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Ian Desmond (SS)

Washington Nationals - 100% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

The Washington Nationals used a 10-hit attack to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, 7-2. Ian Desmond got three of those hits and scored two runs. He's now hitting .262 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond, hitting in the number two hole in front of Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper, should see good pitches to hit. That bodes well for fantasy owners with Desmond on their roster. Desmond has an on-base percentage of .326 and slugging percentage of .405 this season.


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Ian Desmond smashed his first home run today over the green monster in the Nationals' defeat of the Red Sox

Fantasy Impact: It was a solo shot in the third inning off of Wade Miley, who went six frames versus the Nats. Desmond is off to his typical slow April, hitting .206/270/.382 in 24 at-bats after going 1-for-4 on Wednesday.


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The Washington Nationals fell to 2-6 on the season following an 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox. One positive from the loss was the hitting of Ian Desmond, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. Desmond is now hitting .200 for the season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond had been off to a slow start, but the three hits on Tuesday is a good sign. Currently hitting seventh in the order, Desmond will play every day and could move up in the order when he starts hitting. It's too early for fantasy owners to give up on Desmond.


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Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with 1 strikeout vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has started slow the last 5 seasons and still finished with 20/20 the last 3 in a row. He is 3-for-14 in the first 4 games (.214) with 2 doubles and a single. No reason to panic, but if you have another option, you might want use him until Desmond finds his timing.


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The Washington Nationals managed just four hits off Matt Harvey and seven total in their 6-3 loss to the New York Mets. Ian Desmond had a good game for the Nationals, going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is now 2-for-10 on the season entering a weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies. Desmond broke an 0-for-7 start with the two hits and appears to have regained his stroke. He is a career .269 hitter with 91 home runs and 370 RBI.


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Ian Desmond with 0-for-3 with no strikeouts or walks.

Fantasy Impact: April is not a friendly month for Desmond. He committed 2 errors that allowed the Mets to score their 3 runs to beat the Nats 3-1. He will look to have a better day vs. 2014 Rookie of the Year deGrom on Wednesday.


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Desmond's contract extensions have not proceeded well with the Nationals this offseason. It looks like Desmond will be playing 2015 in the last year of his contract with the promise of some huge money. (Source: Comcast Sportsnet)

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has the potential for a huge payday and has incentive to return to 2014's huge season. He should have 20 or more HR and 20 or more steals again and could raises his average to about .280. The fear, though, is that his strikeout rate continues to rise and his average falls and so do his overall numbers. He has the incentive of a contract year, fueling him to work on his batting and seeing more pitches. Spring Training will show us a lot, hopefully good things like more walks, but there is no reason to think he won't repeat his 20/20 for a 4th year in a row. He should be the best SS in fantasy baseball this year.