Finally, we are getting some nice weather here in Cleveland. The sun is shining, and the temperatures are above 60! The Cavs keep finding ways to win! Now let's get to the important stuff, winning a fantasy baseball championship!
The month of May is upon us and you should have a good idea of your roster makeup. What categories are hurting you? Where do you need improvement? Don't be hesitant to drop the players that are not producing. The player that you are still hoping can contribute. The player failed you, it's time to move on.
Well, I came up with four players that you can move on from and get the latest hot pickup. Looking for advice on who to pick up? Check out our very own Tyler Gettman's recommendations in 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire.
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List
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Preston Tucker, OF, Atlanta Braves
There are two words why Braves' outfielder Preston Tucker is on the Drop List, and those they are Ronald Acuna! Acuna is the near-consensus No.1 prospect in baseball. A five-tool talent who took over in left field for Preston Tucker. Acuna is living up to the hype, hitting a ridiculous .421/.500/.789.
Tucker did an admirable job as the Braves' left fielder through the first four weeks of the season. He posted a .254/.289/.465 slash line with three homers and 18 RBI in 22 games. He earned the left field spot this spring and was scorching hot out of the gate. In the first seven games of the season, he hit .435 (10-for-23), with two homers and nine RBI. In the five games since Tucker is 0-for-12 with five strikeouts. He struck out only four times in his first 23 at-bats.
Currently, Tucker won't see consistent enough at-bats to delivery any type of value except for the truly deepest of leagues. He will still see occasional starts when Acuna, Ender Inciarte or Nick Markakis needs a rest, but the days of Preston Tucker being fantasy relevant are over and should be dropped in all formats.
Ian Kennedy, SP, Kansas City Royals
Ian Kennedy started the season with three consecutive quality starts but has allowed eight runs over eight innings across his two previous starts on 14 hits and four walks. He has lost his last three decisions, although he owns a 3.48 ERA and 1.39 WHIP in six starts overall.
If you were able to sell high on Ian Kennedy, pat yourself on the back! Kennedy has only had two seasons in the past eight where he had an ERA under 4.00. He gave up 34 homers (seventh most in MLB) last season and walked 3.6 batters per nine innings. The veteran right-hander also struggled to a 5.38 ERA across 30 starts last season.
He is not a pitcher that I can count on and he will eventually hurt your team more than he will help it. Additionally, the Royals will not be winning that many games this season, so there won't be many wins available.
Lance Lynn, SP, Minnesota Twins
Lance Lynn was unable to attract much interest on last winter's free-agent market. The best that Lynn can obtain was a one-year $12 million deal with the Minnesota Twins, and that was on March 12. Doesn't every team need pitching? Which team couldn't use a pitcher who recorded a 3.43 ERA last season?
His ERA was not an accurate reflection of Lynn's pitching last season. The most telling measure of quality or lack thereof is his 4.82 FIP (fielding independent ERA). His walk rate jumped, while his strikeout rate went down. He had the worst strikeout-walk ratio of his career. Additionally, the .244 average vs. Lynn on batted balls last season was the lowest against any MLB starting pitcher — meaning that Lynn was extremely lucky in ’17.
Hopefully, you took our advice on Fantasy Six Pack and stayed away from Lance Lynn during your drafts and/or auctions. In his first five starts, Lynn is 0-3 and has an 8.37 ERA and an alarming 19.7 percent walk rate! His 8.37 ERA ranks 121st among 123 MLB starting pitchers that have thrown at least 23 innings. His WHIP of 2.11 is the worst among starters. I don't want to keep you boring with awful stats BUT here is the last ugly Lance Lynn stat: Opponents are batting .290 with a .427 OBP, .516 slugging percentage and .943 OPS against Lynn!
Do I need to say more? Drop Lance Lynn ASAP!!!
Vince Velasquez, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Vince Velasquez was once one of the most promising pitchers in the National League. However, he is still too inconsistent with his stuff and injuries have played a huge role in not living up to the promise. The Phillies still seem committed to him in the rotation as they wait for Velasquez to exhibit his potential. His 2017 season was cut short after he required surgery to repair a vascular issue in his right middle finger. Velasquez came into spring training showing no ill effects from the surgery and won his spot back into the Phillies' rotation.
Velasquez has a 1-4 record with a 5.70 ERA so far this season. He has allowed at least four earned runs in less than five innings in three of his six starts. He is averaging nearly a home run per start and has a 4.64 ERA over the last three seasons. In fact, since the start of the 2016 season, 105 pitchers have made 45 or more starts in the majors. Velasquez ranks last among that group with 233 innings pitched.
Vince Velasquez seems to be holding on to his spot in the rotation by his potential alone. He has yet to produce consistently in his three years in the league and the Phillies will do themselves well to remove him from their rotation. He is not fantasy relevant by any means, even as a streaming option. You have a better shot at winning a scratch-off lottery ticket than you do predict if and when Vince Velasquez will have his next quality start(s).
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