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Sunday 28th May 2017

OK, to show I not only have heart, but a conscience (not to mention I am not totally lost in the Willy Loman-like existences of marginal players), I am sure you all had to notice injuries this week to Jimmy Rollins, Brian Roberts, Brian Fuentes, and Aaron Hill, none of whom were cheap in an auction, or were drafted low by you, I am sorry.

If it makes you feel any better, I have Fuentes on a number of teams, and only have Fernando Rodney on one of them, meaning I have some struggles ahead for a few of my teams.

I must tell you though, it is early in the season, and as I noted earlier when talking about Joe Nathan don't panic.

If you are in a deep league, like an NL or AL only format, do the best you can to replace your injured souls without compromising your stats too much. Obviously, as with having Rodney to back up Fuentes, picking the heir apparent is a good way to go, if you can. And, at-bats are good, as are innings, but not when the hitting is .178 or the ERA is 6.88.

And if you are in a shallow league, you have substitutes. Not the original, but, you should have some everyday players.

For, there are over five months left of the season, and as surely as not, your opponents will have their struggles with the DL and performance as well.

I believe, over the course of a season, a team can afford four to five down weeks, so, if your players are going to struggle, now--that is during the big injuries--is the time.

But, mostly, you need to simply remember to be patient. Think Arod last year, or Chase Utley just about every year. You can survive a down month from a star.

So, give it a month, at least, before you panic. 

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0 #4 Dan Hayes 2010-04-17 20:28
I really didn't WANT to cut Wandy but I was forced into making a roster move with Rollins heading too the dl for quite possibly a month. I picked up Theriot to fill in for Rollins and was left to cut a pitcher.....and Wandy was giving me a stomach ache...otherwise, I would have just kept him a little longer instead of giving him his walking papers after two weeks into the season.
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0 #3 Lawr Michaels 2010-04-17 14:34
sorry for your collective travails. if you cut wandy, just don't look back. no second guessing allowed (though getting him back is fine, if you can and have regrets).

otherwise, adjust for next year, unless you are strong enough to still compete this.

but also remember, every major league club always has at least one hot period. and, so does every fantasy team.

when is the question.
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0 #2 Dan Hayes 2010-04-17 13:46
I panicked. I outright cut Wandy Rodriquez. He's had a horrible spring and a disgusting first two games to start the season not to mention complaints of a sore shoulder.
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0 #1 Brian Jenner 2010-04-15 13:00
I have Rollins in all my non-AL only leagues, including one with Aaron Hill as my 2B. I'll survive I guess. At least they weren't stinking it up before going on the DL like one of my closers, Mike Gonzalez...
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