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Jason Collette

Jason Collette

Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Towers of Power Baseball Hour Podcast on iTunes. He was selected as the Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year by FSWA in 2013.

There are many times throughout a baseball season when a player goes through a two-week slump. It can fly below the radar in July because the player has had 300 or so plate appearances of statistics to hide the bad production during the slump. For example, Evan Longoria hit .269/.343/.498 last season with 32 homes and 88 runs driven in. You probably did not realize he hit .194 in July with just four home runs and 37 strikeouts in 98 at-bats.

The start of the season does not allow anyone to hide a slump or a slow start. That low batting average or those missing counting categories stick out like a sore thumb on the scoreboard. Conversely, if you are Homer Bailey, an 8.16 ERA is going to stand out like a sore thumb, and that will happen when you permit 29 runners to reach base and allow six home runs over your first three starts. On that note, if you are not already asking the Bailey owner in your league about his availability, stop reading this article and do so. Remember Ric

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