2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 4

by Jacob Dunne
2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 4

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 4 article!

We're officially four weeks into the MLB season! You only have a few weeks left to climb up the standings. Consider moving on from slumping players if you're fighting for a playoff spot. It's better to keep riding the hot hand on the waiver wire than to wait for players on your roster to turn it around. Don't wait until it's too late!

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 you can trust and what to expect from slumping players.

Let's dive in!

2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 4

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Stock Up

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

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Soto is lighting the MLB world ON FIRE. Over the past week, he's hit five home runs and 11 RBI while scoring 11 runs with a blistering .563 on-base percentage. He even chipped in with a stolen base during that stretch.

The 21-year-old has proven to be one of the most consistent and elite hitters in the game in only his third year in the league. He's already won a World Series title, and he seems poised to do the same for your fantasy team. DO NOT SELL HIGH!

Soto is a strong candidate to continue his impressive run with the Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Boston Red Sox on tap. His stock is pointing up with plenty of room to go higher.

Randal Grichuk, OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Grichuk has been a Top-10 fantasy producer over the past week, sending six balls over the fence along with 14 RBI and nine runs scored. He has now hit at least one home run in four straight games.

Expect his RBI numbers to climb even more with his recent move from seventh to fourth in the Blue Jays lineup. His batting average may dip, but the power is here to stay. Over the past three seasons, Grichuck has averaged 26 home runs.

There's no reason to believe his recent hot streak will end with the Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, and Baltimore Orioles up next on the schedule. He's available in over 70% of Yahoo leagues. Pick him up and ride the wave!

Kenta Maeda, SP, Minnesota Twins

Maeda is enjoying life in Minnesota. He's 3-0 in five starts with a 2.27 ERA and 33 strikeouts. In his last start against the Milwaukee Brewers, Maeda carried a no-hit bid into the ninth inning before Eric Sogard ruined it with a leadoff single.

History suggests that his sparkling 2.27 ERA is not sustainable (4.02 ERA over the past three years), but he should keep piling up wins with one of the most explosive offenses backing him up.

His next two starts come on the road against Kansas City and Detroit. Fire him up.

Stock Down

Jose Altuve, 2B, Houston Astros

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What is wrong with Altuve? Over the past week, he's mustered just two hits on 20 at-bats with only two RBI and nothing else. It's been so bad that Altuve asked Manager Dusty Baker to drop him in the batting order.

On the season, Altuve is batting .168 with three home runs and 10 RBI along with two stolen bases. Those are middle-of-the-pack stats that you can easily find on the waiver wire.

Altuve has been hitting out of the seven and six-hole over the past four games with little results. The good news for Altuve's fantasy owners is that he'll never lose his job. The bad news? It may take a few weeks for him to turn it around. Sell him if you can.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Chicago Cubs

Bryant is off to a MISERABLE start this season. He's only hit two home runs and four RBI with a .177 batting average. Over the past week, he's hit just one home run while sporting a .143 on-base percentage. This was not the production fantasy owners expected out of the perennial All-Star.

Earlier this week, Bryant received an injection in his left wrist after injuring it against Cleveland on August 12th, which would explain his recent struggles at the plate.

Hopefully, the injection will only cost Bryant a few games. The Cubs have a hitter-friendly schedule coming up against the Chicago White Sox, Tigers, and Cincinnati Reds, but until Bryant proves his health, fantasy owners should leave him on the bench.

Matthew Boyd, SP, Detroit Tigers

Boyd has yet to figure out how to keep the ball in the yard this season. He's allowed a league-leading eight home runs which have led to dreadful 9.64 ERA and 1.89 WHIP across 23.1 innings.

His lone bright spot has come in the strikeout department. Boyd ranks 21st in the MLB with 27 strikeouts. Last season, Boyd ranked 12th among pitchers with 238 strikeouts, but he also allowed a third-worst 39 home runs. Talk about taking the good with the bad!

Boyd was a popular sleeper pick coming into the fantasy season after his impressive strikeout performance last year, but he's still allowing home runs at an alarming rate. Unless you're streaming him in favorable matchups, he's better left on the waiver wire.


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2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 5 - Fantasy Six Pack August 27, 2020 - 7:00 am

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