Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 3 article!
We're officially three weeks into the MLB season, which means there are only six weeks left until the regular season is over. You have six weeks to either climb up the standings or hold off your opponents from taking your spot in the fantasy playoffs. Every day counts!
In this article, I wanted to highlight a few key players whose stocks are rising and falling. Like last week, I'll tell you whose recent hot streaks we can trust and also what to expect from slumping players. I hope you took my advice and bought low on Christian Yelich!
Let's dive in!
2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 3
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Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies
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Charlie "Chuck Nazty" Blackmon is RED HOT! He's riding a 15-game hitting streak and has multiple hits in six straight games. The 34-year-old outfielder already has 20 RBI to go along with three home runs with a .500-plus batting average and on-base percentage. Unreal.
Update: Blackmon went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, breaking his hitting streak. But he's still hitting a ridiculous .472.
Not only is he producing in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field, but he also didn't skip a beat when the Rockies traveled to Seattle to take on the Mariners. During that three-game series, Blackmon collected eight hits, one home run, four RBI, and four runs scored.
There's no reason to believe a regression is coming, considering half of the Rockies' remaining games in August are at Coors Field. If you are looking to sell high on the veteran outfield, make sure it's for a king's ransom.
Austin Slater, 1B/OF, San Francisco Giants
Slater has been taking full advantage of his recent playing time. Over the past six games, he's hit three home runs on top of stealing four bases.
Before this season, Slater had been splitting time between the majors and minors throughout his three-year career. He had only averaged 161 major league at-bats over the past three seasons. He's finally getting consistent playing time, and he's producing.
The Giants seem content on riding the 27-year-old's hot streak until the wheels come off. With 11 out of the next 16 games at home, Slater is looking like a cheap source of power and speed for AT LEAST the rest of August. He's available in 85% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. Go get him.
Randy Dobnak, SP, Minnesota Twins
Dobnak earned his third consecutive win last Monday against the Milwaukee Brewers. He only allowed one run on four hits and a walk.
Dobnak dominated the minor league last season. Across three leagues (A+, AA, AAA), he went 12-4 with a 2.07 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He only had 109 strikeouts in 135 innings, but his elite ERA and WHIP more than made up for the lack of strikeouts. He's more of a ground ball generator than a strikeout pitcher.
He doesn't strike out many batters (6.6 SO/9), but as long as he's generating ground balls and keeping runners off base, he'll be a valuable asset in all formats. He's lined up to face the Kansas City Royals twice, followed by the Detroit Tigers. With one of the most explosive offenses backing him up, he should be owned and started in ALL leagues.
Rafael Devers, 3B, Boston Red Sox
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Devers has been dreadful this season. He's only hit two home runs and three RBI in 57 at-bats. He's also struck out 21 times in 62 plate appearances. Not good.
Devers has taken a HUGE step back after breaking out last season to the tune of 32 home runs and 115 RBI with a .311 batting average. To make matters worse, he tweaked his ankle during last Sunday's contest. His ankle injury doesn't appear to be a long-term concern, but he has taken the last few games off to rest it.
I would love to tell you that Devers will turn it around soon, but I don't see that happening until later this month. Consider benching him until Boston travels to Baltimore on Friday, August 20th. A four-game series against the Orioles followed by a three-game series in Toronto could be the turning point in the 23-year-old's season.
Gleyber Torres, 2B/SS, New York Yankees
In 53 at-bats, Torres has hit only one home runs and two RBI while sporting a .151 batting average. This isn't the production fantasy owners were expecting when they spent an early third-round pick on him.
Before this season, Torres had gotten his career off to a BLAZING hot start averaging 31 home runs and 83 RBI with a .275 batting average in his first two years in the league. I expected a slight regression after breaking out with 38 home runs last season, but no one could have seen THIS coming.
With the shortened season, you don't have time to wait for him to bust out of his slump. If you own him, spend the next few days trying to shop him. If you don't get any takers, I would strongly consider dropping him for a hot free agent.
Robbie Ray, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
How is Ray still owned in 70% of Yahoo fantasy leagues? He owns a 10.59 ERA and 2.12 WHIP in four starts this season. His strikeouts remain decent at 12.2 SO/9, but that's not enough to mask the 20 ER and 14 BB he's allowed in just 17 innings pitched.
He had an incredible year in 2017 going 15-5 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, but over the last two years, he's averaging a 4.14 ERA and 1.35 WHIP. His command and control have been awful over the past two seasons, and 2020 is no different.
The schedule doesn't get easy for Ray as he's lined up to face either the hard-hitting San Diego Padres or Oakland Athletics later this week. Do your ERA and WHIP a favor and drop Ray immediately.
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