Discussion

Spring storylines to track

Updated: February 11, 2013, 2:10 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
Wise fantasy baseball owners know that spring training statistics usually don't tell us a whole lot, as those surprising Jake Fox performances usually don't lead to much regular-season success. But there's still plenty to watch. It's a critical time to check on the health of key established players and analyze position battles and lineup construction, and certainly if last year's No. 1 pitcher off the draft board boasts a 0.50 ERA after five starts as opposed to a 9.50 ERA, it's worth taking note. With pitchers and catchers finally reporting -- spring is nearly here! -- let's go team by team, focusing on relevant fantasy options whose draft-day value will fluctuate based on spring news, be it health, performance or managerial decisions.

Washington Nationals: All eyes will be on top-five starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, but he's already valued nicely. If Bryce Harper has a big spring, however, his value will soar. I already have him in my top 20 overall. Also, watch second baseman Danny Espinosa and his bum shoulder. If he doesn't hit, it could portend surgery.

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