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Danger! You were told to expect it, but still you made your descent down the cold, granite steps. The 2020 MLB season is barely a week old and you are already feeling the burn of positive COVID tests, quarantined players and, worst of all, no more promises of a 60-game season. As a result, your fantasy baseball season became that much more difficult.

With the temporary shutdown of the Marlins, the postponements, or even possible cancellation of the Yankees-Phillies series and now a positive test looming in the Cardinals’ clubhouse, there is an ominous feeling the fantasy team that stays the healthiest will be the one atop the standings come season’s end.

Unfortunately, you cannot predict health. As a fantasy player, your reaction should be to acquire as many quality at-bats as you can.

In a normal season, we may have looked at names such as JaCoby Jones, Teoscar Hernandez, Shed Long and Kyle Lewis, and scoffed at the hot start. This year, they could be our fantasy saviors.

Heading into the weekend, each has played every game for their respective team and each is hitting for power, average and even kicking in some speed. These are the players you want on your roster right now. They are accumulating at-bats, and though yes, they may start to fade statistically over time, they are producing at a strong level and vaulting fantasy teams to the top of the standings.

Contrarily, Edwin Encarnacion has just 19 at-bats and is hitting .105, and Andrew Benintendi is batting a woeful .095 with almost no statistical contribution. Elite players off to a cold start deserve a little more leash before you pull the plug. But when you’re looking at Josh Bell batting .174 or Jonathan Villar in a clubhouse of COVID, you need to jettison them off your roster in lieu of anyone who is actually playing and performing.

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Bad stats are, cumulatively, just as detrimental to your team as good stats are beneficial. They may even be more damaging at this point in time.

Maybe it hasn’t hit you yet. Your team may be healthy and performing well. But don’t get too comfortable. Tough cuts are difficult enough in a 162-game season, so though you may hate yourself for dropping an arm or bat who you normally would afford additional time to turn things around, those days are gone. Don’t take another step. It’s time to make your move.

Howard Bender is the VP of operations and head of content at Fantasy-Alarm.com. Follow him on Twitter @rotobuzzguy and catch him on the award-winning “Fantasy Alarm Radio Show” on the SiriusXM fantasy sports channel weekdays from 6-8 p.m. Go to FantasyAlarm.com for all your fantasy baseball advice.

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NBA Rumors: Sixers, Nets Could Orchestrate Sign-And-Trade Deal Involving Joe Harris In 2020 Free Agency

Regardless of the outcome of the 2019-20 NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers are highly expected to make a huge roster overhaul this fall. The Sixers have plenty of things that they need to address on their roster, including their need for a major improvement with their perimeter shooting. One of the top targets for the Sixers in the 2020 free agency is Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets.

With the team currently buried deep in the luxury tax hell, some people may think that it would be impossible for the Sixers to go after player of Harris’ caliber. Though he’s not an All-Star, Harris is expected to be one of the most coveted players on the free agency market this fall. However, according to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports Philadelphia, the Sixers could acquire Harris by engaging in a sign-and-trade deal with the Nets in the 2020 offseason.

“The Nets could orchestrate a complicated Joe Harris sign-and-trade to get him to Philly but it would likely require Philly giving up an asset like Matisse Thybulle in the deal. It’s hard to see the pathway to get a Harris-(Tobias) Harris swap (Tobias makes $34.3 million next season), but the Sixers should at the very least kick the tires on what it’d take to acquire the best free agent shooter on the 2020 market.”

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Harris may not make them an instant favorite to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the 2020-21 NBA season, but he would still be an incredible addition to the Sixers. He would immediately address the Sixers’ need for an efficient floor-spacer. So far, the 28-year-old shooting guard is averaging 14.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while shooting 48.6 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

Sharing the court with an elite three-point shooter would be beneficial for franchise cornerstones Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as it would make it easier for them to penetrate the basket or kick the ball out when they are trapped by the opposing team’s defense. The Sixers wouldn’t definitely mind giving up a young and promising talent like Matisse Thybulle as long as it would help them solve one of the major problems on their roster and make them more competitive in the Eastern Conference next year.

However, it remains a big question mark they would be willing to sacrifice Tobias Harris to bring the veteran sharpshooter to the City of Brotherly Love. He may have failed to live up to expectations from the massive contract he signed last summer, but as NBC Sports Philadelphia noted, he’s an above-average player that helps the Sixers bind the team together with his leadership.

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