The 2023 MLB baseball season has officially begun. There are many decisions that we have to make as fantasy baseball managers. Let's take a look at 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List.
It's not always easy to let go of some players that you thought would be crucial to your 2023 success. Sometimes things just don't work out as you thought they would.
The clearest demonstration of this in the fantasy world is the relief pitcher slot. In this game, relievers and closers are more volatile than any other position. One day you have Ryan Pressly as your number one closer, and the next day he's not playing because he has "neck stiffness" or has an "illness" (this is what is going on right now for the Astros). You just never know. Is it worth it to hang on to fringe players in the most volatile position? Well, that's up to you.
At most, teams have only played three games this year. While these predictions may feel a bit premature, I'm here to provide some immediate reactionary advice Week 1 in Fantasy Baseball.
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 1 Drop List
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Trevor May, RP, Oakland Athletics
This one doesn't feel good. Oakland has enough problems as it is, but if you were banking on the Oakland Athletics providing you with some saves this year, I think you're more than likely going to be let down.
With an over/under total wins this year at 59.5, Trevor May was someone you could sneak in a few saves with. However, throughout the first two games, May appeared in only the first game, and it wasn't as the closer. May appeared in the 8th inning for the A's which is all but worthless for a lot of leagues out there.
Oakland clearly has a committee closer situation going on here and this is just something you don't want to be part of.
Let May go and pick up some value elsewhere. The A's would be lucky to win 65 games this year, and if May was your sneaky save guy going into the season, I apologize, but it's just not worth it. Drop him and move on.
Kendall Graveman, RP, Chicago White Sox
To go along with May, this one feels a bit more alarming. Kendall Graveman has had zero save opportunities so far this year for the White Sox as he pitched the 8th inning in the first game for the White Sox on March 30th, part of the 7th inning on March 31st, and did not appear on April 1st during the White Sox's third game of the season.
Graveman has not impressed the pitching coaches for the White Sox and looks to be in a larger-than-normal committee in Chicago. Reynaldo Lopez seems to be the reliever in line for saves for the White Sox right now, as he is steadily topping 100mph on his fastball.
I don't see the White Sox figuring out their late-inning bullpen anytime soon, so just let Graveman find another owner who plans to wait it out. I'm way too impatient to see how things play out in Chicago.
Gregory Soto, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Unfortunately, there's another bullpen shaping up to be even more volatile than the White Sox, and that is the Philadelphia Phillies. Craig Kimbrel, Seranthony Dominguez, Jose Alvarado, and Gregory Soto all have closer abilities.
As it stands now, Soto is clearly the odd one out. Of course, this isn't the biggest of surprises to fantasy managers, but I'm just putting this out there as a confirmation to purge him from your roster. Soto has zero chance of becoming the main closer in Philadelphia. If he's on your roster, you're simply wasting production elsewhere. Let Soto go and pick up someone else who is part of a better committee.
You don't have time to wait this one out. It's not worth it. Even if you're in a saves + holds league, I don't see Soto providing much to you there either. He has a career 4.27 ERA with a 1.51 WHIP.
Save yourself the trouble and let him go.
Don't get me wrong, the content in Fantasy Baseball Players to Drop - Week 1 is very reactionary considering the number of games that have been played this season. Depending on your league format and scoring system, the players mentioned above may provide some value later on in the season, or maybe even this week. If you have the patience or extra lineup slots to wait these players out then go ahead. However, for most standard-scoring leagues, feel free to let these players go.
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