2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Stock Up-Stock Down

by Matthew Rosser
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Stock Up-Stock Down

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 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 have completed the first month of the young season.  There's still more baseball in front of us than behind, but there is finally some actionable data we can use.  Championships aren't won in May, but they are lost now. 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 5 Stock Up/Stock Down list!

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Stock Up-Stock Down

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Nick Senzel, 3B/OF, Cincinnati Reds

Few players have had as snakebitten of a career as Nick Senzel.  He came in as the number two overall draft pick in 2016.  Since debuting in 2019, he has missed at least 50 games in every season. Every time Senzel has shown signs of heating up, he suffers another field-leaving setback. Given the fits and starts, managers can be forgiven for forgetting just how good of a prospect Senzel was, but growth isn't linear, and it could all finally be coming together.

Senzel is on a tear to start 2023.  He is hitting .310 with an .885 OPS, and is flashing the 20/20 potential true believers have always trusted in.  His statcast page shows the makings of a professional hitter in the truest sense of the phrase.  While he may not have the most power, he does know how to maximize what he has and can spray the ball to all fields.  If he can stay healthy, the 28-year-old may finally become the player he is supposed to be.

Brandon Pfaadt, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Smoke a Pfaadt one if you've got one! The Diamondbacks have stopped beating around the bush and are calling up their top pitching prospect to start today against the Rangers.

The 24-year-old has shown a prolific ability to strike out batters, never turning in a strikeout percentage under 25%, and often over 30%.  He pitched in the PCL, so he had a slightly elevated ERA, but all of his peripherals show the makings of a very useful fantasy starter.

The 6-foot-4 righty has a fully developed repertoire and is capable of going deep in games and pitching over 150 innings right off the bat.  Pfaadt is unique in the prospect pitcher world in that regard.  Too often, call-up pitchers are a short-term band-aid only providing aid in a few categories for a short window of time. Pfaadt won't win you any specific categories, but he can contribute across the board for the long haul.

Edward Olivares, OF, Kansas City Royals

Edward Olivares is intriguing, to say the least.  As a prospect, he was profiled as a great athlete with surprisingly good bat-to-ball skills.  He had a sub-20% strikeout rate at every stop, and often a WRC+ well north of 110.

Olivares had a very hard time finding the field at the big league level until 2023.  He had a .286 average and .743 OPS in 2022 but only played in 53 games.  So far in 23 games this year, Olivares is hitting .289 with a .822 OPS.  He also has two home runs and three steals.  If he can stay on the field, the 27-year-old could be a great waiver find and have a real shot at hitting .270 and having a 15/20 season.

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MJ Melendez, C/OF, Kansas City Royals

MJ Melendez came into 2022 as a promising prospect after hitting 40 home runs in the minors.  He showed signs of promise at the major league level, and after a couple of months with an .800 OPS and a full-time opportunity on the horizon, many expected big things from the 24-year-old this year.

Saying Melendez has underperformed would be kind.  He is currently hitting .174 with a .582 OPS.  According to his statcast page, Melendez hasn't lost his eye for balls and strikes and still has his power stroke, unfortunately, he just can't seem to connect bat to ball anymore.  He is missing strikes at an alarming rate and it shows no signs of slowing down.  The plate approach is sound enough to where he can still salvage some results, but with such a good crop of catchers in the league, you can probably move on for now.

Johan Oviedo, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates are having quite the start to the season, and Johan Oviedo was having himself a nice little run too.  After a forgettable first start, he rattled off three straight quality starts and was striking out just short of everybody.  It was a seven-inning, 10-strikeout outing that produced the most steam for his hype train, but he has since come down to earth.

Oviedo can be forgiven for allowing four runs over five innings against the Dodgers. However, instead of bouncing back against the lowly Nationals, he allowed seven runs over two and a third innings.  His 4.78 ERA and 1.47 WHIP are in line with his 4.23 FIP.  Oviedo may be a usable streamer depending on matchups, but he can be largely avoided.

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