2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy baseball Week 5 Stock up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 5 article!

For this week, we are taking a look at some players who have been getting hot recently. Perhaps these players are fulfilling their long-awaited breakouts. Keep an eye on these players and perhaps even begin adding them as they look to stay hot.

Different players are hyped up each offseason, and this offseason was no different. Sometimes the breakout doesn't happen right away due to underperforming or just injury.

It's important to get ahead of the breakout before your other league-mates catch on. Now, let's get into it.

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

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Tyler O'Neill, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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Tyler O'Neill may be breaking out. O'Neill has always had the power throughout his prospect and early MLB days, but he had a problem with strikeouts. While strikeouts will most likely always be a part of his game, he has cut down on them this year.

Couple O'Neill's monster power with his surprisingly quick speed and decreasing strikeout rate, and you're looking at someone who is in the midst of a breakout.

O'Neill's calling card is power, and while that will always be there, it is unknown just how high of an average he can maintain. While he is currently hitting in the .270s, I am not sure he can maintain that high of an average. I expect him to hit around .250, as his strikeout rate will most likely stick above 22% or so.

Add O'Neill now as he has the type of power and speed that could settle in as a high upside starter for you, but just be ready for the slumps that come with this boom or bust type hitter.

Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins

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Alex Kirilloff has arrived. The top prospect was called up in the postseason last year, and he played alright. He then was invited to Spring Training this year, where he struggled and was ultimately sent down. Now called up, Kirilloff is staking his claim to become the everyday left field for the Twins.

Kirilloff has .280 and 30 home run upside and has already been showing that. While his strikeout rate is currently high, that is expected with these rookies as they become acclimated to MLB pitching. Add Kirilloff now, this dude has power and as seen in his minor league track record, the strikeout rate should come back down to normal.

This kid could run away with the starting job, and hitting in a lineup including Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler, and Byron Buxton should keep his counting stats up.

Add Kirilloff and run away with him as he could really be one of the best waiver adds of the year.

Willie Calhoun, DH, Texas Rangers

Willie Calhoun. This is my guy. I have been the biggest Calhoun fan forever now, and while he has not been able to consistently play in the majors due to injuries or little room for him to play, he now has a role as the everyday DH and occasional left field for the Texas Rangers.

Calhoun has always had solid power with fantastic contact skills highlighted by his great eye at the plate. Calhoun has the ability to strike out as much as he walks. That approach will keep him successful. His exit velocity and hard-hit rate are approaching his 2019 norms when people began to get excited about him.

While the lineup around him is not great and he may not get OF eligibility for a few more weeks, he could be a valuable hitter who slots into your UTIL spot and eventually your outfield.

With Joey Gallo and Nick Solak around him, Calhoun has some other pals to help him succeed. Keep an eye on Calhoun, because he could be breaking out right in front of our eyes.

Stock Down

Adam Eaton, OF, Chicago White Sox

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Adam Eaton is struggling. He started the year out hot, but now he's frigid. While the playing time and lineup will always be there for Eaton due to the injuries to Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert, Eaton just doesn't produce much.

His days of stealing bases and hitting for a .300 average are beyond over, so all you're really getting is someone who should score runs and get minimal home runs and RBIs.

He does not hit the ball hard, and his strikeout rate is currently the highest it's been in years. While the walk rate has stayed consistent, I am not sure he can get on base enough to really maximize his value.

He just doesn't do it for me anymore, and while he is struggling I would not mind benching him or even dropping him if there were better options available.

Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Cleveland Indians

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Cesar Hernandez has not looked good to begin the year. His stock right now is probably the lowest it is going to be. He is a solid buy-low as the stock continues to dip.

He is not a drop candidate, but someone to bench and worth monitoring. His xBA is .283 which is nice to see considering he has always been someone who hits for a solid average. His walk rate is currently the highest it has been in years, so perhaps he is being a bit passive.

While I wouldn't start Hernandez, if he is on your waivers or someone is dangling him around the trade block for free, perhaps toss a cheap offer their way. His stock continues to go down as he plays, but do not be shocked if he turns it around by the end of the month.

For now, though, leave him on the bench and fill your lineup with someone who is currently producing. We don't always have time to wait.

Jorge Soler, OF/DH, Kansas City Royals

Jorge Soler is not as good as he was in 2019. The power is for real, but his average is always going to be so low, that it will make Gallo envious. Soler is a strikeout king, and while he has immense power that rivals some of the best power hitters in the league, he has not shown it thus far.

Soler will get on track power-wise, but if your team has been winning without him hitting bombs, maybe try and trade him for a positional need or keep him on your bench until those bombs start coming again.

He is striking out nearly 30% of the time, and while he has an xHR of 3.7, that is still not what you'd want to see for someone you drafted for power. Perhaps try to trade him while he still has name value, or hold and wait for the power to come back. But beware, his stock is spiraling down, and the hole he is creating for himself may pull your fantasy team into it too.

Lower expectations for Soler and don't drop but begin looking for other options in case someone comes calling or the spiral worsens.


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