Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List.
First and foremost, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and I hope everyone had a nice weekend.
This week on the drop list another veteran first basemen makes the list and a couple of deep league drops are noted as well. These players are currently stuck in a slump and have yet to show signs of breaking it. It’s time to drop these players in Fantasy Baseball to help win the week.
Check out the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Waiver Wire to find the best players to replace these drops. Remember, every week is important to win to make the playoffs.
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2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Drop List
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Yuli Gurriel, 1B, Houston Astros
Gurriel makes the drop list due to slashing a poor .196/.237/.315 combined with very little run production. His Hard-Hit rate is sitting at a career-low while his strikeout rate is a career-high. He is currently without a hit in three straight games going 0-10 with two walks and three strikeouts.
Fantasy Baseball managers still roster Gurriel in 71% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues despite his bad start. Some first basemen to target for Gurriel are Rowdy Tellez, Trey Mancini, Nathaniel Lowe, and Jesus Aguilar. All these players are rostered in fewer leagues than Gurriel but have provided more production this season.
Jurickson Profar, OF, San Diego Padres
Profar started the season off strongly when he hit five homers and four doubles in 71 plate appearances and scored 12 runs and 15 RBIs. His last 40 plate appearances have been a different story, however. The Padres’ left fielder has just two base hits and one run and RBI. The only positive from this recent stretch is his six walks giving him an excellent walk rate of 15.4%, but this doesn’t provide much Fantasy Baseball production.
Profar’s hot start is officially over, and his roster percentage should be falling this week. It currently sits at 65% but this will likely drop to about 55% and maybe even 50% soon.
Frank Schwindel, 1B, Chicago Cubs
On Sunday, the Cubs optioned Schwindel to Triple-A. This comes after a slow start to his season that resulted in Schwindel losing the starting first base job to Alfonso Rivas.
Schwindel is still rostered in about 44% of ESPN and Yahoo leagues. There’s no reason to hold Schwindel longer in any Fantasy Baseball redraft leagues moving forward.
David Fletcher, SS/2B, Los Angeles Angels
Fletcher is a deep league drop as his roster percentage is just 30% in Fantasy Baseball leagues. The Angels’ middle infielder has had a tough time going in 2022. He’s appeared in just 14 games and provided very little production, but some Fantasy Baseball managers still believe he can produce this year.
However, The Angels have placed Fletcher on the injured list again with a left hip strain. This injury could require surgery which would keep Fletcher sidelined for an extended amount of time.
Even if Fletcher returns this season, he’s already beginning to lose his grip on a starting spot in the Angels lineup. He’s a drop in even the deepest leagues.
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinatti Reds
Votto missed the week with an illness, hopefully, this break will help jump-start him when he returns to action for the Reds.
Franmil Reyes, DH, Cleveland Guardians
This week, Reyes started a six-game hit streak while scoring five runs and five RBIs. His slash line has risen across the board to .204/.245/.301. His Hard-Hit rate was 54.5% this week in an impressive show of power from the slugger. Despite the recent production, his strikeout rate still sits at 44%.
Reyes’ roster percentage fell to 72% from 78% a week ago, but maybe we were too early. This appears to have been the wrong move as Reyes is currently riding a hot streak. Expect his roster percentage to rise if he continues succeeding this week.
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