Another week gone by means another edition of "sell high" candidates.
July is coming to an end and we've witnessed a litany of trades. The fantasy baseball field is certainly changing.
The month hasn't just been about trades, though. We've seen plenty of streaks—both hot and cold—as well as the return of old faces.
Here's the list of five new and shiny sell-high candidates.
Stats: .261/.289/.352, 51 R, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 16 SB
It took all of 10 minutes for someone in my league to pick up Ichiro after news broke of him being traded.
Trades can boost player value. Especially when that trade moves a hitter from Safeco Field to Yankee Stadium.
I don't think his fantasy value will change from the trade. He's hitting lower in the order, so he'll steal fewer bases. He's also in a better lineup, so he'll get more runs and RBI. The good will cancel the bad. Take advantage of those who don't see it that way and sell high.
Stats: .271/.337/.461, 58 R, 15 HR, 55 RBI, 3 SB
Ryan Zimmerman's been on a mission to make up lost time. In July, he's hit .368 with 10 home runs.
I'm not saying Zimmerman is a bad player. He's one of the best at third, especially when he's as hot as this.
What I'm selling high on is his health. For four seasons he's had trouble staying on the field, with 2012 as no exception. As long as he's healthy and playing hot, might as well see what he could bring in a trade.
Stats: 3.71 ERA, 30 SV, 1.122 WHIP
Johnson has been a stud reliever this season, but his latest week has been disastrous. In three appearances he has a 31.50 ERA in two innings pitched.
In fact, all of July has been a struggle for the righty, as he's posted a 13.00 ERA in 11 appearances.
Johnson has been solid all season, but he certainly came out of nowhere. As we move into the second half, the recent struggles could be a sign of things to come. Time to sell high before things get even worse.
Stats: 3-0, 0.50 ERA, 18 IP, 15 SO, 1.000 WHIP
When he's on, it's hard to find a better pitcher than Ben Sheets.
Besides his issues with being fragile, Sheets has been out of the game for a long time. He's been great in his first three starts of the season, but once hitters adjust who knows what will happen to his stat line.
Stats: .259/.330/.525, 44 R, 19 HR, 38 RBI, 0 SB
Sorry Plouffe fans, but I just don't trust this guy.
Plouffe has currently landed on the DL, but there's more reason to shop the shortstop. After his absurd power streak—0.735 slugging in June—things have slowed down. He has just three July home runs, with the last coming on July 3rd.
If anyone in your league has interest in Plouffe, take advantage of their generosity.