Michael A. Taylor
CF - FA
Nationals outfielder Michael A. Taylor went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk in Saturday's win over the New York Yankees. The homer was his first of the season.
Taylor has all of the physical traits to be a regular in the major leagues, and he hit 19 home runs and stole 17 bases back in 2017. However, he has just never been able to hit consistently at the big league level. He has value in DFS contests and deeper leagues when he is in the lineup because he'll hit the occasional home run and steal the occasional base, but he isn't someone to have in your lineup every day in any format.
Michael Taylor has a sprained left knee and hip. Davey Martinez told reporters that he's going to miss "a significant amount of time."
For most fantasy owners, this news has little impact, as Taylor was expected to be a bench player behind Victor Robles, Juan Soto, and Adam Eaton. But through an injury, Taylor often found his way into the lineup one way or another and was usually a cheap source of speed when he did. Expect the Nationals to sign another defensive outfielder, but for fantasy purposes, other than in deep NL-only leagues, Taylor's injury should have only a minimal impact.
Michael Taylor played in Adam Eaton's place Tuesday as the Nats chose to give Eaton the day off. Taylor was 1-for-7 at the plate with no strikeouts through both games.
Taylor is hitting for a .240 average when he's playing. It's not great but it's not nearly as dismal as what he was doing earlier in the season. The fact that the Nationals can give Eaton a few extra days off here and there since they have Taylor is great since he has a storied history with injuries. Look for Taylor to continue getting some starts but not enough to be fantasy relevant.
Michael Taylor was 3-for-4 at the plate with a triple, three runs scored, two walks and a strikeout.
Taylor was great in this one. He played in Eaton's place as he had the day off. Taylor played in 18 games in July and performs his best when the whole team is performing their best.
Michael Taylor came on as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning. He ended up playing the rest of the game in centerfield as the Nats chose to remove Eaton from the contest. Taylor was 2-for-3 at the plate with the double, a run scored and an RBI.
Taylor hasn't had much impact in fantasy circles this season as he struggled in the beginning and then everyone in the outfield got healthy and pushed him out. If he can continue to perform well at the plate, the Nats could give Eaton more rest as he's one of their most injury prone players.