As expected, the roles that Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg will play in April have been determined. Strasburg has been optioned to AA Harrisburg, while Heyward has been awarded the starting right field spot in Atlanta Heyward/Strasburg Going According to Plan
How long Washington will be able to keep Strasburg out of the Bigs is unclear. They need him to stay in the Minors until June 1st to protect him from becoming a Super Two player. While some may point to this as the Nats being cheap, and not wanting to pay Strasburg any earlier than they have to, it is important to remember that we are also talking about a year of service time. I think dude will hit the Majors in July, and give your fantasy squad a good 15 stars. Those starts will be worth the wait, so do not hesitate to draft Strasburg if he falls to the right spot for the value.
Heyward, meanwhile, has been a beast all of March, and the Braves had no choice but to keep him with the big league club. Heyward will have an instant impact and could be a top 20 outfielder by the end of the season. Do not sleep on Heyward, his ADP is going to improve from his current spot at 164, and as the 47th OF off the board. Everyone in your league knows who he is. You will not be able to wait until the 6th round if you want Heyward on your roster. My opinion? If you can nab Heyward in the 5th, do it. The 4th might be a stretch, but if my expectations are in line then he will be 3rd or 2nd round value by seasons end.
It should be noted that I am a huge Braves fan and maybe slightly optimistic about Heyward. I mean, I did wind up with Martin Prado as my starting two-baggers in my FSWA Insiders League. Of course, Heyward was off the board at pick 129 in that one, so I am not alone in my estimations on Heyward.