Drew Silva breaks down the league-winning upside that Bryce Harper has now that he is healthy and what that means for fantasy managers over the remaining weeks of the season.
DREW SILVA: Bryce Harper is off the 60-day injured list and back with the Phillies, almost exactly two months after he suffered a fractured left thumb when he was struck by a high and tight Blake Snell fastball in late June. And he returns to a Phillies team that is currently holding on to the second National League wild card spot with a real good chance of making the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Harper went five for eight with two home runs, two doubles, and two walks, in a short two-game minor league rehab assignment with triple-A Lehigh Valley. And he has recorded a hit in all three games that he has appeared in with the Phillies since his activation from the IL on August 26.
This doesn't require any sort of in-depth analysis. Harper is always an elite hitter when healthy. Coming off his second career MVP season in 2021, he won't have exceptional counting stats totals when the 2022 season comes to an end because of all the time that he missed.
And he's going to be limited to DH duties the rest of the way because of a still troublesome right elbow. But the 29-year-old slugger can certainly be a league-winning player in fantasy down the stretch.