Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List.
With just three weeks till the All-Star break, Fantasy Baseball managers are ready to gear up for the home stretch before the Fantasy playoffs begin. Dropping the four players listed here can help turn a struggling team around or strengthen an already sound unit.
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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List
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Jack Flaherty, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
Flaherty has been a disappointment for Cardinals fans and Fantasy managers alike. He started the season on the injured list with a hurt shoulder. He returned on June 15th but got off on the wrong foot by allowing three earned runs in three innings.
In his second outing of the season, he allowed two earned runs in three innings. Unfortunately, in Flaherty's third start of the season, he was pulled from the game with shoulder soreness in just the second inning.
This is a serious situation for the star pitcher. It's unsure how much more time he will miss with this injury, but Fantasy managers should drop Flaherty and move on.
Eduardo Escobar, 3B, New York Mets
Escobar has struggled at times throughout this season and could have made the drop list earlier. Now is the time, however, to drop Escobar in 12-team Fantasy leagues.
His season slash line is .225/.283/.380 with a 90 wRC+ and his strikeout rate is a career-high 25.5%. These numbers alone could indicate Escobar being droppable, but his numbers from the last 15 days are even worse.
Since June 12th Escobar has just four hits in 43 plate appearances with a negative wRC+ and 36% strikeout rate. It's been a bad two weeks for Escobar and it's hurt Fantasy teams badly. Expect his play to bounce back some but keep him on the waivers until that happens.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinatti Reds
Votto made the drop list earlier this season before the Reds placed him on the injured list. He returned on May 20th and started dominating like he was in his prime again. The first three weeks after his return, Votto slashed .306/.419/.667 with a 191 wRC+.
In the last two weeks, however, Votto has fallen back down to Earth. From June 12th to June 26th, he slashed .189/.268/.216 with a 38 wRC+.
Since his return, Votto's roster percentage rose back to around 70% but now after two bad weeks he's down to 60%. Fantasy managers can safely drop the veteran first baseman in 14-team leagues.
Josh Donaldson, 3B/DH, New York Yankees
Donaldson has been a shell of his former self this season. His on-base percentage (.325) and slugging percentage (.383) is the lowest since his rookie season in 2012. On top of this, his strikeout rate is a career-high 26.3% and it doesn't appear to be lowering any time soon as he's been striking out 38% over the last two weeks.
It's not easy but there are better players on the waiver wire who can replace Donaldson in Fantasy lineups.
The players mentioned in this article are not dropped due only to their bad performances. They also became droppable due to excellent performances from lower rostered players such as Brendan Donovan, Isaac Paredes, Juan Yepez, and Jon Berti to name a few.
Nolan Gorman, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals
The day after Gorman made the drop list, he proceeded to blast two homers in a 4-for-4 performance with four RBIs. The rest of the week did not go his way, however, as he recorded just two base hits while striking out 10 times. Gorman stays on the drop list despite the 4-for-4 game.
Gorman's roster percentage has held steady at 43%, but it should drop some as his inconsistencies continue to show.
Myles Straw, OF, Cleveland Guardians
Straw continued to struggle by recording just four hits while striking out eight times. The speedster also failed to record a stolen base this week. The Guardians outfielder remains on the drop list.
Straw's roster percentage fell from 44% to 36% this week and it should be expected to continue falling.
Brendan Rodgers, 2B, Colorado Rockies
Rodgers enjoyed a solid week by recording eight hits in 27 plate appearances, including six extra-base hits. This performance is enough for Rodgers to make it off the drop list.
His roster percentage fell from 62% to 56% this week, but it could bounce back above 60% after this strong week.
Wilmer Flores, 3B/1B/DH, San Francisco Giants
Flores' performance this week was decent but not enough to make it off the drop list. He recorded seven hits in 25 plate appearances while scoring four runs and five RBIs. Even with the solid week, Flores' stats over the last three weeks are still average at best.
Fantasy managers can drop Flores in 12-team leagues but hold onto him in 14-team leagues.
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