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MLB Barometer: Chooch Returns

Howard Bender

Howard Bender

Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. For more from him, you can find his personal musings on his blog or follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy. For questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at

At this point in the season, you're probably sifting through your waiver wire with a bit of disgust. It is very likely that on at least one occasion you missed out on a guy and have been scouring through in search of someone, anyone, who may have some potential to do more for your team than play one or two strong games and follow them up with a 2-for-20 over their next five. Unfortunately though, that can be hard to come by at this point.

The month of April is actually one of the more difficult times to actively play the waiver wire as there is basically a fantasy perfect storm happening. On one hand, it's early in the year so everyone is active. Yup, even that guy who year after year finishes in last due to team neglect. You're fighting the full slate of owners for each and every player who gets even the slightest positive write-up on some web site. People are making it rain in the club with FAAB dollars and guys are staying up until 3 AM, just waiting for the site to

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