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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List: Outfielder’s Edition


Welcome back fantasy baseball lovers to the weekly drop list. This week we have the 2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List.

In episode five we continue with our installments of position dedicated drop lists, this week focusing on outfielders.

This editions’ illustrious list features a now current minor leaguer, a small bat in the big apple, a former 2nd overall pick, and arguably one of the most frustrating players in the past decade. Enjoy.

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List

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Mallex Smith, OF, Seattle Mariners

Mallex Smith is off to Tacoma.

The young outfielder, who has been a train wreck offensively to start the season, has found himself back in the minor leagues.

In 27 games played this season the 25-year old (still owned in 42% of leagues) has a slash line of .165/.255/.247 with 33 strikeouts. Currently hitting worse then Orioles first baseman Chris Davis.

Though the move to AAA is in no way permanent, its a clear indication to fantasy owners that whatever seems to be plaguing Smith through the first month of the season is of serious concern to the Mariners.

Even when he returns to the majors, his speed seems to be the only redeeming quality he offers, though even that becomes irrelevant if he is unable to get on base.

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets

It’s been a tough couple of weeks for Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

The left-handed hitter has looked like a shell of the player that hit 28 doubles, walked 80 times and had a .404 OBP a year ago.

So far this season Nimmo has hit .233 with 2.40 SO/BB and a 34.3 SO%.

In his last 10 games, the 26-year old has gone 7-for-32 with 10 strikeouts and one RBI.

Fantasy owners who have been reluctantly hanging on to Nimmo waiting for a return to last years form can now confidently send him to the player pool. By all indications, this could be a long year for the now fourth-year player.

Byron Buxton, OF, Minnesota Twins

It hasn’t been a great month for Twins outfielder Byron Buxton.

In his last 20 games, the former second overall pick has slashed just .239/.292/.448 with one home run and 17 strikeouts.

Since he broke into the league in 2015, Buxton has been unable to live up to his post-draft hype and establish any consistent play at a high level.

His career 83 OPS+ demonstrates exactly what he is, a below average player with speed, hardly a must keep for fantasy owners. Look for his 59% ownership to take a significant blow in the coming weeks.

A.J. Pollock, OF, L.A Dodgers

Death, taxes, and A.J. Pollock heading to the disabled list. Some of our worlds’ seemingly unavoidable realities.

It’s insane to think that a team in this era actually offered a 31-year old who has played just one healthy season in his career, a 5 year/$60,000,000 contract but that’s exactly how valuable Pollock is when he’s apart of an everyday lineup.

Well, sadly for fantasy owners he will be undergoing elbow surgery which will keep him sidelined indefinitely.

Though manager Dave Roberts believes the stint will be shorter then the five months Pollock missed with his last elbow injury (Hurray!) it’s still incredibly frustrating to fantasy owners who have wasted valuable draft picks on the former Diamondback for years.

Until Pollock demonstrates a track record of healthy play, it should be an obvious decision for fantasy owners to avoid the player and look for guys who actually play.

Check out the rest of our 2019 Fantasy Baseball content from our great team of writers.

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