We've all been jacked by injuries. Depth has played a role. And late round value picks/free agent pickups has been huge this season. My team actually has gotten better with Bryce Harper, Price, Crawford and Utley out. That defies all convention.
Here's another nugget. I have been playing fantasy baseball since age 12. Before the web. Drafts in our living rooms. Stats tabulated by hand with sunday's USA today. Stud hitters then were 30 HR guys. There were very few injuries! My theory: as steroids came into the game, when Sammy Sosa, Brady Anderson, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds and Luis Gonzalez went nuts, the muscles got too big and put more strain on tendons and ligaments than is intended. Therefore more injuries. At first, everyone was saying the ball was juiced. That it was more tightly wound in the guts. But now we know better.
About Braun, he tested positive last year. He attacked an innocent man and claimed sample tampering and skated on a bull**** technicality. MLB is out to nail him this time.