September can be difficult for fantasy baseball managers to navigate due to expanding MLB rosters and a contracting pool of contenders.
Clubs falling out of division and wild card races are relegated to "spoiler team" status. Their focus shifts to the future. Aging veterans lose playing time to developing prospects. Fantasy owners hunting a league title lose hair and sleep.
The circumstances aren't nearly as drastic as the NFL's dreaded Week 17 that forces fantasy football teams to play championship games without their best players. But the rules do change in the final month of baseball's regular season and fantasy owners must make sense of it all.
Here are five players you can continue to count on despite their team's woeful ways.