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MLB Barometer: Risers & Fallers

Derek VanRiper

Derek is the Director of Media for, where he's been a two-time finalist for the FSWA's Baseball Writer of the Year award, and winner of the Best Football Article on the Web (2009) and Best Baseball Article on the Web (2010) awards. Derek also co-hosts RotoWire's shows on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (XM 87, Sirius 210).

What if you had one mulligan for each of your drafts?

Letís assume that in this more forgiving fantasy landscape, injuries have been turned off all season -- the way you could remove them from the equation in NHL 95.

What would you go back and change?

Would you save it for a few more weeks in order to get a longer read on the player pool?

In an auction, maybe it was a player you were too aggressive with while price enforcing. Maybe it was a situation where you wanted to go the extra dollar, but decided not to. In a draft, maybe you felt that Domingo Santana vs. Joey Gallo was a toss-up, and you decided that the swing-and-miss risk of Gallo exceeded the playing time concerns facing Santana in a crowded Brewers outfield.

The early weeks of the season wreak havoc on our emotions.

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