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Patience is key early in the MLB season

Ian Happ hasn't recorded a hit in 13 plate appearances since hitting a home run on the first pitch of the 2018 season. Mark Brown/Getty Images

With the advent of the 10-day disabled list, in certain cases you may well be better off just waiting for your injured player to get better rather than manipulating the waiver wire to try and scramble for a replacement. Catcher is definitely one of those positions.

Sure, when Salvador Perez tore the MCL in his left knee and you were faced with the prospect of being without him for a month or more, it made sense to grab a temporary fill-in instead of dealing with an automatic goose egg in points leagues until he returned to action. However, in the cases of J.T. Realmuto and Mike Zunino, perhaps a zero isn't so bad.

Sure, it's early. Still, Willson Contreras and Gary Sanchez have just a single point apiece thus far, as do Wilson Ramos and Welington Castillo. In fact, of the 21 catchers who had at least eight at-bats from Thursday through Sunday, if you take out Yadier Molina (15 points) and Brian McCann (13 points), the average score of the remaining options is just 2.8 points. I think I'd rather sacrifice that skimpy total and keep my roster intact for the time being, being content to wait for the catcher I drafted to heal up and return to action.

Remember way back on Thursday when Ian Happ was the King of Baseball, blasting the first pitch of the 2018 season over the wall for a home run? Video of that exciting moment was played over and over again, but Happ's at-bats since then have received far less ballyhoo; that round-tripper is, as of Monday morning, his only hit of the season. With 8 strikeouts in 12 at-bats since he toured the bases, Happ now has as many points on the season as you and me combined.

Of course, I still think Happ can be a top-100 fantasy option going forward, but he's a perfect example of not getting either too high or too low on a player this early in the season.

If one week ago you thought Matt Davidson was going to finish the season with 25 home runs, that number isn't suddenly elevated to 40 based off his stellar Opening Day showing. Of course, it also doesn't mean he's only going to hit 22 more the rest of the season. The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Projections are guidelines, and sure, some are going to be way off when you look back on them in six months. That said, your ability to predict the future isn't any better today than it was when you drafted your team. Keep that in mind before you make any moves this early in the action.

Speaking of not rushing to judgment: Like many baseball fans, I was watching Sunday when Shohei Ohtani took the mound for the Angels for the first time this season. The verdict, for some, was already in after Ohtani faced a whopping 20 batters this spring, producing an embarrassing 27.00 ERA and a .529 BAA in the process: "He's going to be a huge bust!"

Then, after he struck out three of the first four Oakland batters he faced on Sunday, those voices were silent -- until two singles and a Matt Chapman home run, when that naysaying chorus regained its momentum. I wholeheartedly second what ESPN's David Schoenfield wrote about the debut: "Let this play out. Don't rush to any judgments." After all, while Ohtani's 19 fantasy points on Sunday matched the likes of Zack Greinke and Noah Syndergaard, it also equaled Trevor Williams and Sean Manaea. The jury is still out -- and will be for quite some time. Breathe.