2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
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Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List.

This week three players make the drop list after struggling mightily as of late. All three are rostered in at least 65% of leagues. Be sure to drop them quickly to get your team back to its winning ways.

Javier Baez, Josh Hader, and Taylor Ward are the players on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List. Baez has struggled all season and failed to produce like the top shortstop he once was. Hader has lost the closer job with his new team, the San Diego Padres. Ward went from breakout star to disappointment in just five months.

Be sure to read the performance review at the bottom and see why all three players from last week remain on the drop list.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List

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Javier Baez, SS, Detroit Tigers

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Baez made the drop list once already this season and he's back again. Baez still has a roster percentage of 76% despite ranking outside the top-12 shortstops in most offensive categories.

The only category he does rank inside the top-12 for is home runs. Baez has 11 homers on the season which places him 11th among shortstops.

Overall, on the season Fantasy managers have expected Baez to perform as a top-12 shortstop but he's been anything but that. Fantasy managers can safely move on from the struggling shortstop.

Josh Hader, RP, San Diego Padres

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On Saturday, August 20, Padres Manager Bob Melvin announced that Hader will be removed from the closer role for the time being. This comes after Hader allowed six earned runs in 3.1 innings through his first five appearances with the Padres.

Luis Garcia and Nick Martinez have each recorded one save. Robert Suarez has recorded two holds in the last seven days as well. After their success late in games, Hader appears to be on the outside looking in.

The southpaw has made just one appearance since losing the closer role. In this appearance, he struck out three and allowed two base hits. It's a nice outing for Hader but it comes in a low-leverage role as the Padres were losing by seven runs when he entered the contest.

It's still uncertain what role Hader will play for the rest of the season, but Fantasy managers cannot let him sit in the lineup if he's not providing any value. For this reason, Hader makes the drop list.

Taylor Ward, OF, Los Angeles Angels

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Ward was an early candidate for breakout player of the year but has quickly fallen off. In the first three months of the season, Ward slashed .312/.399/.548 with a 170 wRC+. He hit 23 extra-base hits in this same period while scoring 41 runs and 31 RBIs.

Unfortunately, Ward has not been able to replicate these stats in the last two months. From July to now, Ward is slashing .184/.284/.294 with a 68 wRC+. He's hit just nine extra-base hits and scored 12 runs and 14 RBIs in this span.

Ward went from a Fantasy Baseball superstar to being completely irrelevant and it's time to move on from the struggling outfielder.

Performance Review

Chris Taylor, OF, Los Angeles Dodgers

Taylor remains on the drop list after recording just two hits and two walks in 19 plate appearances over the last week. He also struck out 10 times in this span. Taylor's roster percentage is down to 62% as Fantasy managers are starting to drop him.

Keibert Ruiz, C, Washington Nationals

Ruiz had a decent week by recording four base hits and three walks in 18 plate appearances. He also scored 2 runs and two RBIs.

Ruiz has walked the line of production in Fantasy Baseball and despite a solid showing this week, he remains on the drop list. The National's backstop is still not a top-12 catcher this season.

Ian Anderson, SP, Atlanta Braves

Anderson has made one start at Triple-A since being demoted earlier this month. In this start, he struck out seven in 5.1 shutout innings while allowing two hits and four walks.

It was a nice outing for Anderson, but until he gets another opportunity in the big leagues, Fantasy managers need to drop him.

Thank you for reading the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Drop List.

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