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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: EVAN GATTIS DOWN 4-6 WEEKS AFTER HERNIA SURGERY

Spring training is still a week away but some injuries are already starting to muddy the picture a bit.  This time around the victim is Houston Astros DH Evan Gattis who will miss the next 4-6 weeks of action after undergoing hernia surgery.  The 4-6 week timeline puts it very close to the start of the 2016 season and thus threatens Gattis' availability for Opening Day.  Figure that Gattis needs about 2 weeks to get himself somewhat ready for major league pitching when he recovers from the surgery and so worst case scenario is he sits out the first 10-14 days of the regular season which is a minor but annoying occurrence.  As far as Gattis' outlook beyond the injury issue, the UTIL or DH-only bat has lost a ton of his fantasy baseball value after losing catcher eligibility after 2014.  Still after a horrific April, Gattis supplied some big power last season with 27 home runs and 88 RBI for the Astros while playing everyday in the DH spot.  Gattis is pretty much just a two category asset though as his ridiculously high K rate results in averages like the .248 he had in 2015.  In addition, Gattis is a lumbering runner and that makes him a zero in stolen bases and just average in runs scored.  In other words, he is nothing but a middle round guy who can only be used in one spot in your order which is annoying. 



 

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