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Astros | Three regulars out for Houston

Sun, 22 May 2016 10:37:11 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Colin Moran, 3B Luis Valbuena and OF Tony Kemp are not in the starting lineup against Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels Sunday, May 22. 1B Tyler White will start at first base and is batting sixth. SS Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base and is batting seventh, while OF Jake Marisnick will start in center field and is batting ninth.

Fantasy Tip: Marisnick and Gonzalez are hitting under .100 over the past seven days and should be avoided in most leagues. White is hitting .267 with two home runs and three RBI during that span and is a sleeper option in some daily fantasy leagues.

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Astros | No Tyler White Friday

Fri, 20 May 2016 14:27:57 -0700

Houston Astros 1B Tyler White is not in the starting lineup Friday, May 20. 3B Colin Moran draws a start at third base and is hitting sixth, while 3B Luis Valbuena moves across the diamond to play first base. Valbuena is hitting seventh against Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis.

Fantasy Tip: Both White and Valbuena have been struggling, so Moran has an opportunity for the time being to display his impressive plate discipline and growing power stroke. It's unclear exactly how much playing time Moran will receive, but his upside deserves consideration in deep mixed, AL-only and keeper leagues. Valbuena and White are headed in the opposite direction.

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Astros | Colin Moran, Marwin Gonzalez draw starts

Wed, 18 May 2016 14:27:25 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Colin Moran and INF Marwin Gonzalez are starting against Chicago White Sox SP Mat Latos Wednesday, May 18. Moran is at third base and hitting sixth, while Gonzalez is starting at first and is batting seventh. 3B Luis Valbuena and 1B Tyler White will start on the bench.

Fantasy Tip: Moran and Gonzalez could start seeing more playing time at the expense of Valbuena and White. Moran will be making his major league debut after hitting .288 with three home runs and 22 RBI at Class AAA Fresno. He doesn't have much power but has a mature approach at the dish and can hit for average. Consider adding him in AL-only and deep mixed leagues if he plays enough. Gonzalez gives you plenty of options with eligibility at every infield position but catcher. He also has some power that'll certainly play in deeper leagues for depth.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena takes a seat

Tue, 17 May 2016 14:43:05 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup against Chicago White Sox left-handed SP Carlos Rodon Tuesday, May 17. INF Marwin Gonzalez (foot) is at the hot corner and is hitting sixth.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena could lose significant playing after the Astros called up prospect Colin Moran to play some third base. Gonzalez should continue to see starts here and there as a super utility player, and he's especially valuable for his multipositional eligibility in deep mixed and AL-only leagues. He has the potential to reach double-digit home runs for the second straight season.

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Astros | Five RBI for Luis Valbuena

Sun, 15 May 2016 19:01:10 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double, five RBI and a run scored in a 10-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday, May 15.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena doubled his RBI total with the performance, and with a .208 average, there is no need to run out to add him after one solid game.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena sitting Thursday

Thu, 05 May 2016 14:53:56 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena (rest) is not in the starting lineup Thursday, May 5. SS Marwin Gonzalez is starting at third base in his place and batting sixth against Seattle Mariners SP Wade Miley.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena will get a night of rest with a left-hander on the hill, plus the fact he's 1-for-20 with 11 strikeouts in his last seven games. Gonzalez isn't faring much better and owners in daily games can look elsewhere for a low-price value play.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena on the bench

Sun, 01 May 2016 12:13:56 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup against Oakland Athletics SP Rich Hill Sunday, May 1. SS Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez is hitting only .222 so far this season and probably can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena, Jason Castro playing

Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:02:44 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena and C Jason Castro are back in the starting lineup against Oakland Athletics SP Jesse Hahn Saturday, April 30, batting eighth and ninth, respectively.

Fantasy Tip: Valbuena is batting .193 with four RBI through 66 at-bats, while Castro is hitting just .128 with two RBI in 47 at-bats. Neither player should be viewed as a viable fantasy option.

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Astros | Luis Valbuena, Jason Castro out

Fri, 29 Apr 2016 16:17:10 -0700

Houston Astros 3B Luis Valbuena and C Jason Castro are not in the starting lineup against Oakland Athletics SP Sean Manaea Friday, April 29. SS Marwin Gonzalez will start at third base and is batting eighth, while C Erik Kratz will start at catcher and is batting ninth.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez has gone 4-for-15 with one home run and one RBI over the last seven days and is not a strong option in most leagues. Kratz is hitting only .069 this season and should be avoided in all leagues.

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Astros | Marwin Gonzalez draws into the lineup

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:41:30 -0700

Houston Astros SS Marwin Gonzalez is playing third base and batting eighth against Texas Rangers SP Cole Hamels Wednesday, April 20. Astros 3B Luis Valbuena is not in the starting lineup Wednesday.

Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez posted a .295/.347/.496 slash line against left-handed pitchers last season, and he projects to see regular at-bats against southpaws. Expect Valbuena to be the odd-man out most nights against lefties, which hurts his fantasy value. Similarly, Gonzalez's fantasy ceiling isn't high enough to warrant a roster spot in the majority of seasonal leagues.

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