Patience

You have probably experienced this feeling at some point in your fantasy baseballing career.  One of the three or so daily shellackings doled out to starting pitchers happens to be on your team every night.  Your closers are the ones putting their jobs in jeopardy with two or three blown saves already.  Your star hitter is mired in an 0-for-24 slump to start the season and even though you know he will probably have two or three such slumps during the summer, it just hurts more to START the season.  And your sleeper is still fast asleep and in danger of a trip back to AAA.  Worse yet is all of these things are happening at once leading to a disastrous start.  What’s a fantasy manager to do?

Nothing, really.

The hardest thing to do when faced with one of these starts is absolutely the right thing to do.  Unless you’re being ravaged by injuries and demotions, you have to (or at least you should) trust the roster you constructed at the draft table and give it a real chance to flesh out.  That doesn’t mean you should blindly reject trades or avoid picking up useful pieces on the waiver wire, but don’t tinker just to tinker.  Don’t get early (1 thru 10) rounders off to slow starts for the flavor of the week.  In the internet age with up-to-the-second standings, staying the course in the face of disaster* (*as disastrous as a bad 10-14 days can really be) is the hardest part of the game, but you will be better for it more often than not.  Trust the March version of yourself who made the decision to purchase/draft these players.  At least wait a month to 45 days before determining that early Spring version of you was wrong.

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