2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Drop List

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Drop List.

This week nine players make the drop list for various reasons. Featured at the top are Tim Anderson and Marcell Ozuna. Following them are Taylor Rogers, Jared Walsh, Chris Sale, Jeremy Pena, Yasmani Grandal, Matt Carpenter, and Frank Schwindel.

Anderson, Sale, and Carpenter make the drop list after landing on the injured list. Rogers makes it after being traded and losing his high leverage role in the bullpen. Ozuna and Pena make it after struggling at the plate recently. Walsh and Grandal both make the drop list for the second time this season after continuing to disappoint Fantasy managers. Lastly, Schwindel makes the drop list after the Chicago Cubs optioned him to Triple-A.

Be sure to read the Performance Reviews at the bottom to find which two players successfully made it off the drop list.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Drop List

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Tim Anderson, SS, Chicago White Sox

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On Tuesday, the White Sox placed Anderson on the 15-day injured list with a hand injury. This will require surgery making it likely he misses the rest of the 2022 Fantasy Baseball season.

Fantasy managers still roster Anderson in 95% of leagues, according to FantasyPros.

Marcell Ozuna, DH/OF, Atlanta Braves

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Ozuna is not having his best season by any means and it's starting to show in his post-All-Star break numbers. In his 62 plate appearances since July 22nd, Ozuna is slashing .164/.177/.279 with seven runs and five RBIs. The even worse statistic is his 1.6% walk rate in this span, especially when compared to his 29% strikeout rate.

It's not like he has just started to struggle either, he's been struggling all season. His season slash line is .213/.264/.388 and his walk and strikeout rates are 6.3% and 23.1% respectively.

Another sign that points to Ozuna losing value is the fact that he started the season batting fourth in the strong Atlanta lineup but has since moved down to seventh. This limits his scoring opportunities which limit his Fantasy value.

Fantasy managers roster Ozuna in 79% of leagues but at this point, he's only hurting the team, drop him.

Taylor Rogers, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

The San Diego Padres traded Rogers to the Brewers at the trade deadline in exchange for Josh Hader. He has made two appearances with his new team, but neither was for a save or hold. This is highly concerning as Fantasy managers still roster Rogers in 77% of leagues despite the minuscule value he is providing.

Unless the Brewers' current closer Devin Williams gets injured, drop Rogers and leave him on the waivers.

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Jared Walsh, 1B, Los Angeles Angels

Walsh continues to struggle even after making the drop list a few weeks ago. Fantasy managers still roster him in 69% of leagues but this should drop to about 50% based on his play. He currently ranks outside the top-15 first basemen for almost all offensive categories. The only one he ranks in the top-15 for is home runs, but even here he is in a four-way tie for 14th.

Since July 1st, he's slashing .136/.188/.218 through 117 plate appearances while also striking out 33.3% of the time. Unless you play in a 16-team league Walsh should be dropped for someone who is producing.

Chris Sale, SP, Boston Red Sox

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Sale underwent surgery after breaking his wrist this past weekend and will miss the rest of the 2022 season. Coming into this season he had an Average Draft Position of 120, according to FantasyPros Consensus ADP. This makes him one of the biggest busts of the 2022 Fantasy Baseball season.

Fantasy managers still roster Sale in 62% of leagues.

Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros

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Pena has had a solid rookie season thus far but has slowed down over the last two weeks. Across 45 plate appearances, he's slashing .119/.156/.143 with just one run and one RBI. This is easily his worst two-week stretch of the season, and it could be an outlier, but this late in the season Fantasy managers must do what they can to make the Fantasy Baseball playoffs.

Pena is still in line to a be finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year, but he can be dropped in 12-team Fantasy leagues. Some managers have already dropped him, however, as his roster percentage is just 60% despite his success earlier in the season.

Yasmani Grandal, C/DH, Chicago White Sox

Grandal comes into week 17 having the 12th highest roster percentage among catchers at 52%. This, however, should be much lower for three reasons.

First, his OPS (.526) and wRC+ (57) both rank 31st out of 33 catchers with at least 200 plate appearances. Secondly, injuries have limited him to just 64 games this season, and 93 games a season ago. Being a full-time catcher is starting to wear his body down. Lastly, there are catchers performing at a higher level with much lower roster percentages. William Contreras, Jose Trevino, and Joey Bart are three catchers that can produce more Fantasy value than Grandal.

Matt Carpenter, DH/OF, New York Yankees

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Carpenter was in the midst of a resurgent season, but it ended abruptly. Earlier this week the Yankees placed Matt Carpenter on the injured list after he broke his foot. This will likely keep Carpenter out for the rest of the Fantasy Baseball season. He slashed .305/.412/.727 in 154 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2022.

Fantasy managers still roster Carpenter in 50% of leagues.

Frank Schwindel, 1B/DH, Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs optioned Schwindel to Triple-A Iowa this week. Since the All-Star break, Schwindel slashed .161/.235/.161 while scoring just one run and two RBIs.

Fantasy managers still roster Schwindel in 30% of leagues.

Performance Review

Travis d'Arnaud, C, Atlanta Braves

d'Arnaud made 11 plate appearances this week. He hit two doubles and two singles while scoring two runs. It was an impressive week for the backstop before having to miss a few games due to a minor leg injury. Despite this injury, d'Arnaud is set to return to the lineup this weekend, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

I still believe that Contreras is the catcher to roster for Fantasy Baseball, but d'Arnaud has shown some value and he makes it off the drop list.

Raisel Iglesias, RP, Atlanta Braves

Iglesias has made three appearances for the Braves since the Los Angeles Angels dealt him at the trade deadline. In these appearances, he's recorded just one hold while also blowing one save.

Iglesias remains on the drop list due to his uncertain role in the Braves bullpen.

Yoan Moncada, 3B, Chicago White Sox

Moncada continued to struggle this week by slashing .154/.179/.346 with a 39.3% strikeout rate across 28 plate appearances. If you haven't dropped Moncada yet, what are you waiting for?

Franmil Reyes, DH/OF, Chicago Cubs

After the Cleveland Guardians designated Reyes for assignment, he was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs. Reyes has since made two appearances, recording three hits and one RBI. He's also struck out just twice in eight plate appearances which is a lot better than his 37% strikeout rate on the season.

The change of scenery may have helped Reyes get back to that potential from a year ago when he hit 30 home runs and drove in 85 RBIs. Reyes makes it off the drop list after an impressive showing with his new team.


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2 comments

Dustin August 11, 2022 - 2:37 pm

Love the articles keep up the good work! Connor really knows what he’s talking about!

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Dustin August 11, 2022 - 2:39 pm

Love reading Connors material!! Keep up the hard work

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