2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List.

This week eight players make the drop list. Three of them are performance-based and the other five will miss the remainder of the season due to injury and suspension.

Chris Taylor, Ian Anderson, and Keibert Ruiz make the drop list after poor performances. On the other hand, Fernando Tatis Jr., Joey Votto, Paul Blackburn, Tarik Skubal, and Walker Buehler will miss the rest of the 2022 season with suspension and injuries.

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

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

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Walker Buehler, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Buehler has been out since June and Fantasy managers held hope that he would return in September. Unfortunately, the Dodgers announced he will undergo elbow surgery on August 23 and miss the rest of the season. Buehler finished with a 6-3 record and 4.02 ERA across 65 innings.

It is still unclear what kind of elbow surgery Buehler will undergo. It could be something minor, but it could also be major. If it's a major surgery such as Tommy John, he may end up missing most of the 2023 season as well.

Chris Taylor, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Dodgers reinstated Taylor from the injured list on August 5. Since his return, he's slashing .200/.294/.433 with a 38.2% strikeout rate across 34 plate appearances.

Before his trip to the injured list, he wasn't having a great season either. From April to July, he slashed .238/.319/.409 with a 35.4% strikeout rate. The strikeout rate is a career-high for Taylor and his run production is down from prior seasons.

Taylor's lone positive is his above-average walk rate of 10.3%, but this doesn't make up for his lack of production in other areas. He needs to cut the strikeouts back and start scoring more runs before he can make it off the drop list.

Keibert Ruiz, C, Washington Nationals

Ruiz has a 63% roster percentage but among catchers with at least 250 plate appearances, his OPS (.656) ranks 17th out of 22. The Nationals' backstop also ranks 18th among the same group for runs and RBIs.

Why do Fantasy managers still roster Ruiz in 63% of leagues then? It's likely due to the pedigree of being widely regarded as a top-15 prospect coming into the season. Despite his pedigree, however, it's time to move on from Keibert who has failed to be a top-12 catcher in Fantasy Baseball this season.

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Tarik Skubal, SP, Detroit Tigers

The Tigers placed Skubal on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, August 3 with an elbow injury. Then on Friday, August 12, they transferred him to the 60-day injured list and announced he would miss the rest of the season. He started 21 games this year and finished with a 7-8 record and 3.52 ERA across 117.2 innings.

On Wednesday, August 17, Tigers manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that Skubal underwent successful flexor tendon surgery. This particular surgery will likely force Skubal to miss at least the first couple of months of the 2023 season, limiting his Fantasy value for next year.

Ian Anderson, SP, Atlanta Braves

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The Braves demoted Anderson to Triple-A on Sunday, August 7 but his stay in the minors wasn't long. They recalled the 24-year-old right-hander as the 27th man for their doubleheader on Saturday, August 8. Anderson pitched well in this game, going six innings and striking out four batters while allowing just two earned runs. After the game, Atlanta returned him to Triple-A, where he will presumably stay unless they need another doubleheader starter, or an injury occurs.

Anderson has struggled all season as his ERA stands at 5.00 and with the Braves sending him down to the minors it makes it impossible to roster him this late in the Fantasy Baseball season. If he gets called back up, he may be worth a stream, but for the time being drop him.

Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, San Diego Padres

Tatis Jr. is the most obvious drop of the season and takes the cake for Fantasy Baseball Bust of The Year after MLB suspended him 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Tatis already missed the first four months of the season due to a wrist injury and will now miss the remainder of 2022.

Joey Votto, 1B/DH, Cincinnati Reds

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Votto announced in a press conference on Wednesday that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff. This will end his season. According to Will Aldrich of MLB.com, Votto will have a six-month rehab and should be ready for the start of Spring Training.

Votto finishes the season with an undesirable slash line of .205/.319/.370 (all career lows). His strikeout rate (25.8%) is a career-high, and his walk rate (11.7%) is his lowest since 2008. Despite the lack of production and injury, he still has a roster percentage of 49%.

Paul Blackburn, SP, Oakland Athletics

The Athletics placed Blackburn on the injured list a week ago with a finger injury. They announced this Tuesday that this injury will force Blackburn to miss the rest of the season. Blackburn finished with a 7-6 record and 4.28 ERA across 111.1 innings and was named an All-Star this season.

It is reported by Matt Kawahara of The San Francisco Chronicle, that Blackburn was diagnosed with a tear in the flexor tendon sheath of his middle finger. They do not believe that surgery is necessary, and Blackburn should be ready for Spring Training.

Performance Review

Marcell Ozuna, DH/OF, Atlanta Braves

Ozuna went 3-for-12 and struck out five times. He continued batting from the bottom of the order and even hit eighth on Sunday. Ozuna's bad week doesn't stop there either, as he's sat on the bench for four of the seven games this week. Ozuna remains on the drop list.

Taylor Rogers, RP, Milwaukee Brewers

Rogers made three appearances since making the drop list. Two of those were good but one was bad. In the one bad appearance, he allowed two home runs, and a walk for four earned runs and received the loss. In the two good appearances, he allowed just one base hit while striking out three batters in two innings.

Rogers has yet to earn a hold or save with his new club and for that reason remains on the drop list.

Jared Walsh, 1B, Los Angeles Angels

Walsh had another poor showing at the plate this week and he remains on the drop list. He recorded just four hits and two walks in 23 plate appearances while striking out nine times. His only run production was one RBI.

Jeremy Pena, SS, Houston Astros

An up-and-down week for the rookie but for the most part it was productive. Pena scored four runs and two RBIs and had two multi-hit games but also struck out seven times without taking a base on balls. He also managed a stolen base which puts him at seven on the season.

While there were some downs this week for Pena, the ups outweighed them, and he makes it off the drop list.

Yasmani Grandal, C, Chicago White Sox

Recorded four hits, three walks, one run, and two RBIs. Grandal also limited himself to just one strikeout. Not bad but it's not good enough to make it off the drop list.

While his on-base percentage is solid Fantasy managers would like to see him turn in more runs and RBIs. For this reason, he remains on the drop list.

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