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2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 2


Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 2 article!

We’re officially two weeks into the MLB season! How’s your fantasy team looking? Hopefully, your team’s been able to stave off injuries and COVID-19.

In this article, I wanted to highlight a few key players whose stock is rising and falling. Like last week, I’ll tell you whose recent hot streaks we can trust and what to expect from slumping players.

Let’s dive in!

2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 2

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Stock Up

Aaron Judge, OF, New York Yankees

Judge has been ON FIRE since the start of the season. In nine games, he’s hit a league-high six home runs and 14 RBI while sporting a .314 batting average. He’s hit seven home runs over his past eight games. Sheesh!

Why are they still pitching to this man? If you own him, congratulations! He came at a huge discount in fantasy drafts considering his last two injury-riddled seasons.

He appears 100% healthy and poised to lead the league in home runs and run production in 2020. Don’t sell high. Unless you receive a godfather offer for his services, I would ride Judge all the way to the fantasy playoffs.

Nicholas Castellanos, OF, Cincinnati Reds

It’s safe to say Castellanos is enjoying life in Cincinnati. In his first 10 games with the Reds, he’s hit six home runs and 13 RBI with a .442 on-base percentage and .368 batting average. His blistering start earned him NL Player of the Week.

Castellanos has been a consistent source of HR, RBI, BA, and OBP since 2016. Over the past three seasons, he’s averaging 25 home runs and 87 RBI with a .287 batting average.

He’s flashing more power now that he’s hitting in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the MLB. Castellanos should have no problem providing elite power numbers while keeping fantasy owner’s batting average and on-base percentage high.

Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Kershaw returned from the IL last Sunday to blank the Arizona Diamondbacks in 5 2/3 innings. He looked dominant as ever, only allowing three singles and striking out six batters. His fastball sat in the 92-93 mph range, which is up 3 ticks from last season’s average of 90.3 mph.

At age 32, I wouldn’t expect him to go deeper than six innings per start. The Los Angeles Dodgers will undoubtedly play it safe with their franchise ace during the regular season as they look to keep him fresh for the playoff run.

With one of the most explosive offenses backing him up, Kershaw should have no problem picking up wins for your fantasy team while posting a sub-3.00 ERA. He’s lined up to face the San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Mariners next. Start him with confidence.

Stock Down

Christian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

The former MVP is off to a ROUGH start this season. In 34 at-bats, Yelich has only hit one home run and three RBI while sporting a disappointing .087 batting average. Ouch.

His stock has NEVER been lower than it is right now. Most fantasy baseball rankings had Yelich as either the first, second, or third overall ranked player before the start of the season. He’s been a bust.

Yelich is the perfect buy-low candidate. He’s had two MVP-type performances over the past two seasons averaging 40 home runs and 103.5 RBI with a .328 batting average and 26 stolen bases. This slump will not last long. Buy, buy, buy!

Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves

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Albies has struggled mightily to start the year. He’s hit one home run and six RBI with a .159 batting average in 11 games. This definitely was not the production fantasy owners were looking for when they invested a third-round pick on him.

Albies entered this year fresh off his 2019 breakout season where he hit 24 home runs and 86 RBI, but the 23-year-old is struggling to find consistency at the plate. Albies has been nursing a right wrist issue for the past week, which explains his poor start to the season.

With Albies possibly going on the IL, there’s no reason to expect a turnaround. I expect the Atlanta Braves to treat him with kid gloves until he is 100% recovered from his wrist injury. Bench him until he figures it out or completely heals.

Update: Albies has indeed landed on the IL due to a wrist contusion. He will be eligible to return August 15.

Hyun Jin Ryu, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Ryu is off to a miserable start to the season. In his first two starts, Ryu has posted an 8.00 ERA and 1.90 WHIP. He’s allowed a whopping 13 hits and eight runs in 9.0 innings pitched.

Ryu was stellar last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Unfortunately, he doesn’t pitch in the pitcher-friendly confines of Chavez Ravine anymore. He now pitches in a TOUGH AL East division with a mediocre offense backing him up.

He’s too talented to drop, but it might be best to leave him on your bench against good offenses.

Update: Ryu turned it around on Wednesday night, spinning five shutout innings, allowing just one hit and three walks in a win over the Braves. If no games are postponed, his next scheduled start will come against the light-hitting Marlins.

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About Jacob Dunne

Jacob Dunne has been a fantasy sports athlete since the days of yore. He is also an expert on FantasyPros. You can follow him on Twitter, @AintDunneYet, where he'll be ready to answer your questions and help you win a championship!

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