2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Matthew Rosser
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Stock Up-Stock Down

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Stock Up-Stock Down article!

Another week has come and gone. Now that the NBA and NHL seasons are wrapped up, we are officially entering the dog days of Summer.  It's all baseball, all the time from here until NFL preseason, and I wouldn't have it any other way. This part of the season is what separates the men from the boys.  As the standings start to shake out in earnest, are you putting yourself in the best position to make the playoffs? Or maximize the return on your roster demolition in a keeper league? Not if you aren't reading this, you aren't.

Now, without further ado, let's cannonball into the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Stock Up/Stock Down list!

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Stock Up-Stock Down

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Luis Matos, OF, San Francisco Giants

Luis Matos came into 2023 as a primarily forgotten-about prospect in the Giants organization. since signing with the team in 2019 he has displayed excellent bat-to-ball skills and always profiled as a multi-category contributor. However, after a shoulder injury at the beginning of 2022, Matos was never quite right for the rest of the year and saw his stock plummet.

You know what they say: New year, old Matos. the 21-year-old wasted no time showing he was back to full strength in 2023. In 70 games across two levels, Matos hit .350/.415/.561 with 10 home runs and 15 stolen bases. Maybe most impressively, he also had 24 walks against 20 strikeouts in roughly 250 plate appearances.

Following the injury to Mitch Haniger, the Giants promoted the contact-oriented outfielder last week. Through six games Matos is 5/19 hitting, but he has six walks to just one strikeout, along with a steal. He is already displaying an elite batting eye, and the contact skills are following closely. Matos should be a strong contributor in both average and runs while chipping in across all other categories as he goes. If he is available in your league and you're in need of some insurance he is about as safe of a pickup as there is.

Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds

Bless my soul, we have positive Joey Votto news! After having a lost 2022, and nearing the wrong side of 39, most had begrudgingly written off the legendary first baseman.  However, on June 19, 2023, everything changed. Joey Votto returned to the Reds lineup, and he hit a home run and hit three balls with an exit velocity of over 100 mph.  Pundits everywhere rejoiced.

This may seem a little tongue-in-cheek, and maybe it is, but that doesn't mean Votto doesn't belong here.  Just two years ago, Joey Votto was quite good.  He had a .906 OPS and hit 36 home runs in 2021. The man received MVP votes.

Votto has always been one of the best students of the game in the game. If he is healthy, he has earned the right to be trusted to perform in one way or the other.  Pick up Votto if he's available and see if the power sticks for a little while. If it doesn't send him off to Valhalla with honor.

Marcell Ozuna, OF , Atlanta Braves

Marcell Ozuna had a comically bad beginning of the year. It was so bad that he may have burned your trust for the entire year, and I understand. A .085 average over a full month and change will do that.  Another year down the drain for the often embattled former star.

Or so we thought! Since the calendar flipped to May, Ozuna has been remarkably good.  He has a .313 average since May 1st and has a 156 WRC+ in that timeframe as well. Of his 13 home runs this year, 11 of them have come after April 30th.  Ozuna has cut down his strikeout rate to a respectable 22% and increased his hard hit and elevated ball rates.

Ozuna is notoriously streaky, but the numbers do a good job of defending themselves right now.  His BABIP is not elevated, and his season line is starting to reflect his career norm. Do not get too attached to him, but there's no reason not to juice every drop out of Ozuna and see how far it gets you.

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Tanner Bibee, SP, Cleveland Guardians

Tanner Bibee was the first of the wave of prospect pitchers to call up and succeed in 2023.  Leave it to Cleveland to have a pitcher with MLB-level command waiting in the wings.  Bibee got off to a relatively hot start, striking out eight in his first appearance, and putting together a solid 3.14 ERA in the following month of May.

Apparently, the Guardian's pitching lab is not infallible.  Bibee has had a very rough go of it in June. So far he has 6.16 ERA, and has only pitched 19 innings in four starts.  He also walked eight batters.  The Tanner Bibee experiment may not be over for 2023, but he can certainly be benched until he finds his groove again.

Nolan Gorman, 2B/3B, St. Louis Cardinals

Nolan Gorman had an excellent first two months of the season.  The 23-year-old post-hype player showed immense power to go with a plus average, which led him to have a 148 WRC+ through the end of May.  Gorman was one of the very few bright spots for the Redbirds early on.

As the calendar rolled to June and the other Cardinals studs started to wake up a bit, they seemingly Monstar'd Gorman's talent. Or maybe he Monstar'd them in April? The world may never know that answer, but we do know that Nolan Gorman has unequivocally stunk out loud since May 31st.

In sixteen games this month, Gorman is hitting .107, and has an even more humiliating WRC+ of 11.  His strikeout rate has ballooned from 25% to 45%, and he looks completely lost right now.  Gorman is notoriously streaky, and he may find his stroke again, but I would not be afraid to drop him, particularly in points leagues where the strikeouts kill.

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