2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 5

by Jacob Dunne
2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 6

Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 5 article!

We're officially five weeks into the MLB season! With most fantasy playoffs only three weeks away, there's no time to wait on slumping players to turn it around! Sometimes you have to cut bait and move on, even if you spent a top draft pick on him.

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 5

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Stock Up

Javier Baez, SS, Chicago Cubs

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Baez is having a rough start to the season. He's only batting .220 at the plate to go along with five home runs and 13 RBI and one stolen base. The power numbers are decent, but fantasy owners were expecting much more out of their 2020 third-round draft pick.

After smacking two home runs against the Detroit Tigers last Monday, Baez is in a prime position to TAKE OFF considering his mouthwatering upcoming schedule.

The Cubs have a four-game series against Cincinnati starting Friday, followed by a trip to Pittsburgh for a three-game series against the Pirates. Baez should feast against those teams.

Raimel Tapia, OF, Colorado Rockies

Tapia has been a linchpin for the struggling Rockies lately. Over the past two weeks, Tapia has a .446 on-base percentage to go along with six runs scored and three stolen bases.

He's playing every day and hitting atop of an explosive lineup. He's an on-base machine who has the green light to steal every time he gets on base.

Before finishing up their series in Arizona on Thursday, the Rockies come back home to play six straight games in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. Grab Tapia if you need a consistent source of runs and stolen bases.

Dylan Cease, SP, Chicago White Sox

Cease has been DOMINATING as of late. Over his last three starts, he is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts while sporting a 2.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.

Although Cease's command has been a slight issue this season (1.33 WHIP), he's been able to limit hard contact. His stuff is still raw, but he's been able to capitalize on weaker opponents as of late. Cease's upcoming schedule only gets friendlier.

His next three starts are very favorable as he's lined up to face the Kansas City Royals twice and the Detroit Tigers. He's shockingly only owned in 54% of Yahoo Leagues. Pick him up and ride the wave!

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Stock Down

Victor Robles, OF, Washington Nationals

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Robles' numbers are DOWN across the board this season. After swiping 28 bases last season to go along with 17 home runs and 65 RBI, Robles came into 2020 as a low-end five-tool player with the potential to lead the league in stolen bases. This has not been the case this season.

In 25 games so far, Robles only has one stolen base on two attempts. To make matters even worse, he's been hitting out of the No. 9 hole, which has been a detriment to his fantasy production.

I fully recommend that fantasy owners cut bait with the 23-year-old, especially if you are fighting for a playoff spot. He definitely has long-term value, but he's not running enough to justify the awful batting average this season.

Josh Bell, 1B, Pittsburgh Pirates

Bell is following up on his 2019 breakout season with an absolute clunker. In 24 games, Bell only has two home runs and 10 RBI while hitting below the Mendoza Line.

He broke out last year to the tune of 37 home runs, 116 RBI, and 94 runs scored over 143 games, but his second half was abysmal. It took Bell 24 games to hit his first home run after the All-Star Break. Unfortunately, that poor performance has carried over into 2020.

With each passing game, Bell is proving that his 2019 breakout season was a fluke. Don't be afraid to move on from Bell in all league sizes and formats. He's not hitting enough home runs to justify the awful batting average.

Chris Paddack, SP, San Diego Padres

After recording a 9-7 record to go along with 153 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA, Paddack is struggling to find consistency in 2020. He's now allowed 6 ER in two of his last three starts.

AJ Cassavell of MLB.com tweeted during his last start that his fastball continues to be the issue. He's now allowed a league-high 10 home runs, which is a whopping THREE MORE than second-place pitcher Matthew Boyd.

With a trip to Coors Field on deck followed by a trip to Oakland to face the hot-hitting Athletics, Paddack's hopes of a turnaround likely won't happen soon.

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