Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve

2B - HOU
Age: 29Bats: RThrows: R

Next Game

LAA @ HOU
J. Barria #142
Sun, 8/25 2:10pm
Matchup (?)
Rank H #22
Projection (?) 4 pts

Ownership

 
Yahoo
99%
 
ESPN
100%

Eligibility

Yahoo 2B
ESPN 2B
CBS 2B

After an offseason to heal from a knee injury, Altuve initially looked to have regained some power with nine home runs. Following an early outburst, he wound up batting .243 with one steal in three attempts before going on the IL. While rehabbing from a hamstring injury, he suffered a setback when hurting the knee he had surgically repaired last year. The old Altuve (minus the elite back) may be back, as he's hitting .345 with 10 homers in 40 games since returning in June. Although the former MVP eventually needs to start running again to return into a top-shelf fantasy asset, he's at least again making a major mark elsewhere.

Altuve is not done in the way Joey Votto appears to be, but he sure has hit a wall that caps both his batting average and stolen bases. The average should climb toward .290 with sufficient power remaining, but at this point, he is merely a second or even third-tier fantasy middle infielder.

It's time to reset our expectations for Altuve. He no longer can be counted on to steal bases, which was a huge part of his fantasy appeal. And while he's certainly still capable of hitting .300 with a bit of pop and good run production numbers, it's not guaranteed. His Statcast numbers do not indicate that he's been unlucky up to this point.