This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
It's now been more than a month since the 2019 season opened. The first handful of players has begun to pass the 100-plate-appearance threshold. Given our natural human preference for round numbers, it's beginning to feel as though we're looking at legitimate baseball stats and standings. It's seemingly starting to become obvious which of our fantasy teams have title chances and which will be in for long seasons.
On the other hand, at least in my case, the distinction between those two categories seems to be largely, "Did you draft Chris Sale in this league?" Sale could still have another 29 starts left and is finally looking more like himself, however, showing his typical velocity in his most recent start. Giancarlo Stanton owners could have their primary source of power back within a few days. Those who drafted Vladimir Guerrero Jr. as one of their top hitters have yet to receive an at-bat from a player who could well be their best hitter the rest of the way.
Despite the nice round numbers, it's decidedly not yet time to panic. If one of your league-mates can get nearly a month of a .418 batting average from Tim Anderson of all people, the same can surely happen to you. A savvy fantasy owner doesn't need that, though, as over five months of getting incremental value from lineup decisions, waiver moves and trades is plenty of time to generate enough excess value to close most gaps in the standings.