'Ryan Braun Jersey' photo (c) 2010, Benjamin Kabak - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/ Everyone panics when their players start slowly in fantasy baseball. What do I always say, something like 'stay patient' I believe? Let's take the case of Ryan Braun – one of the players that EVERYONE was bashing me for supporting a few days ago.

After action on April 29th Braun was hitting .263 with four homers, 11 RBI an a .822 OPS through 22 games. Those numbers would lead him to a pace of .263-29-81 with that .822 OPS over the course of a season, and there isn't a single Braun owner in the world that would be happy with that. Still, I said remain patient.

On April 30th, as you all know, Braun went bonkers hitting three bombs, producing four hits (he also had a triple), while scoring three runs and pushing six across the plate. After the game Braun was then on pace for 49 homers, 120 RBI, a .294 average an a .994 OPS.

Think about that.

That one game, because it was so huge and because the season is still so young, vaulted Braun from being on pace for the worst production of his carer to a pace that would net him a career best in homers and RBI while pushing his OPS up to the exact same mark of .994 that he reached in his amazing 2011 season.

Sample size people.

For those of you who may have missed it...

Last week I broke down how the fantasy production of Rickie Weeks and Darwin Barney wasn't appreciably different since the start of the 2011 season.


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About Ray Flowers

The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.

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