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2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List

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Well, we made it through one full weekend of the 2020 MLB season and we are already dealing with some major controversy. Below I will address what players might be worth cutting in the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List.

Before I get into specific players on who to drop in week one. I want to say that having a Marlins player on your team is not good. You are caught in limbo on what players have COVID and it looks like the Marlins are even looking for players to fill their roster.

 

If it is me, the only player really worth having prior to this was Jonathan Villar. I would drop him in week 1 and not have any Marlins on my team. Until we have a better understanding of what will happen to the Marlins. I would avoid them like a virus (see what I did there)!

With such a shortened season you will need to make a quick decision on if that player is going to get out of that slump quickly. For players who you should pick up on the waiver wire go check out @CALL_ME_SOS article, it’s a great read!

We are going to highlight four players below who are not worth your time in such a shortened season. These guys are slumping and their managers are taking notice.

 

2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List

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Scott Kingery, 2B, 3b, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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A few years ago Kingery was the top prospect for the Phillies and was looking like their everyday answer at SS. He was seen as a player who could get on base and use his speed to swipe a few bases. Well, times have changed and he was slated in the eight-hole in the Phillies Opening Day lineup. While you have 33-year-old Andrew McCutchen who just came back from knee surgery batting leadoff.

Kingery’s stats have been atrocious since the re-start he has only had one hit and scored one run. On Sunday he went 0-for-5 and is now batting an anemic .100. This is not a good sign for a guy who someone who signed a long term deal once he reached the majors.

Not to mention that the Phillies have had two games canceled due to COVID.  Having Kingery on your team might have looked good in a stacked lineup but he is not playing up to his potential.

Craig Kimbrel, CP, Chicago Cubs

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Craig Kimbrel did not look good against the Cincinnati Reds last night. Coming into the ninth, Kimbrel had a two-run lead and then proceeded to walk four batters in the inning. After only pitching 1/3 of an inning, his ERA had ballooned to a whopping 54.00. Once one of the best closers in the game, Kimbrel has now made his situation rocky on the north side of Chicago.

His FIP in 2019 was 8.00. Compared to his previous nine years where his FIP was never over 3.13. This drastic trend upwards is a telling sign that Kimbrel simply doesn’t have the stuff he used too.

Kimbrel is still the closer in Chicago but if he has another outing like the one on Monday expect someone in the Cubs revamped bullpen to take over closer duties.

Danny Santana, OF, Texas Rangers

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One of the breakout players for Rangers is off to a terrible start. He is currently owned in 86% of Yahoo Leagues and 65% of ESPN leagues it is time to cut bait. With a slugging percentage at .154 a batting average of .077 and BABIP of .125 you need to pull a Snoop Dogg and drop it like it’s hot.

In a Rangers offense that was only able to put up three runs in three games, having Santana as your major run producer is not good. His season last year were career numbers in all major stat categories. Just to give you an idea of how much of a jump he made. From his debut in 2014 to 2018 he hit 17 home runs, last year he hit 28. I expect him to come back down to earth in a season where anything can happen.

David Peralta, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Seen as one of the better outfielders going into the 2020 season, the Diamondbacks are not getting good production out of David Peralta. He had zero hits and had three strikeouts over the D’Backs first two games hitting second in the Arizona lineup. He got two hits on Sunday and on Monday he was dropped down to eighth in the order.

As an outfielder on the wrong side of 30 (he is 32) he is trending down. There are plenty of better outfielders available to stream. Peralta at this point is not in danger of losing his starting position. The other legitimate outfielders for the D-Backs are Jon Jay and Tim Locastro. These guys provide a great deal of speed but that is pretty much it.



However, of the three starting outfielders (Starling Marte, Kole Calhoun, and Peralta) I believe Peralta is the worst of the three.

Players to Keep an Eye On

I understand most teams have only played three to five games.  This a sprint not a marathon and if guys like Jose Berrios, Lucas Giolito, and Eugenio Suarez don’t step up, might be time to drop them. The secret to this year is not to be patient and wait. You have to go for the players who are fast starters and can get you wins.

About Josh Mantel

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