Houston Astros Roster
- AL West
- Minute Maid Park
Houston Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel is hitting sixth Thursday against the Rangers. After a fantastic month of August in which he slashed .305/.345/.558, those numbers have dipped to .189/.196/.283 over his last 15 games in September. Gurriel has really struggled against right-handed pitching this season, slugging only .352 with a .632 OPS against righties. Gurriel enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2019 but has returned to Earth this season. He currently is no more than a fringe fantasy asset heading into the final week of the regular season.
Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker is starting and will hit fifth Thursday against the Rangers. The 23-year-old leads the team with 37 runs batted in but has been scuffling at the dish recently. Tucker is hitting .211 in the month of September and currently is mired in a 3-for-26 slide. After posting a .960 OPS in August, that number has dipped to .606 in September. Astros fans are elated that the highly-touted prospect has finally found some success at the major league level this season but should be considered a volatile option in fantasy the rest of the season.
Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman is in the lineup Thursday and hitting cleanup against the Rangers. Bregman has struggled since coming off the injured list, hitting only .227 with a slugging percentage of .318. The talented hitter has not homered since August 11 in a season that has been extremely disappointing to fantasy participants. Bregman is too talented to be benched in standard formats but should be avoided in DFS formats until he shows more signs of life.
Houston Astros designated hitter Michael Brantley will start and hit third Thursday against the Rangers. Brantley has only five hits over his last 26 at-bats (.192) but is slashing .305/.359/.559 in the month of September with three home runs, six doubles, seven runs scored and 12 runs batted in spanning 16 games. Brantley will have an excellent DFS matchup on Thursday against Rangers right-handed starter Jordan Lyles. The veteran slugger is posting a .952 OPS against right-handed pitching this season and could be in line for success on Thursday.
Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve will start and hit second Thursday against the Rangers. It has been a season that Altuve would love to forget, beginning with heavy criticism from the offseason cheating scandal to total ineffectiveness at the plate. To further compound these issues, Altuve's knee issues have returned and have kept him off the field. Altuve returned to the lineup on September 15 and has one hit through his first six at-bats and is slashing only .222/.288/.315 through 149 at-bats this season. With only so many games left on the schedule, fantasy teams should consider benching, or even dropping, Altuve from lineups the rest of the way.