2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Week 9 article!

This week, we take a look at some players who may have had something going on, causing them to slump. Since then, they have fallen out of their slump, and are beginning to hit again. Others, namely those whose stock is beginning to go down, include players who have had potential and upside in the past, but just quite have not lived up to their hype.

Sometimes good players are getting unlucky which results in them being dropped or moving to your bench. If they were dropped, definitely keep an eye on them as sometimes they regress positively. This means their stats will begin trending towards their career norms. Jump ahead on these players, but be careful to not take them for their name value instead of their actual value.

If you have questions on any other players, trades, or anything feel free to ask on Twitter @MikeSollicito1! Now, let's hop into Week 9!

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Willy Adames, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

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Willy Adames over the past few seasons has not been the greatest. He's often been someone on the outside looking in, in terms of the fantasy radar. However, he was recently dealt from Tampa Bay to the Brewers, where he takes over as their starting SS.

While Adames was already getting everyday playing time, it's the fact that Adames is getting a fresh start with a new team. Adames has said in the past that he was not always able to see the ball very well at Tropicana Field, however, he says that has changed since joining the Brewers.

Since joining them, he has hit .324 over 12 games and is looking fantastic. While he probably won't continue this, he is seemingly hot right now after switching teams. Grab Adames and rock with him until his new team magic runs out.

Cesar Hernandez, 2B, Cleveland Indians

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Cesar Hernandez, much like Ty France, the guy below, was subject of the "Stock Down" portion of this article a few weeks ago. However, Cesar was slumping at the time, and while his supporting stats showed he should get better, the results weren't there just yet.

Now, Hernandez is playing a lot better as of late and even had a two HR game on Monday against Carlos Rodon and the White Sox. Hernandez has always been a good contact hitter who can steal some bases, but he did not show that early on.

The supporting stats were positive, showing that he was due to positively regress in due time. Well, now is the time because he has been back to the small ball contact-hitting ways of his past.

Grab Hernandez now, and while the Cleveland lineup is not the greatest right now, he could be a nice floor player for you with his consistent average and potential to steal bases.

Ty France, 1B/2B, Seattle Mariners

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Ty France, like Cesar Hernandez also saw his name in the "Stock Down" portion of this article. However, that was when France was most likely playing through an injury. He was three for his last 48, which translates to: Not good.

However, since spending the minimum of 10 days on the IL, France has come back and hit like he did prior to getting hit in the forearm. He is hitting .360 with six RBIs since returning from the IL. While the power has not been there yet, it should come as he regains his timing and strength over the next few games.

France is a pure hitter in my eyes, and while he may not be anything special, he could provide some much-needed consistency with the bat to your lineup. With the way bats have been this year, finding anyone who makes contact is important.

France can do just that for you, and his recently gained eligibility at 1B makes him all the more valuable. Grab now before others start catching on.

Stock Down

Marcell Ozuna, OF, Atlanta Braves

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I do not think Marcell Ozuna will play another game this season. While he is out for at least six weeks with broken fingers, it seems as though he will be out much longer after being arrested. This does not look good.

While I do not know what is next for Ozuna, one thing is for sure - this could be a real sticky situation for him, and he is looking at the real chance of never playing another MLB game. On top of that, him being out for six weeks hurts too. If your league has IL spots, definitely keep him on there until more news comes out about his arrest and trial.

But if you're in a shallow league or dealing with a lot of injuries, I think he could be dropped. I just don't see how he makes it back this year, and even if he does will the Braves even play him? Let that be a problem for another owner.

Keston Hiura, 1B/2B, Milwaukee Brewers

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I was on the Keston Hiura hype train leading into the season. I thought he was going to bounceback in a big way this year, but man have I been wrong. After seeing him struggle to start the year, I knew the hype was gone. He struggles with strikeouts, and I think we could be looking at a Quad A player right now.

He was sent down to Triple-A, where he slashed almost .440, hitting two HRs and six doubles. However, he still had a very high 34% strikeout rate. Now back in the majors, Hiura has a 2:10 BB:K ratio, and has not seemed good at all.

I believe that until he cuts down his strikeouts, he will not be an effective big league hitter. He is a safe drop for me, but keep him on your watch list in case he cuts those Ks. But until then, he can go chill on waivers.

Garrett Hampson, 2B/OF, Colorado Rockies

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Garrett Hampson, another one of my preseason hype players. Hampson has always been rather streaky, but his power/speed combo has been rather enticing. Not to mention he also plays his home games at Coors.

But Hampson has not been the greatest this year and is currently in the midst of a 1-for-14 streak over the past week. He is a streaky hitter like I said above, but this season he just has not been cutting it. While the 10 steals are nice, I don't think he is a must-start anymore.

He does not make super hard contact, and when he isn't making contact at all, that makes it very hard for him to use his speed.

Hampson's stock is definitely going down, but I think his stolen base production makes him at least rosterable. I would keep him on your bench until he gets hot, but just know that there will be streaks like this all year long, so be prepared.


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