Ian Desmond
Ian Desmond

Ian Desmond (SS,LF,CF)

Texas Rangers - 95% owned
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Bats: R   Throws: R
Ian Desmond scores a run

Sat, Sep 24th 8:45am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Ian Desmond finished 1-for-4 with a run scored against the Athletics on Friday. Desmond is 6-for-20 with a run scored and two RBI over the last seven days. He has a .792 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond now has a four-game hitting streak and hits in seven of his last 10 games, including three multi-hit games. He has a .267 batting average in September with a triple, home run, three doubles, six RBI, and 13 runs scored.

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Ian Desmond finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Saturday. Desmond is 3-for-21 with two runs scored over the last seven days. He has a .794 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has been hitless in five of his last 10 games, but also has four multi-hit games in that time span. He is hitting .241 with a triple, home run, three doubles, four RBI, and 12 runs scored in September.

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Ian Desmond is out of the Rangers' lineup on Tuesday. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that it is simply a rest day for Desmond. (Source: Evan Grant on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Carlos Gomez playing well and the Rangers comfortably cruising to the playoffs, the team is just being proactive in resting its studs. Expect Desmond to be back in the lineup tomorrow.


Ian Desmond scores twice

Sun, Sep 11th 10:05am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs on Saturday. Desmond is 8-for-28 with double, triple, home run, two RBI, and eight runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .811 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has three multi-hit games in his last four games and five multi-hit games in his last eight games while clubbing five extra-base hits in his last nine games. He has a .297 batting average this month and has scored 10 runs in September to see his season total jump to 102.

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Ian Desmond finished 1-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI against the Mariners on Monday. Desmond is 7-for-26 with a double, home run, four RBI, and five runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .807 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: While Desmond's value has dropped heavily, he still has hits in eight of his last 10 games and an RBI in four of his last six games. He is hitting .245 with a double, home run, 15 runs scored, and 15 RBI this month.

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Ian Desmond homers, steals base

Thu, Aug 25th 11:37am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Ian Desmond homered, stole a base and scored twice in Wednesday's win over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is now a single stolen base away from a 20/20 season. He's been one of the best all-around players in the game this season, with just under 50 extra-base hits and 87 run scored in 125 games.

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Ian Desmond finished 1-for-4 against Tampa Bay on Saturday, moving his hitting streak to six games. Desmond is 9-for-26 with three runs scored and four RBI over the last seven days. He has an .814 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has quickly gone from a fantasy mega-star, with SS/OF eligibility, to punchless at the plate, as he is without an extra-base hit since July 29. Once a shoe-in for a 30/30 season, Desmond has one stolen base this month and has not hit a home run since July 27.

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Ian Desmond with two more hits

Tue, Aug 16th 7:04am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Ian Desmond finished 2-for-5 with a run scored against the Athletics on Monday. Desmond is 9-for-32 with four RBI and six runs scored over the last seven days. He has an .816 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond's lack of extra-base hits has made people scared about his potential, as he is without an extra-base hit in his last 10 games, but he does have hits in eight of his last 10 games. Know for his power and speed, Desmond is without a home run since July 27 and a stolen base since July 29, making him an OF2 at best.

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Ian Desmond went 2-for-6 with two RBI, two runs scored, and one strikeout in the Rangers' 12-9 loss to the Rockies on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: On the season, Desmond has been solid with a slash line of .291/.341/.486 to go along with 20 home runs, 25 doubles, two triples, 70 RBI, 81 runs scored, 17 steals and 124 strikeouts in 114 games played. Desmond has slowed down quite a bit in July and August after ridiculous May and June months. So far in August, Desmond is batting .177 with no home runs, seven RBI, six runs scored and 14 strikeouts in 45 at-bats.

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Ian Desmond finished 0-for-4 with a strikeout against the Astros on Saturday. Desmond is 1-for-20 with one walk and two RBI over the last seven days. He has an .849 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: This poor spell has seen Desmond drop out of the top spot at OF, as he has struck out 15 times in his last 10 games. He still has 20 home runs and 17 stolen bases this season, to go along with 47 extra-base hits, but if he is unable to limit his strikeouts, his value will plummet.

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Ian Desmond homers on Monday

Mon, Jul 25th 11:50pm EDT
By Mike Kudlacik

Ian Desmond went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in the first inning off Athletics starter Daniel Mengden to go along with three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is having an excellent season for the Rangers, as he sports a .310/.361/.523 slash line to go along with 19 home runs, 23 doubles, 60 RBI, 71 runs scored and 16 steals through 99 games played. With his 19th home run tonight, Desmond matches his home run total from 2015 and has a great chance to beat his career high of 25 home runs from 2012. Desmond has provided a mix of power and speed this season to go along with nice fantasy position flexibility at shortstop and outfield positions.

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Ian Desmond continued to stack the stat sheet on Tuesday, finishing 3-for-4 with a solo home run, walk, and stolen base against the Angels. Desmond has a .300 batting average with seven extra-base hits, six RBI, and eight runs scored in July. He has an .892 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is now beyond the point where fantasy owners are shocked that he puts up a good line, but his owners have to be happy that he had his first multi-hit game since July 9 and first stolen base since July 5. He is still on pace to approach 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases, has a .315 batting average, is sixth in the league with 67 runs scored, and has SS/OF eligibility.

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Ian Desmond finished 1-for-3 with a double on Sunday, his 39th extra base hit of the first half. Desmond is 14-for-40 in July with five extra-base hits, four RBI, and six runs scored. He has an .899 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond may be the fantasy MVP of the first half, as he has a .322 batting average, is one of five players with 15 or more home runs and 15 or more stolen bases, has SS/OF eligibility, and was basically a bargin-bin pickup around draft day. In fact, that combination has him as the top-rated OF according to ESPN, as he also is sixth in the American League with 65 runs scored.

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Ian Desmond played hero Friday, cracking the decisive game-winning homer in the 10th inning against Twins reliever Fernando Abad.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has been everything the Rangers could have wanted when they signed him. With three more hits Friday, he's hitting .323 with a .911 OPS. Start him with confidence.

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Ian Desmond continued his hot-hitting ways with three hits in the Rangers' 7-1 win over the Yankees Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: With his batting average up to .326 with a .377 OBP, Desmond is a no-brainer to start in all leagues. He also chips in with the occasional stolen base as well, which is helpful. Definitely keep him rolling.

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Ian Desmond went 1-for-1 with a pinch hit 447-foot solo home run in the seventh inning off reliever J.J. Hoover in the Rangers 6-4 victory over the Reds.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond continues to have a great bounce-back season with the Rangers as he's now batting .316 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles, 47 RBI, 52 runs scored to go along with 13 steals through 72 games. He's had an excellent month of June batting .363 with five home runs, five doubles, 15 RBI, nine walks and three steals. Fantasy owners that took a chance on Desmond in the middle rounds are having it pay off big time, especially with the shortstop eligibility. Fantasy owners will look to ride Desmond the rest of the way in 2016.

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Ian Desmond finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs, and a solo home run for the Rangers against the Athletics on Thursday. He now has a .371 batting average, seven extra-base hits, 10 runs scored, and 12 RBI in June. Desmond has an .867 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: With his 10th home run of the season, Desmond became the third player this season, with Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve, to have double-digit home runs and stolen bases, as Desmond has stolen 12 bases in 2016 as well. He now has three straight multi-hit games, and six in his last ten games, seeing his batting average jump to .314 in his first season with Texas. The Rangers will face Michael Wacha and the Cardinals on Thursday and Desmond is 1-for-9 with four strikeouts against the right-handed pitcher in his career.

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Ian Desmond has a four hit night

Sat, Jun 4th 10:40am EDT
By Chris Zolli

Ian Desmond finished 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored against the Mariners on Friday night. He has hits in nine of his last 10 games and has six multi-hit games over that time span. Desmond has an .834 OPS this season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has eligibility at SS/OF and has 23 extra-base hits this season to go along with his .303 batting average. He is also fourth in the American League with 11 stolen bases, showing real 20/20 potential with seven home runs as well. Desmond has never faced Nathan Karns, the Mariners' starter on Saturday, and has a .782 OPS against right-handed pitchers.

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Ian Desmond did a little bit of everything on Tuesday, going 3-for-4 with one run scored, one steal, and one strikeout in the Rangers 4-1 victory over the Angels. Over the last three games, Desmond is 7-for-13, raising his batting average to .287 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond continues his excellent month with three more hits and sports a nice May slash line of .341/.371/.549. For the month, he's hit three home runs, eight doubles, one triple, 16 RBI, 14 runs scored and five steals. Desmond's shortstop eligibility comes up big in fantasy this year and owners can continue starting him with confidence during this hot streak.

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Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with one run scored and one steal in the Rangers 8-1 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday. He extended his hit streak to five games and has four multi hit games in that span.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is putting together an excellent month of May with a .329/.368/.586 slash line. For the month he's recorded three home runs, seven doubles, one triple, 15 RBI, 11 runs scored and four steals. Playing on a one-year deal, Desmond has been a nice pickup by the Rangers. His fantasy value is high due to the fact he has shortstop eligibility, keep Desmond in your fantasy lineup.

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Ian Desmond went 0-for-3 against R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has been swinging a hot bat lately,but was cooled off by the knuckleballer in R.A. Dickey. Dickey presents a tough matchup for some hitters with his tricky knuckleball but expect Desmond to get back to how he has been hitting when he faces pitching he is used to.

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Ian Desmond continues to swing the bat very well as he went 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has risen his batting average to .241 which is much higher than the .117 he had to start the season. Desmond continues to do a little bit of everything, driving in runs, scoring runs, stealing bases and walking. Desmond is a valuable piece to a fantasy team due to his shortstop and outfielder eligibility. If you can get him, it's worth the investment.

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Ian Desmond homers in win

Wed, Apr 27th 7:55am EDT
By Jacob Ciesla

Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, three runs scored and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has been red hot in the last seven days hitting .389 with all three of his home runs. On Tuesday night, Desmond scored every time that he got on base. He is quickly becoming one of the best hitters in the Rangers' lineup and should be used in DFS while he is still hot.

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Ian Desmond finished the weekend series strong while going 3-for-4, all singles and a stolen base.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond struggled tremendously in the first two weeks of the season, but in the last week he has turned it up. Three more base hits on Sunday brings his average up to .200 which is much better than the .116 he had about a week ago. Desmond also stole his third base in the last two games on Sunday which is a nice add to his fantasy value.

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Ian Desmond went 1-for-2 with a solo shot home run, three walks, three runs scored and two stolen bases.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has definitely cracked out of his slump and is now seeing the ball really well. He showed the power with his home run and plate discipline with the three walks. Ian stealing two bases is also a good sign that he focused and locked in. Desmond should be outfield eligible in most leagues as well as shortstop eligible, showing that he is definitely a versatile fantasy player.

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Ian Desmond hit his first home run of the season Thursday night. Desmond went 2-for-4 with his first home run and a double. He had three RBI along with two runs scored.

Fantasy Impact: Just when you thought Desmond was going to continue his dreadful start, in the last few games he has been on a tear. His second multi-hit game in three games showed he still has a lot of pop in his bat. Now is the time to play Desmond or pick him up if he is available.

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Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 Tuesday night with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has struggled tremendously since the season started and there are a few things that could be causing that. First, Ian is on a new team which can sometimes be difficult considering this is just hit second major league team. Then you have to consider the change in position for shortstop to outfield. Lastly, changing from National league pitching to American League pitching could be an issue. All of those can contribute to his struggles but Tuesday night's performance is a good sign moving forward.

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Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 on Thursday night with an infield RBI single. Desmond would later score in the inning.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has struggled for most of the early going of the season hitting just .116. Ian was hitless in his previous three games until Thursday night's infield RBI single. Sometimes a simple hit like that can get things going for a player. However, since Desmond has struggled so much, it is best to wait to see how he responds during the rest of the weekend series before putting him back in your lineup.

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Ian Desmond went 0-for-4 on Monday night as he continues to struggle in the early stages of the season. Desmond did manage to draw a walk and score a run, but also had a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has just four hits on the season and has failed to adjust to American league pitching. The Rangers would be wise to give Desmond a day off very soon to get him relaxed and hopefully he can get back to being the hitter he is capable of being. As for now with him being shortstop eligible in most fantasy formats, he is still probably a better option than most shortstops. Consider Desmond a day-to-day starter right now until he can get back on track at the plate.

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Ian Desmond was moved to CF on Wednesday as Justin Ruggiano got the start over Delino DeShields due to a lefty on the mound. Desmond also hit second in the lineup and went 1-for-4 with a run scored and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: The Rangers will have a lot of options in their outfield this season, but with Desmond being able to play centerfield as well as left field, it gives more value to Ian moving forward. It appears the Rangers want Desmond in their lineup as much as possible and they feel comfortable with him in center which means when Josh Hamilton returns, Desmond is a likely candidate to start in CF.

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Ian Desmond started in left field on Monday's Opening Day matchup against the Mariners and was hitless, going 0-for-4 while striking out twice.

Fantasy Impact: Not the start Desmond owners were hoping for, but it was the first game of the season and it was a tough matchup against Felix Hernandez, who allowed just one hit in the six innings he pitched against the Rangers. Despite his hot spring, it could take Desmond and most players a few games before they really get going.

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Ian Desmond made his Rangers debut Friday but not at shortstop. Desmond played LF Friday where he is expected to play until Josh Hamilton returns from a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond playing LF Friday marked just the third time he has played the outfield in his big league career. Ian has a lot to learn defensively this spring training but hopefully his offense won't suffer. Friday didn't appear to be that way as Desmond went 1-for-3 with a double. Keep an eye on Desmond in your drafts because he will be OF and SS eligible which makes him a versatile player in your lineup.

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Ian Desmond signs a one year deal with the Texas Rangers. It will cost the Rangers the 19th pick in this years draft. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Desmonds primary position will be LF. He could have a Zobrist like role if injuries occur.


Ian Desmond collects two hits

Tue, Sep 8th 9:10am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Ian Desmond went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored Monday in the team's loss to the Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has been just OK to start the month after his solid August. While he's taken a step back in the power department, he does continue to get on base at a high clip.

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Ian Desmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Marlins.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is batting .298 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games this month. After struggling for most of the season, he's finally starting to find a groove at the plate.

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Ian Desmond goes 1-for-4 in win

Fri, Aug 28th 10:50am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

Ian Desmond collected a hit in four at-bats Thursday against the Padres, along with a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has improved things at the plate over the last month, posting an OPS of .818 in August. Considering the required investment, owners probably held onto Desmond through his rough season. Hopefully those who did are reaping the reward of his recent uptick.

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Ian Desmond finished the game 3-for-6 with a double and four RBI. The Nationals pounded the Rockies on Tuesday night by a score of 15-6.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is batting .317 with four home runs and 13 RBI since August 1st. After a disappointing June and July, Desmond owners are very happy to see him put together a good run. Start him in all leagues but keep an eye on his production, he's been very hot and cold this season.

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Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBI and one stolen base in Monday's 8-3 win over the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is batting .324 with three home runs and eight RBI in his last nine games. It's been a disappointing season for Desmond but his recent production says he could be turning things around.

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Ian Desmond hit a home run in the second inning of an 8-3 win over the Diamondbacks Thursday night. He finished 2-for-4 from the plate with a walk and a RBI. (Source: USA Today)

Fantasy Impact: Desmond took the day off on Wednesday to get right from his 2-for-35 slide at the plate. Then immediately followed it up with his 12th home run of the year.

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Ian Desmond hit his 100th career home run in Thursday's 7-3 loss to the Pirates. He finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond is finally heating up at the plate. He's 7-for-13 with two home runs and four RBI in his last 4 games. He should be started in all leagues but owners should still keep an eye on his production over the next couple of weeks.

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Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning of Monday night's 7-2 win over the Mets. He went 2-for-4 at the plate to boost his batting average to .208 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Desmond has struggled mightily this season and hopes Monday's game can be the beginning of a turn around. Entering Monday night’s game, Desmond was hitting .204 with a .248 OBP, seven home runs and 24 RBIs. Desmond also is second in errors among the entire league with 21.

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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.