2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List

by Corey Pieper
2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List

The 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List has five new names that to remove from your Fantasy Baseball rosters.

This was a tough week for injuries to some of the top-tier talent in all of Major League Baseball. Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and outfielder Mookie Betts, Atlanta Braves outfielder Michael Harris II, and Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kyle Bradish all were placed on the injured list. Each will miss at least a month.

None of them find themselves on this week's drop list, but as we get further into the season everyone's injured lists just keep growing. It may mean making a hard choice as to which players to keep stashing.

Some players that I've recently had to cut from stashing include Cincinnati Reds shortstop Matt McLain and Detroit Tigers outfielder Kerry Carpenter. While both players can make an impact when healthy, each has an unclear return timeline. If you have players with unclear returns, then they are always on the bubble.

Read the 2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List below to see five names, who aren't currently injured but can be dropped.

2024 Fantasy Baseball Week 12 Drop List

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Dansby Swanson, SS, Chicago Cubs

Shortstop has become the deepest position in all of Fantasy Baseball. Early-season performers like Jeremy Pena, Masyn Winn, Ezequiel Tovar, and Brice Turang have fortified the position more than ever. This makes an underperformer such as Dansby Swanson becomes expendable for fantasy rosters.

Swanson has a career-low batting average of .208. There are four other categories that we look for in Fantasy Baseball and he is struggling in each of those too. He only has 28 runs, six home runs, 19 RBI, and four stolen bases.

The biggest change for Swanson this season has been pounding the ball into the ground too often. He has a career-high ground ball percentage of 52.9%. He is only hitting flyballs at 19% which would be the lowest rate since his rookie season.

Swanson should be on a roster if your league includes a middle infield position. If you have to play only shortstops, he can be on the waiver wire until he starts elevating the ball more.

Ryan Jeffers, C, Minnesota Twins

At the end of May, Ryan Jeffers looked like the breakout catcher of the season. He was playing nearly every day and delivering plus power with 12 home runs and 36 RBI. That type of production can be tough to find from the catcher position.

Since June began, Jeffers' entire profile has changed for the worse. The Twins have stopped playing him every day and are splitting his time with Christian Vazquez. As he has lost playing time, he has lost production. He still is at 12 home runs and 36 RBI. Therefore, some quick math would show you that he has zero home runs and RBI so far this month.  He is only 3-34 total this month which is a .118 batting average.

There are still some encouraging signs in the underlying data for Jeffers including a 75th percentile barrel percentage. He also has drastically cut his strikeout rate to a career-best 22.4%. But in a one-catcher league, if you're not playing every day or producing at a high level when you are playing, you're expendable. Right now, Jeffers is doing neither and finds himself droppable until he shows signs of improvement.

Cedric Mullins, OF, Baltimore Orioles

If you need stolen bases, Cedric Mullins can provide those. He already has 13 stolen bases which means he could steal 30 bases. That assumes he keeps playing daily which may not last with the way he has performed.

Mullins is batting an abysmal .189 with a corresponding .240 on-base percentage. A .221 BABIP helps explain the poor average. While that is lower than the league-average BABIP of .283, his BABIP issue is also explainable by his high launch angle.

In 2021, Mullins hit 30 home runs. The home runs have dropped each season since then, and at this point, he has six home runs this season. However, he still seems to view himself as a home run hitter by the way his launch angle has changed. In 2021, his launch angle was 14.8%. As his home runs have dropped, his launch angle has climbed every season to his current 22.7%. He is in the bottom 5th percentile in both expected batting average and expected slugging percentage so it hasn't helped.

The Orioles have an abundance of talent in their minor league system. If you don't perform someone is waiting in the wings who can. Austin Hays, Kyle Stowers, or Heston Kjerstad could all get a chance at Mullins' expense.

Griffin Jax, RP, Minnesota Twins

This drop recommendation has nothing to do with performance. Griffin Jax has been one of the best relief pitchers in all of Major League Baseball.

However, it has become apparent that he is not in line to get saves with Jhoan Duran back and healthy.

Right now, you're looking at the box score and thinking I'm crazy. Jax picked up a save this past Sunday. That is true, but that also happened to be the second game of a doubleheader after Duran picked up the save in the first game. It was only Jax's second save since Duran returned at the beginning of May. He has picked up eight holds during that time and is a must-hold in formats that count holds.

If your league doesn't count holds, then Jax is droppable. The ratios he provides can be beneficial in a rotisserie setting, but it is on such little volume that it makes little impact.

Shane Baz, SP, Tampa Bay Rays

Shane Baz has yet to pitch at the Major League level yet this season. Earlier in the season, that was because he was still on the injured list for the Tampa Bay Rays as he recovered from his Tommy John surgery. He had that surgery in September of 2022. The Rays activated him on May 23rd and optioned back to Triple-A. In doing so, it changed the way that you can stash him in fantasy leagues.

In most leagues, when you have a player that is moved to the injured list in the real game you can then move him to the injured list for your fantasy team. The advantage is you are given another roster position to make an add. However, when you have to stash someone on your bench, that becomes a much more difficult proposition because you are playing with one less player than everyone else. That is the situation that we find ourselves in with Baz now that he was activated from the injured list.

If you're going to stash a minor-league player you want them to be performing well enough that the callup could happen at any time. That's not the case with Baz right now. He has 18 walks in 31 innings which is over five walks per nine innings. The last time he was walking batters at that level was back at rookie ball in 2017 and 2018. He is also striking out batters at a worse rate than we've seen from him in some time. He has 31 strikeouts in those 31 innings which is at the minimum of one per inning that we look for in fantasy. But you have to remember that when we saw him at his best in 2022 with the Rays, he was striking out over 12 batters per nine innings.

There are minor leaguer options, who based off the way they are playing in the minor leagues, are more imminent call-ups than Baz. Washington Nationals outfielder James Wood is 23% rostered. Wood offers the ideal fantasy skillset of power and speed. If you're looking to stash a pitcher like Baz, we've already seen New York Mets starting pitcher Christian Scott be successful at the major league level. He has dropped to 15% rostered. While he was demoted, he has continued to perform well in the minor leagues and is likely to be back in the major leagues before Baz.


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2 comments

El Amigo June 19, 2024 - 10:41 am

Worst take on Baz. Look at his last 2 starts at AAA

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Corey Pieper June 19, 2024 - 11:15 am

He has been pitching better. What’s the incentive for the Rays to call him up without an injury? They have a 5 man rotation and will get Jeffrey Springs back soon. They notoriously slow-roll their prospects as evidenced by Junior Caminero.

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