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Updated: September 9, 2005, 11:24 AM ET
Why is Nick Punto better than Scott Podsednik right now? Because Punto's out on the field stealing bases. And Podsednik is not.

We know many fantasy baseball players also dabble in football, so here's a comparison: Last year you owned Peyton Manning and Donovan McNabb, and enjoyed monster numbers. And then, when the season counted most, when fantasy championships were decided, they weren't there. Manning owners were left with nothing.

We don't blame Manning, McNabb or Podsednik for this, but it's the way things work in fantasy. We rely on stats, so whether a player misses a game due to an overprotective coach or because of a legitimate injury like Podsednik's, it still kills us.

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