Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Washington Nationals: DOs and DON'Ts

  • DO handcuff CL Matt Capps and SU Brian Bruney together if your league counts Holds. Capps was signed to be the closer but he did struggle in 2009. Hopefully we don't hear the word "committee" coming out of Washington this season.
  • DON'T forget about SP Chien-Ming Wang. He was a 2-time 19-game winner in the AL. If he can recover from his injuries, he could be a nice late-round "sleeper".
  • DO hold your breath that 1B/OF Adam Dunn hits closer to .270 than .230. Either way, he makes another strong run at 40 HRs and an OBP near .400.
  • DON'T be afraid to draft 3B Ryan Zimmerman early. He' going as early as the late 2nd round. If you like 100/35/100/.300 and aren't sold on Arizona's Mark Reynolds, grab Zimmerman if you have the opportunity.
  • DO draft OF Nyjer Morgan if your team is light on speed. He stole 24 bases with a .396 OBP in 49 games after being traded to Washington.
  • DON'T expect too much from OF Elijah Dukes until he gets his head on straight. I'm tired of drafting him and his 20/20 potential. Let him be someone else's headache. *UPDATE* Dukes released by Nats
  • DO monitor the situation at shortstop this Spring. I'd rather draft rookie SS Ian Desmond than Christian Guzman.
  • DON'T go crazy for SP Stephen Strasburg. He's been drafted as early as the 140's. That's before proven hurlers such as Roy Oswalt and Carlos Zambrano. A late-round pick should definitely be used if your pitching staff is already solid. *UPDATE* Strasburg optioned to Double-A
Players I'd be willing to use a late-round pick on:
  • OF Josh Willingham (25 HR potential, if healthy, as a 5th OF option)
  • SS Ian Desmond (2009 in the bigs: .280/4HR in 21 games)

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