Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Mon, 03 Aug 2015 08:22:55 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) was pitching well before going on the DL, and he could really be useful to his owners down the stretch if he can stay healthy. On FantasyScore, he could be even more useful if owners are hesitant to use him because of his struggles earlier this year.
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 05:58:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span said himself he has a long way to go before returning to the field, and he should only be rostered in NL-only leagues if owners have room on their disabled list.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 12:53:16 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ramos ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) is 3-for-8 versus deGrom in his career with a double, one home run and four RBIs, making him worthy of consideration for FantasyScore lineups.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:10:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) has been a great fantasy producer when healthy, but he has only played 59 games. For the season, he has a .304/.367/.430 slash line with 37 runs, five home runs, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Continue to check back for updates on Span's recovery progress.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:30:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Against the Dark Knight (Harvey), Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is an extremely poor choice as salary cap relief on FantasyScore. Look elsewhere for your catcher. Lobaton only has 17 hits in 84 at-bats this year for a .202 average and three home runs and 11 RBI.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:51:36 -0700
Fantasy Tip: The Nationals are returning to a full and healthy lineup with the additions of Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman this week, and Denard Span could be on the way shortly. Cespedes would be a luxury addition to Washington's roster, but it seems unlikely to happen. Werth would probably be the biggest loser if Cespedes were actually to join the Nats.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:16:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With Washington's roster finally getting healthy, it would appear that they wouldn't really have a fit for Cespdes ($5,500, 11.0% of cap), but don't rule anything out. His fantasy value wouldn't change that much either way, but he'd surely be joining a more potent offensive club.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:22:41 -0700
Washington Nationals Ryan Zimmerman hit his first home run in his third game since being activated from the disabled list Thursday, July 30, against the Miami Marlins. He finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman ($3,700, 7.4% of cap) is 4-for-11 with two doubles and homer in three games since returning, so he appears to have his power stroke working already. It has been a disappoint year for Zimmerman, but as long as he is finally healthy, he can make a solid mid-priced play at FantasyScore.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:15:12 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Washington traded for Papelbon with the intent to use him as the closer, so unless he falters in a big way, he should remain in the role the rest of the way.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:27:58 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (oblique) is expected to make one more rehab start next week after allowing three runs on four hits and striking out five in four innings with Class AAA Syracuse Wednesday, July 29. He's expected to pitch five innings next week before returning to the rotation, according to manager Matt Williams.
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) was pitching really well before going on the DL, and if he can stay healthy for the rest of the season, he could finish off the year in a nice fashion for his fantasy owners. Holding him out of daily lineups in his first turn back might be a good idea on FantasyScore, depending on who he matches up against.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:49:04 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (oblique) gave up three runs and four hits in his first rehab start for Class AAA Syracuse Wednesday, July 29. He struck out five and walked one while throwing 44 of his 64 pitches for strikes in the outing.
Fantasy Tip: Oblique strains are tricky, so Strasburg ($7,300, 14.6% of cap) will likely need at least one more rehab start before returning to the rotation. Strasburg allowed only three earned runs in his last 16 2/3 innings before going on the DL, so he can surely rebound to help his owners out for the rest of the season.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:41:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Robinson ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has a meager .277-1-5 line this year, but he's at a cheap price for a cleanup hitter on FantasyScore.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:45:11 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper hit two home runs into the upper deck in a win over the Miami Marlins Wednesday, July 29, and he went 3-for-4 in the game to raise his average to .335. Harper has 29 home runs and 68 RBI, which are both already career highs. It was his third multi-home run game of the year and first since May 8.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($6,400, 12.8% of cap) is having a career year and should be a strong FantasyScore option every day, except for maybe when he's facing a tough left-handed pitcher.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:57:15 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Make sure to avoid Ramos ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) in all fantasy formats. He continues to struggle at the dish and is currently riding a 5-for-47 slump with just four RBI and a .293 OPS. Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) is batting .200 this season, and he checks out as a low-priced flier for FantasyScore players Wednesday, albeit one with all kinds of risk.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:41:59 -0700
Washington Nationals new RP Jonathan Papelbon will serve as the team's new closer after Washington traded for him Tuesday, July 28. RP Drew Storen, the previous closer, will move into an eighth-inning setup role. Papelbon was Philadelphia's career saves leader with 123 and is 17-for-17 in save chances in 2015. Papelbon wouldn't accept a trade to the Nationals unless he would remain a closer. Papelbon's $13 million option for 2016 becomes a guaranteed $11 million salary as part of the trade, and $3 million will be deferred, according to a major league source. Washington will pay Papelbon the prorated minimum of $507,500 for the rest of the year. Papelbon is expected to join his new team Wednesday, July 29.
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon's fantasy value increases slightly now that he's expected to receive more save chances for a contending club. Storen's value obviously takes a huge hit without ninth-inning duties, although he could see the occasional save chance when Papelbon is rested. In shallow leagues, without the prospect for saves, Storen isn't worth a roster spot.
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