2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

by Connor Thomure
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

Welcome back to the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down. We have a juicy crop of players whose Fantasy Baseball Stock/Value is trending up or down. These players might be labeled as buy low-sell high candidates. Some might be on the waiver wire, and others might be worth holding on to.

The weekend's big news was the unfortunate injury suffered by reigning National League MVP Ronald Acuna Jr. Acuna sustained a complete tear in his left ACL. The star suffered a torn ACL in his right knee in 2021 and a sprain to his left knee in 2018. It's a terrible day for baseball fans and even worse for Braves fans and Fantasy managers who rostered Acuna in their leagues.

There are still other stars to root for; one example is Paul Goldschmidt. On Sunday, the 2022 National League MVP hit two home runs versus the rival Chicago Cubs. This is now five extra-base hits for the veteran first baseman over the last six games.

Check out the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire for under-rostered and undervalued players. Then check out the Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings to see where the players in this article stand.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Stock Up/Stock Down

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Stock Up

Wyatt Langford, OF, Texas Rangers

MLB.com's No.4 prospect, Wyatt Langford, started a rehab assignment on May 24. In three games, he is 3-for-10, including a single that flew 109.6 MPH off Langford's bat. The top prospect is likely to be activated sometime early this week.

Before suffering the hamstring injury that forced him to miss time, Langford was slashing .224/.295/.293 with a well below-average 67 wRC+. In 31 games, he hit three doubles, one triple, and one home run. He also scored 13 runs and 11 runs batted in.

Despite Langford's poor early performance, I expect him to step back into an everyday role as a designated hitter and left fielder when he returns.

Adam Duvall, OF, Atlanta Braves

With news breaking that Ronald Acuna Jr. will miss the remainder of the season, Adam Duvall looks to be the biggest beneficiary. The veteran had been relegated to the fourth outfielder role, but Duvall will fill in with Acuna out.

During the season, he is slashing .207/.305/.378 with two doubles, four home runs, 11 runs, 11 RBI, and a 96 wRC+. While they are not playing like it, the Atlanta offense should be one of the best in baseball. If Duvall is given this shot, he could fill in nicely and be a valuable asset in Fantasy Baseball.

St. Louis Cardinals Offense

The St. Louis Cardinals offense has taken a long time to get going. However, over the last 15 days, they have been one of the best offenses in baseball. They rank second in OPS (.815), eighth in runs (66), ninth in strikeouts (97), and eighth in walks (44). Fans and Fantasy managers can now finally watch players such as Nolan Arenado, Brendan Donovan, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Gorman with confidence. Pair this with the surging Alec Burleson and Masyn Winn, and you will now have six exciting players to watch.

Burleson and Gorman made the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Waiver Wire, while Arenado and Goldschmidt were Buy-Low candidates. Arenado is still trying to get on track, but Goldschmidt is on the way to returning to MVP form. He has a base hit in 12 of his last 15 games, scoring nine runs and 10 RBI off three doubles, four home runs, and two stolen bases.

Winn has the lowest Fantasy Value in the group, but he is arguably the hottest on the team. His current 15-game hitting streak is the longest by any Cardinal this season.

Lars Nootbaar is another Cardinal who is putting up decent numbers at the plate. Since May 1, he has slashed .268/.373/.493 with a 150 wRC+. He has hit two doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

In just a couple of weeks, the team went from being at the bottom of the National League Central to competing for the division lead. They have won eight of their last 10 and are on a five-game winning streak.

Chris Sale, SP, Atlanta Braves

In his first season with the Atlanta Braves, Chris Sale is posting a season that will earn him a shot to win the Cy Young Award. He has a record of eight wins and one loss, a 2.12 ERA, and 11.03 strikeouts per nine innings. He ranks in the top 10 for each of these statistics. Sale allows 1.27 walks per nine innings, which is a career-best and ranks third among qualified pitchers.

At 35 years old, Sale is having a renaissance after missing all or most of the past four seasons. He is in a contract season, which could help push him on the mound. Injuries are still a concern here, but Sale shows he can still be an elite pitcher.

Stock Down

Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

The four-time MLB All-Star and reigning National League MVP injured his left knee during Sunday's game. Ronald Acuna Jr. attempted to steal third base before falling to the ground and holding his left knee. The Braves placed Acuna on the 10-day injured list shortly after the game.

The test results from the MRI are unknown now, but the star outfielder told reporters through a translator he "thinks he will miss the same amount of days" when asked to compare this injury to an ACL sprain he suffered in 2018. He missed about a month of the season with that injury.

Any time Acuna misses is tragic for the Atlanta Braves and his Fantasy Baseball managers. He was the consensus overall No.1 pick in 2024 Fantasy Baseball drafts after a stellar 2023, during which he belted 41 home runs, scored 149 runs, and stole 73 bases. Acuna is posting underwhelming stats this year, but an injury further dampens his Fantasy value.

*Note: Acuna's MRI showed a complete tear of the ACL, and he will miss the remainder of the 2024 season.

Evan Carter, OF, Texas Rangers

When Langford returns to the Rangers' active roster, someone else will have to lose playing time. Based on performance, this would be Evan Carter. On the season, the 21-year-old slashes .188/.272/.361 with a 79 wRC+ in 162 plate appearances. He has six doubles, two triples, five home runs, 23 runs, and 15 runs batted in.

In September last year, Carter broke onto the scene after earning the call to the big leagues. During the season's final stretch, he was one of the best players on the Rangers and helped lead the team to winning the 2023 World Series.

Carter is now hitless in nine straight games. He has also struck out seven times in this span, showing a lack of plate discipline. During his rise through the Rangers' farm system, the outfielder showed above-average plate discipline, striking out just 19.4% of the time through 1,134 minor-league plate appearances. In 237 MLB plate appearances, he is striking out 28.1% of the time.

The return of Langford, combined with the poor performance, leads me to believe that Carter could be in line to lose playing time or even be optioned to Triple-A. Ezequiel Duran, Adolis Garcia, and Leody Taveras are playing well, but Carter will find it challenging to retain his spot.

Tyler O'Neill, OF, Boston Red Sox

Tyler O'Neill was the hottest hitter at the start of the season. He crushed seven home runs through the first 14 games of the season. Then, the outfielder was placed on the injured list after colliding with teammate Rafael Devers in the outfield. He missed one week of play.

He returned to play on April 23. From then to May 19, he slashed .235/.323/.447 with four home runs, six doubles, and a 109 wRC+. It wasn't a bad stretch of ball, but O'Neill was trending down.

Now, O'Neill has two things that are making Fantasy Baseball managers worry. Firstly, he is dealing with knee soreness. He was taken out of Saturday's game, missed Sunday's game, and is reportedly being held out for Monday's game, but he will return to action on Tuesday. Secondly, O'Neill has failed to get on base in his last 15 plate appearances. He hasn't even recorded a sac fly for an RBI or taken a base on balls,

It's a rough stretch of the season for O'Neill, but it's not unlike him at all. He is one of the streakiest players in baseball, and at the moment, his stock is going down.

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