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Add/Drop Week 5

Need to know who to add and who to drop in Category and Roto leagues? Below are four players owned in less than 50% of Yahoo and ESPN leagues, respectively, who you should strongly consider adding, and four players owned in more than 50% of leagues you should think about dropping or trading for what you can get. 

Players to Add:

Josh Reddick (Yahoo 24%, ESPN 22%): The oft-forgotten Astros outfielder, Reddick has been quietly having a strong year in fantasy baseball. He has a .394 on base percentage, with three homers. More impressively, he has only a 17.2% soft hit rate and is currently on pace for a career low strikeout rate. The batted ball data suggests that his RBI and run numbers should go up, which would give him even more future value.

Danny Santana (34%, 30%): There is one reason and one reason only Santana is available in so many leagues: his usage rate. However, recently, Santana has been playing almost everyday. When in, Santana has been phenomenal. He has three homers and five stolen bases, to go along with a .333 batting average. As long as he gets playing time, Santana is worth a roster spot and should contribute across the board.

Tyler Skaggs (41%, 50%): Like Santana, Skaggs owned percentage is low in conjunction with the amount he is on the field. Skaggs was brilliant last year before getting hurt, as he had a 3.34 ERA beforehand. This year, Skaggs is off to a very nice start again. He has a 3.12 ERA to accompany a 8.31 K/9 and three wins. As long as Skaggs can stay healthy, he should be a very solid contributor for both the Angels and fantasy teams.

Nick Senzel (66%, 54%): Despite already being owned in many leagues in both formats, Senzel deserves to be mentioned. The top prospect was a sensation in the minors, and is already making a splash in the majors. In his second game, he hit his first career homer and was robbed of a second. If he is still available in your league, grab him.

Players to Drop:

Joey Lucchesi (62%, 59%): Joey Lucchesi made a name for himself with a very strong rookie campaign, in which he had a 3.64 skill-interactive ERA. So far in 2019, Lucchesi has struggled. He has a 4.94 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP, which has led to him being roughed up in three of his past four starts. Admittedly, he has good peripherals with a 3.81 SIERA and 3.44 xFIP, and could turn it around. But for the near future, he is replaceable if needed while he struggles.

Kevin Gausman (59%, 63%): Like Lucchesi, Gausman was very solid last season. However, unlike Lucchesi, Gausman’s peripherals haven’t been as good. Gausman has had allowed his highest hard hit rate since his rookie season, while also having his lowest soft hit rate since his rookie season as well. This has led to a 4.83 ERA and only one win in six starts.

Yuli Gurriel (55%, 66%): Yuli Gurriel has been pretty awful for the Astros. The Astros are in first in the AL West, and have gotten great production from all their starters, except for Gurriel. Gurriel is the lone Astro starter with a negative Wins Above Replacement. This is due to his .234 batting average and one homer. All of this is despite a career high walk percentage, which should show how truly bad Gurriel has been.

Travis Shaw (67%, 70%): Travis Shaw hasn’t been absolutely terrible. He has four homers on the season, and could very realistically end near 25 homers for the year. However, most of his homers have been of the solo variety, which have limited his RBIs. Additionally, Shaw is playing in a crowded infield, meaning that he isn’t starting everyday. Lastly, and the main reason Shaw is droppable, is because he is hitting only .189 and probably won’t hit above .220 for the year.


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Jonah Keehn

Statistics major at the University of Central Florida. I am covering the Marlins but am a Mets fan at heart. Follow me on Twitter @JonahKeehn

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