Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 19:11:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Even in the loss, Scherzer ($9,800, 19.6% of cap) was impressive. He has tossed three complete games in his last four starts, posting a 1.05 ERA during the stretch. When he takes the mound, you need to find a way to fit his salary into your lineup at FantasyScore.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:05 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Span ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) has been equally dreadful against lefties, hitting .190 with a .513 OPS, but with Jake Peavy on the mound Friday, Span should be an great mid-range play at FantasyScore.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:34:47 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SS Ian Desmond is receiving the night off because he is working on mechanical adjustments to his swing and needs to build muscle memory, according to manager Matt Williams. Williams noted Desmond is working to bat with his hands higher.
Fantasy Tip: Desmond ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) has a career-low .219/.263/.347 slash line this season, and he has only two stolen bases. It wouldn't be out of the question to replace him in shallow leagues, or at least, he should be benched in the majority of formats. If there aren't upgrades available, hopefully Desmond's adjustments work out, and he can salvage his season. Don't count on it, though.
Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:05:02 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Tyler Moore is playing first base and batting eighth against Atlanta Braves SP Manny Banuelos Thursday, July 2. 1B Clint Robinson has started the past two games at first base, but he is not in the starting lineup Thursday.
Fantasy Tip: Moore ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) has an underwhelming .646 OPS this season, and it is even worse (.484) against lefties. FantasyScore players will want to aim higher than Moore Thursday.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 20:16:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Espinosa ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has filled in admirably for Washington, as the club is dealing with a slew of injuries. He has 37 runs, eight home runs and 23 RBI with a .259/.336/.438 slash line, which is nothing to scoff at for a middle infielder. FantasyScore players can target him in favorable matchups, but just note he is quite inconsistent. Through his previous eight games, Espinosa was 3-for-28 without an extra-base hit.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:11:17 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (wrist) continues to heal, but he is still at least a month away from a return. "And Jason's healing up. Continuing to heal that bone, so as soon as that bone is fully ready to go, he'll be ready to go," manager Matt Williams said Tuesday, June 30.
Fantasy Tip: Werth has been limited to 27 games after suffering a fractured left wrist. He is expected back sometime in August.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:10:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: There is no timetable for Rendon's return, but he is moving slowly in the right direction. Avoid him in FantasyScore until he can officially return and prove his health in a full game without any setbacks.
Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:10:03 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (foot) completed a full workout with the team's Class A Potomac affiliate Tuesday, June 30. "(Zimmerman) did a full workout, so he ran light bases, he took grounders, he did a full batting practice," manager Matt Williams said.
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman is expected to repeat the workout Wednesday, and then the team will reassess. There is still no timetable for his return, so fantasy owners in all formats need to be patient.
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Sun, 28 Jun 2015 17:05:13 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($5,600, 11.2% of cap) has been solid in two starts since returning from the DL, allowing two runs and striking out 15 over 12 innings. Granted, those starts came against weak competition, but at his current price tag, Strasburg is a potential bargain at FantasyScore if you are willing to gamble that he is back on track.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:16:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Desmond ($4,100, 8.2% of cap) continues to struggle at the plate, and he should be avoided against most right-handed pitchers. Against Correia, Desmond can be used in GPP tournaments.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 08:11:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ramos ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) will be in an excellent position to drive in runs Sunday, and he should be a part of any Nationals stacks on FantasyScore.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:59:57 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper is back in the lineup for Game 1 of the doubleheader Sunday, June 28, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Harper will start in right field and hit third in the order against RHP Kevin Correia.
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($6,400, 12.8% of cap) is a must own for cash games on FantasyScore, as he'll have more upside than any other player Sunday.
Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:53:46 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Denard Span returns to the starting lineup for Game 1 of the doubleheader Sunday, June 28, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Span is starting in center field and leading off against RHP Kevin Correia.
Fantasy Tip: Span ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) should be highly owned on FantasyScore, as he is crushing right-handed pitching this season. Span will have a high floor Sunday, against the struggling Correia.
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 14:43:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stras ($5,600, 11.2% of cap) was solid in his first start back from the DL. His price is pretty low, so enjoy it while it lasts on FantasyScore.
Sat, 27 Jun 2015 11:58:03 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the starting lineup against the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday, June 27. INF Danny Espinosa will start at the hot corner and bat third, with 2B Dan Uggla manning second base and batting fifth.
Fantasy Tip: Escobar ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) is sidelined due to a swollen hand, so Espinosa ($3,800, 7.6% of cap) will slide over from the keystone position to cover third base. Uggla $1,900, 3.8% of cap) is only batting .231 this month and is not a great FantasyScore option.
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