Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 15:45:13 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark pitched seven shutout innings Sunday, June 26, in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Roark pitched in place of SP Stephen Strasburg (back), who went on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. Roark allowed seven hits and struck out seven.
Fantasy Tip: Seven was Roark's lucky number, as he improved to 7-5 overall. Roark was already in the rotation to start with, but a performance like this gives you reason to celebrate. Roark should be in your fantasy lineup, daily or long-term.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 11:30:47 -0700
Fantasy Tip: There is no official timetable for Strasburg's return, but he could return next week since the move was retroactive to June 16. Owners should keep an eye on the situation to see who gets called up if the team needs another starting pitcher. That pitcher could have some value in daily fantasy leagues.
Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:53:44 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman, C Wilson Ramos and SS Danny Espinosa are not in the starting lineup against Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson Sunday, June 26. 1B Clint Robinson will bat sixth and play first base, INF Stephen Drew will bat seventh and play shortstop and C Jose Lobaton will bat eighth and start behind the plate.
Fantasy Tip: Of this afternoon's three replacements in the Washington lineup, Drew is the most productive source of salary cap relief for daily fantasy contests. He is 9-for-19 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBI during the month of June and has raised his average for the season from .173 to .254.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:30:28 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez pitched a season-low three innings in his sixth straight loss, allowing six runs on six hits while walking one and striking out five against the Milwaukee Brewers Saturday, June 25.
Fantasy Tip: Gonzalez has been shelled on a routine basis recently. His solid strikeout numbers make him worth holding on to in NL-only formats, but feel free to hunt for better options in mixed leagues.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:26:28 -0700
Fantasy Tip: His return date has yet to be determined, but Papelbon should remain stashed in all formats.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 16:46:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Roark has a good matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers for DFS usage. Stay tuned to see how long Strasburg is expected to miss.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 11:02:17 -0700
Washington Nationals RP Jonathan Papelbon (intercostal) threw a successful 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, June 25. If he gets the green light from general manager Mike Rizzo, Papelbon could begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Monday, June 27.
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon was 1-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 16 saves through 25 appearances this season, with eight walks and 19 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old right-hander should remain stashed in all fantasy formats. RP Shawn Kelley will continue to serve as the Nats' closer until he is healthy enough to return.
Sat, 25 Jun 2016 10:03:02 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth is back in the starting lineup against Milwaukee Brewers SP Matt Garza Saturday, June 25, batting second and playing left field. OF Michael Taylor is receiving the day off.
Fantasy Tip: Werth is 7-for-17 (.412) with two doubles, a home run and two RBI in his career versus Garza and makes a viable option for daily fantasy lineups this afternoon. In addition, he is batting .343 with two homers and 11 RBI in 67 at-bats this month.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:06:53 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth is not in the starting lineup against Milwaukee Brewers SP Zach Davies Friday, June 24. OF Ben Revere will start in left field, while OF Michael Taylor will start in center field and is batting second in the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Taylor is coming off a tough game but did have seven hits in his previous four games. Taylor should have some value in daily fantasy leagues but is not a great fantasy option.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 14:04:53 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg is providing fantasy ace numbers this season with 10 wins, a 2.90 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and 118 strikeouts through 93 innings. Start him confidently whenever he takes the hill.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:50:33 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ramos is 22-for-66 (.333) with six home runs, 14 RBI and 14 runs scored in June, reaffirming his status as one of 2016's top fantasy backstops.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:10:31 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, June 22. He also misplayed a single in the bottom of the ninth for a three-base error that allowed both the tying and winning runs to score.
Fantasy Tip: Short of accidentally injuring Bryce Harper it's unclear how much more damage Taylor could've done on Wednesday. He has actually played quite well this month (.340-2-6 with 4 SBs in 50 ABs) but is stuck in a timeshare with Ben Revere, which restricts Taylor to NL-only appeal.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:14:39 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Ben Revere is not in the starting lineup against Los Angeles Dodgers SP Julio Urias Wednesday, June 22. OF Michael Taylor will start in center field and is batting first in the lineup.
Fantasy Tip: Taylor seven hits, two home runs and two RBI over the last four games and is hitting .378 in June. Taylor should be a fine starting option in daily fantasy leagues because he is hitting .302 against left-handed pitchers.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:44:29 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa has turned up the power, posting seven homers in 18 games in the month of June. And 11 of his 13 home runs have come in the past 24 games dating back to May 25. He has re-emerged as a must-start in all head-to-head fantasy leagues, but he has less usefulness in rotisserie leagues due to his poor batting average.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 23:44:01 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings in a loss Tuesday, June 21, against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made one mistake in the eighth inning, serving up a three-run home run to C Yasmani Grandal.
Fantasy Tip: Roark has been a bit erratic in the month of June, posting a 2-1 record with a 4.63 ERA over four starts. Despite the loss he still has a 3.18 ERA and solid 1.22 WHIP this season, and remains a solid fantasy option.
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