They say it's better late than never, but early is even better than late.
Fantasy baseball managers don't want to jump the gun on a guy who subsequently wastes a roster spot. A trade or injury could free up playing time later, but what about now? That hot-shot prospect who looked like a juicy steak on draft day now tastes like a stale potato chip toiling away on the bench.
Rather than hastily grabbing the hot hand, owners understandably want that streaky player to prove his long-term worth with sustained success. While patience can prevent a disastrous claim, it also often makes managers late to the punch.
If you want that middle reliever poised to snipe the ninth-inning job, grab him before he's officially tabbed the closer. Unless you're conveniently sitting at your computer at the time of said announcement, somebody else will snatch him before it's too late.
Some of these unheralded players have just earned some extra work. Others are still proving their merit in the minor leagues or in a lesser major league role that hampers their fantasy value. Either way, now is the time to pounce before it's too late.
They also say the early bird gets the worm. Perhaps "worm" is code for fantasy championships.
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