The elongated matchup that is Week 1 is officially in the books. It's now time for the Week 2 drop list.
If you were victorious in your first matchup of the year, please accept my modest congratulations to you and your squad.
Now if your team laid an early season egg, don't fret. You still have plenty of time to right the ship, but you've got to trim the fat.
Here are a few players that you can confidently part ways with without rocking the boat too much too early. Count 'em, that's two boat metaphors.
2019 FANTASY BASEBALL WEEK 2 DROP LIST
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Jordan Zimmermann, SP, Detroit Tigers
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— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) March 28, 2019
After opening the season with back-to-back dominant performances against the Blue Jays and Yankees, Zimmermann reminded Fantasy owners of his true colors Tuesday night against the Indians.
The 32-year old right-hander surrendered three home runs on four hits and walked two in just 4 1/3 innings pitched. This was against a Cleveland team that has struggled mightily to produce anything of offensive merit this season.
Fantasy owners should feel more than secure in saying "thanks for the two starts Zimm" and have no problem promptly parting ways with him. Look for his 32% ownership to plummet in the coming weeks.
Jose Martinez, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals
— Cafe jr (@Cafejr40) August 25, 2018
This one stings. It's tough to believe that last season Martinez slashed .305/.364/.457, played two positions but yet can't find a spot in the everyday lineup to start the year. I guess that's what happens when you add a player like Paul Goldschmidt in the offseason.
Martinez's play hasn't exactly helped his cause either. The 30-year old infielder has gone 3-for-21 to start the season, with five strikeouts and zero walks.
With the recent extension of Matt Carpenter and the imminent return of third baseman Jedd Gyorko, it's tough to see how cracking Mike Shildt's everyday lineup will get any easier for Martinez. Drop him now, and take the loss.
Brad Peacock, SP/RP, Houston Astros
With a few neatly placed off days in April, the Astros have chosen to go to a four-man rotation and have subsequently sent right-hander Brad Peacock back to the bullpen.
In his first two games as a starter, Peacock posted a 4.53 ERA, with eight strikeouts over 11 1/3 innings pitched.
The 31-year old career reliever has started only three games over the past two seasons, and the trend of bringing him in and out of the rotation looks like it will continue in 2019.
Without the upside of pitching every fifth day for a team like Houston, Peacocks worth drops significantly. You're better off picking up a mid-level reliever to improve your ratio in lieu of keeping him on your team for the prospect of an occasional start.
Mike Zunino, C, Tampa Bay Rays
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) March 14, 2019
Fantasy owners hate the notion of dropping catchers early. We're all aware that a solid backstop can literally mean the difference between a playoff birth, and a last-place finish.
However, this sentiment no longer applies to the Rays catcher.
The veteran pitch-caller has had a particularly pitiful start to the 2019 season. Through his first eight games, Zunino has gone 2-for-29, with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
He was the third most dropped position player on Tuesday, and without some miraculously quick adjustments, he looks to be an early-season candidate to lead the list of biggest busts in 2019.
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