2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

We are at the point in the season where it is time to get somewhat worried about players. While sometimes there is still unluckiness in play for some players, others may have some scary supporting statistics.

It is best not to overreact to players of certain draft pedigree, but for others, it may be time to cut loose. That's the case this week as we take a look at some players who are just not getting it done. They are stuck in ruts and with seemingly no outlook that it may get better, it is time to worry.

On the other hand, we have some players who started the year out poorly but are starting to get their feet under them. Whether it was due to being unlucky or needing an adjustment period, these players are beginning to look like themselves again.

It's a balance as I've been preaching, between knowing when to drop someone and when to hold them. Hopefully, this helps you make that choice on some players.

As always, if you ever have any questions, comments, or concerns about anything fantasy related be sure to hit me up on Twitter at @MikeSollicito1.

Now without further ado, let's get right into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down piece!

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS, Colorado Rockies

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A popular sleeper this year during the offseason, Rodgers did not have an ideal start to the season. He saw his average dip below the .100 mark early on and was most likely dropped in most leagues.

However, over the last two weeks, Rodgers has caught fire. He has seen his strikeout rate drop from nearly 30% down to a much more palatable 22%. On top of that, his hard-hit rate and exit velocity have risen to around league average.

Over his last 15 days, Rodgers is hitting .360 with two home runs, ten runs, and 11 RBI. He has completely turned it on over the last two weeks and it is clear that he was in a funk early on.

If Rodgers is available, I am making a quick scoop as he was solid in limited time last year and should be awarded every day playing time this year. This is a case of someone getting their legs under them after a short spring training. Take advantage of it.

Christian Walker, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Another guy who was crazy unlucky to start the year is Christian Walker. The power-hitting 1B hasn't been able to live up to his name in recent years, struggling to match a productive 2019 campaign. After dealing with injuries last year, Walker spent the offseason fixing his swing in hopes of getting back to his 2019 ways.

Early on it was a disaster for Walker, who saw his average hover around the .150 mark up until early May. Since then, Walker has been crushing the ball to the tune of a .321 average in May. he has four home runs and ten RBI in that span.

The recent production is backed by his underlying stats too. He is in the 84th percentile or better in terms of exit velocity and hard-hit rate. His xBA is .286 and he is striking out at roughly 20.7%, which would be tied for a career-low.

The first baseman has been on fire, and while the lineup around him has not been great, guys like Ketel Marte, Daulton Varsho, and recently called-up Alek Thomas should surely help his counting stats.

Grab Walker and enjoy the hot streak - there's a chance that he could be re-breaking out after a down few years.

Kole Calhoun, OF, Texas Rangers

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Kole Calhoun has kind of been irrelevant in fantasy for a couple of teams. Between being in platoons, on bad teams, or just injured, he has sort of been an afterthought. Even after a slow start to the season, it was looking like another one of those years.

However, over the last week, Calhoun has turned it on at the plate. Calhoun's strikeout rate has gone from close to 30% now down to 24%. While the walk rate isn't totally in line with career rates, the hope is that as he gets more comfortable at the plate we see that number creep up.

His power metrics have also been great so far. Sitting around the 80th percentile in terms of exit velocity and hard-hit rate, Calhoun is actually hitting the ball harder than in years prior. This lineup is also better than the last few lineups he has been a part of. The Rangers lineup features Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Nate Lowe, Adolis Garcia, and a few more.

While he does have a .229 batting average, his xBA of .265cleaves something to be a bit more optimistic about.

While this could just be a hot streak due to Calhoun's swing and miss tendency, perhaps he is finally back to his old self now that he is healthy. Either way, if you're in need of an outfielder, do not be afraid to grab Calhoun, even if it is as a flyer.

Stock Down

Aaron Civale, SP, Cleveland Guardians

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Last week, I touched on Zach Plesac who has not been great to start the year. Much is the same with Civale. He is allowing a lot of contact, and of that contact, much of it is loud.

While he is definitely underperforming in terms of ERA, his FIP and xFIP are not the greatest either, sitting at 5.52 and 4.59 respectively. The walk rate is superb, but it does not mean much when guys are getting on base every other way.

His curveball is the only pitch generating a whiff rate over 26%, and it is clear that he is simply not fooling guys with his stuff. On the bright side, Civale is in a great organization to fix his issues, and his six-pitch repertoire isn't a bad thing as well.

For me, Civale is a clear drop in any league as there is surely a pitcher out there with an ERA a bit farther away from 10.00 on the year.

Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers

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Torkelson has had a rough time so far in the majors. He is hitting just .158 with three home runs. While the power is real, perhaps the average will not be as high as some had originally hoped.

His strikeout rate is pretty high, sitting at over 31% on the season. The walk rate is solid, hovering around 13%. But because the strikeout rate is so high, it is essentially capping his power. This could mean that he is simply being overwhelmed at the plate or is trying to do too much.

While this is a rookie getting his first taste of the majors, it is important to remember growing pains happen. Not everyone will come out of the gates firing when they're first called up.

In redraft leagues, Torkelson is a fine drop if you can grab someone else on waivers. 1B is somewhat shallow, but if you can grab someone like Christian Walker off waivers, I might do it. Torkelson should only be held onto in the deepest of leagues. His time will come, but it does not seem like that time is now.

Tyler O'Neill, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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One of my favorite players heading into this season, O'Neill has been struggling. Let me get this out of the way: he is not a drop by any means, but his stock is clearly going down.

This tweet is a perfect example of just how bad O'Neill looks at the plate right now. He seemingly looks lost, and well, the stats tell that. O'Neill can't hit anything for the most part but is really struggling with offspeed and breaking pitches. He is whiffing over 25% of the time on all pitches, but a glaring 57.5% of the time on offspeed and 36.6 of the time on breaking pitches.

The other bad thing: when he gets a fastball, it is a high heater, and not only can he not lay off of them, but he can't hit one.

He is simply striking out way too much right now which is not giving him a chance to showcase the elite power he showed last year. While the speed remains 99th percentile ad the walk rate is in line with career norms, he just is not making enough contact.

Simply put, O'Neill is a firm hold but he should be nowhere near your starting lineup in daily leagues unless absolutely needed. Until he starts showing signs of life, he'll ride the pine.

Make sure you keep an eye on our Fantasy Baseball content here at F6P as the season continues!

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