2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

by Connor Thomure
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List.

We're getting closer and closer to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball playoffs, with many leagues having just five weeks left before the playoffs start. Being this close means Fantasy managers must decide which players are worth a drop. Dropping the wrong player could mean losing Week 18 and possibly falling out of playoff contention or losing the first-round bye week. That's what the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List is for.

This week on the Drop List, we have three American League batters who have had spurts of success in 2023 but haven't been able to keep it going. Two of them were drafted to be starters at their respective positions but have left Fantasy managers underwhelmed, and it's time to move on. The third was a late-round sleeper pick who may have even gone undrafted in some leagues. However, he started the season fantastically and wedged a spot in Fantasy lineups.

Unfortunately, all these players have struggled mightily over the last 15 days, and it's gotten to the point where Fantasy managers cannot roster them anymore. Dive into the week 18 Drop List to see which players are droppable this week,

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Drop List

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Andres Gimenez, 2B, Cleveland Guardians

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After an impressive 2022 season, Andres Gimenez is having a disappointing season this year. The one positive is that he's likely to set a new career high in stolen bases, but the rest of his offense is down compared to a season ago.

SeasonPAAVGOBPSLGRRBISBwRC+
2022557.297.371.466666920140
2023426.239.310.38850421892

Not only are the face value of his statistics down, but his underlying statistics are down as well. He is tied with Geraldo Perdomo with the third-lowest average exit velocity (85.5 MPH). Gimenez also has the seventh lowest HardHit% (26.6%).

In 2022 Gimenez had an average exit velocity of 87.8 MPH (29th percentile) and a HardHit% of 37.8% (36th percentile). There is a significant decline in the amount of hard-hit balls and overall power in Gimenez's game this season compared to last.

While Gimenez isn't expected to be a power hitter, the lower exit velocity is concerning and a good reason why his slash line and run production are down. Despite this, Gimenez still has a 65% roster percentage. This is too high, and Fantasy managers need to find another second baseman to carry them down the stretch.

Ty France, 1B, Seattle Mariners

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Ty France is in a very similar boat as Gimenez. He has two outstanding productive years under his belt, and Fantasy managers drafted France expecting him to repeat this success, me included.

SeasonPlate Appearances AVGOBPSLGHRRRBIwRC+
2021650.291.368.445188573130
2022613.274.338.436206583126
2023460.252.326.37385844102

Unfortunately, it hasn't clicked for the Mariners' first baseman. Not only has his batting average and on-base percentage dropped, but his slugging percentage is down 63 points from 2022 and 72 points from 2021.

The exciting thing about France's slugging percentage is that he is just one double shy from his total last season, but he is 12 home runs away from his 2022 total.

SeasonBarrel %AVG Exit VelocitySweet Spot %xBAxSLGHardHit%Launch Angle
20216.8%88.5 MPH35.9%.270.43538.9%11.0
20225.4%87.6 MPH34.8%.262.39736.8%10.0
20235.7%86.8 MPH36.3%.262.39236.0%12.9

The only significant difference I can spot in France's statcast numbers is the launch angle. It has gone from 10.0 to 12.9 from 2022 to 2023. The rest of his statcast numbers are nearly identical.

Some players I'm willing to drop France for include Brandon Drury, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Triston Casas, and Wilmer Flores.

Josh Lowe, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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Overall, Lowe is having a very successful season at the plate. He's slashing .269/.315/.478 with 14 homers, 22 stolen bases, 44 runs, and 58 RBI.

Since the start of July, however, the young outfielder has struggled to the tune of .188/.260/.348 slash line across 77 plate appearances. His strikeout rate in this span is an awfully high 32.5%. Over the first three months of the season, it was just 25.2%.

Recently, Rays manager Kevin Cash has opted towards using Lowe in a platoon with Manuel Margot. While Margot isn't having a great season, MLB managers use platoons to ease younger players, like Lowe, into the lineup.

With his recent stretch of poor play at the plate and losing playing time to Margot, I believe Fantasy managers can safely move on from Lowe.

Some outfielders with a lower roster percentage than Lowe I'm interested in are Riley Greene, James Outman, Tyler O'Neill, Mike Tauchman, and Randall Grichuk. Grichuk and Tauchman were featured in the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 18 Waiver Wire, but O'Neill is also a favorite of mine.


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