Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Stock Up/Stock Down article!
What a long and grueling season baseball is. This week, we look at some faces that have popped up recently. Whether it be from injury, on a new team, or from the minors these new faces are making an impact.
We also look at some familiar faces who just are not cutting it anymore, whether due to injury or just falling off. This is the time during the season when you cannot let name value get in the way of rostering players. Do not be afraid to cut bait with players who are not producing.
Grab guys who can help you win now. Don't be afraid to play the waiver wire better than your league mates - it can get you farther than you think.
Winning is more important than having a sexy roster - who cares what players win weeks for you? As long as you're winning that's all that matters! Alright, enough of me. Let's hop into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Stock Up/Stock Down.
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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Stock Up/Stock Down
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Franmil Reyes, OF/DH, Chicago Cubs
DFA'd by the Cleveland Guardians, Reyes has popped back up with the Cubs. The Cubs, a rebuilding team, should have a consistent place for him in their lineup.
Reyes has played a few games with the Cubs already, hitting in the middle of their order almost every game. So far in those games, he is six for 17 with one home run and three RBI.
The power is real with Reyes, we all know that. While the strikeout rate leaves much to be desired, he has the power upside to be a potential league winner.
Snatch Franmil Reyes up if he was dropped in your league - the power is real and he has looked good in his small sample size with the Cubs.
This guy hit 30 HRs last season and while he has been disappointing so far this year, he'll have a consistent role with his new squad.
Reyes is someone I am willing to take the chance on because strikeouts and power have always been a part of his game - and he is still hammering the ball this year. A bit more consistent contact for him with his new club could go a long way.
David Fletcher, 2B/SS, Los Angeles Angels
David Fletcher is a prototypical contact hitter. This dude can hit the ball no matter where it is thrown and is always on base. Since returning from the IL, he has hit .340.
He will have an everyday role in the middle infield positions and can provide a nice floor for fantasy managers. Fletcher has always been a hitter, and after his slow start to the year coupled with his IL stint, he looks like his old self.
Grab Fletcher and reap the benefits - his presence in your lineup should be a consistent presence. He should be a big help in the run and average categories over the remainder of the season. Finding guys like this on waivers is hard - but take advantage of it.
He should have rest of season value hitting at the top of their lineup and playing daily.
Vinnie Pasquantino, 1B, Kansas City Royals
Vinnie P! He is finally turning it around. Pasquantino has fantastic bat discipline and hits the ball hard. He had been getting unlucky, but his luck is turning around.
Pasquantino can be a complete hitter - one with power and average. Over his last week, he has been turning it on. He has hit .455 with four home runs during the stretch.
Pasquantino became one of the better prospects in the game over the last two years and he is finally living up to that potential.
Scoop up Vinnie P, especially at a position where finding value is hard outside of the top few. The Royals lineup is relatively underrated with Salvador Perez, Bobby Witt Jr, and Nick Pratto, among others.
The Italian Breakfast is a must-add for me in any league and much like the other two players, he has the chance to stick on your roster over the remainder of the year.
Now while he won't keep up his recent stretch, he can easily provide value in all categories other than stolen bases. Grab Pasquantino and enjoy the ride, he's going to be a good one.
Eduardo Escobar, 1B/2B/3B, New York Mets
Eduardo Escobar is no longer a fantasy asset. He is stuck in a platoon at third base and has not been great offensively. He is not hitting the ball as hard as he used to and is not making consistent contact.
His strikeout rate has shot up over the last year and his already low walk rate has gotten lower.
There really is not much to say for Escobar anymore other than the fact that it is time to move on from him. With him losing his everyday role, his upside in a good Mets lineup is limited.
On top of that, he is currently dealing with an injury that could lead to him landing on the IL. Whether he gets put on the IL or not, he is worthy of a drop for someone who can provide some more upside and consistency to your lineups.
It was a good run, Escobar, but it is time to go. Thank you for your fantasy service these last few years. Maybe he bounces back next year, but for this year, he's off my rosters.
Taylor Ward, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Taylor Ward was amazing to start the year, taking MLB by storm. However, he has been in a rut recently. For me, this rut has moved him from a must-start player to one that I would be fine on my bench as the occasional guy in my lineup.
He is hitting barely over .200 over his last month and it seems he has fallen back into his old ways. His start to the season was magical - he was one of the hottest hitters for months. Now, he has been one of the coldest hitters for months.
I would much rather roster his teammate, David Fletcher, than him at this point. However, that is not me saying to drop him - he is a fine bench bat with the power upside to help you out some days.
His overall stats on the year are still solid, but a far cry from his beginning of the year pace.
He still possesses solid plate discipline, but his strikeout rate has come back down towards career norms. While it is still solid, he is someone I am not starting every day and night. Feel free to move on from him, but do not expect him to return to regular season form.
Jorge Polanco, 2B/SS, Minnesota Twins
Jorge Polanco had a fantastic 2021 season. He hit for power, a solid average, and had almost 200 runs+RBI. He is way off that pace this year and has struggled for much of the year.
Over his last month, he is hitting just .205 with only two home runs. The power he showcased last year has not been as present this year and he has been a disappointment in comparison to expectations for him this year.
He still hits in the middle of an underrated Twins lineup, but the counting stats have not been there this year. His plate discipline has been solid, but perhaps he has been too patient at the plate. His 14.5% walk rate would be a career-high.
Polanco is another player who shouldn't be dropped, but I would not count on him to magically turn his season around. I expect him to finish the year the same way he has performed all year long.
Either way, he has dropped off a ton from last season, and if you can it might not be a bad idea to see if anyone would trade for him ahead of your league's deadline.
He is a fine bench piece, but I would much rather someone like David Fletcher in my middle infield spot than him at this point.
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