2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
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Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List.

First and foremost. Rest in peace to the legendary broadcaster Vin Scully who passed away this week. He will forever be an icon in the world of sports.

Featured this week on the drop list are two pitchers, Raisel Iglesias, and Jon Gray. Following them are two catchers, Travis d'Arnaud, and Tyler Stephenson. Lastly, Franmil Reyes and Yoan Moncada make their second appearance on the drop list this season.

Stephenson and Gray make the drop list after injuries will keep them out for the rest of the Fantasy Baseball season. The Los Angeles Angels traded Iglesias to the Atlanta Braves and lost his closer role in the process. d'Arnaud and Moncada had a troublesome month of July. Lastly, Reyes makes it after the Cleveland Guardians optioned him to Triple-A.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 16 Drop List

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Travis d'Arnaud, C, Atlanta Braves

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d'Arnaud makes the drop list after having an awful month of July at the plate. In this span, he's slashed .190/.266/.207 across 64 plate appearances. d'Arnaud has been splitting time with William Contreras as the Braves catcher but Contreras is making the case to be the everyday starter. His July slash line is a much more impressive .244/.346/.533 across 53 plate appearances.

However, it does get a little tricky due to the defensive side of things. d'Arnaud's Defensive Runs Above Average or DEF is 10.6, or fourth best among all catchers in MLB. Contreras, on the other hand, has a DEF of - 1.7 meaning he is below the league average of zero.

d'Arnaud will surely still get playing time due to his defense being better than Contreras, but Fantasy managers should look at Contreras as the catcher to roster due to his offensive prowess.

Jon Gray, SP, Texas Rangers

Gray is another player that got injured at the wrong time. The Rangers placed Gray on the injured list Tuesday with an oblique strain and will likely be out for the rest of the Fantasy Baseball season.

This season Gray has a 7-6 record in 19 starts with a career-high 27.1% strikeout rate. Gray's 3.83 ERA is his best since 2017 when it was 3.67. This disappoints anyone who rostered the righty as he was having his best season since 2019.

Raisel Iglesias, RP, Atlanta Braves

The Los Angeles Angels traded Iglesias to the Braves on Tuesday in a move that will diminish his Fantasy value. Coming into the season, Fantasy managers drafted Iglesias at an ADP of 71.6 (#3 RP), according to Fantasy Pros Consensus ADP.

With his move to Atlanta, it is still unclear what role he will play, but it's fair to suggest that current closer Kenley Jansen will keep his job and get most of the save opportunities.

Yoan Moncada, 3B, Chicago White Sox

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Moncada makes the drop list for the second time this season. Fantasy managers still roster the third baseman in 51% of leagues despite the continued lack of production. Since the end of the All-Star break, Moncada has slashed .143/.286/.229 throughout 42 plate appearances. In this same span, however, he has a 16.7% walk rate that ties him for 13th in MLB.

I don't think this walk rate is here to stay for long, however, as it is way up from his season and career averages of 7.3%, and 10.5%, respectively. Once this starts to even out, his on-base percentage will likely drop lower than his .267 mark for the season.

Franmil Reyes, DH/OF, Cleveland Guardians

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The Guardians optioned Reyes to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. It's possible he can return to the Major League team this season but even if he does, he's not likely to contribute much to Fantasy Baseball.

Tyler Stephenson, C, Cincinnati Reds

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On Monday, the Reds announced that they transferred Stephenson to the 60-day injured list. This will keep the talented catcher out for the rest of the Fantasy Baseball season.

The Reds 2015 first-round pick slashed .319/.372/.482 in 183 plate appearances across 50 games this season.

Performance Review

Aroldis Chapman, RP, New York Yankees

Chapman has made four appearances, each lasting one inning, since making the drop list. He's allowed just one hit and struck out five batters while not allowing any runs.

This is a good stat line from Chapman but the fact he didn't record a save or hold shows that he has lost a good amount of his Fantasy value.

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Giovanny Gallegos, RP, St. Louis Cardinals

Gallegos has made two appearances, each lasting one inning, since making the drop list. He's allowed just one hit and struck out two batters while not allowing any runs.

Similar to Chapman, this is a nice stat line but the fact he didn't record a save or hold shows that he has lost a good amount of his Fantasy value. They both remain on the drop list.

Patrick Wisdom, 3B, Chicago Cubs

Wisdom enjoyed a solid week by hitting four extra-base hits and scoring 3 runs and three RBIs. The most impressive stat, however, is his 15.4% strikeout rate which is less than half of his 33.2% season mark.

Wisdom makes it off the drop list with an impressive showing this week.

Jared Walsh, 1B, Los Angeles Angels

Walsh continued his struggles by slashing .138/.242/.241 in 33 plate appearances. Not much to see here, Walsh remains on the drop list.

Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers

Torkelson has not done well at all since the Tigers optioned him to Triple-A on Sunday, July 17th. He's slashing .195/.250/.366 in 44 plate appearances.

If any Fantasy managers have held onto Torkelson in hopes he gets called back up, they can now drop him because it doesn't appear to be happening anytime soon.



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