Fantasy owners this past week found several players in demand, so owners needed to decided who headed to the waiver wire. Here are the players released and why in the NFBC Main Event.
- Troy Tulowitzki (30): No one saw this coming and by no one, I mean everyone.
- Brian McCann (21): His replacement, Tyler Flowers is a decent replacement especially in an on-base league.
- Jake Lamb (17): It’ll be interesting to see how much playing time Lamb gets if Christian Walker continues to smash.
- Tyler Anderson (14)
Demoted to Minors
- Bryse Wilson (28): When your ERA and walk rate are 10.80, it’s time to go work on things in the minors.
- Alex Reyes (23): Reyes was lost. He walked six of the 17 batters he faced.
- Touki Toussaint (10): Minor league stats don’t count.
- Drew Smyly (16): Symmetry is baseball is great except when your ERA and walk rate are both at 7.11. He might be a nice buy low if his projections of 8.6 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 hold up.
- Drew Steckenrider (16): Owners are moving on since he has a 7.20 ERA and no Saves.
- Brad Boxberger (15), Wily Peralta (13), and Kyle Zimmer (11): Gold one week, trash the next.
- Brandon Drury (15): Hitting just .179/.200/.256 with Vlad Jr’s promotion looming. Owners gave up.
- Trevor Rosenthal (15): Single, Single, Walk, Single, Single, Walk, Walk, Hit-by-pitch, and Walk
- Zack Cozart (15): In 28 plate appearances, he’s hitting .038/.107/.077. It’s easy to see why owners are moving on from a below average hitters.
- Jason Vargas (14): Owners streamed his start versus Miami and quickly moved on.
- Steve Cishek (14), Cory Gearrin (13), Hunter Strickland (12), and Matthew Festa (11): More wasted FAAB chasing Saves.
- Chris Owings (13): Bad player + horrible start = waiver wire
- Jonathan Loaisiga (13): Limited to 70 pitches in his last start means, owners may be scared away because of the low Win chance.
- Trevor May (12): Owners are losing faith as Blake Parker seems to be the closer.
- Matt Harvey (11): The Dark Knight has been getting lit up like a Christmas tree. Owners don’t keep underperforming marginal talent.
- Yangervis Solarte (11): On the surface, this move is a little tough to understand. He’s hitting .300/.364/.400 but in only 22 PA. He’s on the short side of a platoon with Joe Panik so the volume isn’t there. I’m not sure why the Giants are using a platoon since Panik’s career wRC+ is 86 vs LHP and 106 vs RHP. Solarte’s are 90 vs LHP and 103 vs RHP
- Yoshihisa Hirano (10): Another casualty from chasing Saves.
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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.