Danny Espinosa among many worthy Nats 

June, 27, 2011

Welcome back to the big leagues, Davey Johnson! You're the new manager of the Washington Nationals! A few months ago, someone as accomplished as Johnson probably would have scoffed at leading this type of franchise. But after 13 wins in 15 games, the Nationals are like the Ricky Vaughn-led Cleveland Indians team from the movie "Major League": They're contenders!

OK, so perhaps the Nationals won't end up in the postseason, but there are plenty of reasons to like this organization, even before we start talking about Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and the enticing future, including from a fantasy perspective. Consider that in 2010 there weren't many valuable Nationals. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was solid (and healthy!) and Adam Dunn hit his home runs, but a mere two players in the top 175 on the Player Rater does not a strong fantasy franchise make.