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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

Hopefully you enjoyed a nice, little breather from the rigors of the fantasy season over the All-Star break and got a chance to catch up with all that we fanatics tend to ignore at this time of year - friends, family, household chores and responsibilities, that sort of stuff. Feeling rested? Good - because the craziness is just about to begin.

Count it down, folks. There are 10 days remaining before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. All that you know and all that is right with the fantasy world is about to get upended in a very short amount of time. The rumor mill is buzzing and there are plenty of names being thrown about that will have a serious impact on the fantasy season over the next week and a half. Mixed-league owners need to prepare for change in their own way but they tend to have an easier time with this as the player universe is full and tasty. But for those in AL and NL-only leagues, it's about to get ugly.

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