2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List

by Connor Charbat
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List!

In this week's article, we are letting go of a trio of players who were all drafted in the top 130 picks in drafts this year. Two of these drops are injury-prone veterans while our third drop is a young catcher who I had extremely high hopes for.

All three drops in this week's article are over 50% owned, proving there are still handfuls of owners out there who are hanging on. Well, I'm here to help you let go.

Read more below to find out the players you need to end that troubled relationship with.

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 15 Drop List

Kris Bryant, OF, Colorado Rockies

Bryant, the 2015 NL Rookie of the Year and 2016 NL MVP joined the Colorado Rockies in 2022. Unfortunately, his debut season in Colorado was cut short due to a plethora of injuries as he managed to play in only 42 games.

Bryant owners are certainly familiar with injuries. Throughout Bryant's nine-year career, he has had 29 reported injuries. Yes, 29.

In 2023, Bryant started off fairly well. In the months of April/March, he played in 26 games where he batted .297/.360/.426 with three home runs and eight RBIs. Can't complain about that.

However, the month of May was different as Bryant batted .225/.330/.315 with two homers and nine RBIs.

So what about June? You guessed it, another injury. A heel problem caused Bryant to miss a whole month of games. There's a trend here.

Bryant was activated off the IL on June 30th and has played eight straight games.

So where is all this going? Well, even while Bryant has been active in 2023, he's not providing your fantasy team much to work with. His power has completely disappeared and he's not even keeping his batting average up to his career average of.278.

Even more worrisome is Bryant's Avg Exit Velocity where he ranks in the 5th percentile. He's not hitting anything hard.

Fantasy baseball is all about counting stats and he provides you nothing of the sort. Not to mention, I believe his injury history makes him a ticking time bomb.

Bryant is not worth the headache. There are much better options on the waiver wire.

Luis Severino, SP, New York Yankees

In the past, Severino was a fantastic starting pitcher for the New York Yankees. During his best season in 2017, Severino went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 230 strikeouts. This season was good enough to finish third in the AL Cy Young voting.

Shortly after, in 2018, Severino put up another solid season going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts. He finished 9th in the AL Cy Young voting.

After a decent 2022 season where he started 19 games, many were hoping Severino to have another above-average season for New York. In preseason drafts, Severino had an overall ADP of 128 and was drafted as SP37.

So, how are things going? Well, things couldn't really be worse for Severino this season.

Through Severino's nine starts this year, he is 1-4 with a 7.38 ERA. He is currently sitting at career lows in ERA (7.38), HR/9 (2.3), and K/9 (7.8). He also has 19 walks to go along with his 37 strikeouts. These numbers are just horrible.

In his last two starts alone, he has pitched a total of 6.2 innings while giving up 16 earned runs and striking out five.

This season is a complete wash for Severino owners. He has absolutely blown up your pitching categories. Want to see something scary? Here's his statcast.

Even if he isn't hurt, this recent blowup has a trip to the IL written all over it. Drop him before this happens.

MJ Melendez, C/OF, Kansas City Royals

Drafted in the top 150 overall and as C8, Melendez was one of my favorite picks at the catcher spot this year.

I absolutely love having catchers with positional eligibility other than catcher.

Anyways, 2023 has been pretty much a waste for Melendez owners. He's currently batting .208/.289/.337 with a lousy six home runs and 31 RBIs. Melendez has also struck out 101 times through 83 games. He had 131 strikeouts in 129 games in 2022.

I will say, Melendez continuously hits the ball hard (when he actually makes contact). He ranks in the 95th percentile in Avg Exit Velocity while ranking in the 92nd percentile in HardHit%.

The problem here is that Melendez can't make contact. He ranks in the 15th percentile in xBA, 12th percentile in K% and 3rd percentile in Whiff%. These numbers are just bad.

You can have the highest HardHit% in the league, but it's a complete waste if you're not making contact.

Oddly enough, as a lefty, he can't hit right-handed pitching. In 249 plate appearances against righties this year, he's batting .193. In his 93 plate appearances against left-handed pitching, he's batting .247. That's quite shocking if you ask me.

Melendez has a severe strikeout problem. If this doesn't get solved soon, he's going to swing his way to the bench.

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