If “best shape of his life” is the most overused cliché in fantasy baseball, then “sample-size” is the most overused excuse for player-performance evaluation. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about a massive breakout performance or some a guy driving down I-40 and posting zeroes across the board for you; “sample-size” is the answer for everything…at least in April.

Think about it…  

You: “Hey Howard, what do you think of Anthony Rizzo hitting just .182 here on April 15th?”

Me: “Not much. Look at the sample size. Dude’s had 42 plate appearances. You gotta give him some time.”

You: “Hey Howard, how sick is Mike Moustakas , batting .452 with eight home runs?”

Me: “Big fan, but it’s a small sample-size, so don’t expect...