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MLB Barometer: Smoak On Fire

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

While the All-Star break is a time for most of the baseball community, both real and fantasy, to stop and take a breath, it is the smart and savvy GM who uses this time to study the numbers, examine any potential position battles and do some scouting for the second half. You've got just two and a half months remaining and the last thing you want is for all that spring prep work and first-half roster tinkering to go to waste. You need to study your league standings, note your place within each category and learn where the best places are for improvement. No rest for the weary.

You're going to get bombarded with numerous puff pieces highlighting first half success and which bargain players have earned more than their fair share of fantasy value but you don't need me to tell you that Chris Davis was a beast or that Jean Segura has been a huge bargain. That's just common sense. So we're going to stick with what's worked here at the Barometer and continue to l

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