2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List

by Connor Charbat
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List

Through one week of the 2023 MLB season, we finally have some statistics to analyze for our weekly drop article. In this week's 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List, we look at a trio of players who have severely underperformed this year.

While last week's article was a bit premature as only three games were played at the time of writing, this week feels a bit safer, yet still overly reactive.

2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List

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Jurickson Profar, OF, Colorado Rockies

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After arguably the best season of his career in 2022, Profar signed with the Colorado Rockies on March 19th, just before the 2023 season began.

Profar has always provided value all over the diamond as a utility man, but that has not come without risks. His numbers have never jumped off the page as impressive, but anyone providing that much positional eligibility almost always has value.

However, in 2022 San Diego primarily used Profar as a left fielder which completely killed his positional eligibility for 2023. He is now only eligible in the OF roster slot, for now. As it stands today, the OF-only eligibility greatly reduces Profar's value in 2023.

Profar's performance thus far in 2023 has been near worthless for Fantasy managers. Through five games played and 21 plate appearances, Profar has two hits, one RBI, one walk, and five strikeouts. He's slashing .100/.143/.243 as the Rockies' primary leadoff man but is providing a lot of nothing.

On the other hand, Profar joined the Rockies late as he signed just a week or so before the season started, so he could just be shaking off some rust.

Profar could take weeks to find himself in Colorado, weeks that I don't have time to wait for. Even then, if Profar does "find himself", you're getting a career .237 hitter with eroding power, no sprint speed, less-than-ideal plate discipline, and a player with OF-only eligibility. Profar is a safe drop.

Jose Berrios, SP, Toronto Blue Jays

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This one may sound like a rant, but I just can't stand to have Berrios on my roster for one more second.

I'm unsure why this is, but for some reason, many across Fantasy Baseball have been waiting for Berrios to find his form and it's simply not happening.

Raise your hand if Berrios has single-handedly ruined your ERA in a head-to-head matchup. I can hear the hands shooting up from here.

Every MLB pitcher has bad starts, I know that, but the sheer number of blowups that Berrios had in 2022 was almost a cruel joke.

In 2022, Berrios gave up 199 hits (most in the AL), 100 earned runs (most in the AL), and finished with a 5.23 ERA across 32 starts. Somehow, he managed to go 12-7 as well, a true statement of how worthless starting pitchers’ records are in today's game.

To make things worse, he was absolutely shelled in the WBC, and in his first start of the 2023 season, he provided you with 5.2IP, 9H, 8ER, and a 12.71 ERA.

As I'm writing this, Berrios just finished his second start of the season against the Angels. He finished with 4.0 IP, six hits, six earned runs, and a 9.00 ERA on 71 pitches, 43 of which were strikes.

Oh, and actually, this start LOWERS his ERA for the year. I am beyond fed up with Berrios and you should be too.

Brandon Drury, 1B/2B/3B, Los Angeles Angels

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This one feels a bit risky to me, but I've dropped Drury in one of my leagues this year already. I do not like what I'm seeing from him whatsoever.

At the moment, it seems like he is going to be platooning with Jake Lamb at first base while he fills in the gaps elsewhere, as needed. Moreover, once Jared Walsh returns to the lineup, I think Drury's playing time could get pretty scarce.

This is not a player who I am willing to wait on. Drury had an absolutely amazing 2022 for the Reds and Padres, but unfortunately, I think 2022 could have been a shooting star.

Through six games in 2023, Drury has had 25 plate appearances with 4 hits, zero home runs, 2 RBIs, zero steals, zero walks, 7 strikeouts, a .167 AVG, and a .083 ISO. This has been a brutal start for Drury in 2023.

I fear we've seen the best of Drury and that's an understatement. I can see Drury platooning the rest of the season at best all while providing nothing close to his 2022 production.

As mentioned earlier, I have dropped him in one league already. I am not patient enough for this one. There is no doubt that I will keep an eye on him though. He has talent, but I just don't know if we can juice the orange any longer with Drury.

Final Thoughts

I write these drop articles with standard-scoring leagues in mind. Obviously, if your league differs in scoring or roster slots, you may have more flexibility than I do. However, the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Drop List is something to keep in the back of your mind. The players mentioned above are underperforming and at the least, you should have a short leash on these guys. Don't sit on players too long while other owners in your league are picking up hot bats or breakout players.

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