Who is Being Dropped & Why

This past week’s Sunday night’s FAAB bidding was fairly calm after FAAB-ageddon. Even with else action, I find some of the drops interesting.

Note: Normally, I focus on players dropped in 10 or more leagues of the 38 but the five players dropped in nine leagues are the most interesting so I included them.


  • Wilmer Flores (27): Fractured foot means bye-bye.
  • Andrelton Simmons (20): I held onto Simmons utilizing the following news. Rostering him with limited roster space comes down to how many other injured players are on the team.



  • Michael Wacha (22): An ERA over 5.00 with matching ERA estimators means he’s off to the bullpen.
  • Chris Martin (20): He was in line for Saves in Texas but over his last four appearances he has a 12.37 ERA with just 2.3 K/9/. He’s no longer in the mix for Saves.
  • Kendrys Morales (20): His talent is marginal and has only started in four of the last seven games.
  • Shaun Anderson (20): Owners of Anderson’s two-step were rewarded with 5.40 ERA, 4 K’s, and a 1.80 WHIP in 10 innings of work.
  • Merrill Kelly (16): The Padres lit him up like a Christmas tree in his start last week for 5 HIts, 4 Walks, 0 Strikeouts, and 4 runs in 1.2 innings of work.
  • Scott Barlow (16): He saved a game before last week’s FAAB run. Everyone jumped in hoping for more Saves but none came.
  • Erick Fedde (14): A two-start week against the Marlins and Mets went as expected. A 0.90 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 5 K’s in 10 IP. His owners weren’t willing to push their luck another week.
  • Mike Leake (14): Another two-starter arm who posted an 8 K’s, a 9.26 ERA, and 1.54 WHIP in 11.2 IP.
  • Freddy Peralta (13): The Brewers moved him and his 5.97 ERA to the bullpen.
  • Jeremy Hellickson (13): Why do owners go through these two-step guttings? 9.00 ERA, 2.13 WHIP, and 4 K’s in 8 IP.
  • Brandon Workman (12): A Sunday Save on the day of FAAB means some bought-in but now they don’t.
  • Jefry Rodriguez (12); A 7.29 ERA and a 4.71 BB/9 over his last four starts
  • John Hicks (11): He’s hitting like a catcher (.228/.273/.370) and his owners must expect more.
  • Brett Anderson (10): A respectable two-start week with a 1.54 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 5 K’s in 11.2 innings.
  • Forrest Whitley (10): 12.21 ERA, 5.6 BB/9, and 3.3 HR/9 in AAA.
  • Ian Kennedy (10): He’s the closer but with two Saves on the season.
  • Starlin Castro (10): Horrible slash line (.227/.269/.283) but underperforming his xwOBA by 56 points making him the 9th biggest underperformer in the league.
  • Steve Wilkerson (10): Owners were taking advantage of his weekend series at Colorado.
  • Cole Tucker (9): In 100 PA he’s hitting .160/.202/.266 and 0 SB. In 76 PA Kevin Newman is hitting .338/.408/.456. It’s now a hard choice.
  • Eric Sogard (9): While Sogard is being released in response to Cavan Biggio’s promotion, several Blue Jays are sitting more (e.g. Justin Smoak) and owners need to keep up on this situation.
  • Howie Kendrick (9): Started in only three of the last nine games.
  • Melky Cabrera (9): Bryan Reynolds production (.320/.369/.573) has forced Cabrera to the bench.
Most Dropped Player in NFBC Main Event
Name Drops (of 38)
Wilmer Flores 27
Mac Williamson 24
Cole Irvin 23
Michael Wacha 22
Andrelton Simmons 20
Carlos Gonzalez 20
Chris Martin 20
Kendrys Morales 20
Shaun Anderson 20
Merrill Kelly 16
Scott Barlow 16
Welington Castillo 16
Ryon Healy 15
Brandon Nimmo 14
Erick Fedde 14
Francisco Cervelli 14
Mike Leake 14
Freddy Peralta 13
Jeremy Hellickson 13
Brandon Workman 12
Jefry Rodriguez 12
Collin McHugh 11
John Hicks 11
Aledmys Diaz 10
Brett Anderson 10
Chris Davis 10
Forrest Whitley 10
Ian Kennedy 10
Starlin Castro 10
Stevie Wilkerson 10
Cole Tucker 9
Ender Inciarte 9
Eric Sogard 9
Howie Kendrick 9
Jed Lowrie 9
Melky Cabrera 9
16) 8
Homer Bailey 8
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 8
J.P. Crawford 8
Jeremy Jeffress 8
Jon Duplantier 8
Logan Forsythe 8
Manuel Margot 8
Roenis Elias 8
Steven Duggar 8
Teoscar Hernandez 8
Vince Velasquez 8
CC Sabathia 7
Chris Taylor 7
Garrett Hampson 7
Kyle Freeland 7
Miguel Andujar 7
Nate Lowe 7
Pablo Sandoval 7
Anibal Sanchez 6
Billy McKinney 6
Christian Walker 6
Cody Allen 6
David Bote 6
Grayson Greiner 6
Lou Trivino 6
Ryan O’Hearn 6
A.J. Minter 5
Brandon Brennan 5
Daniel Mengden 5
Danny Santana 5
Drew Pomeranz 5
Jakob Junis 5
Jason Kipnis 5
Ji-Man Choi 5
Johan Camargo 5
Matt Harvey 5
Nick Margevicius 5
Roberto Perez 5
Ronald Guzman 5
Ronny Rodriguez 5
Ryan Brasier 5
Yonder Alonso 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

Irvin is a lefty, for whatever that’s worth