Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 22 May 2015 18:53:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: His move to the National League has been as advantageous as expected, and Scherzer ($9,300, 18.6% of cap) is worth paying up for at FantasyScore whenever he takes the mound.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:04:44 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (oblique, knee) fielded approximately 40 ground balls and will take full batting practice Friday, May 22, according to manager Matt Williams. It will be the first time Rendon has faced live pitching since being shut down in spring training.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) is still likely a few weeks, so continue to be patient in seasonal formats. It wouldn't be surprising to see him come out of the gates slow after a long layoff, so FantasyScore players will want to be patient, too. Yunel Escobar ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) and Danny Espinosa ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) have both played extremely well, so Rendon could also be eased back into action when he returns. In the long run, expect Espinosa and Escobar to split playing time, with Escobar likely earning the majority of it.
Fri, 22 May 2015 14:00:12 -0700
Updating a previous report, Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark faced live hitters Friday, May 22, in an effort to stretch out for a start early next week. He is expected to be good for at least 70 pitches, according to manager Matt Williams.
Fantasy Tip: Roark ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) will have fleeting value in deep mixed and NL-only leagues for the duration of his tenure in the starting rotation. He has been extremely successful as a starter in the past, and pitching for a surging ball team helps, too. FantasyScore players have a discount arm on their hands, but pitch counts are never a positive for fantasy upside.
Fri, 22 May 2015 13:38:17 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Through 36 career starts, Roark ($3,000, 6.0% of cap) has a 18-11 record with a 2.70 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP and a 6.2 K/9, and he should be owned in all NL-only and cavernous mixed leagues. He may be on a pitch count for his first start of the season, though, and the Cubs are an admirable offense. However, Chicago also strikes out more than any team in baseball. Roark's value is on the rise, at least in the short term.
Fri, 22 May 2015 12:06:34 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Robinson ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) has 57 career plate appearances, so FantasyScore players should view him as nothing more than a desperation source of cap relief for contests Friday. Still, first base is a deep fantasy position and typically not one to be skimpy with. Make sure to avoid Taylor in all fantasy formats Friday.
Wed, 20 May 2015 14:12:23 -0700
Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (oblique, knee) took ground balls and light swings Wednesday, May 20, but there remains no timetable for his return as he progresses slowly, according to manager Matt Williams.
Fantasy Tip: Rendon ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) won't be back until early June, at this point. It wouldn't be surprising to see him come out of the gates slow after a long layoff, so you should be patient with him at FantasyScore. Yunel Escobar ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) and Danny Espinosa ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) could form a platoon at the keystone when Rendon is healthy and back playing every day in the majors.
Wed, 20 May 2015 12:32:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It appears to be a normal night off for Taylor ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) so remove him from yours for the evening. Moore ($1,800, 3.6% of cap) has a .273-1-5 line in his last seven days, so he may make an interesting choice at this low cost. Both outfielders could see time periodically in the next several days with Jayson Werth out.
Tue, 19 May 2015 20:59:57 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Harper ($6,300, 12.6% of cap) has hit 10 home runs in his last 12 games and has recorded 23 RBI in that span. Harper should be a nightly starting option on FantasyScore as long as he is producing at the plate during his streak.
Tue, 19 May 2015 13:58:19 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rendon's ($6,000, 12.0% of cap) return seems more destined for early June now than late May, as he'll likely need a rehab assignment before being activated. When Rendon returns, Yunel Escobar ($2,100, 4.2% of cap) and Danny Espinosa ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) could form a platoon at the keystone, limiting their tradition fantasy value to deep mixed and NL-only leagues.
Tue, 19 May 2015 13:16:01 -0700
Fantasy Tip: With Jayson Werth (wrist) on the DL, Taylor ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) should see the majority of time in left field, making him more useful at FantasyScore. Tonight, though, he's merely a low-end outfield sleeper play for his speed. Hitting at the bottom of the order takes some of the intrigue away.
Tue, 19 May 2015 10:44:59 -0700
Washington Nationals INF Wilmer Difo only played 33 games between high-Class A Potomac (Va.) and Class AA Harrisburg (Pa.) this year, and his call-up to the Nationals is likely to be a short-term deal. The club isn't necessarily sold that he's ready for the big league level. The Nats already had three outfielder on their major league roster, limiting the need to call up another outfielder. Difo will offer speed off the bench in the meantime after hitting .315 with a .367 on-base percentage with seven stolen bases in eight attempts in the minors.
Fantasy Tip: Difo will be a bottom-of-the-barrel pricing option at FantasyScore, and he can be ignored for the most part. Only those owners in cavernous NL-only leagues should be looking at Difo in the short term.
Tue, 19 May 2015 10:40:25 -0700
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (wrist) was placed on the disabled list with a left wrist contusion Tuesday, May 19. INF Wilmer Difo was called up from Class AA Harrisburg (Pa.) in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: With Werth out, Michael Taylor ($2,700, 5.4% of cap) should see regular playing time in left field. Taylor can be useful as a sleeper at FantasyScore, mainly for his speed, and he'll be more attractive if he hits at the top of the batting order. Difo figures to be a bat off the bench, and he's only attractive to owners in deep NL-only leagues.
Tue, 19 May 2015 10:34:13 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez has lost five straight starts to the New York Yankees and has an 8.17 ERA against them. He is also 1-3 with a 9.08 ERA in his last eight starts against the American League. However, he is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last six starts at home and hasn't allowed a home run there in 64 innings in his last 11 starts.
Fantasy Tip: Take this as an opportunity to use Gonzalez ($6,300, 12.6% of cap) as an under-the-radar play, despite his price. The Yankees have been struggling offensively this past week and have scored just 11 runs in their last six games.
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:15:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Stash Werth in NL-only leagues and deep mixed formats if you have a DL spot.
Tue, 19 May 2015 08:06:35 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Difo's role and playing time are unknown factors, so consider him an NL-only stash for the time being. He could be a cheap source of steals.
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