This article is part of our MLB Barometer series.
We're almost there! It's been nearly nine months since the last meaningful MLB game was played, but the next one is finally mere days away. While we've had yet another coronavirus-dominated week of news, every indication continues to be that the league will charge through the constant barrage of positive tests and carry on with the season.
To be fair, much of the virus-related news this week was of the encouraging variety, as players around the league started trickling into camp after testing positive during intake testing. Trying to figure out just how affected each of those players will be heading into the regular season is perhaps the most difficult task facing fantasy players at the moment. Ordinarily, drafting players who aren't expected to miss much more than a week isn't a particularly uncomfortable idea, but a lost week this year could cost a player as much as 10 percent of his season.
These difficult decisions impact not only those yet to draft their leagues but also those who are looking to set their lineups for the first week of the season. Even for players who have revealed that their delayed arrivals were due to positive coronavirus tests, their statuses remain somewhat unclear, as we're relying on little more than their own words regarding how well they were able to stay in shape while away from the team and how carefully they'll need to be managed early in the season. While that first-person view is certainly useful, players aren't exactly