2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 4 article!

This week, we will take a look at the increasing sample size across the season and what to make of it. Also, we'll take a look at some players who are finally beginning to heat up after a cold start to the season.

While most waiver players may not have value for the rest of the season, there is the occasional player who turns into a gem.

This week, there are some interesting players who have been helpful in seasons prior. Let's dive in!

And as always, if anyone has any ideas, questions, comments, or concerns feel free to hit me up via Twitter @mikesollicito1.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Nico Hoerner, 2B/SS, Chicago Cubs

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Nico Hoerner was optioned to the Alternate Site to begin the season. The Cubs were looking to manipulate his service time and they did just that. With Javier Baez suffering a hamstring injury, Hoerner was recalled and has been playing 2B and SS.

Hoerner has always had a great hit tool and some speed with little power but after he came out of the gates running in 2019, he looked terrible at the plate last year.

Working on his stance over the offseason, Hoerner had a fantastic Spring Training and has hit the ground running.

If Baez is placed on the IL, you can bet that Hoerner will hit his way into consistent playing time even after Baez returns. Scoop him now if you need some middle infield help.

Pavin Smith, 1B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Pavin Smith, much like Hoerner, had a fantastic spring but no real chance at playing time. Filling in for the injured Christian Walker at first base and the injured Tim Locastro in center field, Smith has found everyday at-bats.

While getting these everyday at-bats, Smith is hitting leadoff for the Diamondbacks. While they are dealing with a slew of injuries, Smith seems to be doing something similar to what Walker did a few years back. He filled in for the injured 1B (Jake Lamb at the time) and hit his way into consistent playing time.

This could be the same case with Smith. On top of that, Smith is also smoking the ball and has a fairly solid strikeout rate for a rookie.

If he is available and you need 1B or OF help, grab Smith as I think he should stick in this weak Diamondbacks lineup even once they are healthy.

Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Miami Marlins

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Jesus Aguilar. I feel like at least once a season since he had that big year in 2018, Aguilar gets owned and dropped consistently in leagues. He goes on little hot tears like this over the course of the season.

Right now, Aguilar has a home run in three of his past four games as the Marlins offense has begun to click. Corey Dickerson has also heated up without Starling Marte in the lineup. While Aguilar may not consistently be this dominant this year, he does have power.

Aguilar should be a solid source of power but may only see his counting stats once Marte returns to the lineup. Scoop Aguilar if you're looking for some pop.

Stock Down

Ryan Mountcastle, 1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles

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Ryan Mountcastle had a fantastic 2020. He hit as soon as he came up and finished the season to the tune of a .333/.386/.492 slash line. In fact, he was a player I really liked heading into this season.

However, that is not the case right now. Mountcastle has been dreadful to start the season, hitting .171 with a 32 percent strikeout rate. Mountcastle simply has not found his groove at the plate yet, as evidenced by the strikeouts.

While I do not think it is time to drop him, I do believe you should look for other alternatives to fill your lineup. I would say he is a drop in eight teams but would hold for now in 10 and 12 teams depending on who is on the waiver wire.

While it is entirely possible he begins to heat up, he could also be optioned if he continues to struggle in hopes of him getting his timing down. The Orioles are in no rush to compete, so they could also let him figure it out at the big league level.

For now, he is a hold, but Mountcastle's stock is quickly heading downhill.

Dylan Moore, 2B/OF, Seattle Mariners

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I was not a fan of Dylan Moore going into the season, but I will not be taking victory laps just yet.

Moore has been terrible to start the year, although he is still showcasing the speed that pinpointed him as a potential 20/20 candidate this year.

Moore is walking at a 13.5 percent clip but also striking out 32 percent of the time. This is nearly a five percent increase from last year.

On top of that, Moore is simply not hitting the ball as hard as he did last year. His exit velocity is down four percent and hard-hit rate is down nearly 10 percent. To make matters worse, Moore was pinch-hit for by Sam Haggerty the other night in one of the Mariners games.

Haggerty has not been terrible to start the year and presents a similar profile to Moore's. Moore may begin to lose playing time to Haggerty. He is a definite bench for me and becoming borderline droppable in shallower leagues.

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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Andrew McCutchen is one hell of a baseball player. He has had an amazing career, but as he has aged, his play continues to decline.

McCutchen is hitting .154 with little production. While he has been a bit unlucky (.234 xBA), Cutch simply doesn't have it anymore.

He is still worthy of being rostered, as he will most likely prove valuable hitting in that very good Phillies lineup, but his days of becoming a must-start fantasy asset are far behind him. Cutch is a good bench outfielder, but I would not rely on him day in and day out anymore.

He is walking at a 17.5 percent clip, which is nice to see due to the fact that he is still getting on base. While the K rate is still solid, and the BB rate is fantastic, he does not hit the ball hard anymore, as his hard-hit rate is down nearly nine percent.

Hold onto Cutch for the sole fact that he is a vet who can get hot at any moment, but do not start him day in and day out anymore.

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