Why Josh Harrison is worth considering

Josh Harrison has six home runs and 13 steals this season, along with extensive positional eligibility. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

A few weeks ago, Pittsburgh Pirates utility player Josh Harrison was one of the rare hitters chosen as an All-Star that fantasy owners could still find in free agency in many leagues. Harrison remains available in roughly half of ESPN's standard leagues -- which might make some question why he was in Minneapolis for the Midsummer Classic in the first place -- but on the positive side, his selection also should have steered fantasy owners into seeing if he could help their teams. After all, Harrison is a useful and versatile player. On Sunday, he contributed four hits -- including a home run -- and stole a pair of bases for the awesome combo meal in a 7-5 win at Coors Field; he's now hitting .294 this season.

This isn't meant to convince anyone that Harrison is a must-own, but it should be noted he's pretty much a regular player these days, with outfielder Starling Marte on the disabled list for a concussion and third baseman Pedro Alvarez not able to hit left-handed pitchers and finally seeing the bench because of it.