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10 Players to Buy/Sell Now (Fantasy Baseball)

Jun 21, 2019

Blake Snell is still looking to get on track but can be had on the cheap with his struggles

July will be here before you know it and that means players are likely to begin some sort of regression (positive and negative) toward their past averages. It also means the trade deadline is fast approaching and with it, a change in scenery/roles could have a noticeable impact on a player’s value. Now is a great time to make trades as teams start looking to make their push to take down a fantasy championship and are willing to make moves they may not have otherwise done a month ago. There are plenty of players who are still over/underperforming and with that in mind, our featured experts below are naming who they’re looking to trade for, and away, along with who they hope to get in return.

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1. What one player are you trying to buy low and what type of player would you give up to get him?

Blake Snell (SP – TB)
“I tend to try and buy low on pitchers as fantasy players seem to lose patience on them quicker than hitters and no one springs to mind more than Blake Snell. His value couldn’t be lower after the recent horror show against the Yankees which saw his ERA hit 4.40. His FIP is 3.37 and comparing last season’s numbers, his strikeout rates are actually better and it’s only some bad luck with home runs which has seen his glean come off. Depending on the need of the person rostering Snell, I’d be looking to give up a package of a high end closer who’s struggled a bit (Jansen or Treinen) and an outfielder (who you can find easier to replace) like David Peralta (who’s BABIP is inflating his batting average). If it’s a 1-for-1 deal, Whit Merrifield is who I’d be comfortable moving as his reduced stolen bases is hurting his value right now.”
– Jamie Steed (The Fantasy Fix)

Marcell Ozuna (OF – STL)
“Ozuna has good numbers, but they could be a lot better. Despite one of the hardest-hit rates in the majors, he’s carrying a .267 BABIP. Almost every player in his hard-hit neighborhood has a much higher hit rate to show for it. A Yahoo user recently traded Luke Voit for Ozuna, the perfect type of reasonable offer you might be able to push through. (I’m also willing to try for Matt Carpenter, though I’d pay a lot less. Back class has to mean something.)”
– Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports)

Francisco Lindor (SS – CLE)
“I’ve learned this week that owners seem to be willing to sell Francisco Lindor for less than superstar value. I jumped all over that in multiple leagues. Sure, he started slow for the first two weeks, which was essentially his tune-up since he missed most of the Spring. Since May 7th, however, he is right back to being a top 4 overall fantasy asset, marching along at a pro-rated pace of 32 homers, 32 steals and 111 runs with a .314 batting average per 162 games. I’ll pay for that all day, but you may be able to acquire him for a package like Hyun-Jin Ryu and Jorge Polanco or perhaps Charlie Blackmon straight up.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

Jake Bauers (1B/OF – CLE)
“I’m not sure how low you could realistically buy Jose Ramirez at this point so I’ll shift to another Indian. Jake Bauers had a rough start and hit just .194 in May. He may be turning a corner, though. Ever since hitting for the cycle, Bauers has picked up his power and is slugging .559 in the past three weeks. The Indians’ lineup is better than you’d suspect now that Mercado and Luplow are making an impact. It might be time to add Bauers in lieu of an overachieving player like Daniel Vogelbach, Derek Dietrich, or Mitch Moreland (once he comes off IL). If you can get Luplow for a song, do it now too – he’s been batting cleanup ahead of Ramirez and behind Santana and has legit power.”
– Pierre Camus (RotoBaller)

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (3B – TOR)
“To this point, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hasn’t quite lived up to the astronomic hype. That’ll change as he continues to adjust to big league pitching. The biggest thing I’ve noticed is he’s hitting 38.5% of balls to center field, well above his minor league rate of 25.7%. I contribute this to him being a tick behind the big league fastball. Once he adjusts to the show, expect him to explode down the stretch of the season. I’m moving a guy like Yoan Moncada for Guerrero, Jr. in the second half.”
– Joe Buttgereit (Fantasy Sports Nerdz)

Q2. What one player are you trying to sell high right now and who would you want in return?

Mike Minor (SP – TEX)
“I’ve been cautious on Minor all year, and thus far he’s been crushing me for that opinion. But the summers in Arlington are oppressively hot – that’s why they’re moving indoors next year – and I could see Minor’s pretty ratios getting destroyed soon. Give me someone like Cole Hamels or Masahiro Tanaka over Minor. Heck, see if Minor can get you Marcell Ozuna, my targeted batter.”
– Scott Pianowski (Yahoo! Sports)

Hunter Renfroe (OF – SD)
“Renfroe is someone I’d be looking to sell right now with his stock as high as it will likely ever be. Only three players have hit more homers than Renfroe this year, but his last five came at Coors Field in a four-game series and there are still questions over whether the Padres look to trade him. Franmil Reyes is equally adept at hitting the long ball for the Padres so who knows where Renfroe could end up or what role he’ll have. Whilst I don’t believe Renfroe’s numbers will fall off a cliff, I do expect some pull-back so now is the time to sell. If you’re going to give up the power Renfroe offers, you should be looking at where you need the most help, so someone like Yasiel Puig (who’s heating up) will offer some stolen bases as well as homers to counter Renfroe’s loss. If it’s pitching you need, you should target an SP2/3 like Maeda, Soroka or Bumgarner.”
– Jamie Steed (The Fantasy Fix)

Ketel Marte (2B/SS – ARI)
“Marte has been as big a surprise as anyone in fantasy baseball this season. The obvious fantasy numbers are excellent, but I’m afraid of a second-half regression. The HR/FB rate of 20.6% and Hard Hit rate of 44.0% are well above his career marks of 9.9% and 31.1% respectively. Use his value and flip him for a more consistent option like Xander Bogaerts/Gleyber Torres.”
– Joe Buttgereit (Fantasy Sports Nerdz)

Luke Voit (1B – NYY)
“It’s been a great run but it’s finally time to sell Luke Voit. The addition of Edwin Encarnacion complicates playing time at first base and the return of Stanton plus Judge eventually will push Voit out of the second spot in the lineup he’s been occupying. There’s still plenty of value to be had anywhere in that lineup but it could push Voit off his 100-RBI pace. This would be a good time to see if you can acquire Hunter Dozier, who is set to return any day off IL, He’ll deliver similar power with a much higher average.”
– Pierre Camus (RotoBaller)

Brad Hand (RP – CLE)
“If you own Hand, you are running out of time to sell him for a premium. It isn’t as though he is suddenly going to stop being dominant (0.86 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 47 Ks in 31 innings), but rather that he might not be closing games a month from now. Cleveland is 9 games back in the central and if they decide to wave the white flag, Hand would likely be the first piece to move. Those ratios and Ks will still help, but going from 25 first-half saves to 3 in the second would be a major blow to whoever owns him. Try to trade him and a throw-in starter for someone like Trevor Bauer or Blake Snell while you still can.”
– Bobby Sylvester (FantasyPros)

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