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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Drop List: Dropping Like Flies


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

Can’t wait for the NFL to kick off? Yes, me either! Meanwhile, the MLB season is about to be completed and fantasy owners have to be wise with their lineups and their player acquisitions.

You need to stay aggressive and go for the brass ring. While other owners are dropping like flies, you are still upgrading your roster so you can win that ring. Take a look at four pitchers who you can drop in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Drop List. GOOD LUCK!

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Drop List

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Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Boston Red Sox

Nathan Eovaldi looked like a great addition to the Red Sox rotation after first two starts with the club. He threw shutouts in each of his first two starts. Unfortunately, he really hasn’t had a good start since. He has combined for only 21 innings in his last six appearances.

He is not going deep into games and has an astronomical 8.05 ERA in his last five outings.

After his trade to Boston, most fantasy owners were hoping that the move would increase his value due to go to a contender. However, his fantasy upside is capped by his lack of strikeouts and the fact that the Red Sox are welcoming back starters off the disabled list. The fantasy appeal was fun while it lasted, all of two games.

Junior Guerra, P, Milwaukee Brewers

As the Brewers continue their Wild-Card hopes, they actually added a nice piece to their rotation. The Brewers acquired veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals in the last second waiver-deadline deal. To make room in their rotation, the Brewers made an easy choice and Junior Guerra will now work out of the bullpen going forward.

During the month of August, Guerra owns a 7.10 ERA. In his five starts this month, he has given up 40 hits in 24.1 innings pitched, to go along with 19 earned runs. He has gone 0-4 with a 7.28 ERA, 16 walks, and a .356 opponent average over his past eight starts.

The right-hander owns a 6-9 record with a 4.27 ERA and 128:55 K: BB across 135 innings in 26 starts this season. With the move to the bullpen, his fantasy outlook of being a potential streaming option is now lost.

Brian Johnson, P, Boston Red Sox

Luckily, the Red Sox pitchers are getting healthy at just the right time, the post-season. While the Red Sox were waiting for the pitchers to return, left-hander Brian Johnson tried to fill-in but really hasn’t been effective.

Since returning the rotation this month, he has allowed six earned runs over 10 innings. He has gone over five innings only once in his last nine appearances. His 4.36 ERA and 1.44 WHIP doesn’t provide much confidence even though he pitches for the team with the best record in baseball.

With the starters returning this weekend, Johnson should return to a bullpen role. Those fantasy owners who tried to catch lightning in a bottle with Johnson, sorry game over.

Marcus Stroman, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

The Blue Jays and fantasy owners had high hopes for the right-hander, Stroman, this season. He was coming off a 2017 season in which he finished eighth in American League Cy Young voting and posted a 3.09 ERA and a 3.87 FIP over 201 innings.

Stroman entered the season battling a shoulder injury that hindered him for the early part of the season. He posted a 7.71 ERA through his first seven starts before he was placed on the disabled list on May 11 with right shoulder fatigue. He was pitching better after coming off the DL, recording a 3.84 ERA over his last 11 starts. Now dealing with poor production and blisters, it has been a lost season for Stroman and his fantasy owners.

He is only striking out 6.77 hitters per nine innings and owns a 5.54 ERA across 102.1 innings. The Blue Jays are so far out of contention, there is no reason for Stroman not to be shut down for the remainder of the season.

Take a look at which pitchers you should look to start as the season winds down in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings.

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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