Burning Fantasy Baseball Questions: Washington Nationals

by Tim Heaney on January 15, 2013 @ 09:47:32 PDT


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KFFL answers important fantasy baseball questions about each Major League Baseball team as spring training approaches. What must fantasy baseball players know about the Washington Nationals?

How will Bryce Harper follow 2012?

Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond
Don't diss Desmond's dingers

The history books tell only part of that campaign's excellence. He faced several hurdles - losing playing time against some southpaws, along with the growing pains of a 19-year-old - before responding and adjusting with maturity. If not for some guy named Mike Trout, Harper would have even more hype heading into 2013.

As most already know, he's special enough to meet those expectations. The 13 homers he clubbed after July shouted "I get it!" He slugged at least .535 to all fields, including a ridiculous .766 to his favorite, in right. Impressive. Expect a similar HR-SB output over a full season. He's no Trout in terms of raw speed, but he's hardly miles behind him, and his aggressive play will keep him active on the base paths.

Harper's sophomore effort, of course, will come with some dips. He proved capable versus southpaws - a highlighted point coming into his debut year - but don't count on another big step there. Pitchers will try to exploit his pull favoritism, as well, and he may not be as fortunate when hitting to other sectors this time, despite his budding profile.

This threat combo will suppress his immediate BA ceiling, presenting his biggest weakness as you consider him within the first 30 mixed picks.

Where is the real Ian Desmond?

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