As Matt Shetler reported, Washington Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15 day disabled list. This has huge fantasy repercussions, as Harper is one of the top players among fantasy outfielders. Harper was just starting to pull out of his early season slump. He had a .289 average with a homer, nine RBI, and a stolen base. Denard Span and Nate McLouth will likely see an uptick in playing time for the Nationals, but you don’t have to settle for one of them.
I will give you a list of players who should be able to help you out over the next couple of weeks while Harper is out. The first list will be for those of you that play in standard 10 to 12 team leagues that start three outfield slots. These players are available in 10-50 percent of leagues. The second list of players will be for those of you that play in leagues that start five outfielders, or 16 team leagues. These players will be available in 50-80 percent of leagues. The last list will be for those of you in deep leagues, such as ones that have 20 or more teams, or NL-only leagues. These players will be available in 80-100 percent of leagues. Obviously, you won’t find anyone with the upside of Harper, but you can find an adequate replacement for the next couple of weeks.