Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List!
In this week's article, we are dropping three players who were all drafted inside the top 200. We have officially entered the month of May and teams are now more than 20% of the way through their regular season schedules.
It's time to start taking some risks on the waiver wire and dropping those habitual underperformers.
Let's get down to business and dive into the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List.
2023 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Drop List
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Oscar Gonzalez, OF, Cleveland Guardians
Unfortunately, the writer of the 2023 Fantasy Baseball Undervalued Outfielders article was indeed me. I'll take the heat, I was wrong. Very wrong.
Oscar Gonzalez came into 2023 with an ADP of 191 and was drafted as OF53. Coming off an impressive debut season in 2022 where he slashed .296/.327/.461 with 11 homers and 43 RBIs, Gonzalez's owners had high hopes for 2023.
Gonzalez's sample size in 2022 wasn't huge, though not small either. He played in 91 games and was crucial for the Guardians down the stretch. This performance for a player coming straight from the minors did not go unnoticed.
This season, Gonzalez is slashing .192/.213/.288 with one homer and five RBIs. Things couldn't be worse and Terry Francona agreed.
Gonzalez was sent down to the minors on May 6th and at this point, he's not even worth a speculative stash. He has a lot to figure out. Even if he does get hot in Triple-A, it's going to take a lot for Francona to bring him back up anytime soon.
There's only one thing feeling more blue than Gonzalez owners right now and that's Gonzalez's Baseball Savant page. Don't even bother.
Lance Lynn, SP, Chicago White Sox
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Lance Lynn was drafted at an ADP of 118 and SP34. Yikes.
Lynn was known as an innings-eater in the past while maintaining a middle-of-the-road ERA. As recently as 2021, Lynn pitched 157 innings while starting 28 games. To go along with that, he cruised to an 11-6 record while sporting a 2.69 ERA.
Unfortunately, his 2022 was not as pretty. Lynn started 21 games and ate up 121 innings. His ERA shot up to 3.99 while his innings (121.2) dipped significantly.
His 2022 season seemed to foreshadow where 2023 was headed, however, he still garnished a SP ranking of 34 and almost cracked the top 100 (118 ADP overall).
Lynn has started seven games this season and currently owns a horrendous 6.86 ERA. Surprisingly, Lynn has gone five innings in all but one start. He has a very generous leash in Chicago and one can only assume it's because the White Sox are terrible (12-23).
I don't see Lynn's leash to last much longer.
Lynn has given up nine home runs through 39.1 IP and is also carrying a 1.53 WHIP. If you've had Lynn on your roster this year, I'm sure it has been a very tough time. He just secured his first win on Saturday against the Royals and even that wasn't too pretty (5.40 ERA + 1.20 WHIP). Sure, he had eight strikeouts but something just doesn't feel right.
He ranks in the 14th percentile in fastball velocity and to me, there's just something about veteran starting pitchers who don't throw hard. They feel like ticking time bombs. Therefore, I'm not sticking around.
Brady Singer, SP, Kansas City Royals
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While not being drafted nearly as high as Lance Lynn, Singer was drafted as SP52 and 176th overall prior to the 2023 season.
He actually had a decent 2022 starting 24 games and finishing with a 3.23 ERA. His WHIP was relatively respectable too coming in at 1.14.
He must be doing ok in 2023, right? I mean, he's still young and the Royals drafted him 18th overall in 2018, right? Well, no. He's actually one of the worst pitchers in all of baseball right now. It's downright bad. Through seven starts in 2023, Singer has an 8.82 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP. He is 2-4 and leads the entire MLB in earned runs with 33. He's averaging nearly five earned runs per start!
This is deeply worrisome. Something is terribly wrong. Singer's Statcast is one of the ugliest things I have seen to date.
Let's list these rankings out real quick -
- Average Exit Velocity - 1st percentile
- HardHit% - 1st percentile
- xSLG - 4th percentile
- xERA/xwOBA - 7th percentile
- xBA - 7th percentile
- Barrel % - 10th percentile
- Chase Rate - 10th percentile
But, wait! Extension percentile - 94th! Yeah, no thanks.
Absolutely run for the hills. Drop him and then drop him again. Distance yourself from the absolute travesty that is Brady Singer in 2023.
To date, you're better off with Ken Waldichuk on your team, and that's a terrifying thought.
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