Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 7 article!
We're officially seven weeks into the MLB season! With most fantasy playoffs less than one week away, there's no time to wait on slumping players to turn it around! If you're looking for extra help on who to add off the waiver wire, check out at Dennis Sosic's Week 7 Waiver Wire article!
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 7
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Michael Brantley, OF, Houston Astros
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Brantley is having a FANTASTIC month of September hitting 3 home runs and 12 RBI with a .417/.475/.806 slash line in 10 games.
Last Tuesday, he went 5/6 at the plate with a home run, two runs scored, and two RBI in a doubleheader against the Oakland Athletics. After a cold start to the season, Brantley's back to being a quality fantasy option.
The Astros' upcoming schedule includes hosting the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks and ending with the Seattle Mariners and Rangers on the road. Make sure Bradley isn't available in your league.
Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Boston Red Sox
Bradley Jr. is another player who is having a nice September. He's hit three home runs and six RBI with a .323 batting average and .432 on-base percentage in nine games.
The Red Sox travel to Tampa Bay and Miami before coming home to face the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. He should provide consistent low-end power numbers for your fantasy team for the rest of the season. Bradley Jr. is available in 90% of Yahoo leagues.
Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Wainwright is having an UNREAL season going 4-0 with a 2.68 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in six starts. He's holding batters to an unbelievable .192 batting average. Not only is he having a bounce-back season, but he's having the best season he's had in five years.
Prior to this season, Wainwright averaged a 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over the past four years. In 2020, the 39-year-old is the 17th ranked SP and 58th ranked overall player in standard Yahoo fantasy leagues. Wow.
Wainwright's lined up to face the Milwaukee Brewers twice and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He's available in 28% of Yahoo leagues. Let's rectify that.
Yoan Moncada, 3B, Chicago White Sox
Moncada is following up on his 2019 breakout season with a subpar effort in 2020. He's had a decent season so far, hitting five home runs and 19 RBI with a .243 batting average, but he's struggling in September.
So far in September, Moncada has zero home runs, two RBI with a .167 batting average in five games. It's too early to sound the alarm, but his recent comments are a tremendous concern:
Yoan Moncada: "My body has not been the same after the virus." Said it's a weird feeling and a daily battle to try to find that strength and energy
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 3, 2020
Despite Moncada's comments, he should still see ample playing time as long as he's healthy. The White Sox have a tough schedule after this weekend's series against the Detroit Tigers facing the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and Chicago Cubs. He should provide useful fantasy numbers the rest of the way, but temper expectations.
Elvis Andrus, SS, Texas Rangers
Andrus has STRUGGLED across the board this season. Before the month of September, Andrus had hit zero home runs, three RBI with a .184 batting average in 76 at-bats. Oof.
Rangers manager Chris Woodward recently stated that Andrus won't be an everyday player for the rest of the year, which absolutely destroys his fantasy value. Rookie Anderson Tejada should get most starts at shortstop in favor of Andrus.
With the fantasy playoffs coming up, there's no reason to roster part-time players. He's owned in 45% of Yahoo leagues, but it should be closer to zero.
Brandon Woodruff, SP, Milwaukee Brewers
If it wasn't for an oblique injury in 2019, Woodruff would have been a serious contender for last year's NL Cy Young Award. Before he went down last season, he was 11-3 with a 3.53 ERA and a WHOPPING 133 strikeouts in just 114.2 innings.
Woodruff has the stuff to be a No. 1 starter, but he has yet to show it in 2020. So far, he's posting a below-average 3.91 ERA in nine starts and has only pitched past six innings once.
Woodruff has a tough schedule down the stretch as he's lined up to face the Chicago Cubs, Cardinals twice, and Cincinnati Reds. Expect plenty of strikeouts along with an inflated ERA and WHIP. Tread lightly.
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