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Fantasy Baseball Buy High/Sell Low: Alejandro Kirk, Alex Bregman, Jose Berrios (2022)

by Brian Entrekin | @bdentrek | Featured Writer
Jun 28, 2022
Alejandro Kirk

Alejandro Kirk has shown no signs of slowing down and is a terrific buy-high candidate.

We have made it through another week of the season, so we have another set of players to Buy High or Sell Low based on their weekly performances. Based on their recent performances and a full-season outlook, I will break down some players to buy or sell in the coming weeks. Some are just hot streaks, and some are worth buying into, so we are here to help make the right decisions for your fantasy teams. With that said, let’s look at a handful of players that you should buy high or sell low.

Buy High

Alejandro Kirk (C – TOR)

Kirk’s monster 2022 season continued this past week. He collected nine hits in five games, including four home runs. The power was great, but the continued plate skills are the real highlight. Kirk only struck out 8.7% of the time this past week with a 6.2% SwStr and an impressive 13% walk rate. Kirk is now hitting .322 on the season with ten home runs, a .932 OPS, and a 164 wRC+. Oh, and he is striking out less than 10% of the time. Kirk is the real deal and is on his way to a top 5 fantasy catcher season.

Alex Bregman (3B – HOU)

After an injury-riddled 2021 season, many fantasy players hoped Bregman would bounce back. This past week was a great week for those players. Bregman hit safely in five games with two home runs, a 1.366 OPS, and 286 wRC+. Bregman also walked 19.2% of the time while only striking out 11.5%, continuing his strong contact skills. Bregman is now hitting .250 in June, sadly an improvement at the start of his season. He has three home runs to go with a .808 OPS, 142 wRC+, while also striking out less than 10% of the time. Let’s hope this past week propels Bregman into a solid second half of the season.

Carlos Correa (SS – MIN)

Correa has returned from the COVID IL, and he has been raking. This past week, Correa hit safely in all six games with two home runs, a .986 OPS, and 175 wRC+. His 14.3% barrel rate was outstanding, and if he can add a better hard-hit rate, then Correa may start rolling. Correa hit his eighth home run of the season on Monday night and is now hitting .300. Correa is balling out and is returning to his top-tier fantasy shortstop form. Buy now and enjoy a strong batting average and power to go with it for the rest of the season.

Dylan Cease (SP – CWS)

Cease has been a starting pitching ace this season, and this past week was an excellent snapshot of his entire season. Cease made two starts, pitching 13 innings, allowing one earned run, and striking out 24. Cease was so dominant he allowed a measly 57% contact rate and an insanely impressive 19.8% SwStr. Through 15 starts, Cease has a 2.56 ERA and 2.74 xFIP with a ridiculous 24.6% K-BB. In addition, Cease is putting up some of the best strikeout numbers in baseball while minimizing the damage, making for a great fantasy asset for the rest of the season.

Carlos Rodon (SP – SF) 

Rodon struggled a bit after a solid start to the season, but he appears to have bounced back and returned to ace form. This past week he had a very tough matchup in Atlanta and answered the call with seven strong innings, allowing one earned run, and struck out 10. That makes three straight starts for Rodon, where he has allowed one earned run over 21 innings and striking out 26. He has a 2.70 ERA and 3.10 xFIP with a 22.6% K-BB this season. Rodon was a draft-day gift worth adding for the season’s final few months.

Sell Low

Jackie Bradley Jr. (OF – BOS)

The struggles continued in a big way for Bradley this past week. He went hitless in all five games with a -67 wRC+. He somehow accomplished this with a 15.4% barrel rate and 46.2% hard-hit rate, which one would expect more success. Bradley is now hitting a measly .215 season with one home run, a .575 OPS, and a 60 wRC+. Bradley’s time as an everyday player may be limited, so deal him while you can if someone is crazy enough in your league to accept the trade.

Joey Gallo (OF – NYY)

Sure, home runs are cool and all, but rostering Gallo is crushing your other ROTO categories. This past week he went hitless with a 57.1% strikeout rate. Gallo only made contact 50% of the time with a 22% SwStr on his way to a -46 wRC+. Gallo is only hitting .173 on the season with nine home runs and a nearly 40% strikeout rate. He is not even hitting enough home runs to make him worth rostering, but someone in your league may be highly desperate for power that you can make a trade and save your fantasy team.

Randal Grichuk (OF – COL)

Many fantasy players were over the moon when Grichuk was traded to the Rockies. The idea of everyday playing time and home games in Coors field made for quite the fantasy appeal. Unfortunately, Grichuk has failed to produce, and this past week was one of his worst weeks yet. Grichuk collected one hit in four games while striking out nearly 27% of the time. Grichuk only hits .249 on the season with seven home runs and a 27.4% strikeout rate. He is only barreling the ball 3.9% of the time, and it does not matter what ballpark he is playing in, as that will not cut it for a power bat. Trade Grichuk with the Coors appeal he may still have.

Jose Berrios (SP – TOR)

There was hope that Berrios was turning things around for the positive and that a two-start week versus an injured White Sox team and then the Brewers would be an excellent recipe for success. Unfortunately, that did not happen as Berrios allowed 14 runs over 6.2 innings while only striking out two. In addition, Berrios allowed five home runs with an 18.2% barrel rate and 51.5% hard-hit rate. Berrios has now allowed 17 home runs over 15 starts with a 4.36 xFIP. Berrios appears to be broken, and it is time to deal him if you can in your leagues.

Zach Davies (SP – ARI)

Davies made two starts last week, reminding many who were buying into his recent success that he is not a good pitcher. Davies allowed six runs over 11 innings for a 4.91 ERA and 5.58 xFIP. Davies now has a 4.37 xFIP and a 10.8% K-BB, proving once again that he is not fantasy viable.

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