Washington Nationals

NL East

There's still no timetable for Trea Turner's return, per manager Dave Martinez. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: At this point, he could still be another 4-6 weeks away from returning. The hope is he can get back to playing sometime in May but considering the Nationals haven't put a timeframe on things, we can't be sure.

Category: Injury Updates


Victor Robles is hitting from the number one spot in the Nationals' lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Manager Dave Martinez has made some changes to the lineup in recent days and moving Robles from ninth to first boosts the young outfielder's value. He's going to get more opportunities at the plate, and we should see more production from him coming from his new placement in the order.


Nationals first baseman Matt Adams went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's win over the San Francisco Giants. The homer was his second of the season and his second in as many days.

Fantasy Impact: Adams is only hitting .208 through his first 28 at-bats, but his right-handed counterpart Ryan Zimmerman has also been struggling to start the season. If Adams can continue to hit for power when called upon, he could start to carve out more of a platoon role against right-handed pitching this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the San Francisco Giants. The homer was his second of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Suzuki and Yan Gomes have been splitting time at catcher almost evenly for the Nationals, limiting the fantasy appeal of either catcher.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the San Francisco Giants to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.

Fantasy Impact: Rendon has been carrying the Nationals to start the season and is now hitting .387 with six home runs, 19 runs scored, and 18 RBIs through his first 16 games of the season. He has a hit in every game he has played since going hitless on opening day.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals second baseman Howie Kendrick went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run, and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the San Francisco Giants. The homer was his third of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Kendrick has been relegated to spot starts so far this season but could see more playing time in the future if he continues to produce and Brian Dozier continues to struggle.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals outfielder Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the San Francisco Giants. The homer was his third of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Soto has had a fairly quiet start to the season while hitting in the heart of the Washington lineup. batting .254 with three home runs, 10 runs scored, 12 RBIs, and one stolen base through his first 16 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. He did not strike out a batter.

Fantasy Impact: While Hellickson is now 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA, he has just six strikeouts against eight walks over his first 13 2/3 innings pitched, and his 4.93 FIP suggests that he has been getting a bit lucky. He will look to avoid some regression when he takes on the Rockies in Colorado in his next start.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg allowed four earned runs on six hits and no walks while striking out eight over six innings in a loss to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday. The loss drops him to 1-1 on the season.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg was done in by the long ball on Tuesday, allowing three of them over his six innings of work. He now has an ERA of 5.56 to go with 28 strikeouts over 22 2/3 innings through his first four starts. He is currently scheduled to take on the Marlins in Miami for his next start.

Category: Game Recaps


Sean Doolittle allowed one hit and one walk in a scoreless ninth inning on Saturday against the Pirates. He struck out one and earned his first save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Oddly enough, Doolittle already has three wins despite just one save. There's nothing to be gained from analyzing Doolittle's slow start in the save department - absent injury, there will surely be weeks where he racks up three or four. He remains one of the elite closers in the game, having yet to allow a run.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out seven over eight innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer now has a 3.33 ERA with 35 strikeouts over 27 innings, and he will look to get back into the win column for the first time when he takes on the Yankees in his next start.

Category: Game Recaps


Washington outfielder Adam Eaton went 3-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The homer was his first of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Eaton is starting to settle in as Washington's everyday leadoff hitter, and he is now hitting .286 with eight runs scored through his first 13 games.

Category: Game Recaps


Brian Dozier is not in Sunday's lineup versus the Pirates.

Fantasy Impact: It's a routine day off for Dozier. Howie Kendrick will bat second and play second base in his absence.


Washington starter Anibal Sanchez allowed two earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out two over seven innings in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Sanchez was able to limit the damage and work around eight baserunners on Saturday, even while only managing to strike out two batters. He lowered his ERA from 6.52 to 4.86 on the day and will look to lower it even further when he takes on the Marlins in Miami in his next start.

Category: Game Recaps


The Washington Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Justin Miller on the 10-Day IL with a lower back strain. (Source: NBC Sports Washington)

Fantasy Impact: Miller "feel feels like someone is punching him in the kidney each time he releases a pitch," due to the injury. He's accumulated three holds and six strikeouts across 6.1 innings of work in 2019 with an ERA of 5.68. He has some value in deeper and NL-Only leagues that tally Holds, but obviously could be on the shelf for a while. Austen Williams has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno as a corresponding move.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


The Nationals have recalled right-hander Austen Williams from Triple-A Fresno. (Source: Washington Nationals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams tallied an ugly 15.43 ERA in just 2.1 innings of work at Triple-A Fresno, but looked sharp throughout Spring Training (0.00 ERA, 2 Saves in 7.2 innings of work) where he impressed Washington's major-league coaching staff. He'll replace Justin Miller (who has been placed on the 10-Day IL) in the Nationals bullpen.

Category: Transactions


Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin allowed on earned run on four hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven strong innings in a no-decision against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Corbin was excellent on Friday, striking out 11 while tossing the third straight quality start to begin the season. Unfortunately, the bullpen coughed up the lead in the eighth inning to cost Corbin the win. Despite his 2.84 ERA and 24 strikeouts over 19 innings in his first three starts of the season, Corbin has yet to get into the win column. He will try to correct that when he takes on the San Francisco Giants at home in his next start.

Category: Game Recaps


Washington catcher Yan Gomes went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The homer was his first of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Gomes has been splitting time at catcher with Kurt Suzuki, limiting the fantasy value of both of the backstops. He is now batting .292 with one home run through his first 26 plate appearances this season.

Category: Game Recaps


Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI in Sunday's win over the New York Mets.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman has been batting fifth in the Washington lineup and is now hitting .231 with one run scored, one home run, eight RBIs, and no stolen bases. Although he managed to hit 36 home runs just two seasons ago, he has not hit more than 16 in any season since 2013 and has a long history of spending time on the injured list.

Category: Game Recaps


Wilmer Difo will get the nod at shortstop, on Wednesday, as a result of Trea Turner's broken finger.

Fantasy Impact: Difo is good to go for Wednesday's game. It is unclear how the Nats will use Difo once Adrian Sanchez arrives. Sanchez does have shortstop experience at the Major League level, so we will have to wait and see. Both will likely not produce much fantasy value.