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Adam Lind picks up two RBIs

Mon, May 29th 9:49am EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Adam Lind went 1-for-3 with two RBIs in the Nationals' 5-3 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Lind is hitting .340 in limited time this year, which makes him a viable DFS option when he has the platoon advantage. He isn't really an option in season long leagues.

Daniel Murphy remained sidelined with a stomach bug. He's considered day-to-day.

Fantasy Impact: This isn't expected to be an extended issue, and Murphy should be back early in the week. He's proving that 2016 was no fluke with an OPS of .922, nine homers, 33 RBIs, and 30 runs scored on the season.

Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with two singles in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman has cooled down from a power perspective since beginning the season on an absolute tear. However, he is still batting .365 on the season and should continue to be started every day.

Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base in Saturday's 3-0 win over the lowly Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Rendon has been filling up the box score all week. Initially it was with his bat but fantasy owners will be delighted to see he stole his third base of the season in this one. Rendon is a bit of a streaky hitter so fantasy owners should enjoy the production for as long as it lasts.

Koda Glover worked a clean ninth inning on Saturday against the San Diego Padres. He struck out one batter as he logged his fifth save of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Glover is not wilting under the pressure of being named the full time closer for the Washington Nationals. If he thrives in the coming months, the Nationals may not replace him at the backend of the bullpen if they look to add depth at the trade deadline.

Stephen Strasburg was simply brilliant on Saturday against the San Diego Padres, striking out 15 batters over seven shutout innings. Four runners reached base, three times by hits and once by walk. This start dipped Strasburg's ERA to 2.94 en route to his sixth win of the year.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg has all of the stuff to be the best pitcher in fantasy baseball. Plus velocity, nasty action on his pitches, and above average command make Strasburg an elite starting pitcher option. Injury concerns will always be the main concern with Strasburg. His 8.80 K/9 is the lowest of his career, but he is also sporting his best ERA. With more starts like tonight that strikeout rate will rise. Use with confidence in season long and DFS formats.

Max Scherzer's dominant outing against the San Diego Padres on Friday night ended with his fifth win of the season. Scherzer went 8 2/3, striking out 13 batters, and allowing only one run. His sole run came courtesy of a long ball from Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf.

Fantasy Impact: Max Scherzer has been as good as a fantasy owner could expect so far in 2017. With a sub 3.00 ERA, five wins, and the ability to strike out over 11 batters per nine innings, Scherzer is a bonafide ace, as he has been for the last few seasons.

Trea Turner homers in win

Fri, May 26th 10:41pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma


Trea Turner hit his fifth home run of the year in the 5-1 Nationals win over the Padres Friday night.

Fantasy Impact: Turner has been playing well for fantasy owners as of late. His .244 batting average has been somewhat of a disappointment but he looks to be in line for a 20/20 season despite the missed time.

Gio Gonzalez tossed 5 1/3 innings of two run ball against the Seattle Mariners. He took a no-decision in the start, gave up three hits, and walked four. Gonzalez struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 2.90.

Fantasy Impact: Gonzalez was not on point in this one, but has had a fairly successful 2017 to date. He is 3-1 on the year but is walking over four batter per nine innings. With a 5.24 FIP, the ERA is likely to regress to his 3.70 career norm over the remainder of the season. Gonzalez can eat innings and pitches for a talented Nationals team, so he should be able to deliver wins to fantasy owners.

Tanner Roark allowed one run on eight hits without a walk while striking out eight in Wednesday's win over the Mariners. He logged seven frames.

Fantasy Impact: It was a nice rebound effort from Roark, who had allowed 11 earned runs over his last 9 2/3 innings. Walks have been an issue in the early going, and he's been hit hard, but this was a step in the right direction. he's been one of the more reliable fantasy options over the last several years, and he should continue to be in line for plenty of wins in the Nationals' rotation.

Jayson Werth homers in blowout win

Wed, May 24th 12:33pm EDT
By Roy Widrig


Jayson Werth hit HR No. 7 on Tuesday. Werth was 1-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Werth is having a solid season, now batting .286 with 15 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He's a solid fantasy option in the outfield but beware of some potentially long slumps.

Joe Ross was excellent on Tuesday night, his first start since being recalled from Triple-A Syracuse. Ross tossed eight innings and allowed just one run on five hits. He struck out 10.

Fantasy Impact: Ross (2-0) brought his ERA down to 5.32 over 23 2/3 innings pitched. He had allowed 10 ER over his previous two starts and just 8 2/3 innings. Grab him now before someone else does.

Matt Wieters went 1-for-3 Tuesday, but he made his lone hit count, knocking in a run and then coming around to score himself. He also drew a walk.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the fact that he's not setting the world on fire, Wieters shouldn't be ignored in most leagues, especially with the extreme lack of catching depth so far this year.

Bryce Harper sent a ball into orbit Tuesday night as the Nats trounced the Mariners 10-1. The home run was Harper's only hit of the night.

Fantasy Impact: Harper's home run puts him in a tie for first place with Freddie Freeman for the NL lead. He shows no signs of slowing down.

Turner went five an third innings, only giving up three runs while striking out a batter.

Fantasy Impact: While he has proven to be a valuable asset to the Nationals with his versatility, he has little fantasy upside at this point.

Michael Taylor homers against O's

Thu, May 11th 10:28am EDT
By Dan Davis


Michael Taylor made significant contributions to the Nationals' cause on Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and three RBIs.

Fantasy Impact: Taylor has been streaky so far to say the least, but his hot streaks could be enough to entice the gamblers in deeper leagues.

Shawn Kelley threw a successful bullpen session on Monday. He is eligible to return from the disabled list on Friday. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kelley has been sidelined by a back injury, but he could rejoin the Nationals' bullpen on Friday if all continues to go well this week. He could be reinserted into the closer role upon return, but this remains unclear.

Cole was solid in his spot start Saturday afternoon going six innings and only giving up one run while fanning two batters.

Fantasy Impact: While he was solid during this outing, it is unlikely that he will hold on to the rotation spot. Fantasy owners may want to consider him as streaming option, but he does not warrant a roster spot in season long formats.

After undergoing an MRI, it was revealed that Adam Eaton suffered a torn left ACL. He will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. Eaton suffered the injury lunging for first base against the Mets on Friday night. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's a crushing blow to fantasy owners and to the Nationals. Michael Taylor will get an opportunity to man center field for the rest of the season.

Trienen was scorched for six hits and three runs in just a third of an inning.

Fantasy Impact: With the rocky performance, he saw his ERA climb to 9.82. In a season that saw him open as the closer on a strong team, he is currently fighting to keep his spot in the bullpen.

Chris Heisey gets the start Friday

Sat, Apr 22nd 9:15am EDT
By Dan Davis


Chris Heisey started in left field for the injured Jayson Werth on Friday. Heisey was 1-for-5 on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Nothing to see here. Werth is expected to return to the lineup for the Nats on Sunday, and even if that wasn't the case, Heisey is not going to do much to help you this season.