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MLB Barometer: Setbacks Everywhere

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

It's actually quite amazing how in the span of a week, your whole fantasy world can be turned upside down. Between cold streaks from your players, hot streaks from your opposition's, MLB roster shuffling and of course injuries, your team can hit the skids in the blink of an eye and if you're not careful, your place in the standings can drop faster than Cameron Maybin's ownership percentages. Roster maintenance is paramount, obviously, but it's how you do it that plays the more important role.

Being active on the waiver wire is one thing. Being active on the wire where it helps your team is another. This game is more than just filling in holes on your roster with the next best available player. You need to study your league standings and target specific needs, whether it's speed, power, strikeouts, whatever. If you're falling behind in a specific category, that's the problem that needs addressing the most. Sure, the hype machine tells you that you want Mike Zunino
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