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Ian Desmond (SS)

Washington Nationals - 84% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R

Ian Desmond is not in the lineup on Thursday night, Danny Espinosa gets the start at shortstop against the Braves. (Source: Dan Kolko on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Manager Matt Williams said Desmond is getting the day off to work on a mechanical adjustment. He's trying to get his hands higher on the bat and needs time to build muscle memory.


Ian Desmond hit a two run homer off Phillies' starter Severino Gonzalez in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He went 1-for-3 with two RBI and one walk in an 8-5 loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has two home runs and four RBI in his last 4 games. The last few games have been very good for the slumping shortstop, hopefully this means he's starting to figure things out at the plate.


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Ian Desmond finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. The Nationals shutout the Braves by a score of 7-0.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has struggled at the plate all season, he's batting only .224 in 277 plate appearances. Nationals' manager Matt Williams gave Desmond a couple days off in the last week, hoping a little rest could pull him out of his current slump. This performance could be a sign of better things to come.


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Ian Desmond will be out for a second game in a row on Saturday. Danny Espinosa will get the start at shortstop against the Pirates. (Source: Byron Kerr on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is batting a weak .224 with five home runs and 18 RBI this season. Manager Matt Williams said Desmond needs a mental rest, he's just 4 for his last 36.


Ian Desmond homered in the second inning of Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Cubs. He finished the game 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has been hot and cold at the plate this season. Since ending a 13 game hit streak on May 29, he has hit .142 with one home run and two RBI in nine games. He's also seen a dip in power and is on pace for his lowest home run total since 2011, when he hit only eight. The numbers have been disappointing so far but he has the potential to bounce back.


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Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in Friday's 7-5 win over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: After going 2-for-23 in his last six games, Desmond had a solid night at the plate. He's been very hot and cold this season but did manage to pick it up in the month of May. Desmond is batting .247/.292/.379 in 219 plate appearances this season. He's still a great option at shortstop in all leagues.


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Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts in Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals as a team only managed 2 hits this afternoon, so he wasn't the only one struggling at the plate. Desmond is still batting .320 in his last 7 games.


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Ian Desmond picks up two doubles

Thu, May 28th 11:44pm EDT
By Randy Goshey

Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the Nationals 3-0 win on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond extended his hitting streak to 12 games, raising his batting average to .257. After hitting only .217 in the month of April, he has now hit .295 in May. Although he got off to a slow start this season, he is finally starting to put up the numbers his owners would expect.


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The Washington Nationals scored four in the eighth to overtake the Marlins, 6-4. Ian Desmond provided the big blow with a two-run home run. The home run was Desmond's second of the season. Desmond finished 1-for-4 and is batting .236 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is now 5-for-12 over his past three games. It's a good sign for Desmond, who has struggled in the field and at the plate for most of the season. Look for Desmond to move up in the order if he continues his current hot streak.


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In the last two games of a four-game series versus the Mets, Ian Desmond went 4-for-7 with two doubles and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is a hot or cold hitter. Looks like he didn't let the cold spell hurt his numbers too much with a slash line of: .235/.304/.353 now. But he still only has five RBI and his RISP slash line is a horrible: .100/.143/.100. In three games the Nationals scored 31 points and he went hitless in those games but did score a run. Lets see if he can turn his RISP numbers around now that it is May because April is not a friendly month for Desmond.


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Ian Desmond loses his hot bat and is back down to a .253 batting average. Before his 0-for-3 game versus the Braves, he went 0-for-4 versus the Marlins and had 4 strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is in a major slump all of the sudden and is struggling to make contact. The biggest issue is his RISP, his slash line is: .167/.167/.167 with only five RBI. The entire Nationals team is in a slump right now as they are on a six game losing streak and last in the NL East, but Desmond is one of the guys really struggling right now. He is leading the league in errors with nine and is pressing at the plate causing him to struggle. His RISP slash line shows his lack of plate discipline all season and his inability to change his approach. The Nationals are looking to turn things around starting tonight at Atlanta versus Julio Teheran.


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Ian Desmond goes 1-for-4 and is now on a nine game hitting streak raising his average to .300.

Fantasy Impact: Ian Desmond is on fire right now at the plate. But he has been struggling mightily with RISP. So far he has 10 plate appearances with runners in scoring position and he's batting a measly .200 with four K and and three RBI. He is starting to figure it out and once he gets control with RISP, he will be back to being one of the top three shortstops in the game.


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Ian Desmond went 1-for-5 in last night's ball game against the St. Louis Cardinals. He is now hitting .304/.361/.446 this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond continues to be hot at the plate. He has hit safely in his last seven games and is 9-for-his-last-18 plate appearances. Despite his struggles in the field, the 29-year-old SS has been a bright spot in the Nationals lineup so far this season.


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Ian Desmond upped his average from a .211 to .314. He has eight hits in the last three games with one RBI, one walk, and zero strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has turned his bat around and is showing confidence at the plate. His slash line is .314/.375/.451 now with five RBI. He is on a six game hit streak, with multiple hits in his last three games. The home runs will start to show now that he is making consistent contact.


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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.