Don't take the Green Day approach to running your fantasy baseball team.
For some managers, 162 games is about 87 games too long. Unless they've assembled a winner, they'll abandon their team, leaving a tragedy of injured starters occupying a desolate starting lineup.
By July, that owner tells the league to "Wake Me Up When September Ends." (See, the lead kind of had a point.)
But you're better than that, so you won't commemorate Labor Day by letting complacency sink in. This is the time to buckle up and finish your season strong.
A short span left in the season allows managers to play the matchups more than ever. Dumping a big name in May hurts, but with playoff season approaching, you can't stand idly by and let the brand names crush your chances.
Aside from Ryan Dempster winning a quality start (not that you should really regret missing 6.1 innings and three runs allowed), last week's predictions came through rather well. Now that we're entering the final month, let's stay clutch in these high leverage situations.
Note: All statistics, unless otherwise noted, are courtesy of FanGraphs.com.