Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 13 minutes ago

Harper went 1-for-4 with a home run Saturday against the Cardinals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The reigning NL MVP has slowed down a bit in recent weeks, but he remains an absolute must-start in all fantasy formats. Harper's average sits at .245, but he's on a nice three-game hitting streak with two homers over that span. His ability to get on base is also a plus, as his .420 OBP ranks eighth in the NL.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 4 days ago

Harper is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Mets, according to CSN's Chase Hughes.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Harper went 0-for-9 over his last three games and is hitting just .197 this month, so manager Dusty Baker decided to give him a day to clear his head, and hold Harper out for the third time this season. Chris Heisey will get the start in right field in Harper's place.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 1 week ago

Harper walked four times and struck out in his other plate appearance Wednesday against the Mets.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The net effect was that he only scored one run despite the Nats putting up seven on Bartolo Colon and the Mets staff. Harper's been racking up walks fiendishly, which is curious for a guy who's only hitting .254. Sure, he hit .330 last year, but when you take a look at Harper's last 20 games this season, the picture you get is of a guy who hasn't been very effective when he's actually been pitched to -- he has just a .167 average despite having drawn 32 walks in that span.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 2 weeks ago

Harper has dropped his appeal and will serve his one-game suspension in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader, the Washington Post's Chelsea Janes reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This is as good a time as any for Harper to serve the suspension, as it will spare him from playing 18 innings Saturday. Chris Heisey will get the start in right field and hit seventh Saturday. Make sure Harper is not in any daily lineups Saturday evening, but he will be safe to deploy Sunday.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 2 weeks ago

Harper was 2-for-2 with a pair of walks, and a two-run home run in the Nationals' win over Miami on Friday night.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Harper is hitting just .278, albeit with 11 home runs and 29 RBI on the season, but he sports a ridiculous .456 OBP as teams routinely pitch around him - he has walked 37 times in just 35 games. It's pretty easy to understand why, as his seventh-inning home run in this one broke a 2-2 tie and propelled the Nationals to a win.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 2 weeks ago

Harper went 2-for-3 with a base on balls and was caught stealing in Wednesday's win over Detroit.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The slugger's now been walked in seven consecutive games, with a Barry Bonds-esque 18 free passes in that span. It's no coincidence that Harper has only one RBI in that time; teams are pitching around the 23-year-old -- who's hitting .385/.645/.923 (yes, that's the slugging percentage) with runners in scoring position -- every time he comes up with men on base. That strategy will certainly artificially deflate his RBI opportunities, but Harper's going to rack up the stats regardless, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him try more steals to make teams pay for walking him. Harper's fantasy owners should, however, remain vigilant for his upcoming one-game suspension (assuming he loses his appeal).

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 2 weeks ago

Harper has been suspended for one game for his actions after being ejected from Monday's game, and he will appeal, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

He is still eligible to play until the appeal is heard, so there is no need to take him out of daily lineups Wednesday. He re-entered the field of play after being ejected from Monday's game against the Tigers to yell at the umpire, which is why he received the suspension. Appeals of this nature are typically processed fairly quickly, so stay tuned to find out when he will serve the one-game suspension, assuming he does not win the appeal. He is so dominant when he is in the lineup that this should not affect his deployment in weekly leagues.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 3 weeks ago4 Comments

Harper may be fined or suspended for re-entering the field after he was ejected from Monday's game against the Tigers, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Harper was ejected in the ninth inning for his vocal disagreement with a called third strike against a teammate. He then joined his team on the field following a walk-off homer a few minutes later, and he was seen yelling at the home-plate umpire during the celebration. Red Sox manager John Farrell recently escaped with a fine for a similar offense, but Harper's choice of words may lead to a brief suspension.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 3 weeks ago

Harper became the first player in major league history to reach base seven times in a game without an official at-bat, as he drew six walks and was hit by a pitch in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Cubs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The six walks also tied a big league record held by a number of players, most recently Jeff Bagwell in 1999. The Cubs absolutely refused to give Harper anything to hit, twice walking him with runners on first and second and two outs in order to pitch to Ryan Zimmerman, but their plan worked out Sunday when Javier Baez hit a walkoff homer in the 13th inning. Harper has now drawn an absurd 30 walks in 31 games this year to fuel his .432 OBP, but expect other teams to copy the Cubs' strategy until another Nats hitter makes them pay for it.

Bryce Harper CF/RF WSH 3 weeks ago

Harper went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI in the Nats' win over the Royals on Wednesday afternoon.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Prior to the multi-hit game Wednesday, Harper was mired in a 2-for-26 slump (13 strikeouts). He's now sitting with 10 home runs through 27 games this season, putting him on pace to threaten the 50-homer plateau by the end of 2016 if he can maintain his current power production.