2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

It has gotten to the point in fantasy baseball where players who have been injured for a long period of time begin making their returns.

For example, Mitch Haniger, David Fletcher, and Jacob deGrom have recently come back. Fernando Tatis Jr.is on the road to recovery, and other names are rehabbing, like Lance McCullers just to name one.

This is the time during the season where it is not a bad idea to keep an eye out on waivers for these players. Sometimes they are dropped due to a manager not having any room for them, but now is the time to take advantage of that.

If you have the room on the IL, don't be afraid to stash these players in hopes of having them for the stretch run.

Also, this is the time of the year where grabbing players who are hot for a stretch can help propel you up the standings. Even if they only last on your squad for a week or so, they can prove to be helpful.

This week, we take a look at a pair of injured players making their returns and a reliever whose stock has increased due to the trade deadline.

On the downside, we also look at a few youngsters who have been struggling for some time, meaning it may be time to move on from them.

Now, enough rambling, let's hop into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Stock Up/Stock Down.

As always, if you have any fantasy questions, feel free to contact me on Twitter at @MikeSollicito1.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Mitch Haniger, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Mitch Haniger has finally made his return after dealing with a high-ankle sprain that kept him out for months. He should reclaim a prime spot in the Mariners' order, especially with Julio Rodriguez being out.

While Haniger can be streaky due to his strikeout rate, he does have some very solid power. On top of that, his prime spot in the order should lead to lots of run production.

I would not expect a high average from Haniger, but he can prove to be a very solid option in the outfield for teams looking for a bit more depth.

Grab Haniger while you can if he is available. He is not even a season removed from hitting 39 home runs. The power is real, but there should be hot and cold streaks throughout.

Haniger should make for a very solid pickup who can provide for teams over the rest of the season. Especially for a Mariners team that is looking to make the playoffs.

Chris Taylor, 2B/SS/3B/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Much like Haniger, Chris Taylor has finally made his return after missing time with a foot injury.

Taylor offers managers positional eligibility which is always a plus when managing lineups. While he did struggle during the beginning of the season, he should prove important for a Dodgers team that always messes around with the lineup.

His strikeout rate was an unsettling 35.7%, however, strikeouts have always been a part of his game. He offers some nice power/speed upside for managers, and should definitely be on radars.

Playing in the Dodgers' lineup should give him many opportunities to score runs and drive others in, no matter his spot in the lineup.

Grab Taylor if you could use some extra positional eligibility in your lineup. Similar to Haniger, he could be a great option during the rest of the season. Keep an eye on his strikeout rate, but I expect it to come down a bit towards his career norms.

He'll be a reliable option for those that are able to scoop him.

Felix Bautista, RP, Baltimore Orioles

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"The Mountain" as some call him, Felix Bautista has been out of this world this season. With Jorge Lopez traded to the Twins at the deadline, Bautista should be in line for the bulk of the save opportunities for Baltimore moving forward.

While he does not allow the softest of contact, his near 36% strikeout rate is in the 98th percentile. Walks can be a bit of a problem, but with his strikeout prowess, he looks like a typical closer.

Bautista should be owned in all leagues at this point, and while the save chances may not be consistent he should see a good amount for a pretty competitive Orioles team.

His split-finger and slider each have a whiff% of over 46%, giving him two reliable pitches to get hitters out.

To me, he looks like a very solid late-inning option, one who should increase his stock for next season over the course of this one.

Grab Bautista now and reap the benefits, you'll thank me later.

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Stock Down

Josiah Gray, SP, Washington Nationals

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Someone I was crazily high on this year, Josiah Gray has been a bit disappointing over the last month or so. Over his last five starts, Gray has a 7.20 ERA.

He continues to have a problem keeping the ball in the yard, and until he figures that out he may be too volatile to own in fantasy.

Gray makes for an enticing streamer dependent on matchup, but I think he is a safe cut for anyone still rostering him in redraft leagues. He does have the ability to strike batters out, but walks and the long ball continue to plague him.

He is someone that could be a sleeper next year depending on what he does in the offseason to address these issues. However, with him pitching every five days for a non-competitive Nationals team, he is a safe drop. Not only will he not get you wins, but he will hurt your ratios.

Unfortunately, he is only a streamer at this point and while he has the upside to help managers eventually, I am not sure that will happen this year.

Drop Gray safely in leagues, and scoop up someone like Edward Cabrera, Felix Bautista, or some other arm on the rise that should help you for the stretch run.

J.P. Crawford, SS, Seattle Mariners

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I feel as though we get the same J.P. Crawford every season. He goes on a torrid run for the first few months that propel his overall numbers up and then goes cold for the rest of the season before finally finding himself on waivers too late.

I believe this is the Crawford we are getting now - he is only hitting .233 over the last 30 days. While he should continue playing every day for the Mariners, he may not be as productive as he was to start the year.

He has maintained his fantastic plate discipline but is in the bottom 10% for hard-hit rate and exit velocities. His excellent defense will keep him in the lineup, but unfortunately, defense does not count in fantasy.

I would first try and trade him to any team that is in need of middle infielder help before cutting bait. But if you cannot get anyone to bite, then I would let him hit waivers and look for a better option - perhaps Chris Taylor or David Fletcher.

While both can be boring fantasy options, they have solid floors based on their lineups (Taylor) and ability to make contact (Fletcher).

Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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A name the Nationals needed the Cardinals to include in a Juan Soto trade, Carlson has been somewhat disappointing.

He does not hit the ball very hard, as his quality of contact is pretty poor. The Cardinals see something in him that other fantasy analysts don't. While he is a somewhat big name, I think he is someone that isn't a must-roster player.

Hitting below .200 over his last 30 days and just .241 on the season, the power/speed upside he was thought to possess just has not been there.

He only has seven home runs and only four stolen bases on the year and has not stolen a base in at least a month. For me, Carlson is again someone I would try and trade due to name value but would not be afraid to drop him.

Depending on league size, there are better, more productive options on waivers. I would not mind cutting bait if the right opportunity arises.

This is the time in the season when making difficult decisions like this can pay off.

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