2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Drop List: Four For the Fourth

by Dennis Sosic
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Drop List: Four For The Fourth

Hello Fantasy Baseball friends and foes. Welcome to the Fantasy Six Pack's Weekly Drop List.

How do you celebrate America's freedom? Invite friends and family over for a cookout? Take a trip to Coney Island to participate in the 2018 Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest? Or just watch the Contest if that's your thing. Many Americans also buy their own fireworks to shoot off after grilling and having a few adult beverages.

If you want a quieter alternative, invite friends over to watch your favorite American movie. Air Force One, Captain America and, of course, Independence Day are great options. However you and your family decide to celebrate, don't forget to celebrate by wearing American symbols. Fly American flags and dress in red, white, and blue.

Of course, you could always attend a baseball game on the 4th of July. This is a common way to celebrate. You can take in a game at an MLB ballpark or go root for your local team. And you know many if not all games will have fireworks afterward.

So Happy July 4th! Hope you can celebrate and enjoy your time with friends and family. Don't forget to check your fantasy lineups. There will be a full slate of games. To celebrate the 4th, I came up with four players that you can free yourself off your roster in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Drop List.

After reading which players to drop, find out who to pick up in Tyler Gettmann's 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Waiver Wire: World Cup Edition.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Drop List

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Orlando Arcia, SS, Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers shortstop Orlando Arcia has been optioned to Triple-A for the second time this season. Arcia continued to badly struggle offensively in the past month despite his first short stint at Triple-A. The Brewers first did so in May in the hopes of revitalizing him offensively in a pressure-free environment. However, they had to recall him shortly after when shortstop Tyler Saladino hit the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. Unfortunately, those three days in Triple-A weren’t enough to fix his swing.

Arcia is the least productive hitter in the National League with at least 150 plate appearances, using his 27 weighted runs plus and .215 weighted on-base average as the measures. He now possesses an unsightly .197/.231/.251 slash line. This includes being hitless in his last 15 at-bats and just two for his last 29 at the plate. He has become the closest thing to an automatic out at the plate as you can get for a position player.

Arcia, the Brewers' top prospect two years ago at this time, hit .277 with 15 homers and 53 RBI last season while the team and fantasy owners were looking for his breakout to continue this season. He has regressed tremendously this season after being universally thought of as sleeper pick coming into fantasy drafts this season.

Arcia did continue to play solidly with the glove, with his nine defensive runs saved ranking first among major-league shortstops and third among all major-league players according to FanGraphs. With Eric Sogard back on the big league roster and the addition of Brad Miller, it seems very likely that Arcia's second stint will be for an extended period of time.

Marwin Gonzalez, INF/OF, Houston Astros

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Marwin Gonzalez was one of the main reasons that the Astros won the World Series last season. He is also a huge factor in fantasy owners winning their championship as well. He led the Astros with 90 RBI last season. His career season consisted of a .303/.377/.530 slash line and 23 homers and being eligible to slot into five different positions!

However, this season is a totally different story. It will difficult to repeat his RBI mark with only 34 RBI presently. Currently, he is slashing .230/.305/.364 with six homers and 34 RBI through 77 games.

The super utility player is irreplaceable for the Astros due to his versatility and elite defense. While he has played the majority of his games in the outfield this season, he has filled in throughout the infield as well. Most recently, stepping in at shortstop while Carlos Correa (back) is currently on the disabled list.

His lack of offensive production does warrant ownership in all but deeper AL-only leagues. Additionally, there is the inevitable call-up of super prospect Kyle Tucker. He is hitting the cover off the ball at Triple-A at a clip of .311 batting average, 24 doubles, 13 homers, and 62 RBI. He has also swiped 14 bases. Tucker will take at-bats away from Gonzalez, which will limit his opportunities and his fantasy value.

Looking for what hitters to start this week? Take a look what Jonathan Chan has to say, in his 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Hitting Planner: Ketel One.


Sam Dyson, RP, San Francisco Giants

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Sam Dyson was originally expected to be the Giants' closer after Hunter Strickland (hand) landed on the disabled list in mid-June. Strickland is out six to eight weeks because he thought to punch a door and breaking his hand was a smart idea. Unfortunately, Dyson has been struggling to the tune of 6.14 ERA over his previous eight games.

Dyson has the most extensive experience as a closer. He took over the job during the second half of last season for the Giants and saved 14 games. He also had a 4-10 record with a 6.09 ERA and 1.77 WHIP. Dyson, who had 38 saves for Texas in 2016, has four blown saves this season.

Bochy has multiple options in the ninth inning. Tony Watson, one of the most durable relievers in baseball, also has closer experience from his time with the Pirates. However, Bochy likes to use the lefty to handle high-pressure situations only. Another lefty, Wil Smith is a valuable late-inning asset that Bochy likes to use on a spot basis. Smith has a 1.11 ERA, 0.70 WHIP to go along with 34 strikeouts in 24.1 innings.

Reyes Moronta has posted a 1.96 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 42 strikeouts in 36.2 innings. The Giants can also throw out there the veteran Mark Melancon. Melancon just recorded his first save of the season and has the track record. Hopefully, he is fully healthy and can return to being an elite closer.

As you can see the Giants have multiple options to close games. This is a situation to stay away from unless you want to take a shot at Melancon returning to being the closer again. Sam Dyson was a hot add when Strickland went down, but it has gone downhill from there.

Seth Lugo, P, New York Mets

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Mets Manager Mickey Callaway informed Seth Lugo that he is once again a reliever. Callaway also told Lugo that he should expect to start again at some point if needed, perhaps in a doubleheader.

Entering Friday's games, the Mets bullpen had the most losses in the majors (21) and a 4.84 ERA that ranks 26th in MLB, 13th in NL. Before being bumped to the starting rotation, Lugo was flourishing in the Mets' bullpen. Over 32.2 innings, the right-hander pitched to a 2.48 ERA while holding opponents to a meager .203/.269/.322 slash line and a dazzling .256 BABIP.

Lugo’s first two starts this season were his best. He combined to hold the Cubs and Yankees scoreless over 10 innings while striking out 11 batters. Overall, he was 1-2 with a 3.52 ERA in five starts since replacing injured Noah Syndergaard (finger)  in the rotation.

As per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, the team is moving Lugo “in anticipation of” the injured Jason Vargas returning from the disabled list when his turn in the rotation comes up. Seriously? The same Jason Vargas who has a 2-6 record with an 8.60 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in nine starts this season?

Obviously, the Mets have one of the worst bullpens in all of baseball. It is also fairly evident that Lugo was dominant in the bullpen this season.  The Mets need bullpen help badly. While Lugo may get a token start here and there, it is very apparent that Seth Lugo has lost the fantasy shine that he had in his first two starts, therefore making him droppable in all fantasy formats.

To find out what pitchers will provide fireworks for you this week, take a look at Tyler Thompson's 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Pitching Planner: Two-Start Boogie.

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