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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List: Six At Six


Hello again, Fantasy Baseball Fans! Welcome to the 2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List!

Looking to pick up the latest breakout rookie pitcher? Do you need an update in the outfield? How about starting pitching?

Well, I can at least help you with the players that you shouldn’t waste your valuable time with any longer. I came up with three hitters and three pitchers that you can drop off your roster to pick up the next big thing in fantasy baseball! Good Luck!

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List

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Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Washington Nationals

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Ryan Zimmerman put up his best season last year since 2012. He hit over .300 and smacked more than 30 homers to go along with 108 RBI. But based on this season’s performance so far, last season was more like the exception, not the norm.

Zimmerman is slashing .194/.256/.398 with a .203 BABIP, which ranks 10th worst in baseball.  While most felt that regression was expected after last season, this is very excessive.

Additionally, Zimmerman has been in and out of the lineup daily due to various ailments. Matt Adams, who has started at first with Zimmerman unavailable, has been on fire. He has hit seven home runs in his last seven games.

Hopefully, owners didn’t overdraft Zimmerman based on last season. While patience is usually sound advice, I can’t rely on Zimmerman daily. I don’t want that headache in dealing with my fantasy lineups, especially for a guy hitting below the Mendoza line.

Ryan Flaherty, 2B/3B, Atlanta Braves

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Ryan Flaherty signed with the Braves on the last day of Spring Training. He was signed to help stop the revolving door at third base, although his career batting average is .221. Flaherty has broken out to the tune of hitting .310/.406/.437 with five doubles, two homers, nine RBI, 13 walks and three steals. He was among the league leaders in batting in the National League.

However, Flaherty’s grip on the third base starting job is in jeopardy. the Braves signed free agent Jose Bautista to play third base. He batted just .203/.308/.366 last season for the Blue Jays, but he did smack 23 home runs. The Braves also activated Johan Camargo from the disabled list before the game. Camargo was expected to be the team’s starting third baseman before suffering a right oblique strain.

Flaherty will now be reduced to a utility role, which he is better suited. If you picked up Flaherty while he was hot, makes sense. It also makes sense to drop him now.

Brett Gardner, OF, New York Yankees

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Brett Gardner is the unsung hero of the Yankees and last season was a big reason why the team came within a win from making it to the World Series for the first time since 2009. He set a career-high with 21 home runs while also stealing 23 bases. But Gardner is 34 years old. Age is undefeated.

Since April 20, pitchers have held him to a .105 (4-for-38) average, a .234 on-base percentage and a .339 OPS. He is currently hitting only .203/.322/.254 with one homer. He has struck out 31 times in 118 at-bats so far this season. Last season he only struck out 122 times and this year he’s on pace for 162.

The leadoff spot continues to be a major weakness in the Yankees’ lineup. It is probably time to move down Gardner in the lineup. Maybe that will create a spark. Otherwise, they could give Aaron Hicks an opportunity in the leadoff spot where he has proven to be more than capable. Additionally, the rookie Gleyber Torres could provide that spark at top of the lineup as well. We also can not forget Clint Frazier, who is quickly coming back to full health down at Triple-A.

The Yankees have a surplus of outfielders that they can supplant Gardner with. They continually have Giancarlo Stanton move to left field when the Yankees face a tough left-hander and shuffle their lineups almost daily to provide playing time. It seems almost outrageous to suggest, but fantasy owners should think of dropping Brett Gardner. His last season’s stats seem like an outlier, and with the surplus of young talent that the Yankees possess, the end is near for Brett Gardner.


Zack Wheeler, SP, New York Mets

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Zack Wheeler competed for the last spot in the Mets’ rotation this spring but posted an awful 8.10 ERA. He started the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. He was called up to pitch for the Mets when Jason Vargas was placed on the disabled list. After recording quality starts in his first two outings of the season, Wheeler has allowed 14 runs in 15 innings over his last three outings to rocket his ERA up to 5.79. He is also coming off one of his worst outings. He tied a career-high by allowing eight runs in six innings in Friday’s loss to the Rockies.

Wheeler had Tommy John surgery and missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons. He returned last season with less than promising results. The right-hander went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 17 starts before he was shut down to rest his arm.

It has been several seasons since Zack Wheeler has looked like a productive MLB pitcher. The expectations by the Mets that he will return back to his 2013-2014 form seems fairly unrealistic. The Mets keep throwing him out there every fifth day to hopefully regain his form, you shouldn’t do the same.

Marco Estrada, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

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Marco Estrada is coming off a disappointing 2017 season in which he posted a 4.98 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and gave up 186 hits in 186 innings. In addition, he recorded his career-worst 1.5 HR/9 rate last season.

Estrada is having a rough start to 2018. He is 2-2 with a 5.21 ERA to go along with a 1.45 WHIP. He has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last four starts. The balls are flying over the fence regularly career-high 16.1 HR/FB rate. He is also posting a new career-high 2.1 HR/9 rate so far on the 2018 season.

Estrada remains durable but I am hesitant to take the plunge with the veteran right-hander. He showed some promise back in 2015 but since then he has yet to live up to that promise. His ratios are horrendous and those numbers will kill your pitching categories. Don’t look now but there goes another homer that Estrada just gave up. Drop him!

Jeff Samardzija, SP, San Francisco Giants

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After starting the season on the disabled list with a pectoral strain, Jeff Samardzija continues to work himself back into form. It’s been a poor start to the season for Samardzija, who has gone four or fewer innings while allowing five or more runs in two of his last three starts. He is now 1-2 with a 6.62 ERA and 1.81 WHIP through his four starts of the season.

Samardzija is a bit of an inconsistent pitcher who posted a 4.42 ERA last season, but he did strike out 205 batters in 207.2 innings last season. He is a source of solid WHIP and strikeout but does have a losing lifetime record and a 4.09 ERA.

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He is a solid pitcher but he is limited in relation to fantasy production. If one of the young starters such as Mike Soroka, Fernando Romero is available, dropping Jeff Samardzija would not be a major loss.

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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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