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Note: the positive tone in the introduction below made plenty of sense when it was written Sunday night, but seems a bit jarring given the news that two games were cancelled Monday following the Marlins' coronavirus outbreak. I've chosen to leave it as a monument to happier times and because there's really no sense in fantasy players taking a worst-case outlook. As long as there's baseball being played, we gain nothing by managing our teams as if the season will suddenly come to a screeching halt.
Man, is it good to have Major League Baseball back, cardboard cutouts, fake crowd noise and all. For those of us who are still stuck isolating at home nearly all day every day, the sheer quantity of meaningful baseball games that is suddenly available is overwhelming in the most positive of ways. Nothing beats Background Noise Baseball. I'm thrilled to have the game back, even if my beloved Phillies started 1-2 (or is it 2.7-5.4?) against the lowly Marlins.
From a fantasy perspective, this season will be a psychological test like no other. On the one hand, there are only 57 games left in the season, and we're all within striking distance of the league leader, so there should be the same sense of urgency you'd feel if you were in that position in late July in a normal season. On the other hand, we're just three games into the year, so you shouldn't be any more worried than if your players were struggling