Washington Nationals news, rumors and injuries
Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:08:59 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Zobrist is attractive as outfield depth or as a midrange second baseman in fantasy leagues for his consistency at the plate. He also has double-digit home run potential. He's the perfect target in deep mixed leagues with added starting spots because of his positional versatility.
Sun, 22 Nov 2015 13:23:34 -0800
Fantasy Tip: O'Day could be lured to Washington because his wife is a reporter in the Washington area, but there are numerous suitors for the reliever's services. Depending on where he lands, O'Day could be a valuable reliever in some drafts.
Thu, 19 Nov 2015 15:22:40 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Harper paced the NL in runs (118), home runs (42) and OPS (1.109), and he added 99 RBI and a .330 batting average. He is an elite hitter and is entering his age-23 season in 2016. Harper is a worthy grab with the first overall selection in all fantasy formats next spring.
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:48:43 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Over the past five years, Zimmermann has averaged a 3.14 ERA, a 3.30 FIP, a 1.14 WHIP and a 7.3 K/9 over 971 2/3 innings. He is entering his age-30 season in 2016, and he projects as a solid No. 2 starter for your fantasy rotation. His landing spot will impact his worth in the virtual game, though, so check back for updates.
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:04:24 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Desmond's name value has longer legs than his fantasy returns the past couple of seasons. His batting average and OPS have regressed in each of the past four seasons, and he didn't reach the 20-stolen base mark last year. Entering his age-30 season, be care not to target Desmond too aggressively next spring, as his offensive prime is likely behind him.
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 14:24:26 -0800
Fantasy Tip: After a rough start, Strasburg spun a 1.84 ERA with 110 strikeouts through 83 innings over 14 starts to finish off the 2015 season. However, multiple injuries crept up and limited him to just 23 starts last season. He has only hit the 200-innings mark once in his career and checks out as a No. 2 arm for fantasy rotations and not the ace most expected to develop into. View Strasburg as fringe top-20 arm on draft day next fall, but there is upside for a better return if he can stay healthy.
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:08:08 -0800
Washington Nationals 3B Yunel Escobar could be a trade option this offseason after hitting .314 with a .790 OPS last year. The Nationals already have 2B Danny Espinosa, SS Trea Turner and 2B Wilmer Difo. Escobar is under contract for $7 million in 2016 with a $7 million team option for 2017. 3B Anthony Rendon will be entrenched at third base.
Fantasy Tip: Escobar had a career year in 2015, thanks largely in part to Rendon's early season injury giving him a shot to hold down the starting third base job. Even if Escobar remains in Washington, he's unlikely to see the kind of playing time that made him valuable in the majority of fantasy leagues. Expect some regression in 2016, so don't pay for his 2015 peak.
Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:59:58 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon served as the closer for the Nats after being acquired, which killed Storen's fantasy value. Storen only has appeal in a ninth-inning role, so he could be back on the fantasy radar if Papelbon is dealt again.
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:38:47 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Span was excellent when healthy in 2015, but his fantasy future really depends on his new digs. He'll likely be a late-round option in drafts who can help in batting average, runs and stolen bases. Fister was bounced from his starting role this summer, so unless he returns to the rotation with his new team, he isn't a fantasy option outside of only leagues.
Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:24:16 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Zimmermann will enter his age-30 season following a five-year stretch were he posted a 3.14 ERA, a 3.30 FIP, a 1.14 WHIP and a 7.3 K/9 over 971 2/3 innings. He projects as a low-end No. 2 starter for your rotation in mixed leagues entering the 2016 campaign. Desmond, on the other hand, enters 2016 following an incredibly disappointing season. However, a closer look highlights a four-year decline in batting average and OPS for Desmond and a four-year increase in his strikeout total. Be careful not to reach too early on Desmond in seasonal leagues next spring.
Tue, 03 Nov 2015 05:14:46 -0800
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 17:43:46 -0700
Fantasy Tip: For Rendon, a potential return to third base means he would be playing a position that's less physically demanding. He hit .264 with five home runs and 25 RBIs over 311 at-bats in an injury-plagued 2015 campaign which saw him slowed by oblique, knee, side and quadriceps issues.
Thu, 29 Oct 2015 05:56:37 -0700
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:43:00 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Papelbon went 2-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 22 appearances for the Nats after being acquired from the Phillies during the middle of the 2015 season, with seven saves in nine attempts. However, his attitude and bloated contract will make it difficult to find teams interested in acquiring him. Storen saved 29 games and posted a 3.44 ERA in 58 games but was not pleased with being demoted from the closer's role following Papelbon's arrival, making a potential return to D.C. next year awkward.
Mon, 19 Oct 2015 00:37:54 -0700
Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg could be trade bait in the offseason, according to sources in the know. Many teams have expressed interest in Strasburg in the last few years, and the Nationals and Texas Rangers did discuss a deal the past winter.
Fantasy Tip: Strasburg is still an elite pitcher to draft in mixed leagues, and it is doubtful he will go anywhere, but keep an eye on this. Obviously, his fantasy value could change if he ends up on a team with a weaker hitting lineup.
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