2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List.

This week we have two former top prospects landing on the drop list after their struggles. Both of these players had an ADP in the top-100 heading into the season, but have failed to live up to the expectations. Read on to find out who these players are and the best approach to take with them.

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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List

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Chris Paddack, SP, San Diego Padres

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Paddack is 5-6 in 2021, with a 5.49 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. On Friday Paddack allowed four earned runs in only five innings with just two strikeouts. He did receive the win after the Padres scored 24 runs, however.

Most of his Baseball Savant numbers are below league average including HardHit%(40.5), Barrel%(9.1), xSLG(.445), and Avg Exit Velocity(90.2MPH). This along with his ERA and WHIP are indicators that he is not good right now

Fantasy Managers roster him in 74 percent of ESPN and Yahoo leagues, but I believe that will fall between 65-70 percent and could go farther if he continues allowing multiple runs per game.

I'm comfortable dropping him in 10-team leagues, but in 12-teamers he might have some trade value that should be explored before dropping him.

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Cavan Biggio, 3B, Toronto Blue Jays

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Biggio was drafted with high expectations this season, but is slashing .227/.332/.370 with a 26.6% strikeout rate through 252 plate appearances. He only has six home runs, 24 runs, and 24 RBI on the season as well.

The biggest positive from Biggio in 2021 is his 13.5% walk rate which ranks in the top 10 percent of Major League Baseball. Still, this is not enough to warrant keeping Biggio longer.

Baseball Savant ranks his xBA(.197) in the bottom one percent of all MLB. His xwOBA and xSLG are in the bottom eight and seven percent respectively. He does, however, have a solid chase rate(18.4%) that ranks near the top of the league, but overall he has not been good in 2021.

In the most recent 2021 Fantasy Baseball Rest of Season Rankings, Joe Bond ranked Biggio outside the top-20 third basemen. Biggio is not a viable option going forward and can be dropped even if he was drafted to be top-10 at his position.

Performance Review

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, SS, Texas Rangers

1-for-5 with a strikeout on Saturday. He also recorded two base hits on Sunday, but Kiner-Falefa remains on the drop list. He needs to do a better job of reaching base before Fantasy Managers should consider putting him back in lineups.

Gary Sanchez, C, New York Yankees

Sanchez blasted a home run on Saturday. He did record a strikeout on Friday and Saturday bringing some of his value from the homer down. Sanchez is still a drop as I think he will fall out of the top-12 catchers down the stretch.

Joey Wendle, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays

Wendle made the drop list a week ago for two reasons. Since Wander Franco was called up to the majors, Wendle has seen his playing time and performance suffer. That could be changing, however.

On Friday, Wendle recorded a three hit game including a run and RBI. On Sunday, he went 1-for-4 with a run. He also has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 games.

I am taking him off the drop list for now. If he can keep playing at this level the Rays will have no choice but to play him.

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