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MLB Barometer: Time For Change

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 some point in the season, the cries of a small sample size have to come to an end. It's certainly understandable that no one wants to declare a potential MVP candidate after just two weeks nor do they want to cut bait with a promising, young player who just happens to be off to a cold start to the season. But now that we're almost a week into May, most hitters have roughly 100 at-bats under their belt while rotations have cycled through nearly half a dozen times. Obviously you'd like more data to go on, but with most rotisserie standings starting to take shape, you have to work with what you have and start making those tough decisions. It's time to start fine-tuning that lineup.

No one likes to do a roster overhaul, but now that the hot starts have cooled and the cold starts have heated up, you have to determine what your team's strengths and weakness are and what your needs might be. And your first order of business is to start cutting that dead weight. You know w

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