We are over halfway through the season and if your team sucks you have come to the right place to make it better. This is the 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List. Before we get into this week's drops lets see how I did last week.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is trending in the right direction, bringing his WPA up to -.449, which is still not good but getting better. Rafael Devers has moved his batting average up to a less than respectable .222. Ross Stripling continues to struggle and was only able to last four innings in his last start.
Jose Altuve did get on a little hot streak over the week (you're welcome) and was able to accumulate over a third of his hits (nine) for the whole season (25). All in all the players did better in the last week than had all season. They are just not the fantasy players you need right now if you are at the bottom of the standings.
The 2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List has a few surprises and a few players who started the season hot and have now come back down to earth. This week a pair of aging corner infielders will be the focus, so fix your jockstrap and get your team up let's see who I think you should drop week five.
If you are looking at players who are rising and falling in fantasy go and check out @AintDunneYet article. He has some great players to keep an eye on as the season moves towards the playoffs.
2020 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List
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Carlos Santana, 1B/DH, Cleveland Indians
Once seen as one of the most intimidating bats in the Cleveland lineup, Santana's talent has diminished with his age (34). His struggles at the plate have resulted in just three home runs and 14 RBI. This is to go along with his poor .208 batting average does not make him a great fantasy asset.
He is owned in 84% of Yahoo leagues and 91% in ESPN leagues and could make a good trade chip if you have the guy in your league who is looking for Santana's potential. Based on his production thus far in the season, it would not be worth your time to wait hope he comes around.
Evan Longoria, 3B, San Francisco Giants
Another player who may be past his prime is Evan Longoria. Longoria is nowhere near the All-Star caliber player that he was in Tampa Bay. As the Giants get younger, it looks like it is time for Longoria to take a back seat and be more of a mentor to the younger guys.
According to Statcast, his batting average on breaking balls is at a career-low at .160 and the veteran has yet to hit a home run on breaking balls or off-speed pitches. His three home runs have all come off the fastball. As the third baseman continues to age, his production will be more a hindrance to Fantasy teams. It's time to forget the name brand Longoria brings and find a new player to patrol your team's hot corner.
Christian Vazquez, C/1B, Boston Red Sox
I know what you are thinking here "Vasquez is a middle-tier catcher and he doesn't hurt my team". This might have been the case at the beginning of the season where he had eight RBI's in six games. He had cooled significantly in August driving in just three RBI in 20 games this month. Over that span his OBP has dropped from .357 to .289.
Surprisingly, he still owned 80% in Yahoo and 82% in ESPN leagues. His defense keeps Vazquez in the Red Sox lineup, as he is leading the league in runners thrown out. Let's be real here, it's the only thing any of the Red Sox players are leading in this season.
Robbie Ray, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks
I find Ray such a fascinating fantasy player because he has consistently been a high strikeout guy who placed in the top five in K's three out of four years in the National League from 2016-2019. He has not been horrible in 2020, however, he has dropped to just the top 20 in strikeouts and his control has abandoned him.
In 27 inning pitched, he has already given up 25 earned runs and 25 walks, both on pace to be career-highs. In fact, because the Diamondbacks are struggling, he being shopped around as a left-handed reliever. This will diminish all of his high value as a starter in fantasy unless you are in deeper formats.
If all you are looking just to get K's then it is okay to stick with Ray. However, it might be best to cut bait or use him as a trade chip before the deadline in case Ray becomes a middle reliever on a contending team.
Players to Keep an Eye On
As we move into the second half of the season no one is off-limits when it comes to players to drop or trade away. Some of the guys that are on the bubble for next week are Chris Paddack, Christian Yelich, and Willson Contreras. These guys play integral roles on their actual team however, they are not playing integral roles on fantasy teams.
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