2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List.

This week on the Drop List, four out of five players have made at least one All-Star Game appearance in their career. Two Cincinnati Reds third basemen make the list, but who gets dropped first? Two outfielders are dropped as well, and I choose who I'd rather have the rest of the season.

Also, see how last week's Drop List went with the Performance Review section at the bottom.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

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Eugenio Suarez, 3B/SS, Cincinnati Reds

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Suarez is no stranger to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Drop List. He has appeared multiple times, but Fantasy Managers still roster him in 73% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. This should be lower as his production is not worth being rostered in this many leagues.

On the season he's slashing .171/.257/.371 with 23 homers, 55 runs, and 66 RBIs. Suarez is also striking out an atrocious 30.3% of the time.

His HardHit% (37.4%) is his lowest since 2017 (32.1%) and his strikeout rate is currently a career-high.

Suarez is untrustworthy in Fantasy Baseball unless in desperate need of home runs.

Mike Moustakas, 3B, Cincinnati Reds

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Let's start Moustakas off by saying he should be dropped before Suarez.

Moustakas returned from the injured list on August 6th. He's slashed .111/.238/.194 struck out 31% of the time in this span. Through his 146 plate appearances in 2021, he has 17 runs, four home runs, and 15 RBIs.

Another issue with both him and Suarez is they are splitting time at third base since Moustakas returned from the IL.

Baseball Savant records his HardHit% as a very low 28.4%. This is way down from 2020 when it was 40%.

Moustakas is a three-time All-star(2015, 2017, 2019) and could return to that form but It does not look like it will happen this season. Fantasy Managers can drop Moustakas in 12-team leagues and even some 14-team leagues as well.

Jeff McNeil, 2B, New York Mets

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McNeil has struggled in August, batting .162 with a .495 OPS since August 1st. The best thing McNeil has going for him is the fact he plays everyday and rarely strikes out. Besides for that he still needs to improve the rest of his game.

His HardHit% has improved from 26.5% in 2020 to 36% in 2021. This still isn't great as that puts him in the bottom 26% of the league. On top of this, his slugging percentage has fallen each of the last two seasons. In 2019 he slugged .531, in 2020 it was .454, and this season it's .359.

I rank McNeil higher than the other players on this list. He has the best chance of turning this season around and finishing on the right foot. With that said, the other players on this list should be dropped before him.

Tommy Pham, OF, San Diego Padres

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Pham is the one player, on this week's drop list, to never make the All-Star Game. Still, I am keeping him over Moustakas, Suarez, and the players from the Performance Review.

Pham appeared on the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List. At the time Fantasy Managers rostered him in 84% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. I again listed him as a drop after his performance review in the Week 20 Drop List. Now he is back on the list after continuing to struggle at the plate and is rostered in just 76% of leagues.

Since July 1st he is slashing .203/.287/.345 with four home runs, 25 runs, 13 RBIs through 167 plate appearances.

Pham has mostly been batting leadoff for the Padres but could lose his spot if he continues to struggle. I believe his roster percentage will drop below 70% if they do.

Andrew McCutchen, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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McCutchen has one of the better season slash lines among these players, .220/.333/.435, but still finds his way on the drop list.

He returned from the injured list on August 11th and has accounted for only four hits, one run, and two RBIs. This type of performance late in the season can be detrimental to a Fantasy Baseball team.

As for who I'd rather have the rest of the season between McCutchen and Pham, I am taking McCutchen. This is due to more power and better run production. Pham does have more steals than McCutchen but hasn't recorded one in over a month, making it easy to give McCutchen the edge here.

 

Check out the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Waiver Wire for suggestions on who to add.

Performance Review

Carlos Santana, 1B, Kansas City Royals

Santana had five hits in 22 at-bats, drove in two RBIs, and only struck out three times during the last seven days. He didn't play bad, but this performance doesn't do much to help Fantasy Baseball teams.

His rostered percentage dropped from 71% to 66% the last seven days, Santana stays on the Drop List.

Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants

Yastrzemski had a terrible week, recording only one hit in 12 at-bats while striking out five times. His August slash line is now .170/.228/.321 with only two homers.

His rostered percentage is now down to 77%, but I expect that to drop more this week.

Eric Haase, C, Detroit Tigers

Haase missed the whole week with a right abdominal strain after the Tigers placed him on the injured list. The Tigers scheduled him to begin a rehab assignment this week.


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1 comment

BB August 23, 2021 - 4:03 pm

With the way he’s been (not) hitting, will be interesting to see what happens with McNeil’s playing time when Lindor returns tomorrow and Baez moves to 2B.

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