2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Matthew Rosser

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Stock Up-Stock Down article!

This series is meant to highlight players who are performing outside of their norm throughout the season. Great or ghastly, the goal is to attune you to players to pursue and alert you to players to drop. May it be on the waiver wire, FAAB, or a good ole fashioned buy low/sell high trade.

It's still a little too early to make any real read on what we have seen, particularly on the offensive side of things, and the easy answer to almost every player's performance is still: "Hmm, interesting. Let's see how this plays out."  But that's no fun, and not how we're gonna do things here. I'll keep it reasonable, but be warned, there may be some slight blatant overreactions below. That's showbiz baby.

Now, without further ado, let's hop into the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Stock Up/Stock Down list!

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Stock Up-Stock Down

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Logan O'Hoppe, C, Los Angeles Angels

O'Hoppe played his way onto the team this spring, and following a Max Stassi injury, got thrust into the limelight.  The Angels top prospect has certainly delivered so far, sporting a 1.024 OPS with four home runs.

It is a weird year to be a breakout catcher.  For the past decade O'Hoppe would have been a must add the second he made the roster.  However, in 2023, there are so many good backstops it seems like a bold statement to think he finishes in top twelve at the position.

The 23-year-old's .267 average may fall a little bit, but as long as O'Hoppe is playing regularly, he is worth rostering. He hits the ball incredibly hard and has 75th percentile batted ball metrics across the board.  Unless you have a top five catcher, O'Hoppe is worth a shot.  If you do have a top five catcher, add O'Hoppe and trade him to someone who doesn't.

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Los Angeles Angels

Hunter Renfroe has had a weird eight year career in the MLB.  When he came into the league with the Padres, he was supposed to be a major power threat.  He hit 85 home runs from 2017-2019, but in an era with tons of home runs, eclipsing the 30-home run mark only once was viewed as a letdown.

Renfroe had a legitimately bad Covid year, but has turned in a WRC+ above 112 every year since 2021.  He also hit 60 home runs over the past two years.

The Angels are Renfroe's fifth MLB team in his career, but he may have finally found his home.  He has a .928 OPS to go with three home runs that came in back-to-back-to-back games.

Renfroe's average is currently sitting at .282, forty points higher than his career line, but his BABIP is currently in line with his career metrics.  Renfroe could finally be turning into the power hitter he was always expected to be. Hitting behind Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani will lead to boatloads of RBI opportunities.

Andrew Heaney, SP, Texas Rangers

Our first full blown walk back of the season! After an atrocious first appearance, Andrew Heaney rebounded in a big way, striking out ten batters over five innings, including a stretch that saw him strikeout nine batters in a row and put his name in the AL record books.

This is what Heaney believers wanted to see.  He didn't go as deep as we'd like, but you can't argue with an eighteen K/9.  Heaney found success by managing to rediscover his command and keep his offspeed stuff down in the zone while elevating his fastball. If the 31-year-old can channel this going forward, then there may be something here.  If not, use this opportunity to do what we talked about last week, and offload him now that some of the stink has washed off.

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Hayden Wesneski, SP, Chicago Cubs

Nothing against Hayden Wesnewski, but there is something uniquely special about the schadenfraude you experience when a sleeper you got zero shares of poops in the linens.  Over two starts, Wesneski has a 7.50 ERA over six innings, along with a six walks and only four strikeouts.

Wesneski was pretty wide awake as far as sleepers go come opening day.  After posting a 2.18 ERA and xERA in six games in 2022, he was closely watched in spring training and was the talk of the town when he broke camp with the team.

So far in 2023, he has not lived up to a single bit of the hype.  Wesneski has very clearly lost the strike zone. That David Ross pulled him in the second inning of his most recent start isn't exactly a vote of confidence either.  He is safe to drop if there is a Kenta Maeda or something comparable on the waiver wire.

Edward Cabrera, SP, Miami Marlins

Edward Cabrera is unhittable.  He came up in 2022 flashing a high 90's fastball, a mid 90's changeup, and 12.24 K/9 in Triple-A.  In 14 starts for the Marlins, he posted a 3.01 ERA, and 9.4 K/9.  Unfortunately that also came with a 4.1 BB/9.  Coming into 2023, the big question was if Cabrera could find enough command to capitalize on his electric arsenal.

So far, the answer is a resounding "No."  Cabrera is still unhittable, but in all the wrong ways.  Over 6.2 innings and two starts, Cabrera has walked thirteen batters.  That's more than double the number of strikeouts he has so far (six).

He has a salvagable 5.40 ERA, and his stuff is still nasty as ever, but Cabrera seemingly has no idea where the ball is going to go.  If you are chasing strikeout upside, you can do a lot worse, but it is probably safe to cut bait for now and treat him as a top tier streamer.

Josh Bell, 1B, Cleveland Guardians

Josh Bell was one of the more usable first basemen for the majority of his eight year career. He has a career 114 WRC+, and has displayed above average power, with a career .804 OPS.  Now on his fourth team, it seems like the wheels have finally fallen off.

Bell is hitting .079 on the season and has an identical slugging percentage.  That would scream regression, but his xSLG is in the lowest one percentile.  Bell has seemingly completely lost his power stroke, and it makes you wonder if he is playing hurt.  That would at least give a reason for the rhyme.  That doesn't appear to be the case, and Bell could bounce back in a big way over the course of a few days, but for now he can certainly be dropped.

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