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MLB Barometer: The Fiers and the Furious

Vlad Sedler overcomes his skepticism about Mike Fiers and relates how poorly most of the hyped rookies this year have played.

MLB Barometer: Get Carter

Scott Jenstad doesn't want to talk about his slumping A's (but does anyhow), explains how to excel in the end game of a league, and pumps the value of the surging Chris Carter.

MLB Barometer: Early Round Disasters

Scott Jenstad fills in for Vlad Sedler this week and laments his early round disasters in the NFBC.

MLB Barometer: Schedules Down The Stretch

Who gets stuck facing the loaded rotations like the Nats down the stretch more than other teams? Erik Siegrist finds out.

MLB Barometer: Minor Disappointment

Mike Minor has been a disappointment for many fantasy owners this season, including RotoWire's Vlad Sedler.

MLB Barometer: The Price is Wong

Vlad Sedler basks in the glow of the RotoWire company trip to Las Vegas and raises the status of Kolten Wong in this week's edition.

MLB Barometer: Cano vs. Rendon

Would you rather own Robinson Cano or Anthony Rendon the rest of the way? Erik Siegrist fills in for Vlad Sedler this week and suggests that the answer isn't as clear as it might seem.

MLB Barometer: Return of the Mac

Yovani Gallardo is one of 10 starting pitchers that Vlad Sedler believes will be better over the second half of the season.

MLB Barometer: Bourn Identity Crisis

Why isn't Michael Bourn doing more of what we see in this photo - stealing bases? Vlad Sedler downgrades Bourn's stock and talks about his midseason ranks in this week's article.

MLB Barometer: Flash Gordon

Alex Gordon's resurgence coincided with the Royals' win-streak that ended last week. He rates on Vlad Sedler's

MLB Barometer: The New Doc Halladay

Charlie Morton gets some appreciation from Vlad Sedler in this week's version, and he suggests that you continue to update your own projections at midseason.

MLB Barometer: Twin Powers

The returns of Oswaldo Arcia and Josh Willingham have strengthened the Twins' lineup, as has the signing of Kendrys Morales.

MLB Barometer: All Aboard the Jenrry Train

Jenrry Mejia has solidified the Mets' closer situation and merits an upgrade in Vlad Sedler's eyes. See who else makes his list in this week's Barometer.

MLB Barometer: Bargains At the V-Mart

Ryan Howard is showing all the signs of turning 35 this year and makes Vlad Sedler's downgrade list this week.

MLB Barometer: The New Bash Brothers

Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson and a number of other A's have been meeting up at home plate on a frequent basis this season.

MLB Barometer: House of the Reyes Sun

Jose Reyes' fortunes have turned considerably brighter since this unfortunate slide last season in Kansas City. See who else makes Vlad Sedler's risers and fallers this week.

MLB Barometer: Rizzo de Mayo

Vlad Sedler celebrates the return of Jack Bauer and the emergence of Anthony Rizzo, and details his bidding on C.J. Cron.

MLB Barometer: Cruz'n Along

Nelson Cruz has settled in nicely with the Orioles and makes Vlad Sedler's Risers list this week.

MLB Barometer: Sad Panda

Pablo Sandoval is off to a slow start and is on Vlad Sedler's list of fallers in this week's Barometer.

MLB Barometer: Ventura Two-Step

Velocity hounds love Yordano Ventura, and that love intensified after a great first start against the Rays. He gets two starts this week. See who else Vlad Sedler gave a thumbs up or thumbs down to this week.

MLB Barometer: Patience Is a Virtue

Vlad Sedler debuts on RotoWire. He discusses Giancarlo Stanton's hot start, the need to be patient and to avoid some of the early season Fool's Gold that's out there.

MLB Barometer: Happy Real Opening Day

Clayton Kershaw's back inflammation has Howard Bender really concerned. See who else has caught his eye heading into the start of the season.

MLB Barometer: Ventura Highway

Yordano Ventura and his 100 mph fastball have won the Royals' fifth starter's job. See who else has seen his stock climb in Howard Bender's initial Barometer of the season.

MLB Barometer: Looking Ahead to 2014

Howard Bender's final Barometer of the 2013 season takes a look at a handful of players whose stock rose or fell for 2014, including the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished the season in style.

MLB Barometer: This Is It

Manny Machado has a bright future, but he's really slowed down this September.

MLB Barometer: Who the (Heck) Are These Guys?

Howard Bender shines the spotlight on some unlikely September heroes, including the Orioles' Danny Valencia.

MLB Barometer: Give Them a Hand

Hand injuries to Carlos Gonzalez and Starling Marte are preventing them from being factors in the stretch run.

MLB Barometer: Bittersweet

Matt Kemp's imminent return will create a domino effect in terms of sharing the playing time in the Dodgers' outfield.

MLB Barometer: Tough Decisions

You may have to make the difficult decision to cut Jose Bautista, pending on your league's depth, given how little time we have left this season.

MLB Barometer: Fading Starlin

Starlin Castro got benched midway through Saturday's game, punctuating a miserable 2013 season.

MLB Barometer: Digging Deep

Some recent transactions have changed the landscape for teams' rosters. Howard Bender tells you which changes can have a positive fantasy impact.

MLB Barometer: The Replacements

Howard Bender suggests a few alternatives for replacing injured players like Carlos Gonzalez or one of the suspended players in the Biogenesis scandal.

MLB Barometer: Contingency Plans

With the trade deadline approaching, you should be aware of players potentially getting dealt and what might result of those trades. You should also start preparing more for pitchers hitting innings limits like Matt Harvey.

MLB Barometer: Home Run Derby Curse?

Yoenis Cespedes has been sidelined with a wrist injury since winning the Home Run Derby on Monday.

MLB Barometer: Smoak On Fire

Justin Smoak has started to display some of the power potential many thought he had when he was drafted. Can he keep it up? Howard Bender discusses him and more this week.

MLB Barometer: LoMo Rising

Logan Morrison has played well since returning from the DL. Howard Bender gives him an upgrade and discusses the All-Star Game this week.

MLB Barometer: Herculean Clouts

Howard Bender tackles Chris Davis' big first half - how likely is he to approximate that production over the second half?

MLB Barometer: Falling Off

Dan Haren's struggles have continued to the point where the Nats had to put him on the DL. Howard Bender discusses Haren among his fallers this week.

MLB Barometer: Setbacks Everywhere

The Yankees got more bad news this weekend when Mark Teixeira pulled himself from Saturday's game with more wrist problems.

MLB Barometer: Bite the Bullet On Biogenesis

Howard Bender suggests selling low on Nelson Cruz and the other players on the Biogenesis ledgers.

MLB Barometer: More Bullpen Opportunities

Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street landed on the DL this week - their respective replacements feature prominently in Howard Bender's article this week.

MLB Barometer: Shoot That Poison Arrow

Fernando Rodney delivered another heart-wrenching blown save Saturday, but he hasn't lost his job as the closer yet. Howard Bender discusses Rodney among others this week.

MLB Barometer: The Dangers of Micromanaging

Daniel Murphy gets a positive mention in Howard Bender's column this week.

MLB Barometer: Read the Other Players

Howard Bender suggests to read the other players in your league when trying to get an edge. Among his recommendations this week is to hold steady on Allen Craig.

MLB Barometer: Time For Change

RotoWire's Howard Bender is losing patience with the Giants' Brandon Belt, who has been batting down in the eighth spot in the order lately.

MLB Barometer: Chooch Returns

Carlos Ruiz is back from his season-beginning suspension. Howard Bender discusses him among his 10 players of interest this week.

MLB Barometer: Push Through the Wall

Howard Bender advises Jason Heyward's owners to ride out his slow start to the season.

MLB Barometer: Opportunities Abound in Toronto

Jose Reyes' awkward slide has created a handful of changes for the Blue Jays. Howard Bender details those changes and more in this week's Barometer.

MLB Barometer: All the Right Moves

In many mixed leagues last year, Edwin Encarnacion was a very profitable early season free agent pickup. Who will bring a lot of value from the waiver wire this year?

MLB Barometer: The Waiting Game

Howard Bender preaches patience to start the season but there's reason to be concerned about Pablo Sandoval. Check out his solid pickup options for those who just can't wait for the regular season to begin to make moves.

MLB Barometer: Smoke Signals

In some instances, spring training smoke means fire. Howard Bender takes a look at Nolan Arenado and others who are an opportunity away from making an impact.

MLB Barometer: The Jerk

Jedd Gyorko is one of the big risers this spring as he's closing in on the starting job at second base for the Padres.

MLB Barometer: Regression or Rebound

Eric Nehs discusses what to make of Ian Kennedy for next season.

MLB Barometer: A Look Towards 2013

Eric Nehs starts his first look towards 2013 with this week's column.

MLB Barometer: September Surgers

B.J. Upton has been making this home run trot a lot more lately to salvage his overall numbers.

MLB Barometer: Not So Grand

Curtis Granderson is among the downgrades in this week's Barometer.

MLB Barometer: A's Anderson Acing the Test

Brett Anderson has looked great upon his return to the big leagues.

MLB Barometer: Harper's Slump

Bryce Harper has had a difficult last couple of weeks.

MLB Barometer: Tough Sledding For Santana

Johan Santana has struggled since his return from the DL.

MLB Barometer: Debut of a Prodigy

The Orioles surprised many by calling up Manny Machado this weekend.

MLB Barometer: Overdue Downgrade

Carlos Pena has had three miserable months in a row.

MLB Barometer: Vote of Confidence

Dan Uggla is going through a big slump, but we're staying patient with him still.

MLB Barometer: Time to Cut Losses?

Ryan Roberts is Among This Week's Downgrades.

MLB Barometer: Heyward Aloft

Jason Heyward is hitting more flyballs, much to his advantage.

MLB Barometer: Chase This Light

If the Padres deal Chase Headley before the end of July, he should see a significant increase in value moving out of Petco Park.

MLB Barometer: Big Erv in Big Trouble?

Ervin Santana keeps struggling with the gopher balls - can he recover?

MLB Barometer: Take A Holliday

MLB Barometer: Dickey The Great

MLB Barometer: Cooking In Oakland

MLB Barometer: Why Manny?

Why did the A's sign Manny Ramirez anyhow? His potential debut with them is going to cause a huge playing time concern with little palpable payoff.

MLB Barometer: Giancarlo Stanton Powering Up

Giancarlo Stanton looked downright tame to start the season, but a wild May has his power numbers among the league's best.

MLB Barometer: Verlander's Stock Keeps Rising

MLB Barometer: Dirks Rising In Detroit

MLB Barometer: Price Inflation

MLB Barometer: Angels Downgrade Walden

MLB Barometer: Ross Detwiler Moving Up With Capital Start

MLB Barometer: Down Goes Ellsbury

MLB Barometer: Change-Up Calvalcade

Johan Santana's filthy change-up is still making batters swing and miss.

MLB Barometer: Spring Training Risers and Fallers

Matt Thornton appears to have won the White Sox closer job, and RotoWire's Eric Nehs believes that Thornton will keep the job all season.

MLB Barometer: Reviewing Payne's Picks, Pans

Justin Masterson's strong finish last year carried over to 2011.

MLB Barometer: Be Wary of September Sits

Ryan Howard is among the veterans that could sit out multiple games over the last 10 days to get healthy for the playoffs.

MLB Barometer: Weeks' Week

Rickie Weeks is back in the starting lineup for the Brewers.

MLB Barometer: Beard Not Feared

Brian Wilson might not return this season.

MLB Barometer: Hanson's Rotator Cuff

Andrew Martinez downgrades Tommy Hanson this week - Hanson may not need surgery, but he still has a tear in his rotator cuff.

MLB Barometer: Nobody (Messes) With the Jesus

Jesus Guzman is tearing it up for the Padres at first base.

MLB Barometer: Shut Down Warning

Young pitchers like Michael Pineda could get shut down early as their innings totals rise.

MLB Barometer: Hip To Have Kipnis

Jason Kipnis has thrived upon getting the full-time second base job for the Tribe.

MLB Barometer: Reach the Bourgeois

Michael Bourn ran off to Atlanta, leaving behind in Houston one of the best free agent options for the rest of the season.

MLB Barometer: Bargain Bin Maybin

Cameron Maybin is really finding his way with the Padres, at least on the road.

MLB Barometer: Closer Carousel

Between trades and blowups, we have multiple closer jobs changing hands this week. Also, Phil Hughes appears to be back on track.

MLB Barometer: E5 On the Rise

Edwin Encarnacion has come alive in the last few weeks.

MLB Barometer: Albatross!

Vernon Wells' contract remains terrible, but at least he's raised his game in the last month since returning from the DL.

MLB Barometer: Backed Into a Corner

The news on Roy Oswalt's back doesn't sound encouraging.

MLB Barometer: A "Fast" Riser

MLB Barometer: Slip-Sliding Away

Did Brett Anderson's reliance on the slider create his current elbow problems?

MLB Barometer: Selling Off Soriano

RotoWire's Kevin Payne intends to sell Soriano from his teams once he returns from the DL.

MLB Barometer: Blocking the Plate

Kevin Payne weighs in on the concept of blocking the plate in the wake of Buster Posey's injuries.

MLB Barometer: Stanton's Scary Power

Mike Stanton is on a power heater for the Marlins.

MLB Barometer: Yo Adrian!

If you're drafting today, where would Adrian Gonzalez go?

MLB Barometer: Thumbs Up

Carlos Pena is finally starting to hit for power after a thumb injury derailed him in April.

MLB Barometer: Too Late to Buy Low

Carlos Santana has homered in each of the last three games.

MLB Barometer: Tattooing the Ball

Ryan Roberts has gotten extra playing time at third base for the Diamondbacks and has thrived.

MLB Barometer: Changes In Minnesota

The Twins are off to a bad start - Joe Mauer is on the DL, and Joe Nathan just lost his closing job to Matt Capps after blowing the save Saturday against the Rays.

MLB Barometer: Job in Jeopardy?

Ryan Franklin suffered his third blown save Saturday night. Is his job in jeopardy?

MLB Barometer: Tough Day At the Jake

Did this Fausto Carmona pitch get tagged as badly as his Opening Day offerings against the White Sox?

MLB Barometer: Injury Issues Resolving

Brian Roberts has played extensively in the past week, alleviating concerns about his back and neck.

MLB Barometer: Question Marks on Closers

Can Joe Nathan bounce all the way back from his elbow surgery?

MLB Barometer: Silva Sliding in Spring

Carlos Silva appears to be losing a job battle for the Cubs' fifth starter slot.

MLB Barometer: Healthy Kinsler

Ian Kinsler looks fully healed this spring and is tearing it up so far.

MLB Barometer: Early Movers

Joel Hanrahan was named the Pirates' closer at the start of spring training.

MLB Barometer: A First Look At Changing Values

Do the advanced metrics accurately suggest that Justin Masterson is about to take off?

MLB Barometer: Tulowitzki On Fire

MLB Barometer: An Eye on the Future

MLB Barometer: The Clay is Red Hot in Boston

MLB Barometer: Lincecum Takes a Dive

MLB Barometer: Panda Watch!

Has Pablo Sandoval's poor showing this season been the result of a changing skill set, or just plain bad luck?

MLB Barometer: Vote For Pedro!‏

MLB Barometer: Trade to LA a Big Plus For Lilly

MLB Barometer: Accentuate the Positive

MLB Barometer: Perez Inherits Closer's Role in Cleveland

MLB Barometer: Nationals Will Limit the Greatness

The Nationals have decided how many innings they will let Stephen Strasburg throw this season. Find out what effect that decision has on his fantasy value.

MLB Barometer: Don't Give Up on Berkman

A Closer look at Berkman's line drive and fly ball rates suggest a turnaround.

MLB Barometer: Upgrading the Matts

MLB Barometer: Don't Worry About Teixeira

MLB Barometer: Top Prospects on the Rise

MLB Barometer: A Glance at the Home Run Leader