2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball: Stock Up/Stock Down Week 3 article!

This week, we are taking a look at players who may have put their cold starts behind them as they begin to pick it up. Sometimes in leagues, good players are dropped early on because they struggle right out of the gate. This week, we will focus on some of these players who are putting beginning to warm up as the weather gets warmer.

Being able to understand the difference between a slump and a cold streak to start the season is important. It allows you to beat others to picking up players who should now be on rosters.

Now, let's get into the article! And remember, if you have any comments, questions, or concerns feel free to hit me up on Twitter @mikesollicito1.

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Stock Up

Avisail Garcia, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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Avisail Garcia has been looking to get back to the form of his former White Sox days. This year, he is doing just that. After a slow start to the season, Garcia has picked it up recently.

Garcia has made changes in his approach lowering his strikeout rate to a career-low 19.7 percent, Garcia is also absolutely hammering the ball, as evident by a near 56 hard-hit percentage.

While the Brewers' lineup leaves something to be desired, Christian Yelich shouldn't miss too much time, meaning he will have his partner in crime back in the lineup. Lorenzo Cain also could be back soon, giving more counting stat opportunities for the middle of this lineup.

Scoop Garcia now while he is hot, and ride the wave. Perhaps we see what we saw in 2017 when he finished the season with an xBA of .294 due to his 19.8 percent strikeout rate that year.

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

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Josey Wendle is a Yankee killer. If you see the Yankees getting ready to play the Rays, immediately scour the waiver wire for Mr. Wendle. Wendle obliterated the Yankees in their most recent series and has stayed hot since.

Always having a penchant for hitting, Wendle has continued that trend this year. While Wendle does have a paltry 19.8% strikeout rate, his walk rate is abysmal, sitting at nearly 2 percent. While Wendle does have a keen eye at the plate for his knack of being a hitter, he may not be able to continue the recent success.

However, add Wendle because while he is hot at the plate, his positional eligibility may help you out elsewhere.

Adam Frazier, 2B/OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Adam Frazier really started this year off ice cold. After a strong spring, Frazier seemed unable to hit a beach ball originally at the plate. Now, Frazier can hit anything at the plate.

While he plays for the not-so-interesting Pirates, he should still be an important part of their offensive game plan as he is the typical table-setter. While Frazier is hot, remember that the Pirates are rebuilding. Further down the line this season Frazier could find himself on another team.

That could only increase his fantasy value, as he should still be able to carry around that potent stick while on another team in a better lineup. Scoop Frazier now while you can, and enjoy the nice floor he brings to your lineup game in and game out.

Stock Down

Clint Frazier, OF, New York Yankees

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Clint Frazier has been terrible. He had such a strong spring, setting up a strong season for him as the starting left fielder for the New York Yankees. However, much like the rest of the team, Frazier cannot hit anything. This has begun to cut into his playing time as manager Aaron Boone continues to switch the lineup around in hopes of lighting an offensive spark.

While Frazier is droppable at this point, it is important to remember that he is a very good hitter in a very good lineup that should get on track soon. Perhaps drop him now for someone like Wendle and then get ready to add Frazier once he gets his head out of the clouds.

Frazier was a popular pick to have a fantastic season this year, and only two weeks in that is not out of the cards. Keep an eye on Frazier, but he is relatively safe to drop while he is skidding at the plate.

AJ Pollock, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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I have never been a fan of AJ Pollock, even dating back to his Diamondback days. Now, presumed to be the starting left fielder for the Dodgers, Pollock has seen more time out of the lineup than in it. Emerging rookie Zach McKinstry has seemingly hit his way into a lineup spot for the foreseeable future.

Pollock has not done much this year, and a strikeout rate of 32 percent will continue to hold him down if he cannot correct it.

Pollock no longer makes hard contact, and the speed we all thought he had is seemingly gone now that he is older and has dealt with numerous injuries within recent years. I would not bat an eye if someone claimed Pollock after he was dropped, as I do not think he is worth rostering anymore.

It seems as though his best days are behind him as the Dodgers continue to pull good players out of their sleeves.

C.J. Cron, 1B, Colorado Rockies

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C.J. Cron was a popular sleeper pick going into this year. He missed all of last year with a knee injury, and then went unsigned for a large portion of Free Agency, eventually landing in Colorado as their starting 1B. A power hitter like Cron in Coors made everyone salivate.

However, he has not started the year off quite as expected. He is striking out at a 31% clip and while his walk rate remains high, Cron is not showing the power we are used to.

His hard-hit rate is down as well as his exit velocity. Perhaps he is still shaking the rust off after missing almost all of last year. While that is entirely possible and Cron could go on to hit five HRs in one week, I am dropping Cron for now until he shows signs of life. There are enough players out there for you to add over Cron.

I do believe Cron eventually gets back on track and hits 25-30 HRs this year, but he does not seem alive at the plate. For that reason, he is a drop for me until he hopefully turns it around.

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Rick Richards April 22, 2021 - 10:35 am

What do I do with Charlie Blackmon? Drop? Keep?

Keith Lott April 22, 2021 - 11:07 am

you hold on for sure

.273 xBA vs a .176 BA
.430 xSLG vs a .314 SLG
.356 xwOBA vs a .283 wOBA

his luck should turn around


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