No value gain for Nyjer Morgan via trade 

March, 28, 2011
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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan -- that's right, in case you missed it, the Washington Nationals dumped him on another team over the weekend - is being selected ahead of fellow outfielders Logan Morrison, Tyler Colvin and Dexter Fowler in ESPN average live drafts, just to name a few. He's also being taken ahead of the player likely to start ahead of him in center field for his new team, the similarly frustrating (to fantasy owners and real-life managers) Carlos Gomez.

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Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty ImagesNyjer Morgan seemed to wear out his welcome in Washington.
The thing about Morgan is, while some might view this trade as a wonderful new opportunity for him, he's really a glorified fourth outfielder anyway, with a glove and terrific speed. He doesn't post a high on-base percentage. He has no power. He made questionable decisions on the field last season, resulting in suspensions. There are fellows like him all over the minor leagues, eagerly awaiting their chance. Morgan can steal bases, which is nicer for fantasy owners than anyone else, really, and I imagine he'll do this in occasional duty for Milwaukee. Ultimately, I congratulate the Nationals for getting something -- anything -- for someone they didn't want anymore. And we don't even know if the minor leaguer sent their way, former second-round draft pick Cutter Dykstra, has a future in the big leagues.

I'd advise fantasy owners to steer clear of Morgan, as well as his primary competition, in standard leagues. It's just not worth it. There are stolen bases all over the place for fantasy owners, and even if you can't get your steals along with power potential, there are far safer speedsters out there, even in the late rounds. Get your power early, middle and late, and you'll still be able to find stolen bases on the free-agent list. My favorite thieves currently not being drafted in standard leagues include Will Venable, Peter Bourjos, Cliff Pennington, Alexi Casilla and Will Rhymes. Perhaps Scott Podsednik will play as well. Or you can ignore the underwhelming 25-steal options and take a handful of 15-homer, 15-steal types. One of my teams features not one player likely to steal 30 bases, but it's so balanced with Bobby Abreu, Alexei Ramirez and Colby Rasmus types that I'm still projected to finish second in steals.

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