays healthy, fantasy teams should not fret through the ebb's and flow's of a long baseball season.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Astros Carlos Correa
  • Kyle Tucker Picks Up Two Hits On Sunday

    Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker had a solid game at the plate on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tucker went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. It was just his third multi-hit game of the year. Tucker is off to a slow start to the 2021 season. Through 28 games, he's slashing .188/.248/.366 with five home runs, 15 RBI and 13 runs. The power numbers are solid and his underlying stats don't provide any cause for concern. His hard-hit rate is actually slightly up this year (47%) from last year (44.5%) and his average launch angle in 2021 so far (20.1 degrees) is way higher than last year (14.9 degrees). Expect to see the batting average pick up soon. He should remain on rosters in all fantasy leagues.

    May 3 · RotoBaller Astros Kyle Tucker