2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Drop List

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Drop List.

This week on the drop list we have a veteran first baseman showing signs of decline and a power-hitting designated hitter striking out 45% of the time. Fantasy Baseball managers roster these two in 70-80% of ESPN and Yahoo Fantasy Baseball leagues but should drop them immediately.

Strikeouts are a trend starting to show in this weekly drop list. It's extremely difficult to roster a player striking out more than 30% of the time. It's hard to even consider a player "good" when they strike out this often. Strikeouts are bad for real-life baseball and they're bad for Fantasy Baseball.

11 players have a roster percentage greater than 60% that strike out more than 30% of the time. That list includes the two players here on the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Drop List. The others still have hope to bring the strikeout rate down and improve their Fantasy Baseball value but may soon find themselves on the drop list.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Drop List

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Franmil Reyes, DH, Cleveland Guardians

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Reyes might be struggling more than any player in MLB right now. He is slashing .135/.169/.216 through 76 plate appearances. The worst part about Reyes' season thus far is his awful 45.5% strikeout rate and his equally bad 3.9% walk rate. He leads all MLB with 35 strikeouts, five more than second place.

He has a roster percentage of 78% in ESPN and Yahoo leagues. Expect this to fall drastically this week. It's possible he still has some trade value but it's not going to be much and every day it gets worse.

Reyes is still barreling the ball at a solid 12.8% and has proven to have 30-plus homer power, but he is just not making enough contact.  Fantasy Baseball managers should drop Reyes as soon as possible to limit any more damage he may cause to their team.

Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinatti Reds

Votto has spent his entire career with the Reds and has been the face of the franchise since he won MVP in 2010. He's been one of the best first basemen during his time in the big leagues, however, it's time to drop Votto in Fantasy Baseball after his terrible start to the season.

He's slashing .129/.291/.143 with a 31.4% strikeout rate through 86 plate appearances. His current statistics are hardly even worthy of being a top-50 first baseman. His roster percentage is currently 70% which is good for 30th among first base eligible players. This week it should drop to the 50-60 percent range unless a major turnaround happens.

Even if Votto can turn it around there should be concerns about the Reds as a whole. They currently have the fifth-fewest runs scored and the lowest OPS of all MLB teams. This is one of the worst offenses in baseball and may only have one batter worthy of a Fantasy Baseball roster spot in Jonathan India.

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Performance Review

Dansby Swanson, SS, Atlanta Braves

Swanson's roster percentage fell from 79% to 75% this past week despite this being the best week of his season. He recorded two extra-base hits, three runs, three RBIs, and one stolen base.

This week is tough to decide what to do with the Braves shortstop so the best thing to do is wait one more week. If Swanson can continue this success into this week, then he deserves to stay on Fantasy Baseball teams. If Swanson returns to struggling at the plate, then he should be dropped.

Carlos Santana, 1B, Kansas City Royals

Leave Santana on the waivers even in 14-team leagues. He was 30% rostered a week ago, and now is just 28%. His 20.3% walk rate is outstanding but doesn't provide much fantasy value. He did have an ok week by posting a .429 OBP, two runs, and two RBIs.

Joey Gallo, OF, New York Yankees

Gallo had a mixed week at the plate. In 14 plate appearances, he hit two homers, and scored four runs and two RBIs but struck out 50% of the time. Gallo had some much-needed success at the pate, but unfortunately, he left Saturday's game early due to a groin injury and also sat out of the game on Sunday.

Despite some success this week, it's still recommended to drop Gallo in 12-team leagues. He did an amazing job of getting on base and belted his first two home runs of the season. However, the strikeouts are still happening too frequently for Gallo hurting his fantasy value.

The groin injury is interesting because we do not yet know how serious it is. If the Yankees place Gallo on the injury list, then he can be stashed on Fantasy Baseball teams.

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1 comment

Linus Traversey May 3, 2022 - 7:17 am

Thanks for the updated stats


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