2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down

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

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

We're only one week into the MLB season, but it feels like baseball never missed a beat. After a four-month delay, we are back watching home runs being hit, double plays being turned, and bases being stolen. All is right with the world!

Just like the beginning of any MLB season, players are underperforming or over-performing. In this article, I wanted to highlight a few key players whose stock is rising and falling.

Who's hot start can we trust? Can we expect a turnaround from slumping players?

Let's dive in!

2020 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Nelson Cruz, UTIL, Minnesota Twins

Cruz has been on an absolute TEAR to begin the season. In three games, he has three home runs and 10 RBI with a .538 batting average. Cruz is flat-out breaking records at 40 years old.

Given his permanent role as the Minnesota Twins' designated hitter, he should have fresh legs all season. Cruz's stock is through the roof to begin the season, and there's no reason to believe he can't maintain a .300-plus batting average while providing fantasy owners with plenty of bombs.

Hitting cleanup for one of the most stacked lineups in baseball should keep Cruz a top-10 fantasy asset all season.

Tommy Pham, OF, San Diego Padres

Pham is running WILD. He may not have a pristine batting average (.154), but his ability to take walks has allowed him to steal four bases in four games. The Padres seem content to let him run wild when he gets on base.

Over the past three seasons, Pham has averaged 21 home runs and 21 stolen bases with a .284 batting average and .381 on-base percentage. He's a low-end five-tool player looking at an everyday role for the Padres.

Hitting in the heart of the Padres lineup, Pham should have no problem providing fantasy owners with plenty of runs, home runs, RBI, and stolen bases while having an elite on-base percentage.

Tyler Glasnow, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

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Glasnow was my pick to win the AL Cy Young Award before the season began. Before he went down last season, he was 6-1 with a 1.78 ERA and 0.89 WHIP with 76 SO in 60.2 IP.

Even though he only threw 72 pitches in his 2020 debut, he struck out nine batters while only allowing one run on one hit in four innings.

The Rays should give him a longer leash as the season progresses, which will mean more wins to go along with elite strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP. He has sky-high upside.

Stock Down

Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Kansas City Royals

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I was down on Mondesi heading into the 2020 season. Coming off offseason shoulder surgery, I didn't think he would return value on his third-round ADP. Even though he had an extra four months to recover from surgery, he has started the year predictably ICE COLD.

He's hitting a putrid .118 BA with only one run scored, and no stolen bases.

Thankfully for his fantasy owners, he has nowhere to go but up. His BA and OBP will remain poor, but he should get on base enough to steal 15-plus bases while scoring 25-30 runs.

Jonathan Villar, 2B/SS, Miami Marlins

Here's another player I was down on heading into the season. After a fantastic statistical year in the friendly confines of Camden Yards, the Baltimore Orioles traded Villar to the Miami Marlins.

In the first three games of the season, he only has one hit and one RBI with nothing else. To make matters worse, the MLB has paused the Marlins' season following a recent coronavirus outbreak amongst the team.

Villar won't have the chance to break out of his funk until Tuesday, August 4th at the earliest. I wouldn't even suggest him as a buy-low candidate. He'll score runs and steal a few bases, but I expect his stock to stay down for the foreseeable future.

Charlie Morton, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Morton was HIT HARD in his first start of 2020. He gave up six runs on seven hits while striking out four in four innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. This performance could be just a blip on the radar for Morton, but a decline is not out of the question for the 36-year-old.

He's been outstanding over the past three years, averaging a 3.24 ERA and 1.14 WHIP while striking out 201 batters, but I don't expect him to keep up that incredible pace in his 13th season.

He's projected to face the Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, and New York Yankees in his next three starts. I'm not banking on a bounce back.

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