2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List.

This week six players make the drop list. Three are performance-based and three are injury based.

Brendan Rodgers, Dylan Carlson, and Ryan McMahon are the performance-based drops. These three players have been struggling since late August. Some might think they can turn it around, but they're running out of time.

Alex Wood, Andrew Benintendi, and Tyler Mahle are the injury-based drops. These three have recently been placed on the injured list by their respective teams and will likely be out for the rest of the Fantasy Baseball season.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List

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Ryan McMahon, 3B, Colorado Rockies

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Since August 23, McMahon has made 50 plate appearances and has been one of the worst offensive players in baseball. In this span, he's slashing .174/.220/.261 with a 19 wRC+.

These numbers this late in the season spell disaster for Fantasy Baseball and will likely result in an early exit from the fantasy playoffs. McMahon's statistics from the whole season haven't been stellar either.

On the season he's slashing .244/.329/.389 with a 90 wRC+, making him a fringe player on most Fantasy rosters. Now is the time to finally let go of McMahon in Fantasy Baseball.

Brendan Rodgers, 2B, Colorado Rockies

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For as bad as McMahon has been since August 23, Rodgers has been even worse. In this span, he's slashing .106/.192/.170 with a -9 wRC+. Rodgers has been horrific lately and it very well could get in the way of Fantasy managers winning their league championships.

If you're currently in the playoffs or fighting for a playoff spot, drop Rodgers for a more productive player.

Dylan Carlson, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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The Cardinals placed Carlson on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, September 7 with a thumb sprain. There were high hopes for Carlson coming into the season but for the most part, he has failed to live up to those. Carlson's statistics on the season aren't bad but they're not great either. He's slashing .241/.316/.387 with 48 runs and 39 RBI in 430 plate appearances.

Lately, he has fallen off, however, and he's losing playing time due to this. He recorded just 26 plate appearances since August 21, six of them have come from the bench. In this span, he slashed .190/.346/.286 with two runs and two RBI. The on-base percentage is better than his season average, but he still hasn't been able to turn this into run production.

Another reason he's losing playing time is due to the production of his teammates Brendan Donovan, Corey Dickerson, Lars Nootbaar, and Tyler O'Neill. All four of these outfielders have recorded at least double the plate appearances as Carlson since August 21.

Andrew Benintendi, OF, New York Yankees

Benintendi broke a bone in his wrist and had surgery to repair it on Tuesday, September 6. The Yankees have already placed the outfielder on the injured list, and he will miss the remainder of the regular season.

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Alex Wood, SP, San Francisco Giants

The Giants placed Wood on the 15-day injured list, keeping him out until September 16 at the minimum. Even if Wood returns this season this news puts him out for most of the Fantasy Baseball playoffs.

Tyler Mahle, SP, Minnesota Twins

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The Twins activated Mahle from the injured list on September 3. Unfortunately, they placed him on it again the very next day after he injured himself in his first start back. In this start, he pitched just two innings and allowed four earned runs.

This will keep Mahle out until September 19th at the minimum, but it's possible he won't be back until even later.

Performance Review

Jonah Heim, C, Texas Rangers

Heim remains on the drop list after recording just two hits and two walks in his last 18 plate appearances. Heim's roster percentage dropped from 48% to 45% this week. He now has the 13th highest roster percentage among catchers in Fantasy Baseball.

Marcell Ozuna, DH/OF, Atlanta Braves

After his 11-game absence from the lineup, Ozuna started in five games and posted impressive numbers. He recorded six hits and one walk with two strikeouts in 16 plate appearances.

While this five-game stretch is impressive, it's not enough for Ozuna to make it off the drop list. Fantasy managers should still expect Ozuna to hit the bench for long stretches at a time, limiting his Fantasy value greatly.

Ozzie Albies is currently on a rehab assignment and will return soon. This move could result in even more time on the bench for Ozuna.

Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF, Toronto Blue Jays

Merrifield recorded just one hit in 10 plate appearances this week. He attempted to steal one base but was caught stealing on the attempt. The limited playing time has greatly reduced his Fantasy Baseball value and Fantasy managers can drop him in every league.

Thank you for reading the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 21 Drop List.

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