2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
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Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

With just a few weeks left before the fantasy playoffs, now is the time to look for any leftover waiver wire gems who can propel your squad.

This week we take a look at a pitcher who has been great since joining the rotation on a consistent basis. We also take a look at two players who have been dynamite since rejoining the starting lineup daily. Both players offer upside in multiple categories and could be with your team for the long haul.

We also take a look at a pitcher who just has not been the same after a bounceback 2021 campaign. There are also two bats - one of which has been injured for most of the season and is unlikely to return this year while another bat just has not been the same after battling multiple injuries throughout the season despite now being healthy.

This is the time of the year when it is important to understand who is helping your team win and who isn't. Be sure to make moves that benefit your team even if they aren't the sexiest of moves when setting your lineup.

That's about all I've got for today. Now, let's hop into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Stock Up/Stock Down.

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

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Ross Stripling, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

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Ross Stripling has been fantastic when in the rotation this season for the Blue Jays. He has a sub-three ERA on the year. Stripling has covered six innings in all three of his starts since returning from the injured list.

While Stripling is not a sure-fire quality start every time, he is in a groove currently on the mound. Playing for a Blue Jays team looking to make the playoffs, he should continue seeing wins in his starts and as long as he pitches well he should go deep into games.

Stripling is someone who is well worth your time as he has been one of the more consistent starters throughout the month of August. While he does have some risk, as all starters do, his impeccable command and the recent increase in strikeout rate are reasons to remain optimistic.

If Stripling is on the waiver wire in your league, correct that wrong and enjoy the current streak he is on. With the Blue Jays not facing a super tough schedule for the rest of the year, he should continue producing for fantasy managers.

Harold Ramirez, 1B/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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Harold Ramirez was already on the stock-up list earlier this season. However, a thumb injury before the All-Star break saw him getting dropped in leagues. Now back and seemingly healthy, Ramirez is a fantastic source of consistency for fantasy managers.

He provides a great floor for average and should see steady production in the run and RBI categories. His multi-positional eligibility is also a nice addition for fantasy managers. He should continue playing a big role for a Rays team looking to make the playoffs.

If he is available in any leagues still after his activation, make sure that changes. He provides a great floor for fantasy lineups and has been hitting .304 over his first 46 at-bats back.

Jake McCarthy, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Jake McCarthy has been on an absolute tear since being recalled from the minors. He is hitting .341 in his last 30 days with nine stolen bases. While he only has one HR during that time, that is not McCarthy's game.

McCarthy is a speedster and can help in the stolen base department over the remainder of the season. He is also a somewhat solid contributor in the counting stats category due to the amount that he has been getting on base.

While it is fair to assume his average (currently at .291) will come down, he has shown a knack for hitting the ball in his second stint with the major league club. He has a .255 xBA so far, and has shown solid plate discipline. McCarthy is a fantastic add for anyone in need of speed or average help.

I am shocked he has not found his way onto more rosters with how well he has done during the month of August. His speed could be a great addition to your fantasy team over the remainder of the season as long as he continues to play everyday for an Arizona team evaluating their youngsters at the end of another disappointing season.

On the brightside, things should be looking up for the Diamondbacks as their top prospects continue to get closer to the majors.

Stock Down

Kris Bryant, 1B/3B/OF, Colorado Rockies

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Kris Bryant is someone I am only stashing on my injured list if I have room. At this point, there are no guarantees that he returns from the injured list this season.

Dealing with plantar fasciitis, he has been in a walking boot for some time and recently received a shot in his foot to try and help with the healing process. Bryant has been banged up for the majority of this season. However, when he plays he is still relatively productive.

Hitting in Coors, managers thought Bryant could be a steal in fantasy drafts. But now, after not playing for much of the season, Bryant is looking like one of the biggest busts of this year.

The high power expectations were not met when he played, and it remains to be seen when, if at all, he will return. He is a very clear cut in most leagues that do not offer large IL spots, however, he is not the bad stash option in case he does come back. It is looking unlikely at this time as he still has a long road ahead of him in his recovery.

Alex Wood, SP, San Francisco Giants

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Alex Wood has been extremely disappointing this season. Pitching to a 5.00 ERA, he has been absolutely brutal as of late. Only finishing at least six innings in three of his last eight starts, Wood has been trending downward.

For me, he is someone that may just be a matchup-dependent pitcher at this point of the season. However, in leagues where pitching waivers are not completely dried up, he is a drop.

He has not been very good this year after putting together a bounceback 2021 campaign. Just like the magic of the San Francisco Giants has washed off, it seems as though Wood's magic has washed off too.

Do not be afraid to cut bait on Wood, as despite maintaining good control the strikeout stuff just has not been there. He is a fine streamer, but I would not want him for anything more than that. I would much rather take a shot on Ross Stripling if he is still available.

Ketel Marte, 2B/OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Ketel Marte. This man has failed to live up to the lofty expectations that he set for himself after a rock-solid 2019 season. Marte has been hampered by injuries much of the past few seasons, and this year has been no exception.

When healthy, Marte is a great player who impacts the ball hard and has some solid plate discipline. While that has been the case for him this year, he just has not been able to find consistency. Now, this is not a blurb telling you to cut bait with him, but it is me telling you to lower expectations for him for the rest of the year.

He is hitting in a Diamondbacks lineup that has not been super great and is continually hampered by lower body injuries, namely his hamstrings for the last two seasons.

As a result, we have seen him struggle somewhat to reach the same power numbers from 2019. While Marte is a very good baseball player, he is someone who you need to be realistic about. The HRs aren't there anymore, and the counting stats production will continue to be low as long as the Diamondbacks don't do anything to change their lineup.

While the arrival of Corbin Carroll could spark some life into this lineup, I don't expect it to change much of anyone else's fantasy outlook. Temper expectations for Marte, but he is still a must-start when healthy. Maybe next year people will temper their lofty expectations for the solid, albeit not fantastic ballplayer.

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