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Monday, May 16, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL LINEUP ISSUES: EVAN GATTIS BACK IN PLAY AS A PRECIOUS CATCHER COMMODITY

To say that the catching fraternity has been beyond miserable at the dish this 2016 fantasy baseball season would be the king of all understatements.  With even Buster Posey's numbers being down from his usual lofty standards and complete busts of a beginning of the season for Travis D'Arnaud, Yan Gomes, Russell Martin, and others, the catching spot has been one huge problem.  That is why the news that the Houston Astros send down DH Evan Gattis to the minor leagues so he can reacquaint himself with catching duties is potentially a very big deal.  Having lost catcher eligibility for 2016 after spending the entire 2015 campaign during his first season in Houston as the team's everyday DH, Gattis lost most of his fantasy baseball value due to his extreme home run and nothing else profile.  Now the Astros have recalled Gattis for the purpose of him once again serving as a catcher, this time as the backup to Jason Castro.  In addition, Gattis will also DH like he did in 2015 which could be a very profitable situation.  Keep in mind that Gattis slammed 27 home runs for the Astros at DH a year ago and when it comes to pure power, few are better on an at-bat basis.  Of course we have learned that Gattis is very one-dimensional as his career average is a woeful .248 and he doesn't score many runs or steal any bases.  With a long history of injuries, Gattis has quite a few issues.  The fact of the matter though that those who are in leagues where 5 of 10 games earn eligibility could have Gattis as a catching option again by late June.  Gattis would then instantly be a top five catching option due to his power and for the awful state of the position as a whole.  Pick him up wherever available. 

 

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