2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Buy Low-Sell High

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Buy Low-Sell High

It's another week of the 2024 fantasy baseball season, and the trade season is heating up. Four more players are listed as buy low-sell high candidates. Whether you consider these MLB players undervalued or overvalued, they are great options to trade away at an abnormally high price or acquire for a meager price. Here is the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Buy Low-Sell High.

The buy-low candidates this week include a future Hall-of-Famer who is on the injured list after tearing a meniscus. The other is a star first baseman coming off a season in which he led the MLB with 54 home runs and 139 RBI. However, despite what his batting metrics say, he is not having an easy time at the plate this year. Now is the time to strike the trade talks with the opposing fantasy baseball managers rostering these two.

On the other end of the spectrum is a starting pitcher who has made plenty of other sell-high lists but finally makes mine for the first time. We also have a veteran outfielder who is shining bright and is a top-30 hitter in category and points leagues. The trade value for these two in fantasy baseball is likely to drop relatively soon, and their managers should read below about why they are regarded as sell-high candidates and who they can target for a trade.

Check out the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Waiver Wire for under-rostered and undervalued players. Then, check out the Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings to see where these players stand.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Buy Low-Sell High

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Buy Low

Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

Another year, another Mike Trout injury that is driving fantasy baseball managers insane. Trout underwent surgery on May 3 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. It is being reported that this injury will not keep Trout out the entirety of the season, and he will likely return in 3-12 weeks.

However, the positive is that now is the time to send a lowball offer to Trout's managers. The future Hall of Famer was slashing .220/.325/.541 with a league-leading 10 home runs across 29 games.

It is a risky move because we don't know how long the recovery will be, and with Trout's injury history, it might not be the only one he suffers this year. However, now is the time to send the offer because the opposing manager doesn't know how long it will take for Trout to return. This means they could be willing to let him walk for a much lower price.

Matt Olson, 1B, Atlanta Braves

Fantasy baseball managers need to act quickly on this one, as Matt Olson isn't going to be a buy-low candidate for long. The Atlanta Braves first baseman is posting an average exit velocity (94.7 MPH) in the 99th percentile and a hard hit rate (59%) in the 98th percentile. This is leading to him having excellent expected stats (.260 xBA, .370 xwOBA, .470 xSLG), but his actual statistics are lacking (.198 AVG, .303 wOBA, .369 SLG).

The window for this is concise, but it is open. Unlike another struggling star (Corbin Carroll), all of Olson's underlying metrics indicate he is having an unlucky season and should rebound soon. Olson was a first or second-round pick for most fantasy baseball managers, and his price is still monstrous. However, even a slight discount on one of baseball's best players is a huge deal.

Sell High

Jose Berrios, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

Now onto the Sell High portion of the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Buy Low-Sell High. Some have listed Jose Berrios as a sell-high candidate for weeks, and now I am starting to hop aboard that train. Overall, he has an excellent season through seven starts and 43.2 innings. He is posting a 1.44 ERA, 4.02 FIP, and a record of four wins and two losses. However, he is not providing much value in the strikeout category, with 6.39 strikeouts per nine innings.

While he is having a great start to the season, Berrios has three main reasons that should make fantasy managers nervous.

Firstly, Berrios is allowing plenty of hard contact. According to Baseball Savant, his average exit velocity (91.4 MPH) ranks in the eighth percentile, barrel rate (8.3%) in the 37th percentile and hard-hit rate (50.4%) in the fifth percentile. This leads to him carrying a .274 xBA, 4.91 xERA, and 4.30 SIERA. These would indicate that Berrios is getting lucky on the mound, and eventually, that luck is likely to end.

Secondly, among qualified pitchers, Berrios has the 14th-worst K/BB ratio (10.7%). His 6.39 strikeouts per nine rank 11th lowest in the same group. Berrios averages 8.74 strikeouts per nine for his career and a 16% K/BB ratio. If Berrios continues to post strikeout rates below his career average, his value will fail to materialize fully.

Lastly, Berrios is coming off back-to-back losses, which he combined for 12 innings pitched, four strikeouts, eight hits, and four bases on balls. It should be noted that he faced the Kansas City Royals in both games, who have the second-fewest strikeouts as a team this season. Still, it's not a great look. Luckily for his fantasy managers, the rest of his play was pretty impressive and could mask the lack of strikeouts.

Jurickson Profar, OF, San Diego Padres

Nobody is hotter at the plate right now than Jurickson Profar. The Padres outfielder is playing absolutely brilliantly this season and is a top-30 batter in points and category leagues. He ranks 14th in RBI and 25th in runs. Profar and Alec Bohm of the Philadelphia Phillies are tied with the second-highest on-base percentage at .435. On top of this, his .986 OPS is good for seventh-best in the league. His .429 wOBA and 185 wRC+ also rank in the top five.

Does anybody think Profar will continue having a career year and put up numbers that would cement him in the MVP race? Honestly, the answer is yes. Some fantasy baseball managers would probably love to get their hands on the veteran. Specifically, a manager who recently lost one of their star hitters? Steven Kwan, Trout, and Trea Turner have all fallen on the injured list in the last week, and their fantasy managers are likely desperate to fill their shoes. Or even better, one could target the opposing managers at the bottom of the standings and be willing to do anything to start a winning streak.

Profar's Baseball Savant page lights up bright red, showing his success this season is no fluke. However, the person rostering Profar likely got him off the Waiver Wire for free, and not capitalizing on that in a trade could be costly when he starts to settle down.

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