Washington Nationals 2017 Fantasy Outlook: Hidden Gems
By Frank Ellis
The Washington Nationals have a lot of start power at the top that will be huge parts of your fantasy team. They also have a few players that aren’t as well known that could really contribute for you in 2017.
The Washington Nationals have multiple award candidates that are bonafide stars. Bryce Harper leads the pack and is a player that is all but a guaranteed to be a first round pick in fantasy drafts. If he repeats his 2015 season we won’t be hearing much about his mysterious “injuries” much longer and he will lead your fantasy team in scoring.
Daniel Murphy is next on the list of fantasy stars for the Nationals. He finished second in the MVP race and the batting title race in 2017. Having Murphy’s .347 batting average on your team gave you a somewhat surprising, but amazing piece to your team.
Trea Turner is next on the list and he is nothing short of a phenomenon now. His speed, contact, power combo is something very rare in fantasy baseball. Yes, he is going to come down in batting average, but with his speed it won’t be by too much. His sneaky pop looks like it will be staying around and he could easily finish at 20 home runs. Finally, this race car of a human being could steal 50 bags this year and maybe even more.
The Nationals also have two star pitchers at the top of their rotation. Max Scherzer is the second pitcher being drafted in most drafts according to Fantasy Pros and Strasburg is coming off the board as the 13th pitcher taken. If healthy these two will undoubtably be top pitchers in the fantasy game.
Add that list of studs to players like Rendon, Roark, Eaton, Werth, and Zimmerman who could easily have huge seasons and the Nats are full of players you will see during your fantasy season. That is just the surface of fantasy contributions when it comes to the Nationals.
This organization is littered with talent that has either not made it to the big leagues or is just on the edge of making big contributions. There are at least five players who could come out of obscurity and make a real impact on your fantasy team.