2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List.

It's great to have baseball back after a delay to start the season. The first weekend of the 2022 MLB season has officially come and gone and the waiver wire wars have begun. Fantasy Baseball managers have their eyes set on the waivers, but they must drop someone first.

This list will help Fantasy Baseball managers choose the right players to drop without making huge overreactions to poor starts of certain players.

Some Fantasy Baseball managers are reluctant to drop their players after just one week. However, these players can be dropped to help your team find its sweet spot. Just make sure to read the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Waiver Wire to guarantee the right addition.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List

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Michael Conforto, OF, Free Agent

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Conforto is without a team at the moment, however, Fantasy Baseball managers are still holding onto him. FantasyPros lists his roster percentage at 58.5%, but this should be lower. Conforto is a solid player when he's on the field, sporting a career .824 OPS. Since his debut in 2015, he ranks 28th among outfielders in this category.

The issue with Conforto is holding a player that provides zero production for an unknown amount of time. He could sign tomorrow, or he could sign at the all-star break, we don't know.

Ramon Laureano comes to mind when discussing Conforto due to him having a late start to this season as well. Laureano is serving a suspension and won't return until early May. The difference is knowing when one will take the field making Laureano more valuable.

Getting the most production is key for Fantasy Baseball teams to win early in the season and until Conforto is signed he should be dropped.

Patrick Corbin, SP, Washington Nationals

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This one is more of a deeper league drop as Corbin is rostered in only 44% of leagues but is still worth dropping.

Corbin has been terrible each of the last two seasons and his first start of 2022 did not go as planned. He received a loss after pitching just four innings. He allowed five hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck out four batters.

Corbin may be a bounce-back candidate for some, but his current roster percentage is too high. He is scheduled to start on Tuesday versus the Atlanta Braves but can be dropped as he might hurt your team. The Braves scored 15 runs on Corbin in just three games while striking out just 14 times in 2021.

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Brandon Crawford, SS, San Francisco Giants

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Crawford enjoyed a nice 2021 season where he slashed .298/.373/.522 in 549 plate appearances.  Despite the success a season ago, Crawford now in his age 35 season, has struggled to find a rhythm early on. He has one hit and one walk through 12 plate appearances with two strikeouts.

This early in the season it's easy to overreact when a player plays well or poorly and this could be the case for Crawford. However, shortstop is such a deep position that Fantasy Baseball managers can still find solid players on the waiver wire and a player like Crawford might last a while in a 12-team league.


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