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R$L Stock Report: Pablo’s up, Toia’s down

Increased form and increased minutes see younger players surging

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for another RSL player stock report, we’re breaking down who’s stock is red hot and who is cold as ice? With our last stock market analysis occurring on 09/27/2020, we’ve had 3 more games for players to make their case and we see some clear trends emerging.

The Market

Keep in mind our equation for assessing stock value is simple, it is minutes played multiplied by their average player rating over the stretch. This is represented as:

For some players, simply picking up minutes will see their stock prices increase sharply because well, 0 x 0 = 0. So even a bad player rating with minutes played is better than no player rating with no minutes played. We call this the Justin Portillo affect. His stock increased $900 dollars week over week, but when your starting price is $0, well you know.

Buying: Pablo Ruiz

Pablo entered our first stock report with a solid $2,053 price, that was good enough for 8th most valuable player on the team. However, he hasn’t been content to sit still and as a result in just 3 games we’ve seen his price increase by $532. That puts his stock price over the last 5 games as the second best on the team at $2,586. The only player better is Aaron Herrera who finished in first place for the second straight week. So while others saw higher improvement e.g. Douglas Martinez and Marcelo Silva, their overall prices aren’t coming close to Pablo’s right now.

MLS: Real Salt Lake at Vancouver Whitecaps FC Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Selling: Donny Toia

This is a stock that we’d like to sell now if at all possible, but we’re not sure we can find a better replacement at that position. Donny saw his stock price tumble by -$442 in the last week from $1,752 tp $1,309. Of the 21 players who have seen minutes in the last 5 matches, his average player rating is near last place with only Erik Holt and Tate Schmitt lower than him. Something needs to change at LB fast.

MLS: LA Galaxy at Real Salt Lake Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Hold: Corey Baird

Corey has been middle of the pack over the last 5 matches in terms of minutes finishing at 11th out of 21 players. His player rating is 15th on the team over that same span. His minutes have stayed about the same, but his player rating has actually improved slightly so we are hoping that is a sign of things to come as we really are much better when Corey can contribute meaningfully in the attack. Something that has been sporadic at best in 2020.