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July, 18, 2012
Four members of the Washington Nationals' offense are owned in 100 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues, and underrated first baseman Adam LaRoche isn't far from that at 88 percent. Second baseman Danny Espinosa has been hot of late and is starting to be added in more leagues as well, which gives the National League East leaders a pretty strong offensive base in helping fantasy owners despite the fact that this is hardly a prominent run-scoring team (22nd in runs scored).

[+] EnlargeJayson Werth
Greg Fiume/Getty ImagesJayson Werth (wrist) has been out since May 6.
The Nationals are scheduled to get another key member of the offense back in the coming weeks, providing yet another option for fantasy owners. Say what you will about how disappointing outfielder Jayson Werth was in 2011 -- those who made him a top-50 option on draft day probably have -- but the bearded wonder has all-around skills that entice the statistical community. When he comes off the disabled list soon after missing months for a broken wrist, he is going to matter.

Werth certainly isn't worthless. A ninth-round selection in ESPN average live drafts (22nd among outfielders), he remains owned in 29.6 percent of ESPN standard leagues. That's up a bit over the past week because owners are looking for a late push, and adding him after he homers or steals a base will likely be too late.