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Fantasy Baseball Most Added and Dropped Reaction

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A very interesting thing to look at periodically is the Most Added/Dropped player list on ESPN or whatever site you play on. There are always those players that get added or dropped after a mini hot streak or slump that just should not have been. This is especially true during the first week or two during the season which by the way is prime time to pounce on players for your team.

I get it, we are human and by nature very reactionary creatures. It is really hard to look at a player struggling hitting .100 on your team, then see a player hitting .500 on the waiver wire and not want to make the swap. Especially when it is just a player you took a chance on later in your draft, that you have very little riding on.

I urge you to not overreact though, as hard as it is not to. Look you drafted these guys for a reason, give them more than a week to prove themselves. That is not the case in all situations, but in most cases yes you need to give them time.

Most Added and Dropped

I’m going to be looking at the ESPN list and discuss a few of the most added and dropped players over the last week. I will give both their current ownership and their seven day +/- as well.

Added

Credit: Keith Allison

Credit: Keith Allison

Jason Grilli (RP – ATL) 100%, +65.4%/Joakim Soria (RP – DET) 91.8% Owned, +83%/Miguel Castro (RP – TOR) 49.5%, +48.8%/Jeurys Familia (RP – Mets) 55.8%, +53.2% – I had to group all of these guys together because they are all in the same situations. Set up men, who just took over as the main closer for their respective teams. I put them in order of who I would pick up first, but every single one of these closers need to be owned in all leagues that use only saves as a category. I say it time and time again, no closer should be on the waiver wire.

Drew Pomeranz (SP – OAK) 37.2%, +35% – I’ve written about him over on So-Called-Fantasy-Experts, saying that he should be picked up in more leagues (you can read there if you want to know why I think so). I guess his first start when he shut down the potent Seattle offense by spinning seven shutout innings woke some people up, but it is still not enough. Go get him now before its too late.

Trevor Bauer (SP – CLE) 77.6%, +68.1% – To me Bauer is still just a hyped name that has failed time and time again to live up to expectations. His first start was both good and bad. Six innings of shutout ball with no hits and 11 strikeouts. Fantastic! Then you think about it and he only lasted six innings in the middle of a no-hitter, why? Well, five walks and a pitch count of 111 ended his night prematurely. The Astros are proving to be a team that will strikeout often again, 2nd in the league with 72 so far, so even though the 11Ks is good, we have to remember who he faced. I think we see a different Bauer in his second start against the White Sox, especially if he can not get the walks under control and people will once again be disappointed.

Dropped

Credit: Dave R.

Credit: Dave R.

Brandon Belt (1B – SF) 65.3%, -34.3% – The guy missed four games, four! I realize the start has not been ideal, but come on people relax a little here. He is a good player who if, and I realize it is a big if, he can stay healthy will provide a team a solid amount of power and a good average. If he was dropped in your league, go scoop him up.

Taijuan Walker (SP – SEA) 70.1%, -27.5% – His first start this season could not have gone much worse. He allowed nine runs off nine hits in 3.1 innings. After such a promising spring he was shooting up draft boards. You took a chance on him, I say give him at least one more to prove he can be a relevant pitcher for Fantasy.

Wilin Rosario (C/1B – COL) 45.4%, – 33.3% – I love Rosario’s bat, but the fact of the matter is he is not seeing the field enough, only six at bats on the season. It will take an injury to either Justin Morneau or the pair of catchers that are ahead of him on the depth chart for him to get regular playing time. Until that happens he should be firmly planted on your waiver wire.

About Joe Bond

Not just another "Average Joe" when it comes to Fantasy Sports, he is the fantasy brain trust behind the up-and-coming FantasySixPack.net website. He has been spreading his love and addiction of fantasy sports there and many other sites including SoCalledFantasyExperts.com, FantasyPros.com, and FanDuel.com. Joe has finished as the No. 5 Fantasy Football Draft Ranker on Fantasy Pros in 2014, while being the No. 1 QB ranker for in-season during 2016. He has also finished in the top-15 twice for Fantasy Baseball Draft Rankings. You can find him on Twitter, @fantasysixpack, where he is waiting by the keyboard for your question.

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