2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List: No Time To Waste

by Dennis Sosic
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome back to the Fantasy Six Pack Weekly Drop List.

There is NO time to waste! Fantasy owners are fighting for their playoff lives. No reason to wait for the player to snap out of a slump. Stop worrying about the draft capital you put in the player way back when you drafted him in March. The only thing that you should be concerned about is how do I win now!

I came up with four pitchers who at one point during this season, you were probably satisfied with their results. They were contributing to your pitching stats, either as an SP3/4 or nice streaming option. Well, that time has passed. It's time to grab a player who can your team win now!

Who are these four pitchers that you should drop? Let's find out in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List.

After reading this article, you will know who you can drop off your fantasy rosters, but who do you pick up? Tyler Gettmann has the answer in his 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire: Little League World Series Edition.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

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Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels

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This past Saturday, left-hander Andrew Heaney took the mound for the Angels on the one-year anniversary of his return from Tommy John surgery. The oft-injured southpaw has finally stayed healthy. He has set career highs in wins (7), starts (23), and innings pitched (140.0) in his first full post-surgery season.

Heaney has also put together fantasy-relevant numbers with a 4.11 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 133/37 K/BB ratio.

Unfortunately, it seems that fatigue might be a factor. In his six starts since the All-Star break, he is 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA in 37.1 innings. His strikeouts have dropped from 9.1 K/9 in the first half to 7.4 K/9 after the break. Even more alarming is that he has a 6.46 ERA in four August starts. He has thrown 140 innings this season after making just six starts total from 2016-2017.

Fantasy owners will not be able to depend upon Andrew Heaney as we head into the fantasy playoffs.

Reynaldo Lopez, SP, Chicago White Sox

Reynaldo Lopez started with strong performances over the first three months but tapered off into an awful month of July. In his five July starts, Lopez is 1-4 with a 7.39 ERA and an ugly 1.786 WHIP and batters were hitting .301 against the White Sox right-hander.

Since the All-Star break, he is 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA, giving up 10 homers in 30.1 IP.

On the season, Lopez is 4-9 with a 4.72 ERA with a whopping 5.28 FIP across 25 starts. With his latest regression, it doesn't make sense to hold to on Reynaldo Lopez for any particular reason if he is still on your roster.


Kenta Maeda, P, Los Angeles Dodgers

It was announced last week that the Dodgers lost All-Star closer Kenley Jansen for about a month with an irregular heartbeat. The Dodgers bullpen then proceeded to blow leads in back-to-back games as other relievers failed to step up in their newly significant roles.

This prompted the Dodgers to move both Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling to the bullpen to help strengthen a weakness so far this season. With Alex Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu returning from injuries, the Dodgers had six dependable starters and the bullpen required experienced assistance immediately.

Maeda had a 3.80 ERA in 109 innings this season and was probably the Dodgers most consistent starting pitcher all season.

Maeda did work out of the bullpen the last two postseasons. However, he did suffer a loss in his first appearance out of the bullpen since his move from the rotation. He came into the ninth inning and promptly gave up a run on three hits.

Obviously, the Dodgers need help in the bullpen with Jensen unavailable. There has also been the talk of letting Maeda close a few games. While that might happen, it will be sporadic at best. Do you want to count on that type of probability as your fantasy team is thriving for the playoffs?

Hector Rondon, RP, Houston Astros


Hector Rondon has performed well after taking over Ken Giles in early June. He recorded 13 saves with a 2.57 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 20 outings. In late July, the Astros made a controversial trade and acquired former Blue Jays closer, Roberto Osuna, following his domestic violence suspension.  Since the Astros acquired Osuna, Rondon took it up a notch. In 4.1 innings, he gave up one hit, one walk, and had a 0.00 ERA, while converting 4-for-4 in save opportunities.

However, it has always felt that Osuma was going to be named the closer eventually. Rondon's leash continued to shrink and he then suffered recent meltdowns including two blown saves in his last three appearances. This prompted Manager A.J. Hinch to announce that Rondon is no longer the Astros' primary closer.

Rondon should remain in a setup role while the 23-year-old Osuna, who has over 100 saves and a 2.86 ERA in his first three MLB seasons, will take over as the Astros' primary closer.

While Rondon was having a fantastic season and helped the Astros stay in the playoff hunt, he will not be much help for Fantasy owners in their playoff quest in the setup role.

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