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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 RotobuzzGuy.com or follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy. For questions, thoughts or comments you can email him at rotobuzzguy@gmail.com.

Fantasy sports articles written by Howard Bender

MLB Barometer: Happy Real Opening Day

Clayton Kershaw's back inflammation has Howard Bender really concerned. See who else has caught his eye heading into the start of the season.

MLB Barometer: Ventura Highway

Yordano Ventura and his 100 mph fastball have won the Royals' fifth starter's job. See who else has seen his stock climb in Howard Bender's initial Barometer of the season.

2014 Royals Team Preview: Banking On Offense

The Royals have addressed some needs to keep a productive offense together, but can their starting rotation hold up enough to be competitive?

Baseball Draft Kit: Mock Draft Results

Where did Billy Hamilton go in the RotoWire Magazine Mock? Check out the results and Howard Bender's write up of the first RotoWire mock for the 2014 campaign.

On Target: Garcon Makes the Quarterback

Pierre Garcon has not missed a beat since the move to Kirk Cousins at quarterback for the Redskins, proving he can be elite regardless of who is under center.

Depth Chart Watch: A Giant Mess

The latest in a long line of Giants' calamities, Andre Brown was carted off the field Sunday after suffering a concussion.

On Target: The Wright Choice

Kendall Wright is blossoming late in the season, and with two favorable matchups to close out the year, there should be plenty more to come.

Depth Chart Watch: Toppled Giant

Has Victory Cruz played his last game of 2013? Sure seems like it, as he's dealing with a knee sprain and a concussion.

On Target: Ravens Role Reversal

A Monday night matchup with Detroit practically makes Torrey Smith a must-start, but his target percentage is trending downward.

Depth Chart Watch: Welker Makes Owners Woozy

Wes Welker suffered his second concussion of the season Sunday, leaving his status uncertain for Denver's game Thursday.

On Target: Fewer Targets for Davis?

With the return of Michael Crabtree and the already solid rapport between Colin Kaepernick and Anquan Boldin, Vernon Davis could see his targets suffer a bit down the stretch.

Depth Chart Watch: Colts Turn to Brown

The Colts held true to their word to make Donald Brown the lead back at the expense of Trent Richardson.

On Target: Yeah, He's that Good

Josh Gordon sees a ton of targets and does amazing things with the ball when it falls into his hands.

Depth Chart Watch: Big Deal in Denver

The Broncos made it perfectly clear Sunday night who their workhorse back is, but Knowshon Moreno's ankle injury could change those plans.

On Target: Keenum's No. 1 Fan

Andre Johnson's fantasy value hinges on his quarterbacks in Houston, and that's a problem if Matt Schaub starts for the Texans.

Depth Chart Watch: Actions Speak Louder than Words

The Colts continue to proclaim Trent Richardson the lead back while giving backup Donald Brown the majority of touches, as they did Sunday.

On Target: Beware of the Wolf

Is Rishard Matthews the real deal or is he a wolf in sheep's clothing? Is he worth gambling on as the season comes down the stretch?

Depth Chart Watch: New Injury for Cutler

The frustration continues as Jay Cutler made it back from a groin tear ahead of schedule only to get knocked out of Sunday's game with a sprained ankle.

On Target: Houston, We Have a QB

Case Keenum's arrival under center has meant good things so far for Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

Depth Chart Watch: McFadden Goes Down, Again

Darren McFadden found himself sitting on the sidelines with another hamstring injury after just five carries in Week 9.

On Target: Time for Owners to Retire Smith

Steve Smith still sees targets in Carolina, but at 34 and having lost more than a step, is he even worth rostering anymore?

Depth Chart Watch: Battle of New Orleans

Marques Colston turned in another dud Sunday, despite leading the Saints in targets, but the real battle in New Orleans might be for the No. 2 receiver spot.

On Target: Jackson Cashes In

Vincent Jackson gobbled up 22 targets last week, but is that because of the woeful Bucs offense or in spite of it?

Depth Chart Watch: Battered Ram

Sam Bradford's season-ending knee injury opens the door for backup Kellen Clemens to start in St. Louis, unless the Rams reach out to someone like, say, Vince Young.

On Target: Taking Advantage in SF

San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis is seeing more targets thanks to the reliable double-teams thrown Anquan Boldin's way.

Depth Chart Watch: Doubtful in Dallas

DeMarco Murray's knee injury Sunday leaves nothing but questions in the Cowboys backfield.

On Target: Old Man Gonzalez Still a Weapon

In total defiance of his age, Tony Gonzalez is retaining a high value as a major red-zone threat

Depth Chart Watch: Done Like Dinner

Is Ryan Mathews done in San Diego? It's starting to look more and more like that's the case as Danny Woodhead takes over the Chargers backfield.

MLB Barometer: Looking Ahead to 2014

Howard Bender's final Barometer of the 2013 season takes a look at a handful of players whose stock rose or fell for 2014, including the Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished the season in style.

On Target: Shorts Stands Tall

Cecil Shorts, the Jaguars' No. 1 offensive threat, should not be thrown off stride too much with the return of Justin Blackmon this week.

Depth Chart Watch: Welcome Back, Le'Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell returned from injury Sunday to make his season debut with the Steelers and finally gave his owners something to cheer about.

On Target: Welcome to the Party

Cleveland's Josh Gordon saw a whopping 19 targets in his return to the field in Week 3, and while that can't be counted on every week, it's a good sign.

Depth Chart Watch: C.J. Takes a Spill

C.J. Spiller's injury Sunday is not the only reason Fred Jackson should see increased work in the coming weeks for the Bills.

MLB Barometer: This Is It

Manny Machado has a bright future, but he's really slowed down this September.

On Target: Beating the 'Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda' Game

Fantasy owners won't have to second-guess themselves with Cecil Shorts, who should continue to get targets even when the suspended Justin Blackmon returns for Jacksonville.

Depth Chart Watch: Week of Injuries

Injuries took their toll in Week 2, including in Baltimore where Ray Rice went down with a hip injury.

MLB Barometer: Who the (Heck) Are These Guys?

Howard Bender shines the spotlight on some unlikely September heroes, including the Orioles' Danny Valencia.

On Target: It's Not Just About Targets

While Julian Edelman's target percentage was significantly lower than that of his teammates, he was Tom Brady's No. 1 stud in the red zone in Week 1.

MLB Barometer: Give Them a Hand

Hand injuries to Carlos Gonzalez and Starling Marte are preventing them from being factors in the stretch run.

Depth Chart Watch: The Fallout from Week 1

Week 1 was full of surprises, perhaps none more so than the timeshare that occurred in Buffalo between C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Depth Chart Watch: Fallout From the Final Job Battles

Lamar Miller finally was named the Dolphins' starting running back, putting to rest any ideas of a two-back system in Miami as the season kicks off this week.

MLB Barometer: Bittersweet

Matt Kemp's imminent return will create a domino effect in terms of sharing the playing time in the Dodgers' outfield.

Depth Chart Watch: Moreno States His Case

Knowshon Moreno suddenly looks like the running back to own in Denver, even if it is by default.

MLB Barometer: Tough Decisions

You may have to make the difficult decision to cut Jose Bautista, pending on your league's depth, given how little time we have left this season.

Depth Chart Watch: Lions No. 2 WR Could Feast

Nate Burleson may open the season as the No. 2 wide receiver in Detroit, but it might not be long before he is supplanted by Ryan Broyles as the wideout opposite Calvin Johnson.

MLB Barometer: Fading Starlin

Starlin Castro got benched midway through Saturday's game, punctuating a miserable 2013 season.

Depth Chart Watch: Jets Ready to Bail on Sanchez?

The Jets are getting closer to naming a starting quarterback, and it's increasingly looking like it won't be Mark Sanchez.

MLB Barometer: Digging Deep

Some recent transactions have changed the landscape for teams' rosters. Howard Bender tells you which changes can have a positive fantasy impact.

MLB Barometer: The Replacements

Howard Bender suggests a few alternatives for replacing injured players like Carlos Gonzalez or one of the suspended players in the Biogenesis scandal.

MLB Barometer: Contingency Plans

With the trade deadline approaching, you should be aware of players potentially getting dealt and what might result of those trades. You should also start preparing more for pitchers hitting innings limits like Matt Harvey.

MLB Barometer: Home Run Derby Curse?

Yoenis Cespedes has been sidelined with a wrist injury since winning the Home Run Derby on Monday.

MLB Barometer: Smoak On Fire

Justin Smoak has started to display some of the power potential many thought he had when he was drafted. Can he keep it up? Howard Bender discusses him and more this week.

MLB Barometer: LoMo Rising

Logan Morrison has played well since returning from the DL. Howard Bender gives him an upgrade and discusses the All-Star Game this week.

MLB Barometer: Herculean Clouts

Howard Bender tackles Chris Davis' big first half - how likely is he to approximate that production over the second half?

2013 San Francisco 49ers Team Preview: Defensive Core Remains Key to Niners' Success

MLB Barometer: Falling Off

Dan Haren's struggles have continued to the point where the Nats had to put him on the DL. Howard Bender discusses Haren among his fallers this week.

MLB Barometer: Setbacks Everywhere

The Yankees got more bad news this weekend when Mark Teixeira pulled himself from Saturday's game with more wrist problems.

MLB Barometer: Bite the Bullet On Biogenesis

Howard Bender suggests selling low on Nelson Cruz and the other players on the Biogenesis ledgers.

MLB Barometer: More Bullpen Opportunities

Rafael Betancourt and Huston Street landed on the DL this week - their respective replacements feature prominently in Howard Bender's article this week.

MLB Barometer: Shoot That Poison Arrow

Fernando Rodney delivered another heart-wrenching blown save Saturday, but he hasn't lost his job as the closer yet. Howard Bender discusses Rodney among others this week.

MLB Barometer: The Dangers of Micromanaging

Daniel Murphy gets a positive mention in Howard Bender's column this week.

MLB Barometer: Read the Other Players

Howard Bender suggests to read the other players in your league when trying to get an edge. Among his recommendations this week is to hold steady on Allen Craig.

MLB Barometer: Time For Change

RotoWire's Howard Bender is losing patience with the Giants' Brandon Belt, who has been batting down in the eighth spot in the order lately.

MLB Barometer: Chooch Returns

Carlos Ruiz is back from his season-beginning suspension. Howard Bender discusses him among his 10 players of interest this week.

MLB Barometer: Push Through the Wall

Howard Bender advises Jason Heyward's owners to ride out his slow start to the season.

MLB Barometer: Opportunities Abound in Toronto

Jose Reyes' awkward slide has created a handful of changes for the Blue Jays. Howard Bender details those changes and more in this week's Barometer.

MLB Barometer: All the Right Moves

In many mixed leagues last year, Edwin Encarnacion was a very profitable early season free agent pickup. Who will bring a lot of value from the waiver wire this year?

MLB Barometer: The Waiting Game

Howard Bender preaches patience to start the season but there's reason to be concerned about Pablo Sandoval. Check out his solid pickup options for those who just can't wait for the regular season to begin to make moves.

MLB Barometer: Smoke Signals

In some instances, spring training smoke means fire. Howard Bender takes a look at Nolan Arenado and others who are an opportunity away from making an impact.

MLB Barometer: The Jerk

Jedd Gyorko is one of the big risers this spring as he's closing in on the starting job at second base for the Padres.

Magazine Mock Draft: A Look Back At Our Earliest Mock

A lot can change over the course of the season, but here's a look back at the RotoWire Magazine Mock Draft in late December.

Royals' Team Preview: Ready to Leap?

With the acquisition of James Shields from Tampa Bay and a strong young nucleus, are the Royals primed for a return to the postseason?

Offseason Moves: Evaluating the Fantasy Fallout

A.J. Pierzynski left Chicago for Texas, but can he match last year's career numbers?

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

Depth Chart Watch: The Fallout From Week 12

Matt Forte did a lot of watching Sunday, even before he left with an ankle injury.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

Depth Chart Watch: MJD Needs an MRI

Owners who stashed Rashad Jennings are about to see a payoff as Maurice Jones-Drew went down with a foot injury Sunday.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never have to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Never need to ask which receiver to start again.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Mound Musings: 3 Third-Year Pitchers for 2013

Jeremy Hellickson looks ready for a breakout season in his third year in the league in 2013.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Find out who was most active in the passing game in Week 2.

On Target: More Than Just The Looks

Find out who was most active in the passing game in Week 1.

ADP Changes from Standard to PPR Leagues: Whom Does the Format Affect the Most?

High volume receivers get a boost over big-play threats.