2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Buy Low-Sell High

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Buy Low-Sell High

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball season is cruising on by, and before we know it, the trade deadline is going to hit. However, there is still time before that happens, which means plenty of opportunities for managers to better their roster by making a trade. The best trades are the ones that include an overvalued or undervalued player who could drastically change the direction of a team. This is the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Buy Low-Sell High.

The buy-low candidates this week include a former Rookie of the Year winner who is taking a more aggressive approach at the plate than in previous years. This change in approach is holding him back from the success he enjoyed during his first two seasons in Major League Baseball. Next is a relief pitcher who started the year on the injured list and, upon returning to the big-league club, is now sharing closing duties with his bullpen mates. This is leading Fantasy Baseball managers to wonder what to do with the star reliever.

On the flip side, the sell-high candidate is a starting pitcher whose expected stats are a bit worse than his actual stats. He also faces a tough challenge this week when facing the Kansas City Royals in their home ballpark. The Royals are a top-five offense while playing at home. We also have a veteran slugger who is enjoying a resurgent season. However, with past injury and performance concerns, it's time for Fantasy Baseball managers to sell high on the five-time MLB All-Star and MVP winner.

Check out the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 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 Week 8 Buy Low-Sell High

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Buy Low

Michael Harris II, OF, Atlanta Braves

After winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2022, Michael Harris posted nearly identical statistics during his sophomore season. Now in his third year of MLB action, the Braves centerfielder is playing below league average.

YearPAHRRRBISBAVGOBPSLGwRC+
202244119756420.297.339.514137
202353918765720.293.331.477115
2024175418156.255.297.37691

Looking into some of the deeper metrics, we can see that Harris's big change this season is his approach at the plate. His swing rate is 60.7%, up 8% from last season. It's not just strikes he's swinging at, either. Harris chases balls outside the zone 46.1% of the time, up 8% from a season ago. Lastly, the 23-year-old is swinging on the first pitch 45.7% of the time, up 16% from a year ago.

Hopefully, Harris or someone else in the Braves organization realizes that he is being too aggressive at the plate. It's still early in the season, and changing your approach is one of the "easier" things batters can change. Harris should rebound before the season ends if he starts to slow the game down and is more selective with his swings. Currently, however, he isn't even a top-200 player in most leagues.

Jhoan Duran, RP, Minnesota Twins

This is not how Fantasy managers expected Jhoan Duran's season to go. In nine appearances, Duran has had two losses, three saves, and (here's the kicker) three holds. That's right, one of baseball's best closing pitchers has three holds. It's not necessarily a demotion for Duran because the Twins are deploying him versus the opposing team's best players instead of waiting to put him in the ninth inning. However, this severely diminishes his Fantasy Baseball value, and as someone who rosters Duran, I'm worried and unsure what to do with him.

It also doesn't help that he was credited with the loss on Sunday after allowing a walk-off three-run home run against the Cleveland Guardians. This game brings his ERA on the season to 4.15 and his FIP to 5.45.

Despite this, Duran is still one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. The longer the season goes on, the more likely he will move back into the traditional closer role.

Sell High

Reese Olson, SP, Detroit Tigers

Reese Olson has an incredible 2.09 ERA and 2.55 FIP through eight starts this season. However, his expected ERA (3.32) and FIP (3.76) are higher. Olson is a dependable innings eater, but his strikeout rate (21.7%) is below league average.

Olson is a good Fantasy Baseball asset, but right now is the best opportunity for Fantasy Baseball managers to Sell High on the Tigers pitcher. In his last match, he faced a weak Miami Marlins team, striking out six across eight innings. However, his next game is going to be much more challenging. It comes on Monday against the Royals in Kansas City. The Royals have a top-five offense while playing at home, and there's a good chance they can rough up the 24-year-old pitcher.

It's a bit of a time crunch with Olson because he plays the same day this article comes out. If a manager sees this and has time to pull off a trade, that's great! But, it's likely some of his managers may not see this in time. If that's the case, we hope Olson has another great game on Monday so that Olson's Fantasy Baseball trade value remains high. He will also play the Toronto Blue Jays later in the week and could be a coveted pitcher for a team looking for help to win the week.

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, New York Yankees

Giancarlo Stanton is playing the best baseball he's played in three years. He has 11 home runs, 21 runs, and 26 runs batted in through 41 games. Stanton is slashing .252/.301/.516 with a 133 wRC+. This isn't prime Stanton, but it is still a good version of him. He has all the metrics to back up the play, too. According to Baseball Savant, Stanton ranks in the 88th percentile or better in each of the following: xSLG (.510), AVG Exit Velocity (93.5 MPH), Bat Speed (80.5 MPH), Barrel % (20.4%), and Hard-Hit % (54.1%).

The slugging Stanton makes the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Buy Low-Sell High not because of underlying stats but because managers cannot trust him to do this for an entire season. He hasn't played this well since 2021 and before 2018, during his first season with the New York Yankees. Over the years, he's dealt with various injuries and long streaks of below-average play. It's excellent that Stanton is playing well, but Fantasy Baseball managers should cash in while they can.


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