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MLB Barometer: The Dangers of Micromanaging

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

In the fantasy world, there's a fine line between due diligence and obsessive compulsion. While I highly recommend you spend some time every day reading up on the status of your fantasy team and the daily happenings in the world of Major League Baseball, you have to be very careful not to fall into the trap of severe micro-management. It's one thing to make lineup changes because a player is getting a day off or is facing a pitcher against whom he is hitless in 50 at-bats, but unless you're talking about a daily fantasy league game, sometimes you just have to let your guys do their thing and let the law of averages take over.

All too often, I have received emails from people who are poring over their league's waiver wire list, desperately searching for someone to replace their slumping hitter or pitcher. The problem is, the players whom they are looking to replace are quality performers who just happen to be struggling right now. Some slumps have lasted longer than ot

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