Hello Fantasy friends and foes. Welcome back to last regular edition of the Fantasy Six Pack Weekly Drop List.
This will be the last regular season drop list designed to provide you with players that you no longer should need on your fantasy rosters. I hope the Drop Lists have served you well. Drop me a note and let me know if and when the Drop List helped your fantasy rosters.
I came up with four players that fantasy owners can do without as they continue to the fantasy baseball playoff finish line. Let's find out which two hitters and two pitchers made the list in the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Drop List.
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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 24 Drop List
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Kyle Seager. 3B, Seattle Mariners
Received multiple questions about Kyle Seager's future with the organization. I wrote about this in a mailbag two weeks ago. https://t.co/N3gWnJse2r
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) September 7, 2018
Kyle Seager is having his worst season as a pro, posting career lows in hitting, slugging and on-base percentage. He currently owns an ugly .239 BABIP and carries a 119/34 K/BB ratio.
The former All-Star started this season on fire, hitting .300 with a 147 wRC+ during the first 15 games of the season. Then second baseman Robinson Cano was placed on the DL after a pitch broke Cano' hand the previous weekend. Oh, it gets worse, then Cano was suspended 80 games.for violating the league's substance policy.
It seems that injury has led to the downfall of Seager. Seager began to press, which seems to have caused his struggles-offensively and defensively. While all of us feel being pressured to win their fantasy titles, I would hope that we do not crumble under the pressure like Kyle Seager.
Eric Thames, 1B/OF, Milwaukee Brewers
— Reviewing the Brew (@ReviewngTheBrew) September 13, 2018
Thames has failed to follow his breakout 2017 where he hit 31 homers and drove in 63 runs. He was removed from being the starting first baseman early this season after his thumb injury kept him out for over a month. We then saw the emergence of Jesus Aguilar as a power-hitting right-handed bat. Aguilar's breakout has been one of the best stories of the 2018 season.
Eric Thames has only four starts since August 17th. His .221 batting average overall and his slash line of .098/.159/.244 in August has led Thames to be a situational player. He is on the roster to get the occasional start in case Jesus Aguilar needs a day off.
With the expanded rosters in September and the addition of veteran Curtis Granderson, Thames has become non-existent. He has struggled throughout this season, and it is now to the point that Eric Thames looks to be watching the MLB playoffs with the rest of us. Thames does not look like he is going to be on the Brewers' playoff roster.
Zach Eflin, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Zach Eflin was the Phillies MVP in the month of June. He went 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA in that month. In his first 16 starts this season, he went 8-4 with a 3.57 ERA. He had allowed just 91 hits over 90.2 innings with an 86/19 K/BB ratio.
Notwithstanding his hot start, he has pitched five consecutive duds in which he has given up 36 hits and 20 earned runs for a 7.71 ERA. These struggles coincide with his controversial getting sent to triple A last month .
The Phillies front office sent him down briefly so the team could carry an extra position player. Eflin was not happy about the demotion and never wanted to blame the demotion for his struggles. Unfortunately, he has not been the same pitcher since the move.
In the middle of dwindling playoff hopes, can the Phillies continue sending Eflin to the mount? His numbers showed otherwise and fantasy owners can't continue hoping he regains his early season form.
Brad Boxberger, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks
— azcentral sports (@azcsports) September 10, 2018
The Diamondbacks looks worn out. Veteran reliever Brad Boxberger has pitched almost as many innings this year (49) than the previous two years combined (53.2). Boxberger has saved 32 games this season, however, in four appearances this month, he is 0-3 and has allowed six runs in just two innings of work.
Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo said Monday that Boxberger has been removed from the closer role. Lovullo commented that he would play matchups in the ninth inning going forward.
The right-hander has been solid prior to September, he owns a 3.45 ERA, 31 saves in 37 chances and a 67/24 K/BB ratio in 47 innings. Since the All-Star break, Boxberger has an ERA of 7.90 and has allowed six runs in four September appearances.
The Diamondbacks entered Monday's action, 2.5 games out of first place in the NL West and three games out of the second Wild Card slot. This adjustment may well decide if Arizona can reach the playoffs this season. They were not afraid to make the move away from Boxberger, either should fantasy owners.