Monday, July 11, 2011

Washington Nationals- Fantasy Fillers

I am not talking about the Good Ol' Days of Vladimir Guerrero, Jose Vidro, Orlando Cabrera, Rondell White, and Pedro Martinez.  Even without Strasburg, the Nationals have kept themselves relevant with outstanding play from mostly undrafted players.

Pitching
When you lose a player of Stephen Strasburg's caliber, it's safe to say that your pitching will be worse that season then expected.  However, the Nationals have proven different.  Led by savvy veteran Livan Hernandez(6% owned) the Nationals have pitched themselves to a .500 record.  Hernandez has only allowed more than 4 earned runs in a start 3 times in 19 starts. and strikes out nearly 6 per 9 innings.

Jordan Zimmermann(74%) has come back from and elbow injury and proven he is a must own.  4 times this season, he has taken the mound and left with a shutout and 3 times he left allowing just 1 run.  He has 14 quality starts this year, a 2.66 ERA and his 6.4 K/9 can help most fantasy teams.  His innings are being monitored, but not until later in the season, so take advantage of his innings now!

The back end of the rotation has been good as well this season with John Lannan(6%), Jason Marquis(14%) and Tom Gorzelanny(3%) with Gorzelanny having the best numbers, but the worst record.  Lannan and Marquis are guys who can eat some innings and keep their WHIP and ERA at a respectable level, but Gorzelanny has the highest K/9 rate on the team with 70 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.

Hitting
When Jayson Werth signed a 7 year $126 mil contract in the off season, he was supposed to be the middle of the order bat they were lacking.  Unfortunately, he is batting just .215 and has stuck out 87 times already.  Michael Morse(84%) has now taken over as that guys in the middle of the lineup and even after a .224 month of April, Morse is now hitting .306 on the season with 14 HRs and 49 RBI.  Laynce Nix(11%) and
Roger Bernadina(10%) are a pair of UTIL players that can provide you with power(Nix 12 HR) and speed(Bernadina 13 for 15 SB).  Then there is 23 year old catcher Wilson Ramos(8%) who is on pace to hit 14 HRs.  After a slow start to the season, Ramos has raised his average back up to .251 while going 9 for 26 before the break.  You can expect him to keep it going for the Nats and is absolutely worth a roster spot at the extremely weak Catcher position.

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