Fantasy Baseball: Washington Nationals 2014 Starting Rotation Preview

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Feb 19, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) chats with the pitchers including Doug Fister (58) (in blue) in spring training action at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

This article is part of a series previewing the starting rotations of all the teams in the Major Leagues. Click here, for other articles in this preview series which will continue through the next couple of weeks.   At Fansided’s Fantasy Baseball page, you can find a number of great resources to help you succeed in your league this season.

Last year was a tough one for the Nationals. After starting outing with high expectations, the Nats struggled offensively and failed to make the playoffs.  If they plan on turning it around this season, they’ll need their starting rotation to live up to its hype and be among the best in the Majors.

On paper, Washington has a stacked starting rotation, and last year they did finish seventh in starters’ ERA despite going just 57-54 due to lack of run support. The Nats starters were in the top ten in strikeouts and opponents batting average as well, but they weren’t content to stay in tact this offseason they tried to bolster the rotation into even more of a strength by acquiring Doug Fister from Detroit.  The top four in the Washington rotation are solid and should be targeted in fantasy leagues especially as they face the Mets and Marlins suspect lineups in their division.

Here’s a look at who is projected to be in the rotation for Washington, how they did last season, and a look at what to expect from a fantasy baseball perspective this season.

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