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Astros | Luis Valbuena starts at first base

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 14:00:13 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is starting at first base and batting eighth against Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis Monday, Aug. 3. 1B Chris Carter is not in the starting lineup Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has gone 94 plate appearances without hitting a home run, and he has just eight runs, five doubles, five RBI and a .614 OPS over the 23-game stretch. He is a risky FantasyScore play Monday, albeit one with upside. Carter ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) is currently 3-for-40 at the dish with two of the hits being of the home run variety. Similar to Valbuena, Carter is a hit-or-miss daily option. Each projects to lose fantasy value if they enter into a platoon at first base, which is a legitimate possibility.

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Astros | Marwin Gonzalez starting at first

Sun, 02 Aug 2015 09:52:39 -0700

Houston Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez will start at first base and hit sixth in the order Sunday, Aug. 2, against the Arizona Diamondbacks and LHP Robbie Ray. 3B Luis Valbuena comes out of the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez ($2,800, 5.6% of cap) doesn't have the conventional upside of a first baseman, but he'll offer some cap relief to FantasyScore owners looking to invest at other positions.

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Astros | Jed Lowrie playing hot corner

Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:38:50 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Jed Lowrie is back in the starting lineup against Arizona Diamondbacks SP Jeremy Hellickson Saturday, Aug. 1, batting seventh. 3B Luis Valbuena is getting the night off.

Fantasy Tip: Lowrie ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) was hitless in three at-bats in his first game back Thursday, July 30, and he has just one hit in 10 career at-bats versus Hellickson. Avoid using him today in FantasyScore.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena batting fourth

Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:56:48 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is starting at third base and batting fourth against Kansas City Royals SP Yordano Ventura Sunday, July 26.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) has been the prototypical feast-or-famine hitter this season with 19 home runs and a .201/.284/.421 slash line. He hasn't hit a home run since his two-bomb outburst Tuesday, June 23, though, and is just 14-for-63 during the span. He is a risky FantasyScore play with upside Sunday.

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Astros | Marwin Gonzalez batting second

Thu, 23 Jul 2015 13:38:05 -0700

Houston Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez is starting at third base and batting second against Boston Red Sox SP Wade Miley Thursday, July 23. 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) boasts a respectable .297/.342/.446 slash line against lefties this season, so with his lineup position, he stands as a potential low-priced option for FantasyScore contests Thursday. Keep your expectations in check, though.

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Astros | No Luis Valbuena Friday

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:56:35 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup Friday, July 17. SS Marwin Gonzalez is starting at the hot corner and hitting second against Texas Rangers SP Martin Perez.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) typically isn't very attractive to FantasyScore users, but tonight could be an exception as a sleeper pick that'll give you valuable cap relief. Perez is making his first start of the season for the Rangers, and Gonzalez is hitting much better against southpaws (.279) this season.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena could move across diamond

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 17:08:39 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena has taken ground balls at first base recently and could be moved across the diamond to first base when SS Jed Lowrie (thumb) returns from injury. 1B Chris Carter hasn't gotten going in the first half and 1B Jon Singleton hasn't replicated his success in the minors to the major leagues.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) has 19 home runs and is an excellent source of power for home run-starved fantasy teams, but he's hitting just .199 (57-for-286) on the season. A move across the diamond could help him add dual-position eligibility, though, which would make him a little more attractive to owners. Don't forget about Lowrie ($3,300, 6.6% of cap) in deep mixed and AL-only leagues as he nears a return.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena out of the lineup

Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:43:40 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup Sunday, July 12. SS Marwin Gonzalez is playing third base and batting second against Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore Sunday.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) is an upside source of cap relief hitting between Houston's top two hitters. He is worth a dice roll at FantasyScore, although far from a sure thing. Make sure to avoid Valbuena in all fantasy formats Sunday.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena returns to the lineup

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 13:00:42 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena (toe) is starting at third base and batting fourth against Cleveland Indians SP Cody Anderson Thursday, July 9.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) missed three games with the injury. Regardless of whether he is 100% healthy, Valbuena has been a high-risk, high-reward play all season. He has 19 home runs but just a .203 batting average and a .286 on-base percentage. FantasyScore players who prefer consistency should look elsewhere.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena could play Thursday

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:08:56 -0700

Updating a previous report, Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena (toe) completed a full day of baseball activity Wednesday, July 8, and could return to the starting lineup for the series finale against the Cleveland Indians Thursday, July 9.

Fantasy Tip: If you don't mind the low batting average, Valbuena ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) has been an inexpensive power source at third base for FantasyScore owners. If he is unable to start Thursday, INF Marwin Gonzalez ($2,200, 4.4% of cap) would likely get the starting nod at the hot corner.

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