Fantasy baseball success can be categories into a variety of things including your draft skills, how good you are on the waiver wire and the trades you make. One thing that is overlooked when it comes to adding and dropping players is the ability to choose the right guys to drop. As a fantasy player, we can all look back to a certain time when we dropped a guy that ended up having a monster year. So, instead of just focusing on the hot waiver pickups, let's look at the most dropped guys around the league at this point and see if they're either worth holding onto or worth picking up once they're dropped.
Hector Santiago (RP, CHW) - He had a 7.36 ERA in April and managed to remain the closer despite having Matt Thornton and Addison Reed behind him. Owners are starting to cut bait on him but he is still the official closer in Chicago so he's worth holding onto in roto leagues until he officially loses that job. Do keep in mind that 7 innings is an incredibly small sample size and he's had poor luck with BABIP and homers thus far so he will certainly regress to the mean a bit. Don't give up on him because of a bit of poor luck over 7 innings.
Paul Goldschmidt (1B, ARI) - This one hurts me so bad. As many of you know, I hyped up Goldschmidt in the preseason. He was the wrong sleeper to gawk about thus far as he's struggled mightily and now has his playing time in jeopardy. His power will certainly return sooner or later but it's a matter of whether the D-Backs have patience to wait for it (and you too). If he's being dropped, I'd pick him in up in deeper leagues for sure. Shallow leagues, you might not have the luxury. Hopefully you had an insurance plan for him because as I said in the preseason, "we've seen our fair share of young stars struggle to adjust in their first years and Goldschmidt could be no different. He represents a risk. If you draft him, create your own insurance plan behind him (the Diamondbacks did it for themselves already)."
Geovany Soto (C, CHC) - Being patient through a stretch of bad luck is very tough but this is another case of it here. Soto had a .146 BABIP in April which led to a tiny AVG and his HR/FB rate is far below career norms which resulted in hardly any HR's. His contact rate and everything else seem normal so he should be able to snap out of this. But, don't expect a return to hitting .280 with 20 HR's. Soto's true self is more along the lines of a .240 hitter with 10-15 HR's. He'll return there but you can likely find someone else who can deliver similar numbers until Soto's bat heats up again.
Peter Bourjos (OF, ANA) - With Mike Trout getting playing time now, Bourjos is getting less of it. He had a very unlucky month of April offensively and the Angels have a crowded outfield now (side note: remember that movie Angels In The Outfield? I don't, except for that part where the angel lifts the outfielder off the ground to make a ridiculous catch which, I must say, would have infuriated me as a fan of either team). With Trout on board, Bourjos' defense won't be enough to hold his position in the outfield. For the time being, he's not worth owning in most leagues.
Rick Porcello (SP, DET) - I've never been a fan of a starter who only strikes out 4 or 5 batters per nine innings. So, I can't rightfully recommend that you hold onto Porcello or pick him up. Despite a bad game or two, he is still the same pitcher he was before with a 4.00-ish ERA, 1.35-ish WHIP and low strikeout and walk totals. If that's what you wanted on your team all along then you shouldn't cut bait on him now. I just question the move to even own him in the first place.
Keep in mind that shallower leagues have shorter leashes for these players than deeper leagues so you might want to cut bait on a guy earlier knowing that he won't be picked up by anybody else for the time being.