2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

As we see players beginning to creep over the 200 at-bat mark (with a few already well past that), sample sizes continue to get larger. With that, it makes a really slow start tough to get past. Players get hot later on and while their season numbers aren't what you'd expect, they've turned it around recently and have decent numbers now.

The most blatant example of this is Brendan Rodgers, who went from hitting below .100 to now being a .260 hitter capable of filling your lineup on a daily basis. On the back side, we also have players who had hot starts to the season but have cooled off since. This causes their season numbers to look better than they may be performing in reality. This week, we take a look at a few of those players as their stock goes down.

We'll also take a look at a few youngsters who have certainly put themselves on the map thus far, not just in MLB but in the fantasy realm as well.

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Now, it's time to get back into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Stock Up/Stock Down!

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Ezequiel Duran, 2B/3B, Texas Rangers

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One of the prospects who headed over to Texas in the Joey Gallo trade with the New York Yankees, Duran has simply mashed since his arrival. A power/speed threat in the minors, hitting .317 with seven home runs and steals apiece, Duran was much deserving of a call-up.

Since being called up on June 4, Duran is hitting .325 with two home runs and two stolen bases. The power/speed combo is on full display thus far, and he should continue having an everyday role with the Rangers.

The Rangers' lineup is underrated as well, as it features Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Adolis Garcia, and even Kole Calhoun. While Duran is not walking a whole ton, and the strikeout rate is around 26%, he makes good, solid contact when he connects with the ball.

For those in need of a middle infielder or eventually corner infielder, Duran is someone I would keep an eye on in deep leagues. His power/speed combination is one made for fantasy relevance. If he can continue getting on base, good things should continue to happen for him and his fantasy owners.

Spencer Strider, SP/RP, Atlanta Braves

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A mustache you dream of and an arm that throws absolute gas. What more can you ask for? Spencer Strider has been a revelation for the Braves this year and is one of a couple of arms who have put it together for them.

On top of Kyle Wright figuring it out and becoming one of Atlanta's best pitchers, Strider continued his minor league dominance right into the majors. While his role has changed and Strider was a reliever earlier on (even one of their higher leverage options at one point), Strider is starting right now.

I think he has a chance to stick in the rotation, especially if he is able to continue limiting the walks as he did so well in his most recent start. For starters, Strider has three pitches that he uses, and all three generate a whiff% north of 29%, which is really dang good. His strikeout rate is through the roof, and after showing he could go 5.2 innings last start, he should be stretched out.

As is the case with many young pitchers - he will only go as far as his command lets him. However, he is well worth the grab in any fantasy league due to his upside and strong strikeout rate. Grab him now before others begin to figure out he might be putting it together.

Jon Berti, 2B/3B, Miami Marlins

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Jon Berti has been great over the last two weeks as he has gotten consistent playing time following a slew of injuries to the Marlins all over. Over his last 50 at-bats, he is hitting .292 with eight stolen bases. That kind of speed is virtually unheard of in today's game of baseball, let alone fantasy baseball.

Berti is similar to Duran in the sense of being a solid middle infield or corner infield option. While Berti has significantly less pop than Duran, both showcase their speed on the basepaths and their value ultimately will ride on how much they get on.

Unlike Duran, Berti walks a good amount which is encouraging for his future output. With his speed, he has the ability to beat out what may be an out for others. On top of that, being able to walk means Berti is able to showcase his speed in multiple different ways and will not rely solely on making contact.

Berti's strikeout rate is also a touch below 23% which is fine. His xBA of .262 is in line with his current average of .270, and despite being in a poor Marlins lineup he should be vital in fantasy, especially to managers in need of speed.

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Eric Hosmer, 1B, San Diego Padres

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Eric Hosmer started the season off with a bang, leading the NL in batting average for quite some time. However, as time went on, Hosmer did not. Hosmer's once .340+ average has fallen down to .282. While the underlying metrics agree with his ability to maintain a high average, his power metrics do not look so great.

He is not hitting the ball as hard as he did last year, and while his strikeout rate and walk rates remain similar, his launch angle continues to decline. Now down to a 2.7-degree launch angle, Hosmer is essentially hitting the ball into the ground more times than not. This will lead to more double plays and groundouts unless he is able to beat the shift or get it through the infield.

Hitting below .200 over his last 30 days with zero home runs, Hosmer may just be a boring higher-average first baseman with not too much pop. Hosmer is someone I am dropping if I can snag a better first base option off waivers. He is also someone I may try and move because of his name and the shallowness of first base.

I expect his average to continue to drop and settle around .260, while the power probably won't be what you expect from a stereotypical first baseman.

Ian Anderson, SP, Atlanta Braves

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As one Braves starting pitcher begins to take off, another fizzles out. Dominant the first two years of his career, Anderson has taken a massive step backward this year. Over the last two years, Anderson has seen his strikeout rate fall from 30% back in 2020 to 23% in 2021 and now 19% in 2022. His walk rate has remained relatively high over the last few years as well which doesn't bode well.

While his underlying metrics suggest he has pitched better this year than the stats lead on, it is obvious he simply isn't the same pitcher he was last year and definitely not the same one from two years ago.

While he has two quality starts over his last six starts, the walks remain an issue and in those other four starts, he has allowed at least four earned runs. Anderson has been fairly inconsistent this year, and while some may express optimism he could turn it around, I do not have as much faith.

If I had to choose between Ian Anderson and Charlie Morton for which Braves starting pitcher would figure it out, I'd think Morton more than Anderson despite Morton being up there in age. However, I would not want either of those arms if I had my pick.

Anderson is someone I am outright dropping in shallower leagues if I have good options on the waiver wire like his teammate Spencer Strider. However, if there are not the greatest of options available, I wouldn't mind playing matchups with Anderson until he either gets better or someone better pops up through waivers.

Connor Joe, 1B/OF/DH, Colorado Rockies

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One of my personal favorite sleepers from the offseason, Connor Joe was a revelation early on for those who added him. Following a fantastic Spring Training, Joe went on to have a great first month and a half of the season. However, since then, Joe has been fairly cold at the plate.

Over his last 30 days, he is hitting just .221 with a below .700 OPS. While he does have 12 runs in that span, it is the only production he is really giving. His exit velocity is four mph lower than it was last year, and while the strikeout and walk rates remain in line with last year's mini-breakout, the quality of contact is just no longer there as backed up by his now xBA of .251.

I am not saying to outright drop him, but I am saying to keep an eye on him and his numbers. If they continue to drop off, there is a chance he is beginning to regress back to the player we thought he was. After all, he is 29 years old. If you are in a shallow league and can afford to drop him, go for it.

For me at least, he is someone I will hold onto for a little while and see if this is a slump or a regression to the mean. Either way, Connor Joe played his way into my heart early on and I'll always appreciate him for the early season fantasy success if this is the end of the ride.

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