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There are few players in baseball as talented with a bat in their hands as Jose Altuve. You know it, I know it, and essentially everyone else in your league knows it.


The 2017 AL MVP's draft position reflected as such a year ago with the second baseman widely considered as a top-two pick. As you may know now, that backfired in a big way.


While Altuve still has the potential to be a stud for your team, we're all now very aware of the fact that he could drag your team down in 2019. After a statistical decline last season, owners should be skeptical about his borderline first-round value.

Sure, he can rake, but can he stay healthy?


Altuve's down year was the result of injuries that plagued him for the entire season. The superstar still managed to play in 137 games last year, but it certainly impacted his play. Altuve wasn't likely going to reach the lofty .346 average he hit the season before, but dropping all the way to .316 is low, at least for his standards. The real decline came with his power, falling from 24 homers to just 13 and 81 RBI to 61. As if that isn't enough, he failed to reach 30 steals for the first time since his rookie year in 2011.


Altuve did have the offseason to rest and recover, but he's recovering from a patellar avulsion fracture, which needs extensive surgery to reattach. He's already starting out the 2019 campaign slow and is being eased into things by the Astros.

You know what the Astros don't care about? Your fantasy season. This team still believes it has the potential to win a championship with their current roster and they're going to need Altuve healthy towards the end of the year in order to achieve that goal. That could mean patience and caution for the regular season. That's never good for a potential fantasy starter. 


Altuve could have another fantastic year if he stays healthy, but that's a big "if" to gamble on with your first-round pick. 


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