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Ignored Astros might be worth inclusion on Fantasy rosters

By Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

The tendency to avoid picking Astros on draft day because, well, they're the Astros, is understandable.

The result in many Fantasy leagues, however, is that a few viable players wearing Houston uniforms fall through the cracks. They might be available on waiver wires and should be considered to bolster rosters.

Three of them showed signs of productivity in the season-opening series against the Yankees in which the Astros won two of three. Though the sample size is small and constitutes no guarantee that they can provide strong contributions to Fantasy teams, they could be worth a gamble. Here are those three:

CF Dexter Fowler: Fowler has finally been given a chance to play every day and could approach 100 runs scored and 30 stolen bases from the leadoff spot. He is off to a flying start with six hits in 12 at-bats, including four for extra bases. He has always boasted the potential for productivity and could prove it with 600 at-bats.

SP Jarred Cosart: The Yankees expressed how impressed they were with this 23-year-old right-hander after he shut them out for five innings on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts in a Game 2 win. Cosart has developed a good curveball to go along with a mid-90s fastball, which bodes well considering he owned a 1.95 ERA in 10 starts upon his arrival in the big leagues last season.

Closer Josh Fields: What many suspected about Fields seemed all but confirmed when he received the first chance to close for the Astros and shut down the Yankees in order for the save. Bo Porter has announced a closer-by-committee approach, but those never last and one suspects that Fields will take the job and run with it. Closers are at a premium in most leagues and Fields is quite possibly available. He has averaged more than a strikeout per inning at all levels and his control has improved as he has advanced.

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