Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 19:42:22 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman is eligible to return from the disabled list next week but he is going through a terrible season, hitting just .221 with 12 home runs and 38 RBI through 74 games, so he isn't worth stashing in shallow mixed leagues. Clint Robinson will continue to see most of the action at first base until he returns.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:32:06 -0700
New York Yankees RP Aroldis Chapman is believed to be the Washington Nationals' primary target prior to the non-waiver trade deadline Aug. 1. However, the club does not appear willing to part with INF Trea Turner or SPs Lucas Giolito or Reynaldo Lopez in a potential deal, according to a baseball source. The Yankees are reportedly looking for players that can contribute immediately at the MLB level, although they have had scouts attending games for affiliates ranging from Class A Hagerstown to Class AAA Syracuse. OF Michael Taylor is believed to be available, according to the source, but the Yankees' level of interest in him is unknown.
Fantasy Tip: The 28-year-old Chapman is 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA and 19 saves in 29 appearances this season, with eight walks and 40 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings and should be viewed as a high-end reliever regardless of the team he is playing for. However, his fantasy value should receive a slight boost if he is moved to a contender.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 15:31:02 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Tanner Roark has lasted at least seven innings in five straight starts and is coming off his best outing in which he threw eight scoreless innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He hosts the San Diego Padres Friday, July 22.
Fantasy Tip: Roark sits with a sparking 2.82 ERA and 1.17 WHIP while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. There might not be a safer value play in daily formats than Roark against the Padres without Wil Myers on Friday night. He's a great play.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:52:55 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross (shoulder) will make a minor league rehab start Sunday, July 24. That means SP Lucas Giolito could return and start against the San Diego Padres Sunday. He's coming off 6 2/3 shutout innings for Class AAA Syracuse July 19.
Fantasy Tip: Ross has held his own in a rotation spot this year with a 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.5 K/9, so he should be stashed in all formats. There's a good chance he returns after just one or two rehab starts. Giolito has much more upside, though, as a frontline starting pitcher and is certainly attractive in all leagues if he faces the Padres Sunday.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:53:58 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Ross is going to throw a rehab outing before returning to the Washington rotation, and it appears he's close to being ready to take the mound. He owns a 3.49 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and 7.5 K/9 for the season and should be owned in all leagues now that he's closing in on returning. Expect him back in approximately two weeks, barring any setbacks.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:45:44 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Turner has a window to prove he should stick with the Nationals for the remainder of the season, and fantasy owners should take advantage of his fleeting opportunity in deep mixed and NL-only settings. He has a .291/.313/.452 slash line and three stolen bases thus far.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:39:03 -0700
Fantasy Tip: It was just the fourth time in 18 starts that Strasburg allowed more than three runs this season, and in 12 outings, he's limited opponents to two runs or fewer. And, the 10 punchouts mitigated some of the damage of the rough showing. Strasburg remains a high-end fantasy arm, and view this start as a blip on the radar.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:12:19 -0700
Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (rib cage) is expected to begin his rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Thursday, July 21, and manager Dusty Baker wants to see Zimmerman play in three games before returning to the lineup Tuesday, July 26, against the Cleveland Indians. Zimmerman said he "feels pretty good."
Fantasy Tip: Zimmerman is on the cusp of a return to the Nats' lineup, but those in mixed leagues probably aren't all that interested. The veteran first baseman does provide some pop in cavernous mixed and NL-only leagues (12 homers), but he's hitting a paltry .221 on the year and remains an injury risk.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:31:05 -0700
Washington Nationals OFs Ben Revere and Jayson Werth are out of the lineup Thursday, July 21, with SS Trea Turner leading off and OF Chris Heisey hitting seventh. Also, OF Michael Taylor draws in at center field and is batting second.
Fantasy Tip: There was a tweet this morning that Turner has two of the highest three top speeds in running out a triple this season. Those wheels are an underrated part of his game as he stole 25 bags in the minors and has two in the majors. He has upside against left-hander Julio Urias today. Heisey has made a living off of left-handed pitching, and he's a sneaky basement option in DFS. Taylor has an intriguing power-speed comination and is also a decent value pick Thursday.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:40:40 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Turner has been pretty solid when he gets chances at bat, with a .308 average and .500 slugging percentage. His regular playing time is largely blocked by players like Daniel Murphy and Danny Espinosa, but consider Turner in DFS when he starts.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:25:30 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez allowed one run on three hits and struck out six in six innings of work Wednesday, July 20, in an 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gonzalez improved to 6-8 overall.
Fantasy Tip: Manager Dusty Baker said Gonzalez was wild, but the run support saved him. Gonzalez has had a disappointing year, but he appears to be rounding into form. Still, analyze the matchups before starting Gonzalez in daily leagues because he's still not quite to form yet.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 23:18:06 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Harper has been smacking the ball as of late and helping the Nationals do quite well in the standings. Barring a huge injury or setback, Harper belongs in any daily or overall league you have.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:53:39 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross (shoulder) will make a rehab start before returning from the disabled list, according to manager Dusty Baker. That likely rules Ross out from starting Sunday, July 24, against the San Diego Padres.
Fantasy Tip: Ross has been respectable this year with a 3.49 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 7.5 strikeouts per nine innings with the Nats this year, and he should remain stashed in the majority of fantasy leagues. He could just need one rehab start before returning. Keep in mind, though, that Washington could look to limit his innings down the stretch.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:00:04 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Turner is up with the Nationals for the second time this season and is 4-for-15 with a run and two RBI over his past three games. He's worth owning in deep mixed and NL-only leagues, but there might not be enough at-bats for Turner to be a viable starting option any time soon. He's a nice flier in daily contests Wednesday, though.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 12:54:41 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Rendon missed the past two games with the flu. It's safe to return him to your lineups in seasonal leagues. He remains a low-end starter in all fantasy formats with some upside to finish the season strong.
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