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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down


Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 2 article!

This week, we will be looking at players in terms of their playing time and how they’ve been performing after roughly 10 games. It is still too early to overreact, but you need to keep note of how your players are doing throughout the season.

Also, it is important to check the waiver wire to see if someone is getting hot after they were dropped, or someone overreacted and drop someone that shouldn’t have been.

Now that you know what to expect in this article, it’s time to 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 2 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Jed Lowrie, 2B/DH, Oakland Athletics

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Jed Lowrie is back. After not playing a single game for the New York Mets, Lowrie returned to Oakland this offseason. Currently only eligible at DH, Lowrie has seemingly taken over the everyday 2B job.

Over his past seven days, Lowrie is hitting .391 over 23 at-bats with six Runs, two HR, and 10 RBIs. While he will not continue to hit like this over the course of the season, Lowrie is a hitter and doubles machine. If he can stay healthy, he could be of real help for any 2B needy fantasy teams.

This is someone I would monitor or add if you have an available bench spot. He is hitting the ball hard, holding a good eye at the plate, and playing every day. Living Like Lowrie.

Emmanuel Clase, RP, Cleveland

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After an offseason in which everyone thought James Karinchak would be Cleveland’s closer, it is the centerpiece of the Corey Kluber trade who now seems to hold the role. Clase has seen two saves over the past week and has been giving three chances.

He is electric out of the bullpen with a devastating fastball and cutter combo and should remain a very important fantasy reliever over the season if he can stay in the closer role. Nick Wittgren has not looked the best so far, and Karinchak had a shaky spring.

If Clase runs away with this job, he could be a top 10 RP this season and heading into next.

Travis Shaw, 1B/3B, Milwaukee Brewers

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Travis Shaw. Wow, remember this guy’s 2018? He was great that year, and then after getting hurt in 2019, he was not the same the past two years. However, now seeing everyday time again with the Brewers, Shaw once again is showcasing the power we knew he had.

Shaw has been on fire over the past week, hitting .286 with a HR. While I am not expecting 2018 numbers, Shaw should prove to be a corner infielder of fantasy relevance this season if he continues with the power. The Brewers have a top-heavy lineup, and it is possible we see Shaw hit in a prime spot.

Scoop him now and ride the wave if you’re in need of a 1B/3B.

Stock Down

Andres Gimenez, 2B/SS, Cleveland

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This does not mean to drop him. Once again, do not drop Andres Gimenez. However, his playing time is something to monitor. He appears to be in a platoon with Amed Rosario at SS right now, and that doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon.

I would simply bench Gimenez until he begins to see more playing time, but I would not drop him. Gimenez has some great speed and has been growing into his power. He also showed he could hit for average in the minors.

Bench Gimenez and scoop up another middle infielder who can help patch the hole until Gimenez inevitably receives more playing time.

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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Much like Gimenez, I am not clamoring for the dropping of Andrew Vaughn from your fantasy team. Simply put, I am exploring the waiver wire for better 1B/3B options. Perhaps if you just had a player go on the IL and you are rostering Vaughn, maybe try adding Shaw until Vaughn receives more playing time.

Keyword: “until.” Vaughn was a top college bat for a reason and mashed throughout the minors. If Tony La Russa would just stop messing with his playing time, we could witness that. With inconsistent playing time to get right, Vaughn is lost at the plate right now.

Bench Vaughn until the playing time goes up, but if you’re in 10 teams or less, feel free to drop him until he does get the playing time. After all, with La Russa, we do not know when that could be.

Joc Pederson, 1B/OF, Chicago Cubs

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Joc Pederson had an amazing spring, and was rewarded for that with the Cubs giving him everyday playing time. Strictly used in platoons for the Dodgers, the thought of Joc’s power bat getting into the lineup on an everyday basis was mouthwatering to some.

However, 10 games into the season, Joc is terrible. He is not barreling the ball, is striking out nearly 36% of the time, and just can’t seem to get anything going.

I have never been a Joc fan in all honesty, so while some may want to wait until he has that one week he goes off every year, I prefer to drop him. I would drop Joc and look for other guys who are simply making more contact with the ball.

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While it is still early in the season, that does not mean to take everything with a grain of salt. Keep an eye on your players and don’t feel attached to them. While this year is a marathon, not a sprint that does not mean you have forever to make moves. Make them now and win now. Good luck!

Be sure to keep an eye on the rest of our 2021 Fantasy Baseball content from our talented team of writers throughout the season!

About Mike Sollicito

Mike Sollicito is currently a student at Hofstra University. He is majoring in Sports Journalism with a minor in psychology. Sports are essentially his life, especially Fantasy Sports like baseball and football. With numerous wins in baseball and football, Mike seems to know how to run his fantasy teams well. Always looking to help others in fantasy, be sure to follow him on Twitter @MikeSollicito1

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