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Rounding Third: Week 4 Primer

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Week 4 Primer, Bryce Harper, Patriots Day, FAAB Results

The news that manager Matt Williams benched Bryce Harper on Saturday broke right as James Anderson and I hosted RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today. My knee-jerk reaction was that Williams was carrying on the "grit over talent" mentality that seemed pervasive at his last stop in Arizona, and I think to a certain extent that's true. The play in question was innocuous enough to me - he was out by a mile whether he was going full bore or not. Robinson Cano and Brandon Phillips, to name two players, do that peel-off to the dugout before reaching first base as well. They never get benched, though there are some that call them out on that practice.

That it was Harper in question also fueled my reaction. He's been under scrutiny from the time even before he was drafted. It's possible that he's immature or even a jerk, but it's way too easy to assume the worst ab

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