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MLB Barometer: Tough Decisions

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 time running short on your fantasy season, there's little time to waste. You need to stay on top of who's hot, who's not, who's seeing the playing time and who's ready to be let go. If you're playing in a redraft league, you have to be ready to make some tough decisions. There's no sense in holding onto a guy who isn't performing and while it's difficult to part with a big name, a guy you've been waiting for to come around, you have to do what is best for your team. If Starlin Castro or B.J. Upton aren't performing or if Jose Bautista is going to be lost for nearly all of the remaining games, then you need to cut bait and find players who will get the job done. You can't be afraid to ditch a big star if he's been a train wreck. It would be a disservice to your team if you held onto him any longer.

Keeper league owners have a bit tougher of a time as the underperforming stars tend to shorten up your bench and kill your depth. Cutting them isn'

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