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2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Report

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There are a lot of reasons why baseball is magical. It is America’s favorite pastime for a reason. Whether it is taking in a game with a stadium dog in hand, or playing in your little league every Saturday afternoon, nothing beats it. Watching a pitcher masterfully carve up a lineup, or seeing a slugger put one over the wall complete with a bat flip can make someone fall in love with the game.

The best part? It is going on every day! You live your everyday life with your team. Had a crappy day? Well, at least the Braves won. No matter who your team is, you can follow them five days a week like a live story that changes and brings new excitement all the time. Growing to know the ins and outs of your team and following each and every player each and every day gives you a real relationship with your team.

What is the best thing about baseball might be the worst for fantasy owners? The experience I just described, while amazing, is happening to all of the other teams too. It is physically impossible to keep up with every team and every player on that level. That is where the Stock Report comes in. Here at Fantasy Six Pack we are going to keep you in the know about who is scorching hot, and who is falling fast.

2017 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Report

Check out the Rest of the Season Rankings to see where all these players rank.

Stock Up

Eric Thames, OF/1B, Milwaukee Brewers

First baseman/outfielder Eric Thames has been a very very bright spot for the surprisingly competitive Milwaukee Brewers this season. He has a hit in every game except for one and is batting .405 on the year. He started the season giving up a couple of starts to Jesus Aguilar, but that won’t be the case going forward.

Thames has been all over the headlines, slugging six home runs in five games. The home run streak came to an end on Tuesday, with Thames only managing to go 3-for-5 at the dish with two doubles and two runs scored…

The high average and power numbers won’t stay astronomical all season, but Thames has arrived as a factor in Fantasy Baseball. Just don’t be spoiled by the hot start, as regression is inevitable.

Freddie Freeman, 1B, Atlanta Braves

Coming into the season, many thought that Freeman’s ADP in fantasy drafts and overall hype were a little too much. I happened to be one of those people, and I also happened to be wrong. Freeman has been on fire to start the season and has picked up right where he left off to end 2016.

Sporting a .474 batting average over the past seven days, Freeman has been a big part of the Braves recent winning streak. If Freeman can keep this current pace, owners can probably expect even more production, as four of his five homers this season have solo shots. That is just flat out unlucky.

Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers

At the start of the season, Matthew Boyd was in a battle to claim the final rotation spot for the Tigers. That battle is over for the time being, as Boyd has recovered from a shaky first start to put together two solid ones. He has willed his ERA back down to 3.77 and has picked up the win in both outings.

Boyd is definitely someone you want to keep on your radar. He probably doesn’t warrant a pick up in season long leagues just yet. However, he is definitely a spot start or daily fantasy candidate in his next scheduled start against the Twins, the team his best start came against.

Stock Down

Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

Any believers that Wainwright can regain his once-dominant form have probably gone missing. Wainwright is a shell of himself, and his start to the 2017 season has been his worst stretch yet. He has yet to get through more than five innings in three starts, all loses and has given up double-digit hits in his past two.

Wainwright and his 7.24 ERA is definitely something you want to get and stay away from at this point. He is droppable in all formats and should remain on waivers until he, and the defense behind him, improve.

Dexter Fowler, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Fowler is the 2017 poster-child for “spring training success does not guarantee regular season success”. Truthfully, no one saw this coming. Fowler batted .349 in the spring to go with two doubles, three triples, and twelve runs scored. So far this season, Fowler is batting an abysmal .132, with only two extra-base hits to speak of.

Patience is probably the best prescription if you are a Fowler owner. He is not going to the bench for the Cards any time soon, so I’m starting him in fantasy every day. You may have a better option on your bench in the short-term, but I see Fowler finding his groove sooner rather than later.

Jose Abreu, 1B, Chicago White Sox

Since entering the league in 2014, Jose Abreu has been a 30 home run, 100 RBI, and .300 average hitter. He has some catching up to do just three weeks into the season if he is to reach those numbers again. Abreu is batting just .154 to start the year and has yet to find the seats with a homer.

There is cause for concern with Abreu. He has seen his home run and RBI totals decline each year since joining the White Sox. Though he has only been in the league for three full seasons, he is now 30 years old and has struggled this year. He will most likely find his stroke and put up decent numbers for the full season, but moving him in a dynasty league is not out of the question.

About Chris Wright

Chris is a self-diagnosed, non-recovering Fantasy addict. Balances stats on paper with actual on field evidence when making projections. Check him out on Twitter @ChrisWright_F6P

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