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The Long Game: Next Year Starts Now

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

The Long Game: Next Year Starts Now

June 1st is staring you in the face, and your team is going nowhere. Every good week your hitters put together seems to come at the expense of your pitching staff, and vice versa. Your injured players keep having setbacks, and your DL list never seems to get shorter. And much as you hate to admit it, that light at the end of the tunnel looks more and more like a freight train with '12th place' graffitied on its side in blood red paint.

In short, it's time to play for next year.

While no one likes losing, in keeper leagues it's important to remember that losing seasons are just another stage on the success cycle. A losing season, successfully executed, can lead to a winning one or even multiple money finishes. Here are some things to keep in mind as you try to rebuild from the ashes:


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