Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Drop List.
First and foremost, Happy Independence Day! I hope everyone had an awesome and safe weekend while enjoying the fireworks.
To celebrate the Fourth of July, we have four players that made the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Drop List. Featured first is former top prospect Ke'Bryan Hayes. Following him are Kyle Gibson, Mike Yastrzemski, and Mark Canha.
Fireworks are similar to Fantasy Baseball players in that sometimes they just don't go off. Some call these "duds". Normally when a dud happens you will wait a few minutes to make sure it's safe before tossing it to the side. However, when a player turns into a dud on your Fantasy Baseball team you should waste no time dropping them from the team.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Drop List
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Ke'Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates
Hayes was a top prospect before making his MLB debut in 2020. That season he impressed everybody by slashing .376/.442/.682 in 95 plate appearances. Unfortunately, his 2021 and 2022 seasons have not been near as good. He's combined for 693 plate appearances in this span but is slashing a low .256/.322/.368 with just 63 RBIs.
In 2022 Hayes ranks outside the top-15 third basemen in runs, RBIs, home runs, slugging percentage, and wRC+. He does however rank in the top-15 in walks, strikeouts, and stolen bases amongst qualified third basemen.
Hayes is tough to gauge because it's clear he has the talent, but he hasn't been able to turn it into much success. Part of this could be the team he plays for, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who rank 28th in runs and on-base percentage. The limited number of runs scored eats into Hayes and his teammate's Fantasy values.
Due to his prospect pedigree and All-Star potential, Fantasy managers should keep Hayes in 14-team leagues but consider dropping him in 12-team leagues.
Kyle Gibson, SP, Philadelphia Phillies
Gibson is having lots of trouble lately. In his previous two games, he's allowed a combined 11 earned runs in 6.2 innings while striking out just five batters and walking six.
Among qualified pitchers this season, Gibson is allowing the ninth most home runs per nine innings (1.39) while being in the bottom 20 for strikeouts per nine innings (7.47). He is allowing too many home runs while not striking out enough batters.
Gibson's statistics aren't the only reason he makes the drop list. Fantasy managers can also drop him due to his upcoming schedule. He is currently in line to face the St. Louis Cardinals this Friday. Gibson then has another tough matchup against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Cardinals and Blue Jays are both top-five in runs scored, and batting average this season. Keeping Gibson in Fantasy lineups is sure to hurt this week.
Mike Yastrzemski, OF, San Francisco Giants
Yastrzemski is not doing too well in the past two weeks. He's recorded seven hits in 56 plate appearances while scoring six runs and nine RBIs. The worst part, however, has been his 30% strikeout rate in this span, which is above his season average of 22.3%.
Overall, Yastrzemski has played well this season as his 116 wRC+ is above the league average 100. His biggest positive this season is his 12.8% walk rate which places him in the top 8% of batters, according to Baseball Savant. The one thing that has held him back, however, is his career-low .414 slugging percentage. If he's unable to turn this around he'll likely fall short of 20 homers this season limiting his Fantasy Baseball production.
Yastrzemski's roster percentage is currently at 52% but that is expected to fall even lower if his cold streak continues.
Mark Canha, OF, New York Mets
Canha is in the same boat as Yastrzemski. Both outfielders are struggling mightily over the last two weeks. In his last 41 plate appearances, Canha has just four hits and four walks while scoring three runs and four RBIs.
Canha is on pace for less than 20 homers this season due to a career-high groundball rate of 48%. On top of this, Canha's barrel percentage is at a career-low 3.4% and it doesn't seem like it will bounce back anytime soon.
Fantasy managers are rostering Canha in 53% of leagues but it should drop below 50% this week.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinatti Reds
Votto had an up-and-down week. The ups saw him hit three extra-base hits and score three runs and two RBIs in two games. The lows came when he combined 0-for-14 in the four other games this week while also striking out at a 30% rate.
Votto remains on the drop list and his roster percentage is down from 60% to 57%.
Eduardo Escobar, 3B, New York Mets
Escobar started the week 0-for-4 but then hit a homer in three straight games. While this home run streak will eventually end, it is a good enough showing for Escobar to make it off the drop list.
Fantasy managers should keep a close eye on the situation, however. If Escobar starts to struggle again this week, then he may return to the drop list.
Josh Donaldson, 3B, New York Yankees
Donaldson recorded four doubles this week, but he remains on the drop list. If he can continue hitting extra-base hits this week then he will make it off.
Of the three third basemen mentioned in this article (Donaldson, Escobar, and Hayes) Donaldson would be the easiest to drop while Hayes would be the hardest to let go of.
Jack Flaherty, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals placed Flaherty on the 15-day injured list Monday the 27th. This comes after the righty injured his shoulder just two innings into the game last Sunday. Flaherty told reporters he will pitch again this season.
It is, however, unclear when the pitcher will return to action. John Denton of MLB.com reports that Flaherty will not throw for two to three weeks. This means it will be at least a month until Flaherty can realistically return to the Major League rotation.
Flaherty remains on the drop list, and Fantasy managers cannot trust him when he returns from the injured list. The only Fantasy leagues managers should keep Flaherty in, are ones with unlimited IL spots.
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