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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List: Tradewinds


Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome back to the Fantasy Six Pack’s weekly Drop List.

Heading into Week 18, the Tradewinds are swirling with players being traded which seems to be to almost every team. It’s kind of hard to separate the lies from the facts but that is what we get in the social media world we live in.

The Trade Deadline is huge for Fantasy owners. It’s blatantly obvious how important trades are in AL-only or NL-only leagues, but I am speaking of the ramifications of trades in all formats.

Probably the biggest outcome for fantasy owners is when closers get traded and become set-up men for their new teams. Those former closers lose all of their fantasy value based upon their roles being diminished. Those are fantasy killers.

One positive result that could arise from a trade is when a starter gets traded from a non-playoff contender to a team that is fighting for their playoff lives. This aftereffect normally results in that pitcher’s stats having more upside. The move almost acts if your fantasy roster received the upgrade as well.

Here is hoping you find a roster upgrade by dropping these four pitchers off your roster that I provide in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List.

If you have one of the following pitchers on your roster, you will need a replacement. Take a look and see who Tyler Gettmann thinks you should pick up in his 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire: Post All-Star Moves.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

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Tyler Chatwood, P, Chicago Cubs

Tyler Chatwood has struggled with the Cubs after signing for three years this past offseason. He has a 4-5 record with a 4.98 ERA and 1.78 WHIP on the season. He has an appallingly bad 82/85 K/BB ratio in 94 innings pitched so far this season. In his last 10 starts, Chatwood has a 6.14 ERA in 48.1 innings, walking 45 batters.

He is walking 7.96 batters per nine innings, resulting in a 19 percent walk rate, which leads all of baseball for most walks by a starter. He has the record by a landslide with the only starting pitcher with almost as many walks is Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox. Giolito has 64 walks, 21 fewer than Chatwood!

Chatwood continues to post monthly ERA’s north of 5.00 (May-5.95, June-5.40, July-6.19). The Cubs have seen enough of Chatwood in their rotation!

The Cubs front office went out and acquired veteran southpaw Cole Hamels and Jesse Chavez. Both pitchers came from the Texas Rangers but in separate deals. Hamels is a long-time veteran with playoff experience while Chavez is a reliever who has proven that he can handle spot-starts if needed.

With these recent acquisitions and Yu Darvish hopefully returning shortly, the Cubs’ rotation should be solid as they hold onto a 1.5 game lead over the Brewers in the NL Central. The Tyler Chatwood experiment is over for the Cubs and Fantasy owners.

Clayton Richard, SP, San Diego Padres

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Clayton Richard is a year removed from free agency, and he will only earn three million dollars in 2019. With those financial numbers, you would think that teams would be targeting Richard to acquire for a potential playoff run.

The issue is that he just isn’t that good. In three starts before the All-Star break, he posted a 6.65 SIERA with 14 walks and only eight strikeouts. His struggles have continued throughout the month of July. In 25 innings pitched, he has given up 23 earned runs, 20 walks, and has yielded three homers. His ERA over the month sits at 8.28 with opposing teams working a .425 OBP and a .283 batting average against him.

In 132 innings pitched, he possesses a 7-10 record with a 5.05 ERA, a FIP of 4.40 and a WAR of 1.0. He leads the NL in earned runs (64) and hits (125) allowed.

His trade value is almost non-existent and Fantasy owners were hoping that Richard would get an upgrade by being traded to a playoff contender. With his recent pitching numbers, do you blame any MLB team for not wanting to obtain Clayton Richard?  I don’t blame any Fantasy owners for no longer keeping Richard on their rosters as well.

Zach Britton, RP, New York Yankees

Zach Britton is an elite reliever and gives the Yankees another deadly bullpen monster. The Yankees will now have two of the best left-handed relievers in the game when you marry Britton with closer Adolis Chapman. Those two lefties combined with the rest of that potent bullpen will shorten all games, specifically in the playoffs.

Britton, a free agent at the end of the season, has been one of the best relievers in baseball for the past five years. His impact will be felt mostly in the playoffs as the Yankees will utilize Britton in specific matchups since he normally only pitches one inning per outing.

Britton tore his Achilles tendon right before Christmas, putting his 2018 season in doubt from the start, got off to a rocky start where he compiled a 6.23 ERA in June. He has since shown his former self in July, as he has not allowed a run in seven appearances.

Once a dominant closer, who boasted a 0.54 ERA in 69 games in 2016. He is now a set-up/situational bullpen arm who has lost his familiar closer role and for all intent and purposes, his Fantasy value.

Joakim Soria, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Joakim Soria was traded from the White Sox to the Milwaukee Brewers to provide late-inning insurance for an already formidable Brewers bullpen. He will join the collection of young fireballers. This includes relievers Jeremy Jeffress, Josh Hader along with veteran set-up man Matt Albers, and closer Corey Knebel.

For the first time since 2015, Soria has pitched full-time as a closer. He has notched 16 saves in 19 opportunities so far this season. He also sports a solid 2.56 ERA while striking out 49 batters in 38.2 innings pitched.  In his last 25 games, he had posted a 0.74 ERA, struck out 32 batters in 24.1 innings, and was allowing a meager .161 BAA.

He will be joining a Brewers team with their eyes set on a postseason berth. They now have multiple options in the late innings. This will help the Brewers attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Unfortunately, this move also diminishes most of his Fantasy value.

Find out which players you should hold on to and start this week. Our very own Tyler Thompson takes a look in his 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Pitching Planner: Tricks of the Trades .



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About Dennis Sosic

Dennis Sosic is from Cleveland, Ohio and a HUGE sports fan including NFL (GO BROWNS!) 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. Please do all of us a favor and follow Dennis @ CALL_ME_SOS.

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