2017 Outlook: Just as he was voted unanimous National League Most Valuable Player in 2015, Harper's follow-up campaign might be unanimously declared the year's greatest disappointment. That's how high a bar he set when he tallied 9.9 Wins Above Replacement, third-most in history by a player aged 22 or younger, the most fantasy points among hitters and the fourth-best Rotisserie campaign among hitters in 2015, and it's why his prospective owners remain so optimistic about his return to glory. Despite those accomplishments, however, Harper's name brand has exceeded his results through this stage of his career, as 2015 was the only one of his five big-league seasons in which he appeared in as many as 150 games or had as many as four WAR. At the same time, he's still 24 years old with plenty of time to pad his résumé, and if a 2016 season during which he was the 65th-best overall player using points scoring and 93rd-best using Rotisserie constitutes a worst-case scenario, what does that say about his ceiling? He's one of a handful of candidates for "best player in real and fantasy baseball," and the longer he lingers in drafts -- preferably not much beyond the first round -- the greater the value.
2017 Outlook: Eaton's 2015 and 2016 statistics were eerily similar, and seem to set a safe, predictable baseline. With his trade to the Nationals, however, he might be in the best circumstance yet of his now-sixth year big-league career. Eaton's balanced 2016 splits -- righty/lefty and home/road -- and .360 on-base percentage baseline make him an ideal choice to lead off the Nationals' strong top of the lineup, and under Dusty Baker, it's conceivable he'll be given the green light to steal bases more often than he did in Chicago. Eaton was roughly a top-100 overall player during his recent White Sox career, and top-80 or so using standard points scoring, but there's slight, role-related growth potential in his new digs.
2017 Outlook: Werth's career appears to be trending towards being an ideal platoon partner rather than regular, but all indications at the onset of spring training were that manager Dusty Baker still prefers him to play regularly, perhaps even slotting second in the lineup. Fantasy owners, though, need recognize Werth's widening platoon split, his .322/.411/.620 rates against left-handers last season making him a much more attractive pick in leagues that afford daily transactions. He's more of a mid-range NL-only option otherwise.