2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

This is the first week of my Stock Up/Stock Down weekly series. To start the year off, we are going to be taking a look at players who are off to hot starts and others who aren't quite there yet.

Sometimes, these early adds can pay dividends. They may be able to help you for multiple weeks at a time. I like to be active on the waiver wire early and often. While that doesn't mean I don't wait and see with certain players, there are some I feel completely comfortable dropping.

In this piece, I'll go over three players who have seen their stock increase over the first week of the season and others who have simply gotten off to rough starts.

Without giving up too much information, let's hop right into Week 1!

And as always, feel free to hit me up on Twitter with any questions, comments, or concerns @MikeSollicito1!

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Connor Joe, 1B/OF, Colorado Rockies

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A big pre-season sleeper of mine has been tearing it up so far. Connor Joe has looked good not just in Spring Training but also in the first week. He is hitting .316 with two HRs and a stolen base. Not just that, but he has been playing every day!

One of the biggest concerns for Joe was whether the Rockies would get him in the lineup. That does not seem to be an issue as he has seen time at 1B, LF, and DH already.

Joe also provides dual eligibility, and playing at Coors helps of course. For me, Joe is a smashing add right now due to his overall solid plate approach and underrated power. He did the same thing in limited time last year filling in for injuries before getting hurt himself.

Scoop him up where you can and enjoy, this one may be legit!

Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros

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It seems as though we finally have a reason why the Astros were content with not re-signing Carlos Correa. They had this stud in the wings! Pena was an under-the-radar prospect last season, hitting .297 with ten home runs and six stolen bases in just 145 at-bats. so far this year, Pena looks legit. While he is expected to go through some growing pains as a rookie, it has been an encouraging start.

Yes, he is hitting in the bottom third of the Astros' potent lineup, but that should still give him some solid RBIs and Runs. The power and speed are there for him to be a threat with both, and there's a chance he works his way up the order.

He is hitting .300 right now with three extra-base hits so far, showcasing some of that power. The Astros love his upside hence their confidence to be playing him every day.

Striking out at just a 23.8% clip to start is solid, but that will be the key to his success. If pitchers figure him out, will he adapt? Pena is a smash add for me right now much like Joe. Remember, growth is not always linear for prospects and young players. Be patient with him if he starts to struggle and it should pay off.

Tylor Megill, SP, New York Mets

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One of my favorite starting pitchers to add right now is Tylor Megill. The man looks legit! He added velocity to all of his pitches which were already solid in their own right. With the control he has exhibited so far, Megill seriously is impressing and should be en route to locking up a rotation spot for the foreseeable future.

He was originally filling in for an injured Jacob deGrom. However, with the way he has looked, it seems as though he will stick in the rotation even if deGrom returns at a reasonable time. While it is early to say this, the results Megill has gotten so far have been no doubt impressive.

He has thrown 10.1 scoreless innings while striking out 11 and walking none. I mean, what more can you ask for? The thing that interests me is the added velocity, as it has been maintained from Spring Training through his two starts.

With his increased velocity looking legit and the mechanics tweak he made helping his command and control, the sky could be the limit for Megill. Comfortably still add while he is available and enjoy. This could just be the beginning for this kid.

Stock Down

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Okay, okay, I know what you're going to say. "He's still going through his growing pains!" That is true, but he has been absolutely brutal so far. His stock is quickly going down, and while I do not think he is worth dropping, he should be on the bench.

He only has just one hit in 15 at-bats. Strikeouts remain an issue, and while he has the power and speed to dream on for days, if he can't hit or get on base he can never showcase them.

He is a firm hold for me because we know he can turn it on in an instant as he did at times last year. Between his prospect pedigree and solid minor league track record, my gut tells me he turns it around.

However, he is no doubt seeing his stock go down in redraft and is someone I do not want in my lineup until he proves me wrong. There is also the outside chance he gets optioned back to the minors to get his mind back on track, but that seems unlikely. He is a very interesting player and one worth monitoring.

In shallower leagues where there is someone clearly better than him on waivers, I may drop him. But for the most part, he is largely a hold right now.

Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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Much like Kelenic, Jo Adell has been not so great so far. While he did go 2-for-4 the other night with a double and a home run, strikeouts remain an issue. Not just that, but he is also at risk of a platoon. Taylor Ward is said to have the inside track for the RF job when healthy. It seems as though Brandon Marsh and Adell will platoon in LF.

His power is legit, that we know. However, the amazing spring he had has unfortunately not carried over thus far. He is someone I would not be afraid to drop in leagues where there is a clear upgrade on waivers. However, the 2-for-4 showing the other night roped me back in for at least another week.

I want to see how the platoon situation works out, and see whether or not he can start to hit and work his way to being the everyday RF. While that seems like a stretch right now, Adell, a former top prospect, has the pedigree.

I plan on hanging onto him for a bit longer just to see what happens, as his spring was very encouraging but has yet to follow him into the regular season.

Frank Schwindel, 1B, Chicago Cubs

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Frank the Tank was amazing after coming up last year. However, he has started this year off relatively slow. For me, he is someone I may be dropping depending on what is on the waiver wire. If guys like Spencer Torkelson, Brandon Belt, Luke Voit, or Nate Lowe are available, I like them more than Schwindel.

Schwindel is not bad by any means, but I think that his production last year inflated his cost this year come draft time. He is solid, but the Cubs do not have the greatest offense and he has not really shown much of the power we may have hoped so far.

I am fine holding him if you have a rosier outlook for him, but for me, he is not anything crazy. Those names above are guys I definitely like more than him. Schwindel has really been a one-year wonder so far. Do not get too scared to drop him if you feel the need to. I would not lose sleep over him.

As I have been with most of these players starting the year off rough, I prefer to hold some of them for longer than a week. But, as always, it depends on your waiver wire. Overall, Schwindel can be dropped in shallower leagues, but in leagues of 12-teams or more, I may hold on a bit longer to see if he can get it going.


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