2014 Outlook: Few players possess a wider range of potential 2014 outcomes than Harper: He is a 21-year-old, budding MVP candidate, but one who absorbed a slew of injury questions in 2013. To put it simply, he batted .300/.400/.622 with 10 home runs in his first 35 games of 2013 before crashing into the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium on May 13; he played only 83 of the Washington Nationals' next 124 games and batted .262/.356/.433 with 10 home runs thereafter. Harper's all-out style has spawned inquiries about whether the label "risk/reward" player need be applied in fantasy circles, but at the same time, he's a No. 1 overall draftee (2010), a two-time No. 2 prospect in baseball (Keith Law's 2011 and 2012 lists), and a player who had the fourth-most Wins Above Replacement through his age-20 season (9.0) of anyone in baseball history, behind only Mike Trout, Mel Ott and Ty Cobb. At some point Harper the stud will emerge and you'll want to already be on board, but we'd understand if you do so covering your eyes every time he attempts a play with reckless abandon.
Stephania Bell: Harper dealt with chronic bursitis in his left knee last year and had October surgery to address the issue. He should be ready to start the season if he doesn't overdo it this spring.
2014 Outlook: Don't let the constant criticism of his bloated contract dissuade you from drafting Werth, as, despite an up-and-down three seasons with the Washington Nationals, he has averaged .277/23/77 numbers with 17 stolen bases per 162 games played. His 2013 was particularly productive: He set a career high with his .318 batting average and finished the season with .339/.432/.600 second-half numbers, including 15 home runs in 65 games. Werth's speed has been in decline for a couple of years, and he has missed enough time in his Nationals career to be of concern in the injury department -- there's a reason they signed Nate McLouth as their fourth outfielder -- but he's also a solid early-to-mid round pick with upside in leagues that use on-base percentage.
2014 Outlook: After he spent years as a reserve/occasional starter, the Cubs handed Schierholtz the strong side of a platoon and he expressed his appreciation by topping 20 homers, and in general being one of the few bright spots in a dim offense. Back for a second stint in Wrigley Field, Schierholtz should again have a productive campaign, especially if you play in a format with daily changes. Last season, Schierholtz's OPS versus right-handers was .799 as opposed to .553 versus southpaws, albeit in limited chances.
2014 Outlook: After a magical year and a half in Baltimore, McLouth this winter accepted a job with the Washington Nationals that is more suitable to his skill set: Fourth outfielder, pinch hitter and pinch runner. Here's why: His career-high 30 stolen bases were fueled by a bloated attempt rate, and his righty/lefty split widened to the point where he's more platoon man than regular (.263 average against right-handers, .196 against left-handers). McLouth can be of service to NL-only teams filling roster spots with cheap speed, but he'd need several injuries to Nationals regulars to be more.