Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 17 article!
We skipped last week as I was on vacation. Usually, I will determine whose stock has gone up or down the past week but this week we are going to take a look at player's stocks from the past two weeks.
This week we take a look at players who have been getting hot and some players who have been cooling down since the All-Star Break. It's nice to see some younger players beginning to get acclimated to big league pitching, while others are just finding their groove at the right time.
However, on the other hand, we also have hitters who opposing pitchers have begun figuring out. This is causing them to endure second-half slumps. While it is still the beginning of the second half so you don't need to drop struggling players right away, it can't hurt to bench them.
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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Stock Up/Stock Down
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Amed Rosario, SS/OF, Cleveland Indians
Amed Rosario has been an interesting player from a fantasy standpoint this year. He began the year off fairly slow, went on a massive hot streak, and then came back down to earth.
However, after the break, Rosario has been seeing the ball very well. While the counting stats and stolen bases have not been there, he is hitting over .300 since the break. For teams who are still waiting on Corey Seager or who need some 2B/SS help, he is not a bad pickup at all.
Cleveland does not have the greatest lineup, but if Rosario is able to find himself in the top half with Jose Ramirez and Franmil Reyes, he could begin to score some runs and steal a bit more. Definitely worth a grab whether it's for depth or to plug and play.
Jeimer Candelario, 1B/3B, Detroit Tigers
Jeimer Candelario is an interesting name. He is not in a very good Tigers lineup and while he has power, it isn't nearly consistent enough to be a big fantasy contributor. So why is he on the stock-up list, you may ask?
Over the last two weeks, he is hitting about .300 with two HRs, five runs, and seven RBI. Robbie Grossman has been igniting a light at the top of that order, and Willi Castro has looked better since being recalled.
Jeimer isn't the sexiest of names, but if you're struggling for 1B/3B production whether due to injury or someone not performing, grab Jeimer.
You could do a lot worse than him, so may as well ride out the hot hand and try to grab a few more wins before it's too late. Playoffs are right around the corner!
Daulton Varsho, C/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Daulton Varsho was one of my biggest breakout candidates for this 2021 season. Mix in little playing time, trips down to the minors, and him struggling massively when playing, it seemed like he was not panning out as hoped.
However, as of recently he has shown new life at the plate and is showing the power and speed that made him such an attractive sleeper this past offseason.
Over his past two weeks, Varsho has hit .400 with three HRs, two SBs, and eight RBI. When a player does that, they're getting hot. But when someone with catcher eligibility does that, it's an immediate add.
If you're struggling with production at the catcher spot, I would definitely give Varsho an add. He also plays the OF so even if you have a solid everyday catcher but still need OF help, he is worth a grab.
Myles Straw, OF, Houston Astros
Ah, Myles Straw. It was a fun couple of weeks from you. His speed is great, and he was finally making more contact. However, as time has gone on Straw has started to struggle.
Straw has a great eye at the plate, but his ability to not draw many walks limits the overall use of his speed. When he gets on, odds are he will be driven in due to how strong this Astros lineup really is.
Over the last two weeks, Straw is hitting just .185 with only two SBs. The ability to get on base is not there, and it is beginning to look like that hot month he had was a mirage. Straw can still help with his speed and run production, but for me, I think he is droppable.
There are many other OFs out there who are doing well like Harrison Bader, and if you are looking for some speed why not grab Varsho as mentioned above?
Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers
Adolis Garcia has been one of the biggest surprises of this season. However, we all knew that what he was doing would not be the most sustainable large in part due to his very high strikeout rate.
Garcia hammers the ball hard -- and often -- but he strikes out at nearly 30% of the time. Someone with that high of a strikeout rate will not be able to consistently hit the ball. We have seen this with Jorge Soler this year.
Garcia has fallen into a bit of a slump at the plate the past two weeks, hitting just .125 with no HRs. While the power is legit, the long slumps will come with it. He is not droppable by any means due to his power upside alone, but I would consider benching him for the time being until he figured it out at the plate.
I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he gets hot again.
Didi Gregorius, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Didi Gregorius has not been what the Phillies hoped he would be when they signed him. He missed a large portion of the year with elbow problems (the one that was surgically repaired) and has struggled immensely when healthy.
He is beginning to fall into a platoon role with Ronald Torreyes at SS, and Didi's poor defense is causing him to sit more often than not. While the Phillies look to compete, they will do everything they can to ensure the best defense and lineup are out there every night.
This means Didi sitting more. He is no longer a must-start player, and honestly, if there is anything better on the waiver wire I would probably drop him. Hitting just .217 on the season and .182 over the past two weeks, Didi looks like he's close to done.
It pains me to say it, but Didi is a drop at this point. He is simply not cutting it anymore.
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