Fantasy baseball's ripple effects

Unlike the rest of his teammates, Astros' second baseman Jose Altuve should carry some significant...

Unlike the rest of his teammates, Astros' second baseman Jose Altuve should carry some significant fantasy value going into AL-only drafts and auctions this spring. (Reuters)

JOEL COLOMBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:40 PM ET

While Alex Anthopoulos has done his darndest the past month to alter the fantasy landscape for 2013, it was a procedural move 13 months earlier that will have the most profound effect on AL-only and NL-only leagues.

That’s when the Houston Astros agreed to move to the American League West, instantly adding nine new positional players, five starters and a closer to the AL-only mix on draft/auction day next spring. Unfortunately, the young and rebuilding Astros don’t bring with them any ready-for-primetime stars that are projected to make a major fantasy impact next season, although second baseman Jose Altuve (.290, 7 HRs, 33 steals) is about as close as any of them get. But if you are in rebuilding mode, the combination of new Astros plus a glut of high-end players moving into the AL, should produce plenty of fantasy bargains towards the end rounds.

 


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