We are starting to see what players are rising to the top and who will struggle moving forward. The 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List will give you a clear understanding of how to "trim the fat" on a season where every choice matters.
This season just keeps getting weirder and weirder. The Cardinals put their season on pause for several days but have since been cleared to return to play. The Phillies were just a bystander of playing the Marlins during their outbreak and didn't play for a whole week. Then played a one-game series against the hottest team in baseball the Yankees. Talk about bad luck!
If you are keeping score on how I did last week on players to drop, I say I did pretty well. Scott Kingery is batting .071, Craig Kimbrel has lost the closer spot, Danny Santana is on the IL, and David Peralta has four RBI's in 33 at-bats.
While I got some players who have struggled, F6P's own Dennis Sosic (@Call_Me_SOS) has some great waiver wire adds.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List
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Justin Smoak, 1B, Milwaukee Brewers
Smoak was on the move this offseason is now the starting first baseman in Milwaukee. Even with the change of scenery, his numbers have not gotten better. Through seven games he is batting .185. This is to go along with zero home runs and twelve strikeouts.
Even though the other first baseman on the team, Logan Morrison, is not playing well. There are plenty of other first basemen to pick up rather than Smoak. Typically your first basemen is a power hitter that hits in the middle of the order. On Monday, Smoak was dropped to sixth in the Brewers lineup.
This may not sound like much however, in a struggling Brewers lineup Smoak needs to be higher in the order to produce better numbers. Especially with the loss of Lorenzo Cain.
Hyun Jin Ryu, SP, Toronto Blue Jays
Another guy that was on the move this offseason was Ryu. After a great 2019 Ryu was seen as the established veteran on a young Blue Jays team. Placing second in the AL Cy-Young Voting with a 2.32 ERA last year was enough to get Ryu a massive contract.
Sadly, it doesn't look like he will live up to all of the money that the Blue Jays paid him. He hasn't made it past the fifth inning in either of his first two starts. He has posted an 8.00 ERA, a 1.89 WHIP, and is walking four batters per nine innings.
These are not good stats for a pitcher who pitched a ton last year and is in his age 33 season. With the expanded playoffs and the Blue Jays to be in the mix for a playoff spot, keep an eye on the innings that Ryu gets moving forward. Especially when you have this guy throwing straight fire!
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 29, 2020
Khris Davis, DH, Oakland Athletics
What a disappointment Davis has been for the Athletics. If your only job is to hit because you have never been able to play good defense then you better hit. Davis, who used to hit towering home runs and play abysmal outfield was left in the lineup for one purpose, to hit towering home runs.
Luckily on Monday, he hit his first home run of the season after he was moved to seventh in the lineup to take the pressure off him. Hitting well below the A's other stars will not help his run-production. This is to go along with his .125 BA that he had AFTER Monday's game. Keep in mind, his only job in that lineup is to hit.
Being owned in 57% of Yahoo leagues and 64% of ESPN leagues owners are starting to see that his value is trending downward. So jump on the bandwagon and drop him or trade him but don't hold onto him.
Eugenio Suarez, 3B, Cincinnati Reds
This one hurts more than the other two hitters because Suarez was arguably one of the better players in the majors last year. Two weeks into 2020, there hasn't been much for Suarez to celebrate.
Starting the year he was seen as the lynchpin to a great hitting lineup that added some great free agents in Nicholas Castellanos and Mike Moustakas. Last year Suarez was second in the major leagues in home runs with 49 this year through 41 PA he has a big fat zero. (Update: Suarez hit his first homer of the season on Tuesday night and could be turning it around)
He has 12 K's through 10 games, if this was a normal season he would be on pace for 216 K's which would be 30 more than his career-high. One of the most glaring stats is that his average is .086.
I know what many people are thinking at this point, it's still early in the season he will come around. I don't think he will and if you were smart you would look into getting some value from him before he falls lower in the order.
Players to Keep an Eye On
With players starting to find their groove. These are some guys who I believe have a "show me" week or it might be time to drop them. Edwin Diaz, Andrew Benintendi, and Kevin Newman have not been playing well. When we check back in next week it will be a good indication on what type of move to make.
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