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Roundtable: Worst Drop Of The Year

My questionable for the roundtable this week: What is the worst drop you've made so far this year?  Why did your thought process fail on this player?

Brett Greenfield, Fantasy Phenoms

My worst drop of the year might be Drew Stubbs.  I drafted him as a fifth outfielder or a utility type with the upside to produce a 15/30 season if everything broke right.  Because he wasn't a guaranteed starter for my team on draft day, it was easier to let him go in favor of a hot starting pitcher like a Tom Gorzelanny or a Brett Cecil.  His batting average has been below the Mendoza Line all year long and I felt he was a player that, if he didn't get off to a hot start, could lose his job or get sent down to the minors.  Stubbs has come on strong over the last few weeks and is now on pace for a 17 HR, 37 SB season, which is close to what I had expected.  His AVG is climbing and someone else already waivered him in.  As far as drops go, Stubbs has the upside to make me regret letting him go.

Derek Carty, The Hardball Times Fantasy

Sorry, but my answer is very boring.  I haven't made a bad drop.  Maybe Joe Thatcher in LABR NL is the worst, although he's still available if I really wanted him.  I've had to drop guys like Mark Lowe and Scott Sizemore in CardRunners (AL-only) because of a roster crunch, if that counts.  That's about it.  I really haven't made many drops, or dropped anyone of note.

Chuck Anderson, FantasyPros911

The drop I most regret is J.D. Drew.  I dropped him on April 18th when he was hitting .180/.268/.311.  Just in May his line was .324/.381/.471.  He scored 21 runs and drove in 18.  Emotions overcame my normal evaluation process with Drew.  His poor play was infuriating as were the efforts of the Red Sox.  The weekend that I dropped him was during Tampa's sweep in Fenway park and many Boston fans were at wit's end.  Frustration with the team was a large part of my decision.  If the Red Sox peformed poorly as a group Drew's skills could be replaced.  As they are a top five offense his counting stats are very useful, especially in a five outfielder league.  As long as we are fans passionate reactions will happen.  Hopefully this one is not catastrophic.

Tim Dierkes, RotoAuthority

Mine is easily Mat Latos.  I believed in him enough to draft him in multiple leagues, but cut him in one league after his first two starts.  I did this so I could snag Joel Pineiro.  I tell myself all offseason I won't make hasty moves, but I consistently judge starters on too little data.  Sometimes it leads you to a Cliff Lee, but usually you just shuffle guys around and drop some good ones along the way.  I mess around with spot starters and potential new starters for my rotation way too much in unlimited transaction leagues, and it's usually to my detriment.  I have to break this habit.


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