Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Drop List.
This week's article focuses on two pitchers who are no longer worth holding on to along with a veteran third baseman whose time has come and gone.
All three of these players have had their time to shine in previous years but are no longer worth rostering in 2023.
Let's get into it.
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Tyler Anderson, SP, Los Angeles Angels
Anderson went 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The superb season caught everybody by surprise as Anderson was no more than a wavier wire addition since his debut in 2016.
After his career year, Anderson signed a three-year $39 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels.
Through his first four starts in 2023, Anderson is 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 1.70 WHIP. He has also given up five home runs this year while only giving up 14 during the entire 2022 season.
Remember, Anderson's first start of 2023 was against the Oakland Athletics, who may be one of the worst MLB teams to ever have been assembled. The A's could lose 120 games this year and I would be surprised that it wasn't more.
In that start specifically, Anderson threw a solid six innings with zero earned runs and four strikeouts. This start was Anderson's only bright spot in 2023 and it shouldn't even count if you ask me.
Taking a look at his other three starts, the ones against actual big league competition, Anderson has given up 16 earned runs through 14 innings pitched.
Anderson is in the fifth percentile in K% and fourth percentile in Fastball Velocity. He's not missing bats and he doesn't throw hard. I couldn't get further away from him if I tried.
Drop Anderson as soon as you can and don't look back.
Anthony Rendon, 3B, Los Angeles Angels
A former MVP vote-getter and 2019 all-star, Rendon has completely fallen off the wagon.
There truly isn't one reason to keep Rendon on your fantasy team in 2023. The once high-average power hitter is completely gone as we know it.
Rendon is now 32 years old and has been haunted by the injury bug for the last couple of years. The former Washington National appeared in 135+ games from 2016-2019 but played only 58 games in 2021 and 47 in 2022.
Health is becoming a true concern for Rendon and if you've read any of my other articles this year, I hate injury-prone players. They are the biggest detriment to a fantasy team and are severely wasteful.
There isn't a worse feeling in fantasy than taking an injury-prone player who you're "feeling good" about who then immediately gets hurt and sent to the IL. I do my best to stay far away from any of these players.
In 2023, Rendon is slashing a poor .217/.339/.239. Not too often do you see a slash line where the player's slugging % is less than their OBP - Rendon has that. I want none of this.
You have absolutely no time to wait around for Rendon to figure things out. He's most likely going to get hurt again before "figuring it out" even becomes a potential reality.
Seranthony Dominguez, RP, Philadelphia Phillies
Dominguez has found himself in the unfortunate position of being third in line for saves in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Kimbrel has recorded six straight scoreless appearances and finally looks to be finding his groove.
Alvarado has also had a fantastic season thus far for the Phillies. Through 10.1innings, Alvarado has given up one earned run while striking out 20, saving three games, and holding three as well. As mentioned earlier, I think Alvarado is the name to hold here in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Dominguez is the odd man out, thanks to the performance of his teammates and his own struggles.
Through 8.2 innings, Dominguez has given up eight earned runs (8.31 ERA), walked six batters, and has only two holds to his name with zero saves. There is simply no value here.
As a once formidable handcuff, Dominguez seems to have fallen way back on the saves radar and truly isn't even worth a roster spot. You'll have no problem finding someone else with much more potential for your fantasy team. Time to drop and move on.
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