Who is Being Dropped & Why

Another week of players heading to the waiver wire. Here’s a look at most dropped players in the NFBC Main Event (38 leagues).


  • Drew Pomeranz (18): A lat injury has placed him on the IL but what’s really hurting him is the 5.93 ERA.
  • Francisco Mejia (17): He’s landed on the IL (knee) and his owners moved on since he was just hitting .167/.207/.259.
  • Mike Zunino (12): He’ll miss over a month with a quadriceps injury.
  • Clay Buchholz (10): A bad shoulder is keeping him out.


  • Luis Rengifo (22): With Zack Cozart returning from the IL, there was no place for Rengifo.
  • Delino DeShields (20): He got the shaft with Ronald Guzman returning from the IL since he has minor league options remaining. While his .182 AVG was a hindrance to Roto leagues, he still had a .321 OBP which help for eight steals. For those owners in need of steals, grab him as a speculative add.
  • Cal Quantrill (17): Demoted because he wasn’t needed in rotation. He’ll be back up in the majors at some point.
  • A.J. Minter (14): He was demoted after struggling with walks (7.4 BB/9) which ballooned his ERA to 9.82.
  • Dereck Rodriguez (14): He was walking such a fine line to stay a starter. All three of FIP components got worse and his ERA has nearly doubled from last season.
  • Carter Kieboom (13): After struggling in the majors, he was demoted after Juan Soto was activated from the IL
  • Jon Duplantier (12): He could be a reliable 5th starter but he keeps getting jacked around heading to and from the D-Backs rotation.


  • Felix Hernandez (22): Dropped after a two-step versus the Red Sox and Yankees. He rewarded his owners with five strikeouts, 15.95 ERA, and 2.45 WHIP.
  • Kelvin Gutierrez (18): His 15-team league fantasy value is killed since he’s not playing fulltime with his limited talent (.265/.288/.388). The Royals have to keep Chris Owings (.143/.250/.214) in the lineup.
  • Anthony Swarzak (17): He’s given up six runs in his last eight relief appearances. Roenis Elias and Brandon Brennan are now in line for Saves in Seattle.
  • Collin McHugh (17): Relegated to the bullpen after struggling as a starter (6.33 ERA, 1.29 WHIP).
  • Brandon Drury (16): He’s not been playing since Freddy Galvis returned and Eric Sogard slipped over to second base.
  • Derek Holland (16): Transferred to the bullpen after coming off the IL with a fake injury. He’ll likely be on the most added list if he goes back to the rotation.
  • Cole Tucker (14): The results have been horrible (.186/.238/.288) so far and Kevin Newman (.344/.382/.469) is starting to get more playing time.
  • Joakim Soria (14): Blake Treinen had an injury scare last weekend so owners speculated on a new Oakland closer. Treinen is fine and Soria is off to the waiver wire.
  • Renato Nunez (14): After hitting .266/.316.477 in April, he has only hit triple .083’s in May. Quite a few corner infielders have popped up this season so there is no reason to roster Nunez if other options exist.
  • David Bote (13): He’s started 14 of the last 15 games while hitting .222/.317/.370. If he goes on a hot streak, he could be added again.
  • Sandy Alcantara (12): He’s doing nothing positive with his 95-mph fastball. No strikeouts. Too many walks, home runs, and runs allowed.
  • Tim Beckham (11): After a hot start to the season (.880 OPS in March and April), he’s cooled off in May (.455 OPS).
  • Brad Keller (10): All of his late season improvements are coming to fruition except a 5.5 BB/9. He’s unplayable until the walks come down.
  • Bryan Reynolds (10): He’s struggling to hit in May (.179/.258/.214) while splitting time with Melky Cabrera.
  • Chris Iannetta (10): While hitting decent (.250/.362/.500), he’s only caught in three of the eight games since coming off the IL. Tony Wolters (.301/.355/.386) has been catching instead.
  • Elias Diaz (10): It’s easy to drop a backup catcher hitting .152/.176/.182.
  • Eric Sogard (10): I don’t get this drop at all. While he’s hitting over .300, it not with some crazy BABIP (.305). These 10 shares will be gobbled up next week.
  • Mike Tauchman (10): With Aaron Hicks coming off the DL, Tauchman has nowhere to play.
  • Nick Anderson (10): Sergio Romo seems to have a lock on Miami’s closer’s role.
  • Reyes Moronta (10): Some owners gave up gambling on Will Smith getting traded.

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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 three FSWA Awards including on for his MASH series. In his first two seasons in Tout Wars, he's won the H2H league and mixed auction league. Follow him on Twitter @jeffwzimmerman.

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