Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Drop List.
Rodriguez is the rare occurrence of a starting pitcher appearing on the list, read on and see what he and the others need to improve to be worthy of a roster spot.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Drop List
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Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, Boston Red Sox
Let me start by saying I usually do not recommend dropping starting pitchers caught in a slump. They are valuable and hard to find late in the season. I considered placing Rodriguez on last week's list but chose to give him another chance. He has been a solid pitcher in his career and provided Fantasy value in the past.
We should note Rodriguez's positives from this season. His walk rate is down from 8.7 percent in 2019 to 6.3 percent in 2021. He is throwing a first pitch strike 64.9 percent of the time, and striking out 10.5 per nine innings. Lastly, his 3.85 FIP is nice but his 6.03 ERA is not nice at all. However, his low FIP does provide some hope his ERA will lower.
Now for the negatives. He didn't do much with my extra chance, allowing six earned runs through 4.2 innings against the Astros on Thursday. His line drive percentage is high and he has allowed a home run in four straight games Fantasy Managers are unsure what to do. He makes the drop list this week but very well might be worth a stash on the bench if he can get this figured out.
Nick Solak, 2B, Texas Rangers
Since May 1st, Solak has been downright awful. His slash line since is .191/.256/.291, with one home run, a 6.4 percent walk rate and 25.6 percent strikeout rate. Solak hit seven home runs in April alone but seemingly has lost that power.
His hard hit rate of 38.2 percent, ranks in the lower half of Major League Baseball this season. His slugging percentage, .392, is right on par with his expected slugging percentage .412. These stats show it's gonna be hard for Solak to bring the power back to his game.
He's had enough trouble getting on base but without that power, he showed early in the season his value has dropped quickly.
Jesús Luzardo, SP/RP, Oakland Athletics
Luzardo was called up in 2019 as a reliever and showed he can be a dominant pitcher in the majors. He started 2020 in the bullpen but then was moved into the starting rotation and pitched well enough to start 2021 in the rotation.
However, he started this season off poorly with a 5.79 ERA and five home runs allowed in six games started. Then on May 1st, the Athletics placed Luzardo on the injured list with a hand injury. Upon his return from the injured list Luzardo has been used out of the bullpen.
Luzardo showed he still had value in his first two appearances. He pitched four innings and struck out seven without allowing a run, but the next three appearances were the opposite. In 4.2 innings he allowed seven runs off four home runs and only struck out three.
He has immense talent but hasn't been able to put it all together for a long stretch. A struggling reliever is not worth keeping on Fantasy Baseball rosters.
Eugenio Suarez, SS/3B, Cincinnati Reds
Since he appeared on the list Monday, Suárez has gone 5-for-18 with three walks and struck out twice. This isn't bad at all, and is actually quite good. He even hit a two run home run Sunday afternoon. I don't think this will last long, but Suárez should be taken off the drop list.
Nate Lowe, 1B, Texas Rangers
Lowe is 5-for-17 with a run and RBI. He walked once and did not strike out in the five games since. His only value on the week came on Saturday when he had three hits, including a home run. I still think you should drop him and don't look back.
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