Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:28:25 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, Aug. 20, because he is getting the day off. 2B Kevin Frandsen is getting the start at third base.
Fantasy Tip: Owners in daily leagues should get Rendon out of their lineups. Rendon should be back in the starting lineup when the team plays again.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:02:39 -0700
The Washington Nationals have acquired SS Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians.
Fantasy Tip: Cabrera figures to bat lower in the order with the Nationals, which will potentially hinder his counting stats. A new location could help Cabrera turn his season around, though. He should play the keystone position and should be owned in all NL-only leagues and deep mixed formats. He is worth considering in standard mixed leagues. Danny Espinosa will lose playing time, and the deal likely confirms the seriousness of Ryan Zimmerman's hamstring tear. Any further fantasy contribution from Zimmerman in 2014 should be considered a bonus. Anthony Rendon projects to continue manning the hot corner, which after all, is his natural position.
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:15:57 -0700
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) has a Grade 3 hamstring strain, according to two baseball sources.
Fantasy Tip: If the reports are confirmed, Zimmerman is likely done for the season. Anthony Rendon has taken over at third base, but second base has been a platoon of Danny Espinosa, Zach Walters and Kevin Frandsen. Espinosa has the only real value, in NL-only leagues, but the team could address second base at the trade deadline.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:20 -0700
Updating a previous report, the Washington Nationals will use 2B Danny Espinsoa, 2B Kevin Frandsen and SS Zach Walters at second base while 2B/3B Anthony Rendon serves as the everyday third baseman with 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) sidelined. Manager Matt Williams said he will not just hand the job over to anyone in particular, and that he has decided the three players will battle it out.
Fantasy Tip: Daily fantasy owners will keep a close eye on the lineups an hour or two before game time. You can get good bargains in salary-cap formats, particularly if Frandsen or Walters are given the nod. They have generally had salary cap figures in the lower tier.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:53:33 -0700
Arizona Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill "makes a ton of sense" for the Washington Nationals in a trade, according to one evaluator without ties to either team. Hill could play second with 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the disabled list. Next year with 1B Adam LaRoche having a mutual option, Hill could play second, 2B Anthony Rendon could move to third and Zimmerman could play first.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:03 -0700
Washington Nationals 2B/3B Anthony Rendon went 1-for-5 with a single and RBI Wednesday, July 23, against the Colorado Rockies. 2B Danny Espinosa made the start at second base, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon and Espinosa each figure to see even more playing with Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list. Rendon, in particular, is very attractive to fantasy owners because of his dual eligibility in both middle and corner infielder spots.
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:07:53 -0700
The Washington Nationals have placed 3B Ryan Zimmerman (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list because right hamstring strain.
Fantasy Tip: Danny Espinosa likely will become the everyday second baseman and could hold onto that job for a while depending on how long Zimmerman is out. Espinosa could also see extended time at the position if Anthony Rendon plays well at third base and, given Jayson Werth's knee injury, stays there. Espinosa should help owners in deeper leagues looking for a second baseman or middle infield option.
Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:07:24 -0700
Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau, Washington Nationals 2B Anthony Rendon, Chicago Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo, Miami Marlins 3B Casey McGehee and Atlanta Braves OF Justin Upton are the five candidates for the final roster spot on the National League team for the 2014 All-Star Game.
Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:39:18 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper was moved to the No. 2 spot in the lineup Friday, July 4, and 2B Anthony Rendon was moved to the No. 6 spot. Manager Matt Williams said the move was based on the pitching matchup.
Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:18:49 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman is back at third base Monday, June 30, with OF Bryce Harper back from the disabled list and starting in left field. 2B Anthony Rendon is moving back to second base, and 2B Danny Espinosa is on the bench. Zimmerman made strong throws from a three-quarters release point during infield practice at third base.
Fantasy Tip: As was mentioned earlier, Espinosa is the biggest loser with Harper returning from the DL. Unless another regular needs rest, expect Espinosa to stay on the bench in the regular lineup.