2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

As the fantasy baseball continues to truck on, so does the weekly stock up/down. Over the course of a season, you can't expect a player to stay consistent throughout. There are often ups and downs for everyone.

Veterans and youngsters alike go through this.

This week, we'll take a look at some veterans who just are simply not cutting it anymore. While there are reasons to be a little optimistic, the overall look of things is going down for them.

For the youngsters, they are starting to find their stride and make a name for themselves at the major league level. Whether this sticks or not will be something to watch out for.

However, at this point, there are some players who have seen their stock trend up, and others who have seen their stock trend down in the recent days and weeks.

Alright, that's enough babbling for me. Let's get into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down.

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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Jose Miranda, 1B/3B, Minnesota Twins

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Jose Miranda has been on an absolute tear in recent weeks since he was recalled from the minors. The kid is beginning to make a name for himself. He was great in the minors last year, breaking out in the Twins' system.

However now, he is beginning to put it together at the major league level. Hitting an eye-popping .359 over his last 30 days, Miranda has been able to hit the ball often and hard.

He has an impressive 18 RBI in that span and should continue to see more opportunities in a solid Twins lineup.

Grab Miranda if he is still available as his well-rounded game for fantasy should play well at the corner positions for managers.

Brady Singer, SP, Kansas City Royals

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Brady Singer is another youngster who is beginning to make a name for himself. After showing flashes in past years, Singer is beginning to put it together in the month of July.

He has rattled off four quality starts in a row including matchups against the Yankees, Rays, Tigers, and Guardians.

Singer has a 2.05 ERA in July and has been generating incredible swing and miss stuff. He has 42 strikeouts in 30.2 frames in July. This is the kid the Royals were hoping for when they selected him from Florida.

His slider has been a big reason for success and if he can continue to harness that pitch, he could make for a really interesting pitcher over the final months of the fantasy season.

If Singer is available, go grab him as his ability to go deep into games and provide some impressive strikeout numbers make him someone who should be owned.

Whether this is a flash in the pan or not, he has the pedigree and opportunity to continue showing what he can do.

Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

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Another youngster who has really turned it on as of late is Alec Bohm. While Bohm isn't doing anything flashy, he has been a consistent bat for the Phillies and fantasy managers alike.

Bohm is hitting an absolutely ridiculous .408 over his last 30 days. While it has not come with much pop or counting stats, he provides a nice floor for fantasy lineups.

If the Phillies' lineup gets hot, Bohm could start to see his run and RBI opportunities increase, adding the cherry on top. For me, Bohm is someone I am actively targeting thanks to his high floor and consistency.

Someone who I know can get on base multiple times is important for fantasy because he will help out with your average on days when your team just may not have it.

Snag Bohm while you can and maybe the power starts to come to life a bit more. Either way, his consistency alone is worth rostering him for.

Stock Down

Nelson Cruz, DH, Washington Nationals

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One of the biggest disappointments of this season in my opinion has been Nelson Cruz. Perhaps Father Time has caught up to the all-time slugger. One of the crazier things for Cruz is that he has half as many stolen bases as he does home runs.

I am not sure that has ever been said about Nelson Cruz, but that's how disappointing he has been this year.

The power has not been there as his groundball rate is a bit higher than you'd like and his launch angle is not what it has been in recent years.

While he does still possess power, he does not have a home run over his last 30 days. Cruz could just be washed at this point, and with him only having DH eligibility he is worth a drop.

There are better, more flexible options out there on the waiver wire who are more productive.

While Cruz could get traded which could help spark him, I am simply moving on. Grab someone like Jose Miranda or Alec Bohm to stick at your utility spot, at least they are producing.

I would love it if he got traded and went on a rampage for his new club, but it seems his days of hammering home runs left and right are over.

Paul Blackburn, SP, Oakland Athletics

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The Athletics missed their opportunity to trade Blackburn and it appears fantasy managers may have too. Blackburn has over a 7.00 ERA in his last five starts.

The known regression has finally set in, and he is no longer a must-own pitcher. In deeper leagues, he is someone I would hang onto. However, in leagues where there are viable pitching options on waivers, I would let him go.

He's got a below-average strikeout rate and while the walk rate is fine, it isn't anything special. While his curveball plays, his fastball does not generate as many whiffs as one would like.

Blackburn is at most a matchup-dependent option in most leagues, and I would argue that I don't have much confidence starting him even as a streamer.

While it will be interesting to see if he gets dealt, I am not sure it does much for his fantasy value.

I would move on from Blackburn and find any other pitcher on waivers that has some upside. Blackburn's run this year was nice, but it is clearly coming to an end.

 Max Muncy, 1B/2B/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Another disappointing player this year has been Max Muncy yet he is still owned in a lot of leagues.

Now, I don't blame you for still owning him, but he is someone that would not see my starting lineup on a daily basis. It is clear the elbow issue he dealt with towards the end of last year and this offseason are playing some kind of role in his struggles.

That was a big reason why I was not super in on Muncy this year, but I think he could be a solid option next year depending upon what happens this offseason.

However, Muncy is not someone I would be dying to drop unless in shallower leagues. For me, he is someone I would feel comfortable with as a bench piece but not as a starter. He still has the upside to get back to his old ways, especially in a very good Dodger lineup.

His power numbers have taken an overall dip this year and his strikeout rate is the highest it has been since 2018. He just is not the same player this year as he normally is. For that reason, I'm moving on where I feel comfortable and moving him to a bench role elsewhere.

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