2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Drop List: The King is Dead

by Dennis Sosic
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Drop List

Hello fantasy friends and foes. Welcome to the 2018 Fantasy Six Pack Weekly Drop List.

Well fantasy baseball fans, we have just over 40 games left to go this season. Since you are still interested in reading this, you are probably fighting to keep on top or fighting for your playoff life.

There is no reason to hold on to players that are not producing. No reason to keep a player that might regain their starting role back. You need to win now! Drop the dead weight immediately! Take a look at who Tyler Gettmann thinks you should pick up in his 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Waiver Wire: Playoff Push.

Who are these dead-weight players? Let's find out in my 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Drop List.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 20 Drop List

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Felix Hernandez, P, Seattle Mariners

King Felix was the weak link in the Mariners' rotation, and the Mariners finally had to bite the bullet. Last week, Mariners Manager Scott Servais bumped Felix Hernandez from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Hernandez, 32, has been on a steady decline since 2015. It looks like his career might be over.

Hernandez has an abysmal 5.73 ERA in 23 starts. The right-hander has given up 132 hits in 124 innings in his 23 starts. He has been one of the worst starters in the game while logging career-highs in FIP (5.04) and WHIP (1.435).

The former Cy-Young award winner has been a disaster since the All-Star break. He has gone 0-3 with a 9.16 ERA and managing just 18.2 innings over four starts. Additionally, batters are hitting .304 against him while posting a dreadful 12/10 K/BB ratio.

With the Mariners fighting for an AL wild-card spot, they had no choice but to stay with an otherwise strong Seattle rotation. King Felix has had a great career. Let's not force him out there when he no longer has the stuff to compete in the big leagues.

Corey Knebel, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

In order for the Brewers to continue to maintain their wild-card spot, they need to figure out their bullpen woes. So far this month, Brewers relievers have allowed 34 runs, including 10 home runs in just 27 innings.

One of their biggest issues is closer Corey Knebel. The right-hander has lost two games in his last three appearances and his ERA is now a whopping 4.91. He owns a brutal 6.97 ERA through 10 appearances since the All-Star break. He has a ridiculous home run-fly ball rate this year. 18.9% of all fly balls off Knebel have left the yard this season. Last season, only 9% of fly balls went for homers.

Last season, Knebel was one of the most dominant relievers in baseball, posting a 1.78 ERA while locking down 39 saves. However, with his latest struggles, Knebel will be giving a break of closing games according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell. With Joakim Soria getting injured after giving up a grand slam last week, then hit the disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. Soria has a 1.59 ERA in seven games since Milwaukee acquired him in a trade two weeks ago with the Chicago White Sox.

Counsell indicated that he plans to play the matchup with lefty Josh Hader, Corbin Burnes, and Jeremy Jeffress, who has inherited 33 runners this season, and only eight of them have scored. It's obvious that the Brewers do not trust Knebel to close out games at the moment. Fantasy owners should not trust Knebel any longer as we head into the fantasy playoffs.


Fernando Rodney, RP, Oakland A's

The 41-year-old Fernando Rodney has frustrated many Twins fans and their management with the way which he would put runners on base while trying to close out games. Regardless, Rodney has spent the season serving as the Twins closer, going 25-for-31 in save chances. He has posted a formidable 2.96 ERA in 45.2 innings while possessing a 52/19 K/BB ratio and a 3.79 FIP.

It was a mild surprise when the journeyman closer wasn't dealt at the deadline. Last week, the Oakland A's completed a trade after the non-waiver deadline by acquiring Rodney from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Dakota Chalmers.

The fact is that the right-hander is still an effective late-inning reliever. With the addition of Rodney, the A's bullpen has a plethora of late-inning options to choose from. They were already a deep bullpen with All-Star Blake Treinen, setup man Lou Trivino, and former closers Jeurys Familia and Shawn Kelley.

Rodney has 325 career saves, which is the 17th most in baseball history. However, he will not be in line to get many if any saves while he is pitching in Oakland for the remainder of this season.

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