It's not about how you start. It's about how you finish.
No fantasy baseball owner wants to exhibit patience while desperately trying to lift his or her team up the standings. Two and a half months can feel like a full season already, but more than half of the marathon remains.
Desolate managers may have given up hope, accepting their bottom-dwelling finishes as an inescapable formality. Stars, at least the ones who haven't hit the disabled list, are listlessly fluttering away, and the panic button is worn out from the beaten it has taken.
Take a deep breath. Relax. There's still time.
'Tis the season for buying low on underachieving performers, and a good way to identify some of those candidates is to highlight players who routinely produce better as the year advances.
You will notice that this list is littered with established veterans. Sure, Kris Medlen morphed into Super Man during the second half of 2012, but we need more of a sample size before chalking that up to anything more than a coincidence.
Time and time again these guys finish the year strong with monster halves. After undesirable starts, almost all of them need a late revival to save face.
Note: All Statistics, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of FanGraphs.com.