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MLB Barometer: The Replacements

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

With the calendar flipping to August, those competing for their league title can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. You're almost there. It's been a grueling first four months of the season. You've endured the injuries, the lineup shuffles, the poor managerial decisions and the always dangerous MLB trade deadline. You're rounding the bend and about to enter the home stretch and it's imperative that you structure your roster to ensure that you can withstand any potentially devastating occurrences, whether it is something like an injury or a Biogenesis suspension. Depth can be as important as the right choices for your starting roster.

As we've seen with players such as Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Gonzalez, managers aren't taking any chances with their star players here in the stretch run. Though Gonzalez tried to play through the sprained finger, the Rockies aren't going to risk losing him for longer than they need to and will DL him right now w

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