We have made it through another week of the MLB season and have some early results to overreact to. 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.
Let’s look at a handful of players you should buy high or sell low after Week 10.
Fantasy Baseball Players to Buy High & Sell Low
2022 was a horrible season for Nick Castellanos, but many were still optimistic that a change could be made for a strong 2023. Castellanos is proving those believers right with a solid first two months of the 2023 season. This past week, Castellanos hit .458 with two home runs, six RBI and a stolen base. Castellanos struck out less than 12% with an 18.2% barrel rate and a 50% hard-hit rate.
Castellanos is now hitting .319 on the season with seven home runs, 38 runs, 35 RBI and three stolen bases. His .183 ISO and 134 wRC+ are solid, as well as his 10.3% barrel rate and 44.6% hard-hit rate. Castellanos’s quality of contact metrics is back in line with previous seasons, much better than in 2022. This is who Castellanos is, and a solid finish to the 2023 season should be in store.
Taylor Ward was off to a horrific start to the season, resulting in lost playing time to Mickey Moniak. Ward recently received a bit more consistent playing time, and the production followed. This past week was a monster week for Ward, who hit safely in all six games with a .385 batting average and two home runs. He had a .269 ISO, 1.061 OPS and 194 wRC+ to go with a 14.3% barrel rate and 52.4% hard-hit rate. This is more like the Ward we all expected during the draft season; he could be in for a big finish to the season.
Corey Seager has battled an injury throughout the 2023 season but, when healthy, has been raking. This past week he hit safely in five of six games, with multiple hits in all five. Seager had three doubles, two home runs and 10 RBI this past week while striking out only 7.1% of the time. Seager was locked in with 20% barrel and 60% hard-hit rates. He’s now hitting .351 on the season with six home runs. As long as he stays healthy, he will be one of the top fantasy shortstops for the rest of the season.
It has been a great start to Bobby Miller’s professional career, and this past week’s two starts were significant parts of it. He threw 12 innings while allowing one run and striking out 11. Miller has now allowed two runs over 17 innings while striking out 16 as he has dominated the Braves, Nationals and Yankees. Miller should be good for another 100-110 innings this season, and those should be some tremendous innings from a fantasy perspective.
Marcus Stroman is having another strong fantasy season, and this past week’s two starts were outstanding. He threw 15 innings without an earned run with 14 strikeouts and nine base runners. Stroman has a 2.39 ERA and 3.60 xFIP on the season, with a 22% strikeout rate. In a fantasy environment where pitching has been so volatile, Stroman brings incredible stability that should continue this season.
Amed Rosario is amid a horrible season. This past week was one of his worst. Rosario collected one single with a .178 OPS and -50 wRC+. He did not strike out, which is nice, but he did not do much else to take advantage of that. Rosario is hitting .224 on the season with one home run and a .090 ISO. Rosario is dealing with a knee injury now but was even struggling before the injury. It is time to move on.
Jarren Duran was a hitting machine when he was first called up this season, but that production has quickly deteriorated. This past week, Duran collected four hits for a .182 batting average while striking out 32% of the time. With the drop in production and Red Sox players returning from the IL, Duran is now platooning in center field with Enrique Hernandez. Another problem in the way of Duran’s future success is that Adam Duvall should return from the IL any day. Move on from Duran before he is sent back to Triple-A.
Nick Senzel appeared to be turning a corner as he was healthy and producing. Well, the production has fallen off, and he finds himself on the IL. This past week, Senzel hit .211 with two RBI and a 33.3% strikeout rate. Senzel is hitting .258 with four home runs and four stolen bases but may start losing playing time as the Reds continue to bring up their young talent from the Minors.
There were some excellent expectations for Anthony DeSclafani entering the season, but those have quickly disappeared. This past week, he made two starts, combining for 10 innings while allowing eight earned runs while only striking out four. DeSclafani has allowed 22 earned runs over his last six starts for a 6.12 ERA with a 4.91 xFIP. Things look broken for “Tony Disco,” and he should no longer be on your fantasy rosters.
Adam Wainwright started the season late, and it has not been going great. This past week he allowed six earned runs over 10.1 innings, good for a 5.23 ERA and 4.69 xFIP. Wainwright has now allowed 21 earned runs over 31.2 innings pitched for a 5.97 ERA and 5.43 xFIP with only 19 strikeouts. Father Time may be catching up with Wainwright, and a legendary career may end.