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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List: Maximum Impact


Are you tired of your roster yet? Do you wish you drafted this player and not that player?

After all of the research is complete and the draft is over, you feel pretty good about your team. Then, the first match-up comes and goes, and you are bad-mouthing players and your entire team! I got the remedy for that and it’s called the Waiver Wire. Please check out our Tyler Gettmann with his analysis on who to pick up in his 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Waiver Wire.

Fantasy owners need to start upgrading their teams immediately. You should see your team’s weaknesses, so you have to be aggressive and tweak your roster. There is no reason to wait. The players you get now are going to count more than players who you acquire in July. The longer you wait to get a player, the less impact he is going to have on your team. To maximize your rosters, I came up with a list of five players who fantasy owners wished they didn’t draft in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Drop List.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List

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Kevin Kiermaier, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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Kevin Kiermaier has started the 2018 season with a batting average below the Mendoza Line (.094)! He has struck out an astonishing 14 times in 32 at-bats. Known primarily for his Gold Glove defense, he hit .276/.338/.450 with 15 homers and 16 steals in 380 at-bats last season.

Kiermaier has only played more than 108 games in a season one time. He has never scored more than 62 runs and never driven in more than 40 runs in a season. Kiermaier is also a batting average liability, which includes marks of just .263, .246, and .276 the last three seasons. Sure, he might be a solid bet for 10-15 homers and stolen bases, but do all of the other negative stats outweigh those numbers?

I am hoping that Kiermaier is no more than your fourth outfielder. You can find these type of players off the waiver wire. Grab a Preston Tucker, Josh Harrison, or Jose Martinez for the next hottest player to come along and ride them while they are hot.

Ryan McMahon, 1B, Colorado Rockies

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One of the winners of Spring Training this season was Ryan McMahon. He hit .328 and a .912 OPS with two runs and 10 RBI in the Cactus League and looked like the unquestioned front-runner for the Rockies’ first baseman job. However, the Rockies brought Carlos Gonzalez in late which created a logjam in the outfield. This fueled the Rockies to have to divide playing time between McMahon, Gonzalez, Ian Desmond, and Gerardo Parra in the outfield and first base.

Ian Desmond, who is playing on a huge contract, has been getting the most time at first base. Desmond has a .657 OPS with 11 strikeouts and no walks. McMahon looked like he would have to begin the season in the minors because you would think that the Rockies wouldn’t keep him around to sit the bench. Well, guess we were all wrong. McMahon has only started one game this season. Yes, McMahon is 0-for-11 with six strikeouts but you can’t have a rookie get one start all season for a guy who is barely above-average at best.

As we continue, it’s hard to imagine McMahon getting more than two starts a week. Why keep him on the roster unless the Rockies plan to give him enough at-bats to show what he can do at this level? It’s difficult for fantasy owners to hold on to McMahon if he is not getting any at-bats to produce. Until then, Ryan McMahon should be dropped…..for now!

Logan Morrison, 1B, Minnesota Twins

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It’s been a bleak start for new Twins designated hitter Logan Morrison, who signed a one-year deal worth $6.5 million after hitting 38 home runs with Tampa Bay last season. He hit .246 with 85 RBI and a .345 OBP for the Rays last season, leading the team in homers and finishing second in RBI.

Through his first 26 plate appearances this season, Morrison has a .043/.154/.087 slash line, and a -30 wRC+. His wOBA sits at just .131 (league average is usually around .330). This is the fourth lowest number by any hitter with at least 20 plate appearances so far this season.

This is not exactly what fantasy owners had in mind when they selected Morrison to fill their MI/Utility spot. Morrison is leaving black holes in many lineups right now, hopefully, you are not one of them. Granted, it is a pretty small sample size, but do you want to wait for Morrison to turn it around? Yes, he was projected to provide power, but if he is not producing he is bringing your team down immensely.

Blake Parker, RP, Los Angeles Angels

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Blake Parker, a 32-year-old who enjoyed his first full season in the big leagues last year, forced his way on to the Angels opening day roster last season by striking out his last 17 batters of the spring. In the 2017 season, Parker had a 2.54 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP in 71 games. He struck out 86 in 67.1 innings, allowing only 40 hits and converting eight saves in 11 opportunities and Mike Scioscia‘s preferred choice as his closer.

For some reason, Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia refused to name a closer this offseason. As we headed toward the draft season, fantasy owners tended to believe that Parker would be the main guy and was drafted accordingly. There is huge uncertainty regarding the closer situation with the Angels.

To add to the confusion, we have four potential relievers to record saves now with the Angels. Blake Parker has been shaky this spring with a whopping 9.82 ERA. He struggled in his first two appearances thus far this season. Cam Bedrosian, who was outstanding in 2016 before various injuries ended that season and yet to recover completely. He has the best “closer stuff”. Jim Johnson is a former All-Star closer. He is hoping for a resurgence in Los Angeles after a rough 2017 season. Lastly, we have Kenyan Middleton, who has recorded the only other save for the Angles this season. Middleton had an up-and-down rookie season in 2017. He finished last season with 11 straight shutout appearances.

With Scioscia unable to make a decision on the closer, how can fantasy owners make a call on who to utilize as one of their closers? It seems obvious that owners should stay away from Parker. Why not? Seems like the Angels are doing it!

Julio Teheran, SP, Atlanta Braves

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Julio Teheran has been considered as the top-of-the-rotation starter for the Atlanta Braves for the last few seasons. Unfortunately, he has not pitched like one since his breakout 2013 season. He is coming off the worst of his five full seasons. He posted an 11-13 record with inflated numbers in ERA (4.49), home runs allowed (31, 1.5 per nine innings), walks (72, vs. a career-low 151 strikeouts) and 1.370 WHIP. To coincide with that, fantasy owners have drafted Teheran as a top level starter, but Teheran is far from it.

Teheran is winless on the season, even though the Braves totaled eight runs in his first start and 13 in his second. He had his first good outing of the season on Monday night, while striking out seven, but allowed five hits, four walks, and two runs in six innings of work. Even with that quality start, Teheran still has an ugly 7.07 ERA this season.

The most concerning part of Teheran’s troubles is that his velocity is continually going down.  In 2017, his velocity was sitting in the low 90s (91.2 according to Fangraphs). After his first start of 2018, he was 89.5. That is No. 5 starter stuff, definitely not ace material. I think fantasy owners need to give up the idea that Julio Teheran is a special pitcher. In fact, I would rather have Mike Foltynewisz and Sean Newcomb of the Braves’ rotation than Teheran. Each has tremendous upside and K potential. I think we already saw Teheran’s peak season which was in 2013.

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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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