2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 1 article!

This is a weekly series that I will be taking on during the 2021 Fantasy Baseball season. I will take a look at players whose stock is trending up, and players whose stock is heading downward.

Throughout the season, it is important to know when to begin adding or dropping a certain player. It is also important to know when to start worrying about players. Now, with it being the first week, you should not be too worried, as some players may start off slow or have a very hot start to the season before settling in.

In this article, we will take a look at these types of players by highlighting three players who are trending upwards, and three players who are trending downwards.

Now that you know the basics of how this series will work, let's dive in! And remember, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns feel free to hit me up on Twitter @mikesollicito1.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Nate Lowe, 1B, Texas Rangers

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Nate Lowe has always been known for his raw power. However, he was blocked on a Rays team that loves to move around their players. Now, on a team that is seemingly rebuilding, Lowe has an everyday spot.

He started Spring Training off relatively rough, however, he has put that behind him. Lowe has started the season off going 6-for-18 (.333 avg) with one HR, two runs, and 10 RBI.

While he does have seven strikeouts, Lowe's is showing some real power. The Rangers have an underrated lineup with David Dahl, Nick Solak, Leody Taveras, among others. With first base being so shallow, managers may as well take a stab at Lowe, although don't be surprised if he slumps occasionally due to his strikeout rate.

Donovan Solano, 2B, San Francisco Giants

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All Donovan Solano did last year was hit the ball. Now, heading into this year as a utility player, Solano has been filling in for Tommy La Stella at 2B. During that time, he has gone 9-for-18 (.500 avg) with four runs, two RBI, and a stolen base.

While the stolen bases may not stick, the average should, as Solano has proven to be one of the better hitters in the league. Playing at a weak second base position, Solano could provide a nice floor and could be a solid backup for those that own Fernando Tatis, who left the game on Monday with a shoulder injury.

While playing time may not be totally guaranteed for Solano, the Giants are a sneaky team this year and will ultimately need to find a way to get his bat in the lineup. You may need to do the same in fantasy.

Cedric Mullins, OF, Baltimore Orioles

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Cedric Mullins was one of the biggest sleepers of 2019, only to find himself sent down to Double-A after a terrible start to the year. Mullins did not play much last year but proved his speed and solid defense could be of use late in the game.

After having a solid Spring Training, Mullins locked up a starting OF job for the Orioles and now finds himself as the everyday leadoff man. While the Orioles aren't great, their lineup is underrated as it also has Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle, and feel-good story Trey Mancini.

Mullins has started the year 10 for 17 (.588 avg) with four runs. Mullins won't help in the power or RBI department, but while he is leading off and has a hot bat, he could prove helpful to teams in need of OF help. Grab Mullins and ride the wave, as he could be a good source of runs, stolen bases, and maybe even average. However, he is worth monitoring because he is known to go on mini hot streaks like this before crashing back to earth.

Stock Down

Bobby Dalbec, 1B, Boston Red Sox

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This is who Bobby Dalbec is. Dalbec is an extremely streaky hitter. He could go 0 for 12 over four games, only to hit four HRs over his next three. This is what you will get from him.

Dalbec was fantastic in Spring Training, showcasing the power and patience at the plate that made him a well-known prospect. However, Dalbec has started the season off 0 for 10 with no counting stats.

If you are in need of a first baseman or power help, maybe drop Dalbec and pick up Lowe who shows a little less power but has a better hit tool than Dalbec. Just know that Dalbec has the potential to win the home run category for your team when he's hot. He is worth keeping a close eye on, but if your league has a small bench and you can't wait for him to heat up, it is totally fine dropping him.

Eduardo Escobar, 3B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Eduardo Escobar is not good. I have been saying this for years now. He had a career year in 2019 at age 31, and I did not believe in it. Escobar had a brutal 2020 followed by a brutal Spring Training this year.

Now, he has started the year off o for 11. While he will probably stay as the Diamondbacks' main third baseman, it would not shock me if they began dwindling his playing time if he can't improve at the plate. The Diamondbacks have a bunch of young players that they may turn to as they look to stay competitive while turning an eye to the future.

If you have better options on your waiver wire than Escobar, it may be time to move on from him. It may not get all that better from here on out.

Leody Taveras, OF, Texas Rangers

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I was on the Leody Taveras hype train this whole offseason. His speed coupled with the slight pop he has was very intriguing as the starting CF for an underrated offense in the Texas Rangers. However, Leody is now 0 for 12 through his first games, and Eli White is beginning to take over in CF.

While Leody is very young and the Rangers would be dumb to completely fade him out of playing time, this is a situation to monitor. As of right now, Leody is a drop for me in almost all leagues besides dynasty.

I would look on the waiver wire for guys like Mullins and David Dahl who are performing well right now with playing time. Leody is definitely someone to keep an eye on, as he started Spring Training out very slow before finishing it with a .286 average.

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