Welcome into the Fantasy Dugout, where the Ball Boy Blog gives you Fantasy Baseball advice, tips, tricks, and inside takes! Welcome into the regular season marathon of the 2021 Fantasy Baseball season; today, I am giving you my top 5 adds, drops, holds for this coming week. I will give five pitchers and five position players and how much you should spend on them. All stats are as of Sunday, 4/11. Note all % based on ESPN.
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Keep: 5 Total Players
2B Ozzie Albies(Atl)- It has been a slow start for Albies at the plate, going 5/36, 1HR, 4BRI, and a .139BA. He will turn it around. Hold on to him.
SS Dansby Swanson(Atl)- Another Brave that is off to a slow start at the plate, going 6/32 with 1HR, 3RBI, and a .188BA. I am still in on Swanson, and you should be too.
RP Jordan Romano(Tor)- I would hold Romano as one of those rare relievers who gets plenty of high leverage work and does well with it. He is a good pitcher, and I would keep him.
RP Devin Williams(Mil)- I know you are scared by the 10.80ERA and 3K-2B in 1.2IP this season. Just chill and relax for now. He is in year two, has great expectations. He will turn it around quickly.
C Sean Murphy(Oak)- In his 18AB, he has 1H, 1RBI, and a .056BA. He hasn't played enough to gauge where he is at. He is rostered in 35.2% of leagues. He was dropped in -12.8. Suppose you can find another option to start. I would bench Murphy for now.
Add: Position Players
2B/DH Ty France(Sea)- France is an on-base machine. The young 2B is a quality hitter. Starting the season 11/34 with 1HR, 4RBI, and a .324BA. He is rostered in 49.6% of leagues and has been added recently in +13.5% of them.
OF Akil Baddoo(Det)- If you are still sleeping on Baddoo, why? He has started the season in his limited PT 5/16 with 2HR, 7BRI, and a .313BA. He is rostered in 59.5% of leagues and has been picked up +58.1% of leagues.
OF Adam Eaton(CHW)- Eaton is off to a solid start to the season, going 8/31 at the plate with 9R, 2HR, 7RBI, and 1SB, and a .258BA. If you need OF help. Eaton is a reliable outlet. He is rostered in 44.6% of leagues and has been added in 16.8%.
SS Andrelton Simmons(Min)- If you need a reliable person to get on base and help your team's BA, it's Simmons. He's started the season 10/27 with a .370BA, 0HR and 3RBI. He is rostered in 27.4% of leagues and has been added in +20.1% of leagues.
2B Luis Arraez(Min)- Another solid option to help you get your team's BA back out from the dumps. With a good start at the plate going 10/28 with 6R, 1HR, 5RBI, and a .357BA, he would be a solid addition.
I would consider a couple more guys. I would consider 3B Phillip Evans, 2B Zach McKinstry, 3B Eduardo Escobar.
Drop: Position Players
OF Ian Happ(CHC)- Happ has started the season 4/25 with a .160BA. He is still owned in 90.5% of leagues. He has been dropped in -1.9% of leagues.
OF/1B Ryan Mountcastle(Bal)- I have no been impressed with Mountcastle thus far into the season with his 7/38, 1HR, 5RBI, and .184BA. HOWEVER, the O's will continue to give him every chance, and maybe things will come around. He is rostered in 86% of leagues and has been dropped in -1.3%
OF Clint Frazier(NYY)- Frazier was given the LF job's keys early in spring and played well in ST. Since the season opened, he is only 5/25, 0HR, 0RBI, .200BA. He is owned in 69.7% of leagues and has been dropped in -5.6% of leagues.
DH Jorge Soler(KCR)- Despite the strong showing in ST, there has been 0 Soler power this season. He is 3/23 with 1HR, 2RBI, and a .130BA. He is rostered in 75.1% of leagues and has been dropped in -7.3% of leagues.
3B Brian Anderson(MIA)- I have always been a fan of Anderson, and the talent has always been there. He has started the season 4/25 with 0HR, 0RBI, and a .160BA. He is rostered in 44.4% of leagues and has been dropped in -8.3% of leagues.
1B Andrew Vaughn(CHW)- He has started the season off 2/14 with a .143BA. He has missed many opportunities due to being on the bench and Yermin Mercedes taking control of the DH spot from him. He has been dropped in -16.5% of leagues and is only still rostered in 49.7% of leagues.
SP Steven Matz(TOR)- Matz has looked excellent in his first two starts, with the Jay's throwing 12.1IP with 13K-4BB and a 1.46ERA. He is currently rostered in 58.6% of leagues and has been added +55.3% of leagues.
SP/RP Julian Merryweather(Tor)- Merryweather has filled the Kirby Yates role for the Blue Jays. 4IP, 7K-1BB, 2SV and a 0.00ERA. Not too bad. He is getting picked up everywhere super quickly, so go and grab him right now! 58% rostered, and he's been added in +51.5% of leagues.
SP Carlos Rodon(CHW)- He started the season with a strong 5IP against the Mariners with 9K-3BB. His next start will come against the Royals.
RP Alex Reyes(Stl)- Reyes has also been off to a strong start this season. 4.1IP, 3K-2BB, 3SV and a 0.00ERA. If you need a good closer, get them early. He has been picked up 38.9% of leagues and is rostered in 54.9% of leagues.
RP Mark Melancon(SDP)- Melancon has been as hot as a pen arm this season. With 6IP, 5K-0BB, 5SV, and a 0.00ERA. He is now rostered in 83.9% of leagues and added 33.5% within the last week. Go and see if you can steal him off waivers.
It would be best to drop the injured you drafted: SP James Paxton, RP Trevor Rosenthal, RP Joakim Soria. It would be best if you also dropped a guy who was optioned in SP Domingo German. Do not waste your IL spots on these guys.
I would also drop
SP Marco Gonzalez(Sea)- He is purely a matchup play at this point and waits until he gets hot.
RP Greg Holland(KCR)- With the 5BB and a 6.00ERA over 3IP. I would drop him.
RP Anthony Bass(Mia)- The 23.14ERA over 2.1IP is a testament to the regression of the 2020 cinderella Marlins.
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