2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Drop List

Welcome to the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Drop List.

This week on the drop list, two Cleveland Guardians and a pitcher from the National League West make the list.

All three of these players have had solid stretches of play this season and might be hard to move on from, but certain circumstances are about to force Fantasy managers into dropping these players.

One has a tough divisional match-up this week, the next is missing time against left-handed pitchers and the last has the second most strikeouts this season.

Be sure to read the Performance Review at the bottom where I track the performance and roster percentages of the previously dropped players.

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Merrill Kelly, SP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Kelly started the season off strongly. He went 3-1 with an excellent 1.22 ERA in his first six games without allowing a single home run. During this time Kelly's roster percentage and Fantasy Baseball value increased.

This wasn't the story for his three most recent games, however, as Fantasy Baseball managers have been dropping him. He's allowed at least three earned runs in these games and let up two home runs as well.

Looking at this from a Fantasy Baseball perspective, Kelly is a drop for a couple of reasons. He's struggled recently and is slated to face the Los Angeles Dodgers next. This season versus the Dodgers, Kelly has allowed 11 runs in eight innings while walking six and striking out six.

On top of the tough matchup, Kelly's start isn't until Saturday. Fantasy Baseball managers should drop Kelly and open up a slot to stream pitchers or hitters throughout the week.

Steven Kwan, OF, Cleveland Guardians

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Kwan started this season with an amazing performance throughout the first month. He slashed .354/.459/.500 with a 183 wRC+ in 61 plate appearances and scored 10 runs and 7 RBI. His most impressive stat for the season is the slim 8.1% strikeout rate (lowest among qualified batters) combined with the 13.8% walk rate (15th among qualified batters).

However, this month he has been awful in comparison. He's slashing .185/.290/.259 with a 70 wRC+ in 62 plate appearances. The runs are also down as he scored just nine runs and six RBIs.

The statistics this month are concerning on their own, but the fact that Kwan has been sitting versus left-handed starters makes this even more concerning. It's going to be difficult getting out of his current jam by sitting against southpaws.

Franmil Reyes, DH, Cleveland Guardians

Reyes is making his second appearance on the drop list this season. He first made the Week 4 Drop List when he was striking out 45% of the time with an OPS of .385. Reyes, however, ended up having an impressive week after making the drop list by going on a six-game hit streak. Reyes' production has been back to droppable since the hit-streak ended. He's slashed .120/.258/.120 in that time with just two RBIs.

Fantasy Managers should expect Reyes' roster percentage to fall below 60% this week. He's still striking out 40% of the time with a horrific batting average of .200.

Reyes has the second-most strikeouts in MLB this season just behind Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom has a better slugging percentage and has provided more Fantasy Baseball production. However, Wisdom is rostered in just 35% of leagues while Reyes is still rostered in 68%.

Performance Review

Yasmani Grandal, C, Chicago White Sox

The White Sox catcher was listed as a shallow league drop last week and he remains on the drop list this week. Grandal's roster percentage fell from 87% to 85% this week but he is still having a hard time driving in runs. Until Grandal can turn it around his roster percentage should continue lowering.

Grandal recorded a hit in 6 out of 7 games this week. The batting average is an improvement, but his run production limited his Fantasy Baseball value. He scored just one run and three RBIs which isn't enough to keep him rostered in 10-team leagues.

Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers

Torkelson's roster percentage fell from 50% to 46% this week. Torkelson did have a decent week by hitting a homer and doubling twice during a three-game hit streak. He also lowered his strikeout rate but not by much as it still sits at 29.7%.

The rookie first baseman is slashing .173/.281/.309 and is still droppable in almost every league.

Adolis Garcia, OF, Texas Rangers

Garcia's roster percentage rose from 64% to 66% this week despite a sub-par performance from the outfielder.

This week he scored three runs, and two RBIs off of six hits in 25 plate appearances. Garcia is still a drop moving forward in 12-team and 14-team leagues.

Mark Melancon, RP, Arizona Diamondbacks

Melancon made three appearances this week and tallied two saves while allowing just one earned run. It's an impressive week from the veteran reliever as he made the bid to remain the Diamondbacks closer for at least the time being.

Melancon's roster percentage fell from 60% to 55% this past week, but he has played his way off the drop list.

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners

Kelenic has struggled since the Mariners optioned him to Triple-A. He's striking out 48% of the time with just 6 hits in 25 plate appearances. His wRC+ is sitting at 96, just below the average of 100. Nobody knows when the Mariners will re-call Kelenic back to the majors, but it doesn't appear to be anytime soon.

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His roster percentage fell from 38% to 31% this week and he is still a drop in every redraft league moving forward.


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