2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Buy Low-Sell High

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Buy Low-Sell High

Heading into the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 means it's time to Buy Low-Sell High. The best trade to make is buying low or selling high on players. Some are off to great starts and could be sold much higher than normal, whereas others are off to a sluggish start and can be bought for a lower price.

Obviously, some great players, such as Mookie Betts or Shohei Ohtani, don't fit this criteria because they were drafted early with the expectations of performing well. You aren't going to be able to sell them much higher than what their value already is. On the other hand, you won't find any low-rostered players in the buy-low section because they can be found on the Waiver Wire. The three buy-low options all have roster percentages above 60%.

The injuries to Shane Bieber and Spencer Strider mean that Fantasy managers could get away with a steal if the managers rostering those two are desperate for a replacement. Only one pitcher is listed as a sell-high candidate here, but don't let that stop you from offering other pitchers for an increased price.

Check out the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Waiver Wire for those lower roster percentage players. Also, check out our Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings to see where these players stand.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Buy Low Sell High

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Buy Low

Francisco Lindor, SS, New York Mets

Lindor is off to a slower start than any other MLB star. He is slashing .083/.209/.194 through nine games with a 25 wRC+, one double, and one home run.

His hard-hit rate (40%) and average exit velocity (89.1 MPH) align with his career averages. However, his other batted ball statistics show where the problem lies. According to Baseball Savant, Lindor currently has a 19.2% pop-up rate and gets under the ball 46.2% of the time.

It shouldn't be a complicated fix for Lindor. The shortstop needs to keep his swing level through the zone, and his pop-ups will turn into line-drive base hits. Reach out to the manager who rosters Lindor in your league. It's entirely possible to get him for a discount. Lindor hit his first home run of the season on Sunday, so the price may rise.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets

Brandon Nimmo is the prime Buy Low candidate, as I expect him to rebound soon. He's slashing .103/.316/.138 across 38 plate appearances. Nimmo has driven in three RBI but has yet to score a run.

It isn't good, I know. I see that. However, he is doing everything right. The Mets' leadoff man is seeing the ball exceptionally well and hitting it hard, too. Nimmo's base-on-ball rate (18.4%) is one of the best in baseball. His hard-hit rate (55.6%) is also one of the best in MLB. These two things tell me Nimmo can turn things around sooner rather than later.

Nimmo's batting average on balls in play is an extremely low .167. His career average is .332, which leads me to believe he is getting unlucky. If you bank on Nimmo continuing to get on base and hitting the ball hard, eventually, his production will rise.

Bailey Ober, SP, Minnesota Twins

Do you ever miss out on a player during the draft and then hope he has a terrible start so that you can convince a rival manager to trade him at a lower cost? That's exactly how I felt about Bailey Ober, and after his miserable first game, I am targeting him in my Fantasy Baseball leagues.

Ober faced the Royals in his season debut. The six-foot-eight right-hander allowed eight runs off nine hits (three home runs) and struck out just one batter in 1.1 innings.

Heading into his fourth season, Ober has a career 3.86 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 24.6% strikeout rate, and 5% base on ball rate. He is proven to be a good pitcher, but he does allow too many home runs (1.5 per nine innings). However, when a pitcher gets clobbered in his season debut, it's easy for a manager to give up on him.

If you need a cheap pitcher but don't want to add one from waivers, look towards Ober.

Sell High

Garrett Crochet, SP, Chicago White Sox

I am a massive fan of Garrett Crochet and his success in the Chicago White Sox rotation. In three games, he combined for 18 innings, 21 strikeouts, one base on balls, and four earned runs. He is one of the top pitchers in Fantasy Baseball through the first two weeks.

Now is the perfect time to start shopping Crochet on the market. He has been a dominant force on the mound in the early going, but how long can he keep that going? Before this season he has never started a game in his professional career. The most innings he has thrown in a season was 65.2 in 2021. I give him about 100 innings before the White Sox start to limit his pitch/inning count, and he is already more than 10% of the way there.

With this in mind, I'm rushing to get Crochet off the team before he suffers a bad game. Also, considering the recent injuries to Bieber and Strider, there is probably a manager out there who is desperate to get a starting pitcher and will offer a handsome sum to get Crochet.

Tyler O'Neill, OF, Boston Red Sox

Baseball's hottest batter could net Fantasy managers a quality return if they are willing to trade him. Tyler O'Neill is slashing .357/.514/.893 with five home runs, 12 runs, and five RBI in nine games. He also sports an impressive 18.9% base-on-ball rate and a 16.2% strikeout rate.

These are amazing stats for the speedy slugger. He leads MLB in OPS (1.407), is tied with Mookie Betts for the lead in home runs, and has scored the second most runs. However, there are two big problems with O'Neill.

Firstly, the injuries. He has missed time due to injury in every season except 2020. O'Neill made his debut in 2018 and has missed a combined 242 days. Most recently, O'Neill missed 92 days in 2023 (back/foot) and 63 days in 2022 (hamstring/shoulder).

Lastly, O'Neill has never competed at this level for a full season. During his breakout 2021 season, O'Neill hit 19 of his 34 home runs after the all-star break. Besides that season, he has never put together that good of a year.


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