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Astros' Chris Carter keeps on slugging

8/13/2014
Chris Carter's batting average will always be a liability, but his power will boost his value. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps Houston Astros outfielder Chris Carter will never win a batting title -- hey, crazy things do happen in this sport -- but let's give this low-average hitter plenty of credit for the fine season he's having. Carter smacked two more home runs Tuesday in a 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, giving him an impressive 28 on the season, fourth-most in the sport. That's a pace for 38, and with the run he's been on of late, it's reasonable to hope he'll breeze past that mark. Sure, Carter's hitting only .230, but a week ago he was at .219, and since the All-Star break he's hitting .307 with a 1.067 OPS. Put simply, Carter has been one of the most valuable hitters in fantasy for the past month, and now he's near 100 percent owned in ESPN standard formats. He deserves it.