2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List

by Connor Charbat
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List!

We are now going into week 12 of the Fantasy Baseball season and it is once again time to consider some players who are tough drops. In this week's drop list, we are focusing on a 13-year veteran for the New York Yankees, a 9-year veteran pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, and a standout starting pitcher for the Cleveland Guardians.

All three of these drops are moves that I have personally made in the last week or so across my numerous teams and none of them were necessarily easy to do.

Let's head on into our 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List and add three more players to the parade.

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List

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DJ LeMahieu, 1B/2B/3B, New York Yankees

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In his past, LeMahieu was a true batting average savant. Not only did he lead all major leagues in 2016 with a .348 batting average, but he also did so in 2020 with a .364 AVG. Yes, 2020 was a shortened season but for LeMahieu, this was pretty standard to see.

In his 13 years in the league, LeMahieu batted over .300 five different times on his way to three all-star appearances and a top-5 AL MVP season in 2019 and 2020.

LeMahieu was never really known for much else aside from his glove and his batting average but was always a great addition to any fantasy team due to his high OBP and consistency as a hitter.

Unfortunately, it seems like LeMahieu's best years are behind him. As previously mentioned, he is in his 13th year in the bigs and is now 34 years old.

For the New York Yankees, LeMahieu batted .268 in 2021, .261 in 2022, and is currently batting .236 in the 2023 season. His slash line is also an unimpressive .236/.296/.395.

Interestingly enough, LeMahieu's batting average has been in decline since 2021, but his SLG% has been steadily increasing in those same years. However, I'm pretty sure no one is drafting and/or hanging on to LeMahieu due to his ability to hit home runs.

LeMahieu's lack of true production in any category through 60 games warrants him a spot on our drop list.

Anthony Desclafani, SP, San Francisco Giants

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After an extremely solid 2021 performance where he tallied a 13-7 record with a 3.17 ERA, Desclafani pitched in only five games in 2022 due to undergoing ankle surgery in July. This surgery sidelined him for the remainder of the 2022 season.

As a career .500 pitcher (54-54), Desclafani has always been a middle-of-the-road pitcher on fantasy rosters. Someone who you sometimes pick up for weeks at a time and ride his hot streaks. He's now proving himself to someone who you just cannot trust.

To start the 2023 season, Desclafani started five games in April/March and ended those months with a 2-1 record, a .270 ERA, and a 27:3 K/BB ratio. Clearly, there isn't much to hate about that.

May was a bit of a different story for Desclafani as he started six games and ended the month with a 2-3 record and a 4.10 ERA in those games.

June, however, has been pretty dang bad. Desclafani has three starts thus far in June and is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA. He has 11 strikeouts to go along with eight walks, which is a far cry from his aforementioned 27:3 K/BB ratio in April/March.

He is certainly trending in the wrong direction and his next start at home against San Diego isn't something that I want any part of.

Triston McKenzie, SP, Cleveland Guardians

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McKenzie is someone I'm prepared to drop if you don't have the IL spots needed to hold him.

McKenzie is only 25 years old with 62 starts in the MLB since his debut in 2020. After his 2022 season where he finished with a 2.96 ERA and a 13.5 K/9 rate, he was drafted in the top 100 overall in most drafts this year.

Unfortunately, McKenzie hit the IL with shoulder issues prior to the beginning of the season. This caused him to make his first start of the season on June 4th. McKenzie went five innings and struck out 10 batters while only walking one in his first start. That's what owners across the fantasy realm were expecting from McKenzie all year.

However, in his second start on June 10th at home against Houston, McKenzie went five innings again but gave up five earned runs while walking three and only striking out five. Not so good.

Exactly one week after McKenzie's second start of the season, the Guardians once again placed him on the IL with a sore right elbow. MRI results showed inflammation in his elbow meaning that the UCL is indeed involved.

UCL injuries and Tommy John surgery go hand in hand, although not all UCL injuries end with TJS.

Regardless, if the Guardians decide to bring McKenzie back in a few weeks then hold your breath, but this feels like a wash for 2023.

This is a tough drop because McKenzie could surely come back and be ok, but I believe the Guardians are going to play this injury with extreme caution and wouldn't be surprised if he's shut down or severely limited for the remainder of 2023.

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John Cook June 19, 2023 - 12:20 pm

What? My 6 pack only came with 3! haha I like that take on McKenzie and thanks. In a QS/OBP league – Torres/ France or Max. Which side? I’m trying to gain a spot. Maybe not enough? Torres has been so good tho. Just would appreciate your thoughts

Connor Charbat June 19, 2023 - 11:02 pm

Lol! I can’t drop six a week, I’d end up having dropped the entire MLB by year’s end. Assuming redraft league, without knowing much about your team composition, if you’re talking about giving up Torres & France for Scherzer – that is something I would not do right now. Aside from the shortened 2020 season Scherzer’s K/BB ratio hasn’t been this low since his 2014 season with Detroit which worries me. Scherzer has quite a lot of work to do to get back to anywhere near his last few years’ numbers. He also only has 5 QS in 2023. I think you’d be giving up a lot of offense (especially in an OBP league) for an underperforming veteran arm. Again, not aware of your team composition but I’d wait on that one.

If you’re in dire need of pitching and want to offload Torres and France, I’d try aiming for someone having a better year than Scherzer at this point in the season.

John Cook June 19, 2023 - 8:30 pm

Love that take on McKenzie. In a QS/OBP league, would you give France and Torres for Glasnow? Making a spot for Skubal. It’s a 14 teamer and my pitchers are Wheeler, Peralta, Garrett, Hendricks, Peralta, and Sale on IL. Thanks!

Connor Charbat June 19, 2023 - 11:18 pm

Glasnow’s injury history absolutely terrifies me. In your OBP league, offloading Torres & France seems to be taking a big risk for him. I just don’t have the stomach for it. He’s never made 15 starts in a season through his eight year career. You do sound like you need pitching though, I just wouldn’t go right for Glasnow.

Comparing your two comments, I’d go for Scherzer long before Glasnow simply due to Scherzer’s ability to make significantly more starts. Just have to cross your fingers that he turns it around.

Analyzing trades in a vacuum is often difficult as I don’t know your standings and team composition but I do hope I’ve been somewhat helpful.

Thanks for your comments!


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