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Doug Fister (SP,RP)

Houston Astros

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Doug Fister has signed a seven million, one-year deal with the Houston Astros. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Fister looks to make an immediate impact on the Astros as he joins a rotation with Keuchel, McHugh, Fiers, and McCullers. It is uncertain where in the rotation Fister would end up, as he went from an elite 2014 (2.41 ERA/1.08 WHIP/16 W) to an injury-plagued 2015 (4.19/1.40/103 IP), meaning he could slot in as high as #2, or low as #5. With a clean bill of health, the 31 year-old would make a big impact for the 'Stros, making him a nice sleeper in fantasy drafts. Monitor his elbow and fastball velocity (down from 89.8 in 2011 to 86.1 in 2015) in Spring Training before making a firm decision.


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Doug Fister threw two scoreless innings to make him the pitcher of record in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Fister (5-7, ERA 4.56) is unlikely to recapture his spot in the Nationals' rotation. Since reliever wins are pretty random and he's not a big strikeout producer, Fister is of minimal interest for fantasy players.


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In making room for returning SP Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals have decided to move Doug Fister to the bullpen. Rookie Joe Ross will retain his spot in the team's rotation. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fister and Ross made this an easy decision, based on their performances of late. While Fister was awesome for the Nats last season, he's been a shell of himself in 2015. He dealt with an arm injury in the first half of the season, and he's throwing with diminished velocity, so there could be something more seriously wrong with the right-hander.


Doug Fister's troubles continued with a three-homer, five run outing, as he gave up eight hits in six innings of work, striking out six and walking none. The lack of sink on his fastball made it very hittable.

Fantasy Impact: Although occasionally sharp, Fister (4-7, ERA 4.60) seems unable to consistently repeat his mechanics, and should be avoided in fantasy.


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Doug Fister put up his first Quality Start since the All-Star Break, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking one (86 pitches, Game Score 59).

Fantasy Impact: Since Fister (4-6, ERA 4.39) will not give you a lot of strikeouts, he needs to have one or two more solid starts before he can be of much use in fantasy.


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Doug Fister was erratic in his five innings against the Pirates as he took the loss, giving up four runs on nine hits, striking out six while walking one (99 pitches, Game Score 38)

Fantasy Impact: Fister (3-6, ERA 4.50) came off the DL June 18 but still doesn't "look" right--normally a good bunter and fielder, he's stumbled in both categories. He's had only one good outing since his return (June 25 against Atlanta), compiling a record of 1-4, ERA 4.72 in six starts.


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Doug Fister allowed two runs (one unearned off his own throwing error) on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts (86 pitches) for a Game Score of 51. He also waited out a half-hour rain delay.

Fantasy Impact: Fister (3-4, ERA 4.08) is adequate for a No. 4 or 5 starter in the Nats' rotation.


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Doug Fister, as often seems to be the case with him, was undone by one inning, a four-run fourth with two homers. Otherwise, he was solid, ending with a line of 6.0IP 7H 4ER 2BB 4K 2HR (98 pitches, Game Score 44)

Fantasy Impact: Fister (3-4 ERA 4.34), traditionally a groundball pitcher, is getting a lot of fly balls. That, with a slightly lowered fastball velocity, may be a warning signal.


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Doug Fister continued the Nats' rotation's scoreless streak against a somewhat depleted Atlanta lineup (no Freddie Freeman), allowing four hits, walking one and striking out four (111 pitches, Game Score 72).

Fantasy Impact: In his second start after a month on the DL, Fister (3-3, ERA 4.15) gave his best performance of the 2015 season. If he is healthy, he will give good fantasy value, though not high in strikeouts.


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Doug Fister, on the DL since May 15 with right forearm tightness, is expected to start tonight at Nationals Park against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Source: Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider)

Fantasy Impact: Fister (2-2, ERA 4.31) was a stalwart of the Nats' 2014 rotation (ERA+ 152), and admitted that his injury affected his 2015 performance. If he returns to form, he'll give you innings and a low walk rate, but not many strikeouts.


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Doug Fister threw his first bullpen session since landing on the disabled list. Fister is recovering from a strained flexor muscle in his right forearm (Source: Washington Post)

Fantasy Impact: Fister's bullpen session was short, about 20-25 pitches. Manager, Matt Williams, said Fister “felt good” after the session. Fister is not expected to return very soon but this is good progress considering he was put on the disabled list two weeks ago.


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The Nationals placed RHP Doug Fister on the 15-day DL with right forearm tightness, and recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse. (Source: Amanda Comak )

Fantasy Impact: Fister (2-2, ERA 4.31) lasted only two innings in his start Thursday against the Padres, giving up eight hits and seven runs.


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After a rain delay in San Diego, Doug Fister couldn't get his fastball down and the Padres blasted eight hits, including two homers, for seven runs in two innings (one walk, one strikeout).

Fantasy Impact: This was Fister's shortest start since 2011. He did not appear to be injured.


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Doug Fister was excellent until he ran out of gas in the middle of the seventh inning (92 pitches). Fister allowed three runs on six hits, striking out three and walking none. He left with a 6-3 lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it.

Fantasy Impact: This was a typical Fister performance, no walks, a smattering of strikeouts and suddenly hitting a wall in the six or seventh inning.


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Doug Fister looked sharp as he mowed down the Mets for six innings (five hits, three strikeouts, no walks). He was removed after allowing a double in the seventh, and the bullpen preserved a 1-0 lead to give him the win.

Fantasy Impact: Fister (2-1, ERA 2.61) bounced back nicely from his previous loss.


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Doug Fister had another below-average start in Atlanta, allowing five runs (four earned) on ten hits, as he committed two throwing errors. He walked two and struck out three in 5 2/3 innings.

Fantasy Impact: Fister's fastball velocity was down by a couple of MPH, and that, along with the walks and the errors from this normally good fielder, give rise to concern about either an age-related decline or a hidden injury.


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Doug Fister couldn't get his sinker to sink for the first three innings, allowing five runs (four earned), including two homers. His teammates got him the five runs back, and he pitched three scoreless innings for a final line of 6 IP 5R (4ER) 7H 3K 2BB and a no-decision on the day.

Fantasy Impact: Even with this clunker, Fister's ERA is only 2.37 and his track record is long, so expect him to return to form with solid innings, though not a lot of strikeouts.


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Doug Fister allowed two runs (one earned) as he went 6 2/3 innings to notch his first win of the 2015 season. He struck out four, walked four (one intentional) and gave up four hits. At least two of the hits were misplays by Nats outfielders.

Fantasy Impact: Other than the four walks, this was a typical performance. In two starts, Fister (1-0) has given up one earned run (ERA 0.69).


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Doug Fister shut out the Phillies for 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, walking one and striking out one. He got a no-decision when the bullpen blew a late lead.

Fantasy Impact: Fister, who went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 2014, is picking up right where he left off. He won't give you a lot of strikeouts, but you will get a low ERA and he'll win games if the Nats give him any sort of run support.


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Doug Fister threw six innings (87 pitches, 51 strikes) against the New York Yankees in the final exhibition game at Nationals Park. He gave up a two-run homer in the fifth inning, but otherwise appeared in control of the game, allowing four hits, striking out three and walking none.

Fantasy Impact: Fister has had an up-and-down spring, but today he looked like the guy who went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 2014.


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Usually a ground ball pitcher and excellent fielder, Doug Fister was tagged for three homers and six runs while making two sloppy plays on a very windy day in Viera, Florida.

Fantasy Impact: One uncharacteristic outing should probably not change your draft decision on Fister. No injury was reported.


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Doug Fister looked a lot better in 3rd spring start. His final line was: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K. He threw 57 pitches, 39 strikes. (Source: Federal Baseball)

Fantasy Impact: Doug Fister isn't going to wow you with his pitching because he doesn't strike out batters at a high rate. He had a career low ERA last year at 2.41 and his ADP is 149 which is overvalued in most formats. With his strikeout rate being so low and so much of his value based off his ERA, I don't see him repeating a 2.4 ERA. Pitching is deep this year so wait on someone better with more strikeouts.


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