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Alcides Escobar hits his 21st double of the season after going 2-for-4 with one run scored, one walk, and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Escobar finished with a .289 batting average and .747 OPS. After not playing in the major leagues for two seasons, Escobar came back with a solid year in the batting average department while batting in the top of the Nationals lineup.

Category: Game Recaps

Josh Bell hit his 24th double of the season after going 2-for-3 with two runs, one walk, and one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Bell finishes the season with a four-game hit streak. He hit 27 home runs, 75 runs, and 88 RBI with a respectable .261 batting average and .823 OPS.

Category: Game Recaps

Juan Soto went hitless in four at-bats in the final regular-season game. Soto walked once and struck out three times.

Fantasy Impact: Soto finishes off a solid 2021 season with 29 home runs, 111 runs, 95 RBI, and nine stolen bases. Target Soto as a first-round pick once again in 2022, especially in OBP leagues.

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Kyle Finnegan took the loss after allowing two runs (one earned) with one hit and one strikeout in 1/3 of an inning.

Fantasy Impact: Finnegan struggled down the stretch after a 6.23 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in September. The Nationals showed the willingness to stick with one closer in most situations. Finnegan finished the season with 11 saves and a decent 3.43 ERA with a poor 1.48 WHIP.

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Andrew Stevenson hit his 5th home run of the season after going 2-for-4 with one run scored, two RBI, and two strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Stevenson crushed his home run with a 105.5 mph exit velocity. Unfortunately, Stevenson isn't fantasy-relevant in 2021 outside of NL-only leagues.

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Josiah Gray tossed a one-run quality start against the Red Sox. Gray gave up three hits, one earned run, and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Gray rewarded fantasy managers that gambled with Gray in his final 2021 start. After a 7.66 ERA and 1.54 WHIP in August, Gray bounced back in his final start. Expect positive things for Gray in 2022.

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Keibert Ruiz recorded a couple of hits against the Red Sox. Ruiz went 2-for-5 with a hit in ten out of the last 13 games.

Fantasy Impact: Ruiz closed out September with a .292 batting average and .783 OPS in 71 plate appearances. He keeps raising his 2022 ADP, especially in two-catcher leagues.

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Josh Rogers took the loss and went six innings against the Red Sox. Rogers gave up seven hits, four earned runs, and three walks with three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers finished with a 13% whiff rate and 24% CSW% overall on 86 pitches thrown. Unfortunately, he's a risky pitcher to stream in 2021, which means he likely won't be drafted in 2022.

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Lane Thomas drove in two RBI against the Rockies after going 2-for-5 with one run scored. Thomas hit his 14th double of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Thomas has multiple hits in three of the past five games. He continues to hit and help fantasy managers with a .277 batting average and .903 OPS in September.

Category: Game Recaps

Paolo Espino struggled against the Rockies with four earned runs, four hits, and one walk with two innings pitched.

Fantasy Impact: It's risky to stream a pitcher at Coors Field, especially one with fringe-type skills. Hopefully, fantasy managers didn't expect much from Espino in the final start of his season.

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Patrick Corbin (finger blister) will not pitch again this season for the Nationals. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Corbin and the Nationals have had a very disappointing 2021 season in which they hoped to use the strength of their revamped starting rotation to compete in the NL East. Corbin will finish his 2021 campaign with a 9-16 record as well as a 5.82 earned run average and just 143 strikeouts in 171.2 innings pitched. Corbin will hope to return to form in 2022 and help lead the Nationals rotation going forward.

Category: Injury Updates

Tanner Rainey struggled yet saved the 3rd game of the season. Rainey allowed one hit, one earned run and one walk with no strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Kyle Finnegan pitched the 8th inning and Rainey closed out the game yet gave up an earned run. It's something to monitor in daily moves leagues if Rainey earns a save or two the rest of this week.

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Carter Kieboom doubled and scored a run against the Reds. Kieboom went 2-for-4 with one run scored and hit his 5th double of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Kieboom is struggling in September with a .183 batting average and .463 OPS. Unfortunately, Kieboom hasn't performed well in any stint in the majors.

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Erick Fedde gave up five earned runs against the Reds in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Fedde allowed seven hits and three walks with only one strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Fedde's second start of the week didn't go so well, but he struck out 20 batters in three previous starts. The curveball performed relatively well with a 33% CSW%, but he faced a tougher Reds lineup.

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Yadiel Hernandez hit his 9th home run of the season. Hernandez went 2-for-5 with one run scored and two RBI.

Fantasy Impact: Hernandez hit a cold stretch in September with a .243 batting average and .635 OPS. However, he's playing regularly, which holds some value in 15-team leagues, but not much at this point.

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Luis Garcia smashed a solo home run on Sunday with a 106.2 mph exit velocity - the hardest-hit batted ball of the game. Garcia went 1-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI after hitting his 5th home run of the season.

Fantasy Impact: The exit velocities for Garcia are something to monitor for the rest of the season. The typically light-hitting Garcia has already reached a career-high of five home runs in his brief major league career. At Triple-A this year, Garcia hit 13 home runs - the most at any stop throughout his minor and major league career.

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Sean Nolin took a no-decision after allowing two earned runs in five innings. Nolin also gave up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: Nolin doesn't miss a ton of bats with a 21% whiff rate overall on 102 total pitches. He isn't someone to rely on in 15-team leagues.

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The Nationals optioned Victor Robles to Triple-A on Tuesday. (Source: Jesse Dougherty on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Robles hasn't started a game since August 27 though he pinch-hit on August 29 and August 30. Since July 31, Robles struggled with a .205 batting average with one home run and a 58 wRC+. He's droppable in all redraft leagues with Lane Thomas as the notable replacement.

Category: Transactions

Tres Barrera hit his second home run of the year after going 3-for-4 with one run scored and two RBI. He also struck out twice and led the team with three hits.

Fantasy Impact: Barrera isn't relevant in 15-team mixed leagues since he lacks the playing time at the moment.

Category: Game Recaps

Ryan Zimmerman crushed his 12th home run and drove in two RBI. Zimmerman went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts as well. His home run had a 109.6 mph exit velocity.

Fantasy Impact: In August, whenever Zimmerman plays he produces with a .348 batting average and .929 OPS. However, it comes in only 25 plate appearances.

Category: Game Recaps