Who is Being Dropped and Why?

I’m been writing this column since the season’s start and today I ask, “What more should I change about its content?”. I’m sure everyone would like more of everything. More players. More on each player. More sources besides the NFBC. If I do more, what would you like to see less of? Just let me know.

As of the players listed below, they are the players dropped in 10 or more of the 38 NFBC Main Event leagues (a few extras added in).


  • Derek Fisher (25): With Yordan Alvarez being promoted and the big three on the IL returning, there was no room for him in the majors.
  • Willians Astudillo (11): The fan-favorite can’t help his owners in the minors.
  • Brendan Rodgers (11): The highly touted prospect was demoted after only hitting .246/.300/.277 in the majors.
  • Cesar Puello (10): With Justin Upton returning from the IL, he expendable. And now on the Marlins.


  • Jon Duplantier (22): After being jacked around all year from the rotation to the bullpen to the minors. I even think he was the bullpen catcher at one point. Now, he’s hurt.
  • Jose Urena (22): He’s out at least 60 days and for a pitcher of his talent level, a drop seems appropriate.
  • Kevin Gausman (11): Plantar fasciitis for a pitcher. Sadly, I’ll never spend any real resources on him again.
  • Adam Wainwright (10): On the IL with a hamstring strain.


  • Jerad Eickhoff (27): He was recently demoted to the bullpen and has no value as a long reliever. He’s facing the combination of being a flyball pitcher (35% GB%$) in a home run prone home park with MLB using to the Happy Fun Ball.
  • Albert Almora Jr. (17): With the signing of Carlos Gonzalez, he’s just not playing much (seven of last 15 games).
  • Charlie Tilson (13): Last played on June 10th with Ryan Cordell (.202/.272/.316) getting six straight starts.
  • Luis Rengifo (12): While Rengifo will never be a league average hitter, his owners expected more than a .634 OPS. They really expected more than one unsuccessful stolen base attempt.
  • Ariel Jurado (12): His owners signed up for a two-start week at the Reds and Red Sox. They ended up with nine innings of a 10.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, and six strikeouts.
  • Blake Parker (11): I dropped Parker in Tout Wars because I had three other closers and Parker seems to be getting fewer Saves. He’s struggled in June with a 10.29 ERA (10.45 FIP) and just one Save.
  • Jason Vargas (11): A two-start week yielded a 4.50 ERA, 1.30, and seven strikeouts.
  • Mitch Keller (11): While he’s been since demoted, he was struggling in his first two starts with a 15.43 ERA and 3.00 WHIP. His last start was better with two earned runs, six strikeouts, and two walks in five innings of work.
  • Myles Straw (11): While he’s been hitting (.785 OPS), he’s not been starting (four of last 10 games). With the big three coming off the IL soon, he’s got nowhere to play.
  • Mark Reynolds (10): Owners must have dreamed of a great week at Coors but it didn’t happen (.125/.273/.250 in 11 PA). He’s just not worth rostering since he’s started four of the last 29 games.
  • Steve Cishek (10): With the signing of Craig Kimbrell and Pedro Strop off the IL, Cishek’s value is nil.
  • Freddy Peralta (10): He’s been starting and relieving with 5.54 ERA and 1.47 WHIP. Since hitters know that a fastball is coming, he has a 1.8 HR/9 and a .347 BABIP.
  • A ton of hitters further down the list are just not playing close to every day but are productive (see Straw above). At this point in the season, It’s important to keep track of as many playing time situations as possible.
Week 13 NFBC Main Event Drops
Name Drops (38 total)
Jerad Eickhoff 27
Derek Fisher 25
Jon Duplantier 22
Jose Urena 22
Albert Almora Jr. 17
Charlie Tilson 13
Luis Rengifo 12
Ariel Jurado 12
Willians Astudillo 11
Kevin Gausman 11
Blake Parker 11
Jason Vargas 11
Brendan Rodgers 11
Mitch Keller 11
Myles Straw 11
Adam Wainwright 10
Mark Reynolds 10
Steve Cishek 10
Freddy Peralta 10
Cesar Puello 10
Mark Trumbo 9
Cody Allen 9
Michael Wacha 9
Brian Goodwin 9
Tim Locastro 9
Brandon Nimmo 9
Keon Broxton 9
Chris Iannetta 9
Peter Lambert 8
Cal Quantrill 8
David Bote 8
Daniel Mengden 8
Matt Wieters 8
Melky Cabrera 8
Reynaldo Lopez 8
Devin Smeltzer 8
Addison Russell 8
Ty Buttrey 7
Touki Toussaint 7
Anthony Bass 7
Miguel Castro 7
John Gant 7
Maikel Franco 7
Dominic Smith 6
Josh Naylor 6
Tucker Barnhart 6
Garrett Hampson 6
Trent Thornton 6
Todd Frazier 6
Adam Frazier 6
Clint Frazier 6
Austin Hedges 6
Marcus Walden 6
Emilio Pagan 5
Kevin Cron 5
Logan Forsythe 5
Josh James 5
Mark Canha 5
Ryan Brasier 5
Shawn Armstrong 5
Christin Stewart 5
Corbin Martin 5
Tony Kemp 5
Jordan Luplow 5
Erick Fedde 5
Welington Castillo 5
Jose Peraza 5

Jeff, one of the authors of the fantasy baseball guide,The Process, writes for RotoGraphs, The Hardball Times, Rotowire, Baseball America, and BaseballHQ. He has been nominated for two SABR Analytics Research Award for Contemporary Analysis and won it in 2013 in tandem with Bill Petti. He has won four FSWA Awards including on for his Mining the News series. He's won Tout Wars three times, LABR twice, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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4 years ago

Not sure if you play ottoneu but they have pretty robust ads/drop data, may be helpful for those in keeper/dynasty leagues to do a similar recap? Maybe monthly due to the nature of the data

4 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Zimmerman

Here is some R code to quickly show Ottoneu ownership numbers by position: https://pastebin.com/NFrauXea