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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Drop List: The Unlucky Seven

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Hello Fantasy Baseball Fans and Welcome back to the Fantasy Six Pack 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Drop List.

The number seven is the world’s favorite number. There are seven days of the week, seven seas and seven continents. And of course, there is 007 for James Bond’s code. Unfortunately, for some of us, the number seven is not lucky at all.

I reviewed the fantasy landscape and came up with seven players who will not have a lucky week seven. These seven players are no longer worth a spot on your fantasy rosters and I will explain why. Who are these seven droppable players? Let’s find out.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Drop List

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Hitters

Christian Villanueva, 3B, San Diego Padres

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Christia Villanueva has been a poor hitter for average over his minor league career, managing just a .269 batting average. His OBP for those seasons is .333 and his slugging percentage is .447.

It was quite a surprise to see Villanueva put up a slash line of .299/.384/.667 with an OPS of 1.051. His April torrid start won him the National League Rookie of the Month. To say he has come back to earth is an understatement. He is just 2-for-41 (.049) in May and has seen his season-long batting average drop from .321, at the end of April, to .227.

The rookie third baseman just snapped a 0-for-37 drought last night. His lefty/righty splits are astonishing. While he murders southpaws to the tune of .381 batting average with nine homers in 41 at-bats. On the other hand, he is hitting only .163 with one homer in 80 at-bats. Unless you are in a league with deep rosters and allow daily lineup changes, Villanueva has seen his fantasy relevance diminish immensely.

Daniel Robertson, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays

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Daniel Roberson was once considered among the best infield prospects in baseball, who hit a career .281/.371/.416 in the minors. His stock has slid considerably over the past few seasons, but he got off to a blistering start this season. He was slashing .318/.474/.423 over the first month.

Robertson has eligibility at second, third and shortstop and after a torrid start, he has gone 2-for-16. With the return of the third baseman Matt Duffy and the emergence of rookie second baseman Joey Wendle, Robertson has been relegated to be the utility infielder.

It was great while it lasted, but Robertson will play sparingly. He will play to give a player a rest and will be in the lineup against lefties. Otherwise, this hot hand has gone cold and is no longer roster-worthy.

Jackie Bradley, Jr., OF Boston Red Sox

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Coming into the 2018 season, Jackie Bradley Jr.‘s name was heavily mentioned on the trade circuit. Straight up deals for Yasiel Puig or Jose Abreu were players that were supposedly discussed. I am pretty sure that the Red Sox wished they would have pulled that trigger.

While Bradley is an elite defensive centerfielder, his glove doesn’t warrant his offensive ineptitude.  Since April 25, he has just a .178 batting average and .523 OPS while striking out 18 times and going 3-for-39. He has gone just 3-for-30 in May in which he has struck out in nearly half his at-bats. His slash line on the season is now an ugly .171/.263/.256.

Bradley has never been able to sustain success over an entire season. He is a career .235 hitter, whose absence in the Red Sox lineup has not been noticed. The regular outfield alignment of J.D. Martinez, Andrew Benintendi, and Mookie Betts leaves Bradley without a role in this offense or worth a spot on your fantasy roster.

Pitchers

Alex Cobb, SP, Baltimore Orioles

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Alex Cobb signed a mind-boggling four-year $57 million contract with Baltimore during this past spring and well, he has been downright horrible. He has posted a 0-5 record in his six starts with an ugly 7.06 ERA. He has given up a whopping 49 hits in 29.1 innings pitched.

The fact that he is owned in 34 percent of CBS leagues puzzles me. His rates are astronomical. He is only averaging less than five innings pitched in each start. In addition, he is pitching to a 4.91 K/9 and 1.84 BB/9.

Please tell me when you see a number or ratio that you like. If you still own Alex Cobb, then you are just not paying attention!

Ivan Nova, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Ivan Nova has been a serviceable starter in recent seasons but unfortunately for the Pirates, he is their No.1 starter. He was their Opening Day starter and he is having a very underwhelming 2018 season.

He has allowed 14 earned runs over 12.1 innings over his last three starts. His ERA has jumped from 3.32 up to 5.01 during that span, his WHIP increasing from 1.03 to 1.35, his FIP increased to 4.26 and his strikeout rate down to 17.8 percent. He has also had issues with the long ball, giving up 37 homers in his last 40 starts.

The one bright spot for Nova is that he loves to pitch at PNC Park. He is allowing a .220/.235/.408 slash line at home, but on the road, that line balloons up to .304/.350/.515 on the season. Now if you want to hold on to Nova for just his home starts, you could possibly stream him if desperate. However, his peripherals show me that he is just not a good pitcher and someone that I do not need on my fantasy rosters.

Roberto Osuna, RP, Toronto Blue Jays

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This one might be too obvious, but it needs to be included. Roberto Osuna was suspended pending an investigation of assault charges against a woman in Toronto. He will be out until at least May 21, MLB announced Monday as it extended his leave stemming from assault charges.

He is in violation of the MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy which allows the league to discipline a player for domestic violence incident regardless of whether there are charges or a trial. An All-Star in 2017, Osuna has a 2.93 ERA with nine saves in 15 appearances this season. In April, he became the youngest player in big league history to record 100 career saves.

We saw Ardolis Chapman get suspended for the first 30 games of the 2016 season. A few days later, Jose Reyes was suspended for 51 games. Without going into more legal ease, it is safe to project that we have seen the last of Osuna pitching for the Jays this season, therefore making him droppable.

Adam Wainwright, SP, St. Louis Cardinals

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Adam Wainright was activated from the disabled list for this past Sunday’s start. He had a horrible outing, giving up two runs on three hits and a career-high six walks in 2.1 innings. His velocity topped out at 89.8 MPH, according to Statcast. Most of his fastballs were in the 84-87 MPH range. Even his breaking balls lacked velocity and “snap”.

It was discovered that aggravated his elbow injury during one of his warmup pitches, which led to his wildness. The 36-year-old now owns a 4.00 ERA with a 15/14 K/BB ratio in 18 innings this season.

It is believed that Wainwright is headed back to the disabled list due to the elbow injury. The Cardinals have a surplus of young arms that will be more productive than Wainwright. I think we have seen the last of Adam Wainwright.


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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL and college football(Go Buckeyes!) MLB (GO TRIBE), NBA (GO CAVS!) and MMA. He has been called a Sports Geek by friends and foes alike and that fits him perfectly. He has been competing in fantasy sports, mainly fantasy football and baseball for over 20 years. Dennis has won several leagues in each sport and is the team to beat in the league and everyone knows it. He FINALLY did it! Dennis broke down and gave in. Dennis joined the Twitter Universe. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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