2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Matthew Rosser
2023 Fantasy Baseball Stock Up-Stock Down

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 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, an orange to juice, or a good ole fashioned buy low/sell high trade.

We're almost a month into the season, so we can start making some real assessments based on the on-field product.  It's still just April, but there has already been a ton of activity that could have an impact in the next week and in September. As always, I'll keep it reasonable, but there may be some slight blatant overreactions below.

Now, without further ado, let's hop into the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Stock Up/Stock Down list!

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Stock Up-Stock Down

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Ezequiel Duran, 2B/3B/SS, Texas Rangers

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Ezequiel Duran has been a utility infielder since he got called up in 2022, and he has largely underperformed. Duran was profiled as a medium to high-average hitter with surprising pop and a middling plate approach.  Unfortunately, he struggled in 2022, posting a .642 OPS and an 82 WRC+ over 58 games.

Since Corey Seager went down earlier this month, Duran's playing time has spiked.  He struggled early on, but he is currently 10/22 over his last six games, with a 1.205 OPS and a 239 WRC+.  This is a small sample size for certain, but if Duran can maintain this for the next few weeks, he could be a pleasant orange to juice until the Rangers are back at full strength.

Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers have not lost back-to-back games since April 8th. They are 14-8 overall, but they are also 7-3 in their last ten games.  Since the aforementioned Seager injury, the Rangers have received help from all across the diamond in replacing his production.

Like many late-year call-ups, Josh Jung struggled in 2022, turning in a subpar .211 average and  81 WRC+. That didn't dampen the 25-year-old's shine, as he came into 2023 as the full-time third basemen in Austin.  So far, he has delivered, hitting for a .282 average and an .824 OPS.

Jung also has five home runs and a 129 WRC+, which is greatly outshining his suspect plate discipline.  A 30% strikeout rate and a 6% walk rate seem unsustainable for success, and so does his elevated .365 BABIP, but if Jung keeps hitting the ball as solidly as he has, the impending dip in average is a small price to pay.  Jung should be played in every format for the foreseeable future.

Jack Suwinski, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

Jack Suwinski is on fire this month, plain and simple.  The 24-year-old outfielder is slashing .255/.383/.638 with five home runs. That's a 1.021 OPS out of what was expected to be one of the larger outfield holes in the league.  Suwinski may seem to be playing over his head, but his statcast tells a different story.

According to Statcast, Suwinski has excellent quality of contact and an elite eye for balls and strikes. The negatives? He swings and misses on pitches in the zone way too often, and seems to profile as a three-true outcomes hitter.

Suwinski had a hot streak last year too, hitting for a .915 OPS and eight home runs in June. He hit only 19 the whole year. This recent run of success seems to be just the sequel to his one hot month, but ride the wave while you can.  Alternatively, try and cash with another manager who needs home runs and can be convinced by a red statcast page.

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Jake McCarthy, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Jake McCarthy burst onto the scene last year, stealing 23 bases and slashing .283/.342/.427 in 99 games.  He profiled to be a potential 15/40 player with plus average and was being drafted around player 100 this March.

To say McCarthy didn't pick up where he left off would be kind. In twenty-two games this year, he turned in a .143 average and a 30 WRC+.  The D'Backs optioned him to Triple-A on Tuesday, and unless he can turn it around, he may be there for a while.  McCarthy is safe to drop.

Lance Lynn, SP, Chicago White Sox

Lance Lynn has gotten off to a rough start in 2023.  He currently has a 7.52 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP. He has allowed multiple runs in every one of his five starts this year and has made it out of the sixth inning just once.

His fastball velocity is only down one mile, but that is apparently making all the difference, as he keeps getting squared up. The 35-year-old may just be taking some time to grease all the hinges, but it is worth monitoring closely.  If he does not find his level soon, Lynn is going to be droppable, regardless of the strikeout upside.

Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox

Chris Sale is a future Hall of Famer and there will be fisticuffs if anyone feels otherwise. That opinion notwithstanding, Sale has been pretty darn bad in 2023.  Yes, he had an 11-strikeout performance, but that isn't enough to protect him from an atrocious 8.22 ERA and 1.74 WHIP.

It's easy to write Sale off, especially if you drafted him and have been the victim of his first month.  Don't forget though, he hasn't really pitched in three years. He isn't a spring chicken anymore, it is going to take time to ramp up.  When he finally finds himself, it's going to happen in a big way.  Sale is a buy low in my eyes, but there is a nonzero chance that he is entering the "Pujols on the Angels" years of his Cooperstown career.

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