Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Drop List.
This week I am adding four former All-Stars to the drop list, three due to performance. The fourth, Marcell Ozuna, also makes the list after being arrested Saturday, May 29.
Included at the bottom are the performance reviews of last weeks drops and where they now stand
Check out the Week 9 Waiver Wire and Week 9 xwOBA Targets for tips on who to replace these players with.
2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Drop List
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Andrew McCutchen, OF, Philadelphia Phillies
McCutchen has served as the primary leadoff hitter for the Phillies in 2021 despite a .202 batting average and 27 percent strikeout rate. The last 15 days have been even worse for the former MVP. His batting average is .136 with a .577 OPS and 20 strikeouts in that span.
Strikeouts and batting average aren’t the only stats of concern. When McCutchen hits a ball in play he only makes hard contact 30.1 percent of the time and 49.6 percent of the time he hits ground balls. His inability to get the ball off the ground is hurting his game.
McCutchen is owned in 67 percent of ESPN and Yahoo leagues and should be dropped until he makes an adjustment.
Marcell Ozuna, OF, Atlanta Braves
Ozuna’s addition to the drop list is not performance-related, although we could make that argument. Instead, Fantasy Managers are dropping Ozuna after the Braves’ right fielder was arrested for domestic assault on Saturday night.
Atlanta Braves star Marcell Ozuna was arrested today and charged with aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery – family violence in Sandy Springs, Ga., according to jail records on the Fulton County (Ga.) website.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 30, 2021
The Braves placed Ozuna on the injured list Tuesday after he fractured two fingers. He was expected to miss six weeks, but If Ozuna is in fact guilty of these charges he will surely be suspended by MLB and could face prison time.
Fantasy Managers should drop Ozuna in all redraft leagues.
Miguel Sanó, 1B, Minnesota Twins
The Twins are a top-10 offense in most categories, Sanó has hardly helped and hurts the team in batting average and strikeouts. He is batting .176/.295/.429 on the season with 17 runs, and 22 runs batted in.
His strikeout rate and expected batting average rank in the bottom two percent of MLB. His percentage of hard-hit balls in play is a career-low 35.8 percent.
The stats are speaking for themselves and show why Sano should be dropped.
Wil Myers, OF, San Diego Padres
Myers’ performance hasn’t been poor but it certainly isn’t good. He last hit a home run April 23. Since then he has played in 20 games for a total of 68 plate appearances. Myers contributed only six runs and five RBI with a wRC+ of 48 in those 20 games.
His groundball rate on the season is 51.6 percent, 33 percent hard-hit rate and 23.4 percent soft-hit rate. This puts a huge limitation on his fantasy value as ground balls either result in an out or a single, thus making it harder to earn runs and RBI.
Myers is owned in about 85 percent of ESPN and Yahoo leagues but I expect that to drop as Fantasy Managers become impatient.
Andrew Heaney, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Heaney started one game since appearing on this list a week ago, facing off against the Texas Rangers. He pitched 5.2 innings allowing three earned runs, four walks, while striking out five. This stat line isn’t productive in terms of fantasy value. Heaney did earn the win however.
He is set to play in San Francisco this Tuesday and I am not trusting him in this matchup.
Yasmani Grandal, C, Chicago White Sox
Grandal only played two games this week, racking up one hit in nine plate appearances.
I am leaving Grandal on the drop list.
Joey Gallo, OF, Texas Rangers
Gallo played three games and recorded a hit in each, as well as belting a home run and two doubles. He posted a 199 wRC+ improving his season-long wRC+ to 118.
Gallo currently has some momentum building by reaching base safely in eight straight games and is sporting a five-game hit streak. This is more like the Gallo Fantasy Managers want to see, hopefully Gallo can keep it rolling into next week and break free of the drop list for good.
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