2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 13 article!

During the fantasy season, you may see some of the same players increase and decrease their stock consistently over the season. There will be weeks of solid production followed by weeks of no production at all.

Being able to figure out when a player may be turning that corner or have a period of time where they will provide solid production is important in terms of consistently keeping your team competitive.

There also comes a time when players have a large enough sample size now and yet still have not been able to get over the hump. In that case, sometimes the player can be dropped while other times the player simply deserves to be benched until they begin to play better.

This is where being able to find these waiver gems come into place, as even though they may only be productive for a few weeks, that may be enough time for your benched starter to figure things out. These work hand in hand.

Now, let's start talking about some of the players who fall into these categories! And as always if there are any questions, comments, or concerns you may have for players on your roster, hit me up on Twitter @MikeSollicito1!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Christian Walker has struggled for much of the season. Walker is hitting a not so pretty .215, however, that is backed with an xBA of .262. This average falls in line with what we are used to from Walker. The power is still there, as evident by great max exit velocity.

The strikeouts are also not as much of an issue as they were in the past, as he is striking out only 19.4% of the time. While the walk rate is not so great, Walker's power and a good eye at the plate should keep him producing from a fantasy perspective.

The one downside to him is his lineup. The Diamondbacks just lost Ketel Marte, and the rest of the lineup has not looked that great either. On the bright side, Walker should hit in the middle of the lineup giving him plenty of opportunities to knock in runs.

While you can certainly do better than Walker, you can also do way worse. And at a weak and unproductive 1B position this year, Walker could provide some nice second-half value.

Myles Straw, OF, Houston Astros

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Myles Straw has been on fire during the month of June. He, along with the rest of the Astros lineup has been hitting the cover off the ball. While Straw isn't your prototypical speedster, mostly hitting from the bottom of the lineup, his fantastic eye at the plate and speed should keep him relevant.

Straw's primary calling card is speed, and that has been on showcase both on the field and in the basepaths, but lately Straw has really been showing his ability with the bat. When this Astros lineup is on, they are on and Straw is benefitting from just that.

He should continue to steal bases and score runs consistently, and perhaps there's a chance that he moves up in the lineup if he keeps playing well. Straw doesn't hit the ball very hard and probably won't drive in many runs, but when he is hitting for average and stealing bases, who cares?

Wilmer Flores, 1B/2B/3B, San Francisco Giants

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Wilmer Flores was absolutely brutal to start the year. He then missed time with a hamstring injury and ever since he has been back, he has been hitting the ball. Playing at three positions keeps Flores' eligibility one to be coveted, as he has the ability to move around your lineup.

He is also a pure hitter, someone who will consistently get on base with his fantastic eye at the plate. The Giants lineup has been sneaky this year, and even with the injuries to Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria, they are still producing.

Flores is someone who I expect to have a real solid second half. While he may be boring from a fantasy perspective, his high floor and ability to consistently make contact should keep him rostered. While the xBA is only .240, Wilmer has shown in the past the ability to hit .270 or higher. Grab Wilmer and let his high floor help give your team a solid boost.

Stock Down

Anthony Santander, OF, Baltimore Orioles

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Anthony Santander had a breakout campaign in 2019 and followed that up with a strong season last year. Fast forward to 2021 and he is now one of the worst OFs on the Orioles. I do believe in Santander, but part of me says something just isn't right with him, and he can be ignored for the rest of the year.

The plate discipline has taken a step back from last year, as his strikeout rate jumped more than 10% and his walk rate dipped two percent. While Santander is hitting the ball harder than he was in recent years, the bad discipline will hinder him and stop him from producing.

The Orioles are in full-on rebuild mode and while they evaluate players I expect Santander to continue getting a look. However, with more and more OFs popping up on the waiver wire each week, I think it is safe to drop Santander and grab someone who can help you now.

Dropping Santander won't cost you the season, but if you keep him in your lineup when he isn't producing, then that might cost you the season.

Eric Hosmer, 1B, San Diego Padres

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Eric Hosmer, much like his teammate Wil Myers, had a very productive 60-game spring season. Heading into this season, some felt that they had both turned a page and would be vital bats for the Padres lineup and their quest to unthrone the Dodgers for the NL West.

While it has surely been a battle between the two clubs, Hosmer has not really done his part. He is hitting a mediocre .250 so far on the season after starting out fairly hot.

Hosmer is by no means a drop candidate with how weak 1B is, but he is definitely someone who maybe should be on the bench until he figures things out. The underlying stats are encouraging, as evident by a .280 xBA and solid plate discipline (15.1 K%, 6.7 BB%).

But when you're trying to win and stay competitive, sometimes rather than waiting for the player to produce in your lineup, bench them and add someone on the waiver wire who can help you while your benched player is in a funk. While Hosmer is by no means undroppable, I would only feel safe dropping him if there was another solid 1B option on the waiver wire.

For me though, Hosmer can ride the pine until that early season magic returns.

Gleyber Torres, SS, New York Yankees

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Gleyber Torres, one of the hottest names in all of baseball right now but for all the wrong reasons. Gleyber looked like a soon-to-be superstar in 2019, only to have a brutal 2020. That was then ignored as he had a fantastic playoff stretch where he hit over .300. Fast forward to about halfway through the 2021 season, and Gleyber now barely looks like a major leaguer.

The exit velocity and hard-hit rates are down, and his strikeout rate is up while the walk rate is down from last year. The kid simply looks lost at the plate and is no longer a must-start in your fantasy lineup. This was certainly not what you were expecting when you drafted him, and it is looking more and more like 2019 was a career year during the bouncy ball era.

You can't just drop Gleyber because the upside is so damn high, but with how bad he has been and how bad the Yankees lineup has been as a whole, I see no reason to start him on a consistent basis. He isn't getting it done at the plate, and even on the off chance that he does, the Yankees offense is so anemic right now that he wouldn't be driven in anyways.

Until Gleyber and the rest of the Yankees wake up, bench Gleyber and grab a 2B/SS like Wilmer Flores or JP Crawford from the waiver wire.


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1 comment

n17317 July 1, 2021 - 9:24 pm

Be careful with Hosmer though … That “early season magic” was only the first two games. Other than that he’s been garbage, not just this year but for his entire Padres tenure.

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