Who is Being Dropped and Why (Week 4)

Adds and drops are starting to settle in with about two-thirds of the season left. This is the first week when there wasn’t really a theme. If any trend can be seen is that owners are getting tired of part-time bats.

For this analysis, I use the NFBC Main Event because of the number of identical leagues. Additionally, the owners stay engaged longer since each spent over $1000 per team. I tried to find that sweet spot between obvious and bizarre and will focus on players dropped in six to nine leagues.

Hitters

  • Albert Pujols (9): It’s a completely understandable drop with him not playing every day and hitting .186/.238/.356.
  • Evan White (9): He’s not ready for the majors with a 44% K%.
  • Joey Wendle (9): He’s on the strong side of a platoon with Mike Brosseau.
  • Jose Peraza (9): He’s not hitting with Jonathan Arauz cutting into his playing time.
  • Miguel Andújar (9): I wonder if fantasy owners, who double as Yankee fans, are just dreaming he’ll be useful.
  • Brandon Belt (8): Were these owners a little slow moving on from the games at Colorado? I guess Belt is probably the replacement-level first baseman.
  • Chadwick Tromp (8), Jacob Stallings (8), Max Stassi (8), Stephen Vogt (8), Tony Wolters (8) and Tyler Heineman (6): Members of this week’s catcher carousal.
  • Jake Lamb (8): He’s not playing. Just once in the last six games.
  • Justin Upton (8): He looks done (35% K%, .404 OPS) and is now in a platoon.
  • Oscar Mercado (8): I’m not sure if the demotion was known before FAAB ran, but he’s droppable at this point.
  • Roman Quinn (8): Placed on the IL.
  • Ender Inciarte (7): He’s playing, but the results have not been good (.489 OPS).
  • Evan Longoria (7): A few owners forgot to move on from Longoria after his one for 12 showing in Colorado. Shell shock?
  • Jay Bruce (7): He’s hitting OK (.868 OPS) on the strong side of a platoon.
  • Nick Ahmed (7): In deeper formats, he’s sort of needs to be owned by some team. While the .222 AVG is far from ideal, he has two homers and steals.
  • Nick Madrigal (7): Still on the IL.
  • Shed Long Jr. (7): After starting out hot, he’s hitting .146/.222/.195 over the last two weeks with no steals.
  • Delino DeShields (6): He’s not playing (seven games so far).
  • Ji-Man Choi (6): One of several part-timers on this list. It’s tough to be rostered playing 60% of the time.
  • Jorge Alfaro (6): On COVID IL.
  • Kevin Kiermaier (6): While he has four steals, he’s sitting against lefties with a .633 OPS.
  • Mauricio Dubón (6): He’s just not going with a .250 AVG, 1 SB, and 1 HR.

Starters

  • Jonathan Loaisiga (9): No idea how he was still on teams.
  • Tommy Milone (9): His 86-mph fastball got smacked around for nine hits in his four-inning start.
  • Adam Plutko (9): I’m not 100% why he was dropped in 15-teamers with a Detroit start this week.
  • Caleb Smith (8): On the IL with an uNkNowN injury.
  • Eric Lauer (8): Optioned to the alternate training site.
  • Mike Fiers (8): A fine drop since he’s, at best, a streaming pitcher.
  • Rick Porcello (8): Why do owners roster him? Why?
  • Brendan McKay (7): Another player I just don’t understand why he was rostered. Fantasy owners need to understand sunk costs.
  • Aníbal Sánchez (6): His sub-90 mph fastball is too hitable.
  • Asher Wojciechowski (6): A streaming option who I expect to get picked up when the matchup is better.
  • Austin Voth (6): A surprising drop who has a 3.21 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Maybe the owners are expecting some heavy regression because of the low strikeout rate (5.8 K/9 is down).
  • Kolby Allard (6): Why was he held for a start in Colorado? I don’t understand some decisions.
  • Michael Wacha (6): On the IL.
  • Tanner Roark (6): He’s got to be hurt with his velocity down 2.5 mph and he can’t find the plate (6.8 BB/9).
  • Zack Godley (6): Besides a few strikeouts (8.8 K/9), he’s been a complete disaster (8.16 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 3.1 HR/9).

Relievers

Players Dropped in the NFBC Main Event
Name Drops (38 Leagues)
Leury Garcia 33
C.J. Cron 32
Marcus Stroman 31
Sean Newcomb 30
Austin Hays 29
Robinson Chirinos 28
Starlin Castro 28
Carl Edwards Jr. 24
Ben Gamel 23
Josh James 22
Wade Miley 21
Matt Kemp 19
Sam Hilliard 19
Edwin Rios 18
Bradley Zimmer 17
Jeremy Jeffress 17
Kyle Wright 17
Monte Harrison 17
Greg Holland 15
Jose Martinez 15
Andrew Benintendi 14
Chris Owings 14
Joe Musgrove 14
Julio Teheran 14
Myles Straw 14
Tyler Alexander 14
Eric Sogard 12
Kirby Yates 12
Mike Zunino 12
Felix Pena 11
Francisco Mejia 11
John Means 11
Kike Hernandez 11
Miguel Castro 11
Steven Matz 11
Vince Velasquez 11
Eric Thames 10
Jarrod Dyson 10
Khris Davis 10
Mallex Smith 10
Nico Hoerner 10
Shogo Akiyama 10
Will Smith 10
Adam Plutko 9
Albert Pujols 9
Evan White 9
Joey Wendle 9
Jonathan Loaisiga 9
Jose Peraza 9
Miguel Andujar 9
Tommy Milone 9
Brandon Belt 8
Caleb Smith 8
Chadwick Tromp 8
Diego Castillo 8
Eric Lauer 8
Jacob Stallings 8
Jake Lamb 8
Jonathan Hernandez 8
Justin Upton 8
Max Stassi 8
Mike Fiers 8
Oscar Mercado 8
Rick Porcello 8
Roman Quinn 8
Stephen Vogt 8
Tony Wolters 8
Trevor Gott 8
Brendan McKay 7
Ender Inciarte 7
Evan Longoria 7
Jay Bruce 7
Jose Alvarado 7
Luis Patino 7
Nick Ahmed 7
Nick Madrigal 7
Shed Long Jr. 7
Anibal Sanchez 6
Asher Wojciechowski 6
Austin Voth 6
Carlos Martinez 6
Delino DeShields 6
Dellin Betances 6
Ji-Man Choi 6
Jorge Alfaro 6
Kevin Kiermaier 6
Kolby Allard 6
Mauricio Dubon 6
Michael Wacha 6
Mychal Givens 6
Nick Goody 6
Oliver Drake 6
Ryan Helsley 6
Sean Doolittle 6
Tanner Roark 6
Trevor May 6
Tyler Heineman 6
Zack Godley 6
Alex Dickerson 5
Brian Goodwin 5
Corey Knebel 5
Edward Olivares 5
Emilio Pagan 5
Gregory Polanco 5
J.P. Crawford 5
Jalen Beeks 5
Jason Castro 5
Jeurys Familia 5
Kris Bubic 5
Logan Morrison 5
Nick Burdi 5
Orlando Arcia 5
Richard Rodriguez 5
Tucker Barnhart 5
Tyler Chatwood 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 once, and got his first NFBC Main Event win in 2021. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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