2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 22 article!

This is the final week of the Stock Up/Stock Down weekly articles for the 2021 Fantasy Baseball season. It was a great year, as some of the players who made the articles have proved to be helpful fantasy assets.

It's been a long but great year, and I learned a lot. I know understand the rigors of writing a weekly article and how to prepare. I also learned more about Fantasy Baseball and the nuances to managing teams.

This week we take a look at a few rookies who have already pushed themselves into fantasy relevance.

We also have a pitcher who had a fantastic season a few years back, only to completely fall off in recent years. Now, he seems like a worthwhile pickup and could prove to be a league winner.

And on the downside, we have some high round draft picks that just have been either mired in slumps throughout the season, or are dealing with injury and may not return. Now's the time to begin cutting some of these players loose, as they won't help you win!

For ESPN Fantasy Baseball leagues, this is the final week before playoffs begin. With that being said, this is understandably a big week for many. If anyone needs any advice or help, feel free to hit me up on Twitter @MikeSollicito1.

Now time for Week 22!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Jake Meyers, OF, Houston Astros

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Jake Meyers is someone I learned about earlier in the season. He is a late bloomer, and at 25-years-old he finally broke out in the minors.

He showcased some speed and power, and solid defense in CF. With the Astros moving on from Myles Straw at the trade deadline, Meyers and Chas McCormick were in store for more playing time.

Since then, McCormick has been placed on the IL and Meyers has enjoyed a nice run as the starting CF.

Hitting .333 with three HRs and one stolen base over his last 30 days, you could do a lot worse than grabbing an OF like Meyers off the waiver wire.

Not to mention he is in arguably the best lineup in the league which will help his counting stats tremendously.

Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins

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I have been obsessed with Edward Cabrera for two years now and he has finally made his debut.

While he doesn't have the best control, it is around average at best so it should be fine. He possesses upside like no other SP, and is a must add in all leagues.

The way the Marlins handle their arms, they know what they are doing. In this case, grab Cabrera because as long as he is healthy he will be in the rotation and eating innings.

Not to mention he has some amazing K stuff and should continue to go deeper into games since he did not get much action this year as he rehabbed from an injury.

While Cabrera may not help all that much in win leagues, he should nonetheless provide help in ERA and WHIP, as well as strikeout batters and possible go deep enough for a quality start.

Kyle Freeland, SP, Colorado Rockies

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Kyle Freeland was amazing in 2018, finishing 4th in Cy Young voting. However, Freeland fell off the year after and then spent a lot of time between the minors and the injured list.

Then came 2021 when he made his debut. He was an okay streamer for the first month or so, but he has been wonderful since then.

The whole Rockies pitching staff has been great since the All-Star Break actually, as they own one of baseballs best rotations and bullpens.

Freeland has delivered a quality start in four of his last six outings, providing at least five strikeouts in each one. While he doesn't walk many, we are seeing his K rate reach a still not fantastic but career high 21.1%.

Top that with a 4.03 xERA, and Freeland looks like more than a streamer to end the year. Grab him and ride the wave as maybe he can be of use for your playoff ride!

Stock Down

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Cody Bellinger is lost right now. He does not look like himself, and after a long year in which he has dealt with many injuries, we are seeing his stock go down the drain.

Bellinger is striking out at a career high 27.5%, walking at a career low 9%, and is hitting the ball softer than ever. It's fair to ask whether or not the injuries have effected Bellinger's ability to be effective at the plate.

Bellinger is not a drop at all because after all he was a first rounder and is still healthy. He certainly, however, cannot be clogging up a spot in your lineup anymore. For me, I would bench Bellinger and only drop if you absolutely needed the space.

Bellinger is probably done this year and may prove to be a bargain come draft day next year, but his upside is sky high, Let him sit on your bench and collect a ring for doing nothing if you make it that far.

There's always one of these first rouders every year, just sucks it was Cody this year.

Austin Meadows, OF/DH, Tampa Bay Rays

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Austin Meadows is facing a similar problem that Matt Chapman is facing - they are too deep into the launch angle era. Both of their launch angles are sky high, and while it helps to hit for power, it ruins just about everything else.

Meadows has seen his strikeout rate increase this year as he now has more of an uppercut swing to try and hit the ball out. He has serious power, but it is the fact that he is trying to hit the ball out of the yard every time that's killing him.

I would continue to own and start Meadows almost nightly as he has upside to go on ridiculous tears. However, he also can go very cold and has been very cold for almost all of August.

The swing and launch angle change make him more prone to going on these stupid hot and then crazy cold streaks, we as fantasy owners need to just take them as they come.

Stick Meadows on your bench for now because he is simply not droppable. Hopefully once the calander changes we see Meadows end the year on a hot streak.

He was my bold prediction to win AL MVP, and unfortunately he isn't even close to it. Ya win some and ya lose some.

Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Ke'Bryan Hayes was phenomenal last year, only to follow that up with a fairly underwhelming season. Well that season may be over as he was diagnosed with a bruised hand this past weekend.

The x-rays came back negative, so he should probably avoid the IL, but we have seen bruised hands affect the way batters swing as evident by Tommy Pham one of the years he got hurt.

Pham was great in the first half of the year and then bruised his hand only to finish the season terribly. While this may not happen to Hayes, it cannot be ruled out.

Hayes has showed some great power this year and while his plate discipline has remained somewhat the same, we are simply seeing him hit way too many ground balls. This is evident by his 1.8 degree launch angle.

While Hayes has some crazy upside for dynasty purposes, I'm not sure he'll be given the chance to correct his launch angle problem and provide us with the fantasy relevance we expected from him this year.

He can be dropped in shallower leagues, and is probably best left as a bench bat for right now.

The launch angle has plagued him this year, but maybe he fixes his swing in the offseason and becomes the power hitter he showed he could be last year.

With this being the final week of not only regular season Fantasy Baseball but also the article, definitely be sure to check out the late season Fantasy Baseball Content here at Fantasy Six Pack!

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1 comment

CB September 2, 2021 - 6:26 pm

Maybe I’m late on this opinion, but…Ryan McMahan is a Stock Down/Drop guy to me now.


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