RotoAce continues its in-season feature where we single out one player whose stock is either on the rise or decline in fantasy baseball. This feature will provide expert fantasy baseball analysis to help you negotiate trades or feel safe in dropping a player to pick up someone else.
A look at a player whose stock is on the rise and you need to acquire immediately through trade or waivers.
A look at a player whose stock is on the decline and you need to try to trade or maybe drop to pick up someone else.
|Chase Headley, Yankees||J.D. Martinez, Tigers|
|So do you think Headley is enjoying playing outside of Petco Park?
Since the trade to the Yankees, Headley is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with a home run, a walk-off hit, a three-hit game and a general feeling of being cut loose from a hitting prison. Like most Padres hitters, Petco has killed his overall production (.245/.331./.375 at home compared with .286/.360/.444 away from home).
If that weren’t enough to make you go trade for him immediately, keep this in mind as well: Headley’s hottest career months are August and September (.817 and .807 career OPS including games at Petco).
|Martinez is just 3-for-26 in his past seven games played, and he’s missed two games with a quad injury as well.
This cold stretch is the first prolonged slump he’s really had, and to give you an idea of just how great he’s been, he’s STILL rocking a .912 OPS this month after a 1.048 in June.
The biggest worry with him is his .371 BABIP, which he won’t sustain all season, and his low 5.5% walk rate. So is this the beginning of a big correction? If you can get someone to pay for what he’s done so far, you might want to consider it. With the low walk rate, he may have a hard time breaking out of a prolonged slump.