This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
Congratulations to those of you who still have cause to read a fantasy baseball article even after fantasy football season has started. I write this article as I'm in the process of missing the playoffs in my home league by a single category. I hope you all have had better luck and wish you success in your playoff runs or down the stretch in your roto leagues. If you're still here despite already being eliminated or effectively eliminated everywhere and are trying to get a head start on preparing for your 2021 drafts, I applaud your dedication.
It's been a predictably odd season, and there should be quite a wild finish coming up. Players have widely varying numbers of games remaining based on how badly their team was caught up in the season's various COVID-19 outbreaks, which has a significant effect on their values. The Cardinals have played just 40 games, while seven teams have played 48. That should in theory mean St. Louis has 20 games left, nearly twice as many as the 12 games remaining for some teams, though they have just 18 on the schedule. Even if the final two games don't get added, your Cardinals are still presumably 50 percent more valuable than your players from teams like the Padres and Twins, who are among those who have played the busiest schedule thus far.
That, of course, assumes the stretch run will go smoothly, which might be overly optimistic. We nearly saw a logistical nightmare for