There is no doubt that OF Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals is one of the most dangerous sticks in all of fantasy baseball. The 21-year-old is a natural power hitter and has a very bright future ahead of him.
However, Harper plays at 150% every single game. He doesn’t know how to take it easy, and as a result, he will always be susceptible to injury. Harper injured his knee twice last season running into the wall trying to catch a flyball, and due to a slew of injuries (knee/hip/side), Harper only played in 118 games.
Harper’s reckless playing style was once again displayed in Washington’s season-opener. The young superstar was sliding into second base and collided with New York Mets 2B Eric Young Jr. after an errant slide. Harper immediately clutched his head and fantasy fans thought the worst.
The team was worried that Harper may have suffered a concussion, but he ended up passing a concussion test on the field and was cleared to continue playing. He reportedly passed another one after the game and looks to be good moving forward.
This latest scare, though, simply proves how risky of a fantasy option Harper can be. He is literally his own worst enemy and his high-motor will at times impact his fantasy value.
Luckily with Harper, the reward far outweighs the risk.