2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List.

Is Gary Sánchez a top-12 catcher in Fantasy Baseball? Does Isiah Kiner-Falefa being top-10 in steals keep him on Fantasy teams? Where did Joey Wendle's playing time go? These questions and more get answered right now on the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List.

Check out the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings to see where these players and their potential replacements rank.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List

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Isiah Kiner-Falefa, SS, Texas Rangers

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The most impressive part of Kiner-Falefa's season thus far is the low strikeout rate(16.1%), and his 15 stolen bases that rank eighth in MLB. Everything else has been average at best and his slugging is almost non-existent with only 24 extra-base hits on the season.

Kiner-Falefa is batting .261 but only has a .298 on-base percentage, currently a career-low. This is due to him walking just 3.4% of the time.

Since the start of June, he is slashing .229/.264/.300. Those are each outside the top-150 players in this span.

Kiner-Falefa still has value in category leagues if a Fantasy Manager needs stolen bases. He, however, makes the drop list due to a low OBP and slugging percentage. His value is dropping rapidly and it is recommended to drop or trade him.

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

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Sanchez falls on the drop list after a .218 batting average, 27.1% strikeout rate, and ranking 10th for catchers in both runs and RBI. He does have 14 homers on the season, good for third among catchers, however.

He needs to bring the batting average up and lower his strikeouts to help his game. If he does that he will rise up the rankings for runs and RBI. If he continues striking out and hitting for a low average, then he will fall down the catcher leaderboards making him unworthy of a roster spot.

The home runs keep him relevant in fantasy baseball for now, but I believe his batting average, strikeout rate, and run production will drag him outside the top-12 catchers post-All-Star break.

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Joey Wendle, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays

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Wendle appeared in the Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Stock Up/Stock Down article. Mike Sollicito did a great job explaining what is happening with the Tampa infielder, read this snippet below.

"Joey Wendle is yet another culprit of early season success, although the reason Wendle is here is not necessarily because his play has gone down. Rather, it’s the fact that Wendle’s playing time has gone down ever since Wander Franco has been called up."

Since Franco made his Major League debut on June 22nd, Wendle has slashed .179/.256/.231 through 43 plate appearances. His season numbers are still nice to look at but he has been losing playing time and played awful since Franco was called up.

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Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves

Swanson slashed .381/.435/.524 in 23 plate appearances since last Monday. He did score only three runs and three RBI. He also struck out 30.4% of the time, showing some flaws in his game. Swanson showed enough to stay on the team this week, but we need to see him produce more consistently.

Eugenio Suarez, 3B/SS, Cincinnati Reds

Suarez, just like Bohm, hit two home runs but wasn't able to do much else with an OBP of .200. Some are reluctant to drop Suárez but shouldn't be unless you are in a deeper league.

Fantasy Managers roster him in 85% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues(the exact same as last week). I expect that to fall as he continues to get on base only 25% of the time.

Alec Bohm, 3B, Philadelphia Phillies

Bohm may have already proved me wrong one week after I advised dropping him. He hit two home runs with five runs and six RBI in the last week and showed some power that we haven't seen from him in 2021.

Overall he had a good week and similar to Swanson, we need to see more of this play consistently from Bohm to stick around for the Fantasy Playoffs later in the year.

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