Fantasy Insights: Astros provide scandalous value

It will be hard for George Springer and his Astros teammates to move past the sign-stealing scandal until games finally start being played. Jim Rassol/USA TODAY Sports

Spring is here and Eric Karabell misses baseball, so he is going to write about all 30 MLB teams over the next few months, covering myriad player values and his general thoughts for what he hopes will ultimately be a fruitful 2020 season.

Next up, the Houston Astros!

Top fantasy storyline: Well, this franchise hasn't been in the news for years, right? OK, so there is an obvious storyline, and it could affect the fantasy one. Perhaps you've heard about the Astros being involved in a rather large cheating scandal from 2017? The penalties came down earlier this year and it has made them a bit unpopular. Will pitchers deliberately throw at Astros for revenge? Will more Astros get hurt? Will the pressure grow if players struggle? Frankly, I view this all overblown as to how it might affect 2020 -- and beyond -- in terms of performance, but if you want to move Alex Bregman out of Round 1 and Jose Altuve out of Round 2, fine. It only means more bargains for me.