Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 8 article!
Some new names who have been called up due to injury have started off well. This means there is a chance that not only may they help you now, but they also may play their way into an everyday role.
Also returning veterans who have continued to struggle may not be what we expected them to be anymore. They aren't drop worthy, but they are certainly worth benching from time to time, and perhaps a change in expectations may help.
If you have questions on any other players, feel free to ask on Twitter @MikeSollicito1! Now, let's get into Week 8!
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Stock Up/Stock Down
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Garrett Cooper, 1B/OF, Miami Marlins
Cooper has been on a tear over the last week. After starting the season off slow, Cooper has gone on a seven-game stretch of 12 for 24, with seven runs, three HRs, and eight RBI. Cooper is hitting the ball fairly hard, as evident by his solid hard-hit rate and exit velocity.
On top of that, the dual eligibility is helpful. While his strikeout rate is fairly high, it should come back down to his career average which is right around 25 percent.
With the Marlins lineup rather stale lately, expect Cooper to maintain an everyday role moving forward. With Jazz Chisholm, Jesus Aguilar, and perhaps even Starling Marte soon when he finishes his rehab assignment, the Marlins should have some solid guys in their lineup.
Take advantage of Cooper now and add him while he stays hot.
Edmundo Sosa, 2B/SS, St. Louis Cardinals
Sosa is a hitter. All throughout the minors, the dude hit for a career .283 average. While he doesn't have much pop or speed, Sosa should be a solid source of average, runs, and RBIs. He is currently filling in for Paul DeJong, but he may hit his way into a utility role.
While his BABIP is high, sitting in the .400s, Sosa averages a .330 or better BABIP in the minors, so a higher BABIP is expected with him.
Add Sosa if your team is in need of some simple production, and enjoy the wave. Maybe he even becomes a utility man for them, who knows?
James Kaprielian, SP, Oakland Athletics
James Kaprielian is a great story. He was drafted by the Yankees, traded to the A's, dealt with many injuries, and is now up in the Majors playing some good baseball. Kaprielian has currently made just two starts in the majors, and while it is a small sample size, he has done well.
He currently has a 2.53 backed by a 2.96 xERA and 3.89 FIP and is striking out batters at a 33 percent clip. While the walks remain a bit high as they typically do for youngsters, Kaprielian should continue to perform relatively well.
Grab Kaprielian now if your league values pitchers highly, and don't be afraid to take a stab at him for a spot start if your league is a bit shallower. This kid could be something, and perhaps if he stays healthy he puts it all together at the major league level.
Dominic Smith, 1B/OF, New York Mets
I was one of the biggest Dom Smith supporters this offseason, as I was a big believer in what he did last year. However, this year he has not been very good at all. While the strikeout and walk rates remain the same, it seems as though Smith is simply not hitting the ball hard enough.
He is simply not making hard contact. However, this is not me clamoring that he should be dropped. While I do expect better days ahead, he should be relegated to a bench role moving forward and should no longer be considered a must-start player.
Because the Mets are decimated with injuries, he should continue to start every day despite his poor defense. Hold onto him and hopefully, with all this playing time he will be able to turn it around.
Cedric Mullins, OF, Baltimore Orioles
Your stock can rise, and it can also drop. That is the story of Mullins. Mullins was great to start the year and made the article as someone whose stock was trending upwards. However, Mullins has since slowed down and is now not looking as great as he once was.
The strikeout rate has risen to around 20% which still isn't terrible, but he just simply isn't getting as lucky as he was at the beginning of the year. Just as luck can run out, luck can turn around. Because of that, I am not saying to drop Mullins, but he really should not be a must-start for your teams anymore.
But, he is still important as he should remain leading off for an underrated Baltimore Orioles lineup and his defense should keep him in the lineup most nights. Just be careful and keep an eye on him, as if he gets worse and sees his strikeout rate continue to rise, it'll be time to jump ship.
Cole Irvin, SP, Oakland Athletics
Cole Irvin had a real nice run. He had a streak of about five or six straight quality starts and was looking like a steal for those that added him. However, that is not what the stats under the hood told us. Those stats told us that he was getting fairly lucky, and that although he was not walking many guys, his stuff was not nearly as great as it seemed.
Now, Irvin has gone a combined 9.2 innings, nine earned, three walks and three strikeouts over his past two starts. To put it lightly, that's not good.
I'm not sure I can give any optimism for this stock-down player like I typically try to do. Irvin may honestly get worse than this. Deal him away or cut loose for someone better on the waiver wire before it's too late.
Cut Irvin loose now before he stays on your team too long and ruins your ERA for weeks going forward.
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