Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down article!
With a few weeks under our belt, sample sizes are beginning to get a bit bigger. While they are still relatively small, some stock can be put into them. Examples of this can be benching a bigger-named player for someone who has been doing well early. Even though at the end of the day the player you benched may be better than the one you played, that may not be the case at the moment.
It is all about winning in fantasy baseball, no matter the time of year. Play the players who will help you win right now. There will be times throughout the year when different players help you on different weeks.
This week, we take a look at a closer who is coming into his own, some youngsters being given everyday playing time, some vets who just can't seem to get it going right now, and one big injury.
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Now let's get right into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down list!
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Stock Up/Stock Down
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Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies
Alec Bohm is now the starting third baseman for the Phillies. While this should have been the case to start the year off, he has forced his way into the lineup. Hitting a .316 so far, the underlying statistics back it up. While that average won't sustain, that doesn't mean he can't hit for a high average or that the power won't come.
His strikeout rates are way down while his walk rates are up. There is a chance this is a full-fledged breakout for Bohm. He is finally showcasing the potential upside he had when he was a prospect.
Putting the rough start to the season behind him, Bohm looks to prove to Philadelphia that he is their future at third base.
His hard-hit rate, average exit velocity, xSLG, and xwOBA are all 90th percentile or better. I know it has been a small sample size, especially with Bohm not playing every day to begin the year. However, the numbers don't lie and after the hype he garnered as a prospect, he could be putting it all together.
Grab Bohm in any leagues you may need a corner infielder, and ride the hot hand. Maybe this is just a hot streak, or maybe this is him becoming the real deal. Take the chance and let's find out together.
Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles Angels
Brandon Marsh is finally getting playing time! After rumors of potentially heading towards a platoon, Marsh has possibly hit his way out of one. The outfield situation in Los Angeles will be one to monitor, but Marsh is certainly trending up. After showcasing his power/speed combination last year, there were concerns about his swing-and-miss ways.
So far, he has pushed those concerns to the side. He has a strikeout rate of just 20% as compared to his inflated rate of 35% last year. On top of that, his walk rate is 11.1%, about a 4% increase from last year.
It seems as though Marsh could be on the verge of a breakthrough. He is getting everyday playing time in an underrated Angels lineup. While hitting lower in the batting order is not ideal for Marsh, that could change over time. Even if they hit him ninth it could work as the top of four of the Angels' order is as scary as ever.
Grab Marsh now in any league if you are in need of offensive help. His power and speed blend is one fantasy players dream about, and the hit tool is finally coming around.
Jorge Lopez, RP, Baltimore Orioles
In need of saves? Jorge Lopez has looked dominant so far this season, and I think it is legit. He has always had some nasty stuff but never made it as a starter. Now being used in a high-leverage role, he's thriving. While the walk rate is a bit high, he has not allowed a walk in his last five appearances.
He is the clear-cut top guy in a very underrated Baltimore bullpen. The strikeouts will also be a big part of his game - he has at least two in each of his last five outings.
Invest in Lopez now because his stock should soar as the clear closer in Baltimore. Any games they should win may be close ones, so while his chances will not be a ton, they will certainly be there.
Carlos Santana, 1B, Kansas City Royals
Carlos Santana just does not look the same anymore. He has started the year off poorly and with the youth movement coming at some point this year, I'm not convinced his playing time is safe. While he is hitting the ball hard, that may not be enough if these prospects are knocking on the door.
He has also maintained his solid strikeout and walk rates as he has throughout his career. However, he is not getting results. While it is still early and he can turn it around, he hasn't been the greatest in recent years either. Hovering around the Mendoza line each of the last two years, it appears Santana's best years are behind him.
He is a definite drop for me, as the rough start to the season is only the beginning for him as his playing days come to an end. He was arguably one of the more underrated fantasy players, but now it is time to part ways and look elsewhere.
Drew Rasmussen, SP, Tampa Bay Rays
A popular sleeper coming into this year, Rasmussen has not performed poorly by any means. However, he does not have the greatest control which leads to his pitch count soaring throughout the game. In his most recent start, he pitched just three innings, throwing over 70 pitches.
The strikeouts have also not been there as much as we had hoped. While he should have a long leash in terms of remaining in the rotation, he simply is not doing enough.
For me, he is a drop in most, if not all leagues. There are pitchers who are doing more so far this year. The Rays tend to not let their pitchers go too deep into games, and he has not gone deep enough to even qualify for a win in two of his three starts.
The baseball savant page of Rasmussen is not encouraging either, as most of the advanced metrics are well below league average. Rasmussen is an absolute drop for me, and I would be after some other less-owned pitchers. Some examples include Zach Eflin, Paul Blackburn, and even Josiah Gray.
Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox
This is a major blow to not just fantasy baseball, but baseball as a whole. After suffering a scary hamstring injury, Jimenez was placed on the IL on Sunday, April 24th. He will be out for six to eight weeks following surgery to repair a torn hamstring tendon.
Although he was not starting the year off too well, Jimenez is a stud. He is not a drop at all and is someone who you should be stashing anywhere you can. He is even someone I would try and buy low on if possible.
Keep an eye on what the White Sox do with their lineup in the coming days. We may get an idea of what they will do while Jimenez is out. Once again, Jimenez is not someone I am dropping, and instead am trying to stash him anywhere.
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