Welcome to our brand new MLB Streaks and Trends article. Each week we’ll break down the major developments and movements within the world of fantasy baseball and analyze the affect that they’ll have on your fantasy baseball strategy and more importantly, how they’ll impact your fantasy team.

One major trend many fantasy players have had to deal with is the growing number of fantasy relevant baseball players who’ve hit the IL. If your team has been bitten by the injury bug you need to check out our own Dan Malin’s must read, comprehensive, bi-weekly, waiver wire column. He’s always comes through with great player recommendations for you.

Once you’ve found a replacement your injured player you should shift your focus to the broader affect that a player injury has on his real life team. How will their lineup change? Will someone move up or down in the lineup moving forward. Will someone be asked to play a new position?  The answers to these questions have fantasy implications...