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Denard Span (CF)

Washington Nationals - 70% owned

Bats: L, Throws: L

Denard Span went 2-for-4 with a tie-breaking RBI Wednesday night in a win for the Nationals.

Fantasy Impact: Span has been a pleasant surprise so far this year as he started the season off on the disabled list. In the month of May, Span is batting .356, with one home run and six RBI.


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The Washington Nationals pounded the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, 13-4. Denard Span knocked in three with a three-run home run in the ninth inning. It was Span's second home run of the season. He finished the game 2-for-6 and is now batting .317.

Fantasy Impact: Span has seven hits in the last two games, after starting the season 6-for-29. Span has shown surprising power, with a slugging percentage of .561, much higher than his career mark of .394. While the power likely wont continue, Span should remain a solid fantasy contributor.


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The Washington Nationals came back from a 9-1 deficit to defeat the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, 13-12. Denard Span played a big role, going 5-for-6 with four runs scored. Span, who had been off to a slow start, is now hitting .314 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Span, who has played in only eight games this season, was hitting .207 prior to last night's game. Although not hitting for much power or drawing many walks, Span is making contact and getting on base at a .342 clip.


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Denard Span went 1-for-5 this afternoon, in a 4-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fantasy Impact: Span had a good series against the Cardinals, going 4-for-13. Span and the Nationals will begin a weekend series against Mat Latos and the Miami Marlins tomorrow night. This should be a good matchup for Span, as Latos comes in struggling through his first three starts of the season. Latos is 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA this year.


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The Washington Nationals defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in 10 innings on Tuesday by the score of 2-1. Denard Span got two hits in the win and is now batting .300 in two games since back from injury.

Fantasy Impact: Span is back in his customary role as lead-off hitter. He hit .302 with five home runs, 37 RBi and 37 stolen bases last season. He's a solid outfielder who will help fantasy owners in batting average, runs scored and stolen bases.


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Denard Span returns from DL

Sun, Apr 19th 10:34am EDT
By Rose Ingberman

The Nationals have activated centerfielder Denard Span from the DL. In 2014 the lefty leadoff hitter topped the National League in hits, while batting .302 with 31 stolen bases. Span had core muscle surgery in March and missed spring training. (Source: Chase Hughes of CSN Washington)

Fantasy Impact: Offensively, Span may start slowly and be subbed out in late innings, but within a few weeks he should return to form.


Category: , Injury Updates, Transactions

Denard Span, who had core-muscle surgery in March, played seven innings in the field and ran the bases "free and easy" as the centerfielder for Double-A Harrisburg. (Source: Mick Reinhard of PennLive )

Fantasy Impact: Span should slide back into the leadoff spot for the Nationals within the next ten days. In 2014 he hit .302 and stole 31 bases.


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Denard Span was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, Sunday as he returns from a right core injury. (Source: Yahoo)

Fantasy Impact: Due to the nature of the injury Span should only come back when he is fully ready, despite reports that he will be back in the lineup before the end of April, because of the torque the core must generate to swing effectively it is critical that Span not rush back from the injury.


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Nationals center fielder Denard Span underwent surgery to repair his right core muscle on Monday, the team announced. Manager Matt Williams said Span will be out 4-6 weeks before he can resume baseball activities. (Source: Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: With Jayson Werth and fourth outfielder Nate McLouth both recovering from shoulder surgery, Span's injury eats into the Nationals' depth. The Nats may be able to get by with prospect Michael Taylor and veteran Tony Gwynn, Jr., but with the team "all in" for 2015, a trade is possible.


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Span had a great 2014 season, basically best case scenario, and looks to build on that momentum in 2014. (Source: Comcast Sportsnet)

Fantasy Impact: Although he had a great season, there is room for improvement with the Nats leadoff hitter. For example his walk rate. He had 50 BB vs 65 SO. The worry is looking at his inconsistency in 2013 and the way he ended the 2014 season. There is the risk of Span reverting to his 2013 statistics, and also the chance that he will bat .300 with 30+ steals. The late round pick is well worth the risk.