Giolito was on waivers in a majority of ESPN leagues before joining the "most dropped" list, so let's focus on the other four. Should they be dropped in an ESPN standard league and what is your outlook for these players moving forward?
Kyle Soppe on Yoan Moncada: I'm not going to call you nuts if you're already punting on this 22-year-old, but I certainly won't call you not nuts. Yes, I understand that half of his at-bats this season have ended in a slow stroll back to the dugout by way of K ... so what? That's the era in which we live, and while it's not ideal, it's not as damning as it once was.
I'm more willing to target his 55.2 percent hard-hit percentage (a rate that trails only J.D. Martinez this season) than I am to fade is strikeout rate. He's a promising talent who is entrenched in the leadoff spot for the ChiSox: invest now while the cost is essentially nothing.
AJ Mass on Matt Davidson: There's no question that Davidson's overall 2018 has been bleak thus far, and even more so if you start counting once April kicked in, which would leave the third baseman with a slash line of .132/.298/.316 and just two home runs in 38 at-bats. Yes, that 3-HR Opening Day display seems like a distant relic, even at this early stage of the season.
However, even bleaker than that has been the weather this team has endured, with four postponements and a large chunk of their baseball being played in the 40s or lower. Is it any wonder this team isn't exactly operating on all cylinders just yet?
As for Davidson, there's reason for optimism. Last season, his BB/K rate was about as bad as it can be at 0.12. This season, he already has walked 10 times in 56 plate appearances -- more than halfway to his 2017 total, which took place over 443 PA. His strikeout rate is still high (33.9 percent) but still better than last season's 37.2 percent.
Given his improved patience at the plate -- his 4.66 P/PA (up from 4.19 last year) ranks third in the AL -- I'm going to try and be patient with Davidson as well and hope his bat warms up a little bit to go along with the temperature at first pitch in Chicago's future contests.
Tristan H. Cockcroft on Welington Castillo: His sharp decline in being rostered is probably far more about the knee injury that cost him a pair of games (April 11-12), coupled with a slew of White Sox postponements (three, from April 13-15), during the past week than anything. It's an understandable stance in the ESPN standard game, where streaming catchers is a viable strategy, not to mention the fact that he was the No. 13 catcher selected on average during draft season, in a game that requires only 10 positional starters at any given time.
Suffice it to say that in any league larger than standard -- even 12-team mixed with one catcher -- Castillo wouldn't even be a cut consideration. His mix of pop and the right ballpark to accentuate it make him a pretty safe bet to finish among the top 15 in fantasy earnings at his position.
The very fact that he has been cut supports the stream-catchers strategy in ESPN leagues, as Castillo is certainly one of the more attractive free-agent catchers in the 42 percent of leagues in which he's now available.
I recommend you scoop him up if you went the cheap route -- this is not an uncommon happening at all, year over year. Castillo was projected for a .265 batting average, 20 home runs and 64 RBIs in the preseason, and absolutely nothing has changed for me as far as him finishing roughly in those ranges in those three categories.
Eric Karabell on Avisail Garcia: I think we knew Garcia was unlikely to hit .330 this season because last season's breakout was so surprising. Garcia used to be a well-regarded prospect, you know, but years of modest power and strikeouts and nothing special convinced us 2017 was a fluke.
The thing is, I think Garcia can still hit .270 with 25 home runs. Crazy, right? Well, no it is not. Garcia feasted on left-handed pitching last season but also hit .298 against right-handers, including16 of his home runs. He lowered his strikeout rate. He hits high in the lineup.
I cannot argue with those in 10-teamers giving up on Garcia, but I do see a time when he becomes popular again. These days there is nothing inherently special about 20-plus home runs and a .270 batting average, but Garcia is not this bad. He will improve when the weather does. He will supply some power. He will finally draw a walk. In deeper leagues, be patient.