2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 14 article!

Some new faces continue to pop up through the season as teams face injuries and call up players to replace them. Also, with the All-Star Break approaching, now is the time to begin adding injured players who have a chance to come back right after the break.

It's also important to continue keeping an eye on RPs and SPs, as throughout the season players will be thrusted into a certain role with a team and will begin to thrive. Kolby Allard went from a bulk bullpen guy to someone who is actually a solid starter for the Rangers. That could be the case with Sulser, moving from a high leverage arm into the closer role.

Sometimes, a player's early season success can inflate their season stats. They may have been amazing the first month, but if they haven't done anything since then why hang onto them? Drop them and find someone else who can bring the magic that say a Tyler Naquin brought you during the beginning of the year.

Things like this as the season gets deeper are important to consider. These moves could make or break your season, and waiver adds at this time could really propel you into playoffs. Keep an eye on the waiver wire, don't be afraid to drop players, and most importantly have fun while playing fantasy.

You know the drill, if there are any questions, comments, or concerns you may have for players on your roster or team in general, hit me up on Twitter @MikeSollicito1! Now let's get right into it.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Gavin Sheets, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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Gavin Sheets has been fantastic since being recalled. In his first seven games he is hitting .320 with four strikeouts to two walks. He is hammering the ball at a 45.5% hart hit rate, and while the .253 xBA isn't the greatest, it still shows that he has been a solid player.

Currently he is getting starts at DH, RF, and 1B for the White Sox and has gained Tony La Russa's trust it seems.

While he is a rookie so growing pains should be expected, what we've seen from Sheets is extremely encouraging. He mashed throughout the minors and is showcasing that power early on with five XBH in his first seven games.

If you're in need of 1B help, give Sheets a shot as he is getting the playing time and has the power to be a steady contributor heading into the second half.

Cole Sulser, RP, Baltimore Orioles

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This might be the first time a RP has made this list other than Emmanuel Clase early on. While Sulser is no Clase, he has held his own this year and is now getting save opportunities. While the Orioles will not be winning much, saves are saves.

Sulser has a 2.84 xERA, 2.42 FIP, 3.12 xFIP to back his 2.61 ERA and his 12.8 k/9 is fantastic. He did blow the game on Sunday, but prior to that game he was about as consistent as it gets.

The team isn't pretty, but Sulser has been a great reliever all year long. If he can begin to get consistent saves each time he is called upon, he could be a sneaky candidate to be one of the better RPs for fantasy if not traded heading into the second half.

If your team is desperate for saves, grab Sulser and enjoy the occasional save.

Evan Longoria, 3B, San Francisco Giants

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Not what you expected and yes, I know he's hurt right now. But he's nearing a return and there's a good chance he returns shortly after the All-Star Break. Longoria was fantastic prior to his injury, hitting .280 on the season backed by an xBA of .300.

He was hitting the ball harder than ever and walking more than ever. If you want to see something quite pleasant, take a look at Evan Longoria's Baseball Savant Page. It's pretty nice. The Giants also have one of the better lineups in baseball, backed with a revitalized Brandon Crawford and a rebirted Buster Posey.

Due to the vast injuries that have happened this season and the length of Longoria's injury, it's quite possible he was dropped in your league. If you have an extra IL spot or can afford to keep Longoria on the bench for a little while give him an add.

He could be one of the better contributors for the second half as the Giants look to make a surprising push for the postseason.

Stock Down

Tyler Naquin, OF, Cincinnati Reds

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Tyler Naquin began the season on a tear, and because of it the Reds rewarded him with everyday playing time. During his time with Cleveland, Naquin was routinely a platoon outfielder, however, he changed that with the quick start to the season.

Ever since then, Naquin found himself struggling up until a game where he went 4-4 with a HR. He went on a bit of a groove and then missed a handful of games with a wrist injury. Since returning from that injury, he is two for 15 with one HR and three RBI.

The Reds have also notable turned him back into the strict platoon player he was when he was with Cleveland. He now shares CF duties with Shogo Akiyama and Aristides Aquino. More competition is never a good thing, and if Naquin keeps his current form he may find himself furhter on the depth chart.

Drop Naquin now before this situation turns worse.

Josh Rojas, 2B/SS/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Josh Rojas has had a similar roller coaster year as Naquin. Rojas began the season needing multiple games to finally get his first hit. After that point, Rojas brought his average as high as .300 at one point, and was even adding some unsuspected power.

After his one hot streak, he went cold and saw his average dip below .250 again. Then, he went back on a hot streak and saw his average rise again to around .280. Now, Rojas is hitting .250 and is 0 for his last 13.

Perhaps Rojas is just a streaky hitter, or maybe his luck has run out. I would drop him not and grab someone better on the waiver wire, but keep an eye on Rojas because maybe he starts the second half hot where you can ride that streak out.

He is very streaky, and it seems that as fantasy managers we will have to manage around that.

Joey Wendle, 2B/SS/3B, Tampa Bay Rays

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Joey Wendle is yet another culprit of early season success, although the reason Wendle is here is not necessarily because his play has gone down. Rather, it's the fact that Wendle's playing time has gone down ever since Wander Franco has been called up.

Someone was expected to lost playing time, and the move of Willy Adames to the Brewers did help clear some things up for the time being. Realistically speaking, Wendle fits the mold of a typical utility man who is good in short bursts but never quite good enough to play daily.

He has a great eye at the plate and his position eligibility will help keep him in the lineup, but the Rays seem to know what they are doing when it comes to juggling playing time and it seems he will be at the expense of it.

For me, Wendle is a drop because I don't see him making or breaking your season. Take a chance on someone else on waivers and see if it sticks. Hey, maybe that guy the Rays traded to the Brewers ie available too.


As always, be sure to keep an eye on the Fantasy Baseball Content page here at Fantasy Six Pack, especially as the second half of the season gets underway!

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