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Nationals | Max Scherzer struggling with location

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 12:11:32 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Max Scherzer ranks 80th in ERA in baseball (4.66) and 75th in opponent's OPS (.755) among 96 qualified starters since the start of July. Nine of his 13 home runs allowed since that time have come off his fastball, which he has had trouble locating. Scherzer was throwing his fastball in the lower third or below the strike zone just 15% of the time in July and August, meaning his heater found the middle portion of the strike zone 44% of the time, the highest rate in the National League. However, his average fastball velocity has gone up from 93.7 mph in the first three months to 94.1 mph over the last two months.

Fantasy Tip: Scherzer ($8,500, 17.0% of cap) remains an elite starting pitcher with an elite strikeout rate. His rough last couple months has driven the demand for him down in daily formats, too, meaning you could capitalize in the season's final month if he can turn things around, which he should be able to do.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN Stats and Information - Marty Callinan


Nationals | Denard Span facing lengthy recovery

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:36:20 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Denard Span (hip) underwent successful surgery to repair a labrum tear in his hip Tuesday, Sept. 1. His recovery timeline is expected to be four to six months.

Fantasy Tip: Michael Taylor ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) has been receiving the majority of starts in center field with Span ($4,200, 8.4% of cap) on the shelf. Taylor should be owned in all deep mixed leagues, and he is a viable FantasyScore play in the right matchups. Looking ahead to 2016, Span could be a nice late-round option in drafts as a bounce-back candidate.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner


Nationals | Stephen Strasburg throws without pain

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:30:26 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (back) played catch without any back pain Tuesday, Sept. 1. His status for his next start is still unknown, though.

Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($7,900, 15.8% of cap) has been limited to just 18 starts this season, and a quick glance at his year-long numbers shows a seriously disappointing season. He owns a 2.70 ERA over his five starts since the All-Star break, though, so there is potential he can chip in a few more solid outings before the season is over. Continue to check back for updates.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Bill Ladson


Nationals | Joe Ross may not be shut down

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:08:52 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Joe Ross may not be shut down in the final month of the season the way he's been pitching, according to manager Matt Williams. Ross has given up just one earned run in 13 innings with 11 strikeouts in his last two starts.

Fantasy Tip: Ross' ($7,400, 14.8% of cap) impressive two-game streak will be put to the test by the St. Louis Cardinals tonight. He's a shaky daily play, but as long as Ross remains in Washington's rotation, he should continue to be owned in the majority of fantasy leagues.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: MLB.com - Bill Ladson


Nationals | Bryce Harper has down month

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 10:04:02 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper had only nine RBI in the month of August.

Fantasy Tip: Harper ($5,700, 11.4% of cap) remains a must-start in traditional fantasy leagues, and he's still a leading candidate for National League Most Valuable Player this year. He continues to be a strong FantasyScore option, too, because of his ability to get on base, but he may struggle to provide much value against a lefty tonight.

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Nationals | Stephen Strasburg does not throw

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:29:05 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (back, shoulder) did not throw Monday, Aug. 31, and is taking medication for his back and shoulder injuries. Manager Matt Williams said the tests done on Strasburg have not shown any problems.

Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor the situation to see when Strasburg ($9,000, 18.0% of cap) will be able to pitch again. Strasburg has struggled at times this season and may not be a great option against certain opponents.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner


Nationals | Wilson Ramos out vs. Cardinals

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:18:08 -0700

Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos is not in the starting lineup Monday, Aug. 31. C Jose Lobaton is starting behind the plate and batting seventh against St. Louis Cardinals SP John Lackey Monday.

Fantasy Tip: Lobaton ($1,600, 3.2% of cap) lands in a difficult matchup, and he boasts an underwhelming .205/.288/.313 slash line. He shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a desperation source of cap relief at FantasyScore Monday. Make sure to avoid Ramos ($3,400, 6.8% of cap) in all fantasy formats, too.

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Nationals | Yunel Escobar returns to lineup

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:12:04 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar (hand) is starting at third base and batting fifth against St. Louis Cardinals SP John Lackey Monday, Aug. 31.

Fantasy Tip: You can slot Escobar ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) back into your seasonal lineups Monday, but he stands as a risky FantasyScore play, especially considering the nature of his injury. He is having a good month, though, with a .291/.398/.481 slash line, 12 runs, four home runs and 11 RBI over 22 games.

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Nationals | Stephen Strasburg lifted early

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:30:09 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg was lifted from the team's game Sunday, Aug. 30, against the Miami Marlins after four innings and 60 pitches. RP Doug Fister finished the game and got the win.

Fantasy Tip: Strasburg ($9,000, 18.0% of cap) gave up four runs on seven hits, so the thinking may have been to lift him and save his pitching arm and shoulder. The team isn't saying anything yet about limiting his innings, so he should be back to normal for his next start.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Associated Press


Nationals | Michael Taylor returns

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:44:15 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor (knee) is in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Brad Hand Sunday, Aug. 30, and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Taylor ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) returns after missing two games because of a knee injury. He is hitting only .230 this month but does have four home runs and 14 RBI during that span. Owners on FantasyScore may want to see him play in a game before using him.

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Nationals | Yunel Escobar to miss another game

Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:36:20 -0700

Washington Nationals SS Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Brad Hand Sunday, Aug. 30. 3B Anthony Rendon will start at third base, while 2B Danny Espinosa will start at second base and is batting seventh in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: There is no timetable for Escobar's ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) return, so owners should continue to monitor the situation. Espinosa ($2,600, 5.2% of cap) is hitting only .220 this month and is not a great option on FantasyScore.

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Nationals | Michael Taylor sidelined

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:50:14 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor (knee) is not in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Tom Koehler Saturday, Aug. 29. OF Bryce Harper will start in center field, while 1B Clint Robinson will start in left field and is batting fifth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: Taylor ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) could return soon, so owners should keep an eye on his situation. Robinson ($3,600, 7.2% of cap) has only two hits in his last 11 games and is not a great option for owners on FantasyScore.

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Nationals | Yunel Escobar still out

Sat, 29 Aug 2015 13:32:57 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar (hand) is not in the starting lineup against Miami Marlins SP Tom Koehler Saturday, Aug. 29. 2B Anthony Rendon will start at third base, while 2B Danny Espinosa will start at second base and is batting eighth in the lineup.

Fantasy Tip: There is no timetable for Escobar's ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) return, so owners should continue to monitor his recovery. Espinosa ($2,600, 5.2% of cap) has three hits and three RBI in his last seven games, but owners on FantasyScore may be able to find better options.

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Nationals | Michael Taylor hopes to return soon

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:59:33 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Michael Taylor (knee) said he hopes to return to the starting lineup in the near future. Taylor said he is happy that the X-rays and MRI on his knee did not show any damage.

Fantasy Tip: Owners should monitor his recovery to see when Taylor ($4,000, 8.0% of cap) will be able to play again. He is hitting only .233 this month but does have four home runs and 14 RBI during that span. He could a starting option against certain opponents on FantasyScore.

Comment () | Share: Tweet! Share on Facebook | Source: The Washington Post - James Wagner


Nationals | Yunel Escobar undergoes X-rays

Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:49:57 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar (hand) underwent X-rays on his hand injury, but they came back negative. Manager Matt Williams said Escobar does not need more tests on the hand and will just need treatment.

Fantasy Tip: Escobar ($3,500, 7.0% of cap) has dealt with injuries over the last few weeks, so owners should continue to monitor his status.

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