2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Buy Low-Sell High

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Buy Low Sell High

Week 4 of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball season is here, and we have four players listed as Buy Low-Sell High candidates. These players can be considered overvalued or undervalued, but either way, they will likely be involved in Fantasy Baseball trades in the coming days.

The Buy Low candidates this week includes two star hitters who are struggling to make ends meet at the plate. The first is a catcher who, just two seasons ago, was regarded as the best in the game at his position. The other is a shortstop that made Fantasy managers fall in love this spring with his dazzling performances that included 400-foot home runs.

Conversely, we have a veteran third baseman and a resurging starting pitcher. The third baseman is coming off a great 2023 season and starting 2024 off on fire. But, in his 13th season at age 39, he is battling father time. The pitcher is in the midst of a fantastic comeback story but will likely come under an innings/pitch limit relatively soon. Even if he performs poorly for one day, his Fantasy Baseball Trade Value will drop immensely.

Check out the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Waiver Wire for under-rostered and undervalued Fantasy Baseball players. Check out the Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings to see where these players stand.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Buy Low Sell High

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Buy Low

J.T. Realmuto, C, Philadelphia Phillies

After a down year last year and a terrible start this year, it's now official that J.T. Realmuto is no longer the best catcher in Baseball or Fantasy Baseball. He is slashing a measly .233/.278/.356 with a 76 wRC+. He is also striking out at a career-high 29.1% rate. The run production, however, is decent. Realmuto's 10 runs are tied for fourth among catchers but his eight RBI rank 15th at the position.

He is not a top-10 catcher or a top-100 hitter at the moment. Realmuto is doing more harm than good to the Fantasy Baseball teams he is on, but managers know they cannot and will not drop him. However, they would probably offload him in a trade at an incredibly low price. With how slim the position is this year, there is still a great chance Realmuto can finish as a top-10 catcher.

Some positives to note for the veteran are his hard-hit rate (43.8%, 64th percentile), barrel rate (10.4%, 71st percentile), and sprint speed (28.7 MPH, 90th percentile). The speedy catcher has just one stolen base on the year, but when he starts getting on base, he'll show the speed and achieve more stolen bases.

Oneil Cruz, SS, Pittsburgh Pirates

The darling of the 2024 MLB Spring Training started the season off nicely. In the first 10 games, he recorded 14 hits in 42 at-bats with seven runs and four RBI. However, it's been a different story in the next 12 games. In this span, he has four hits in 45 at-bats with one run and two RBI. He grounded into three double plays and struck out 21 times as well.

His price is still high, but this recent stretch of baseball will make it easier for his Fantasy Baseball managers to move on. However, I don't think his struggles will last long, and if managers are going to capitalize on his lowered value, they need to do it quickly.

As seen in the tweet above, courtesy of Pittsburgh radio station 93.7 The Fan, Cruz admitted to reporters that he is battling confidence issues. Now, this is where it becomes foggy, and many questions arise. Is he still injured? How long will he deal with these issues? Does he have a plan to get back on track? While I don't have these answers, Cruz is incredibly talented, and his skills will come alive eventually. Until that happens, however, he will be a 2024 Fantasy Baseball Buy Low candidate.

Sell High

Justin Turner, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays

Now, for the Sell High portion of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Buy Low Sell High, we start this section with Justin Turner.

Turner is off to a remarkable start through his first 19 games. He is posting an impressive slash line of .323/.405/.532 with a 171 wRC+. He ranks 20th in batting average, 11th in OBP, 22nd in slugging percentage, and 11th in wRC+. His run production is behind (eight runs, 11 RBI), but it's an impressive performance for the veteran, and it's looking like he could be in for a career year. But does everybody think Turner will have the best year of his career at 39?

Father Time always wins, and while he looks incredible, Turner is a player that Fantasy Baseball managers should trade while his value is as high as it is. He is hovering around being a top-100 player with plenty of value and trade interest. He plays almost every day as the designated hitter and slots in as the No. 3 or 4 hitter. Due to Turner's versatility in 2023, he holds positional eligibility at first base, second base, and third base.

The case can be made to opposing Fantasy managers for Turner. Sell High on him before he begins to slow down performance-wise.

Spencer Turnbull, SP, Philadelphia Phillies

Spencer Turnbull looks like an ace on the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies. Some, however, might not understand that he will likely be on an innings/pitch limit. In 2023, he pitched just 69 innings in spring training, the minor leagues, and the majors. He did not pitch a single inning in 2022 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

I believe this innings limit will come into effect around the 100-inning mark (he's already at 22). It might not even take that long for his value to dip, either. If Turnbull has one bad outing, he will likely return to the status of a streamer, someone who is only valuable based on their matchup. That bad outing could come this week when Turnbull and the Phillies head to Cincinnati to face the Reds, who are ninth in MLB for runs and 11th for OPS. It will be a tough matchup versus a formidable team in a tough ballpark.

Unfortunately, it's time to move on from this Cinderella story. The ride was nice, but it's unlikely to last much longer. With the starting pitching depth being challenged early on, I can guarantee managers are desperate for someone like Turnbull. Sell High on Turnbull in Fantasy Baseball while you can.

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