2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Mike Sollicito
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Stock up/down

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down article!

As the weather gets warmer, the hope is that the balls will start flying off the bat a bit more. It is certainly understandable if you want to wait a bit longer to see if struggling players figure it out. However, sometimes a player does not have it this year and you are missing out on other players by holding onto them.

In this week's Stock Up/Stock Down, we look at some newer faces who have found themselves flourishing so far in their new roles. We also take a look at some familiar faces who have shown life at times but not consistently.

Sometimes it is best to simply bench these players until they start performing as their underlying numbers tell us a different story. Although other times they may be worth dumping to waivers for one of these other players whose stock is seemingly on the rise.

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Now, enough babble. Let's get right into the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down!

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Nolan Gorman, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals

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If you are in need of a second baseman, Nolan Gorman is the guy for you. A power-hitter with some strikeout concerns, Gorman is not your typical second baseman. He ultimately gives me Brandon Lowe vibes - high power but lots of strikeouts from a position where players don't typically perform that way.

After being recalled by the Cardinals on May 19, Gorman has hit .294 with four runs and an RBI. Hitting in this productive Cardinals lineup should bode well for Gorman, and with Paul DeJong being optioned as well as Tommy Edman sliding over to shortstop, Gorman could remain in the majors long term if he can produce.

Gorman's power upside is enormous and while he has not hit his first home run yet, the power should start coming sooner rather than later. So far in 17 at-bats, he has handled his own striking out 25% of the time while walking 15% of the time.

Small sample size, yes, but it is at the very least encouraging. If you are in need of some middle infield help or some power upside, now is the time to grab Gorman on the wire.

Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants

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Is the old Mike Yastrzemski back? I think he might be now that he is seemingly fully healthy. Yastrzemski battled injuries for the past few years after having a breakout 2020 season.

So far this year he is hitting .309 with 23 runs, four home runs, and 15 RBI in an everyday role for the Giants.

He has been hitting in the top half of the lineup almost exclusively. His palpable strikeout and walk rates of 15.2% and 13.6% respectively bode well for continued future success.

On top of that, he is also hitting the ball harder than he ever has - his 92.8 mph exit velocity would be a career-high. His 12% barrel rate would also be a career-high.

Yastrzemski is hitting the ball hard and often. Couple that with his fantastic plate approach, and Yastrzemski seems like he is finally back. Buy into Yastrzemski, as I think he is re-breaking out and more power may come as the weather gets warmer.

Clay Holmes, RP, New York Yankees

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Clay Holmes is an absolute stud out of the bullpen and would probably be a closer on just about any team right now. Arguably one of the best relief pitchers in baseball this year, Holmes was not crazily fantasy relevant as one would expect.

Rather, with him being an elite setup man, he really only had fantasy value in leagues with holds. However, this will no longer be the case moving forward. When Aroldis Chapman was healthy, the Yankees seemed to be playing matchups between Chapman and Holmes in save situations.

Now, with Chapman sidelined due to Achilles soreness, Holmes will get all the save opportunities. If he does well, there is a chance he runs with the job and becomes the Yankees' main ninth-inning guy. While this is extremely unlikely just because Chapman is there, I could see Holmes remaining fantasy relevant as he should still see save opportunities even once Chapman is healthy again.

Snag Holmes up in just about any league, as he is looking like one of the best relievers in baseball for one of the better teams in baseball.

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Stock Down

Yoan Moncada, 3B, Chicago White Sox

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Moncada made this list as a stock-down guy when he was originally hurt. Now back and seemingly healthy, Moncada just has not produced at all. To be fair neither has much of the White Sox lineup as they continue their offensive struggles.

However, Moncada has been pretty bad lately, hitting just .153 in his last 59 at-bats with only two home runs.

This could perhaps be a case of Moncada just not having enough reps to really get his footing under him. He has a 30% strikeout rate, the highest it's been since 2018 and his walk rate is an abysmal 3.2% a far cry off from his 10% or higher walk rate we've come to see in four of the last five years.

For me, Moncada is a hold but until he starts to show some life at the plate - or anyone on the White Sox for that matter - he is sitting on my bench. Offensive numbers have been down throughout this year, so owners have to take the offense they're given and sit the players who aren't giving them any.

Whether it's a waiver add or someone you've drafted, put them in your lineup over Moncada until he gets right. As of now, he seems somewhat lost and just in a funk at the plate.

Franmil Reyes, OF/DH, Cleveland Guardians

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Franmil Reyes is the player I see when I say "the balls should fly off the bat when the weather gets warmer." Franmil is still absolutely hammering the ball and he has shown that at times this year. He has failed to do it consistently though.

Franmil's problem - as it has always been - is the strikeouts. He is striking out at a whopping 39.3%. That is way more than his career average, and once those start dropping he should start smashing.

But the big thing is that those Ks need to come down. While he is hitting the ball harder than he has in years (which is kind of crazy), he is whiffing way too much on breaking and offspeed pitches. With this type of approach, pitchers are not going to throw fastballs to Franmil who has been known to hammer them.

Instead, they will throw him more offspeed and breaking pitches which should give Franmil trouble. If anyone is capable of going on a hot streak, it's Franmil who had a mini hot streak in the beginning of May. If Franmil can solve his issues with breaking and offspeed pitches, he could be a scary hitter.

I'd keep Franmil on my bench for the moment because he could heat up at any second. He is nowhere near droppable, but it is hard to deny the fact that his stock has seemingly gone down in recent weeks.

Merrill Kelly, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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After opening the year on a hot streak, Kelly has fallen back down to earth. A big reason for his early season success was an increase in velocity that he showed back in Spring Training. However, in each subsequent start following his first of the season, his velocity has decreased.

The results support this, as Kelly has not been his sharpest over his last two starts - walking seven batters while only striking out four. The leash for Kelly is a bit longer than others right now due to his early season success, but if he does not turn the ship around soon he may be droppable.

The regression was expected, as his low 1.00 ERA was nowhere near sustainable. His xERA of 3.63 is more in line with what he is doing now, so the blowups would have come at any time.

If the walks continue to pile up for Kelly, he will be an easy cut for me. But keep an eye on him, as his early season success did not just come out of nowhere. He is capable of being a good pitcher as long as the velocity and command are there.


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