Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

NL East

Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a homer on Friday while playing in the Arizona Fall League.

Fantasy Impact: Robles is one of the best prospects in baseball. He's certainly a name worth keeping in mind as fantasy drafts approach next Spring. He could force his way onto the major league roster with a strong Spring Training.

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Nationals catcher Matt Wieters is planning to pick up his $10.5 million player option to remain in Washington next season. (Source: Marc Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Wieters got off to a hot start in 2017 but faded badly down the stretch. By the end of the fantasy regular season he wasn't worth starting in single catcher formats. He should remain the Nationals' starter but fantasy players should look elsewhere when selecting a catcher next March.


Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is hopeful that Daniel Murphy (knee) will be ready for the start of the 2018 regular season. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The second baseman underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his knee back in October. It's too early in the off-season to know whether or not Murphy will be ready come Opening Day, but we should be hearing plenty of updates throughout the winter. When healthy he is one of the best fantasy options at his position.


Max Scherzer came out of the bullpen in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits in just an inning of work.

Fantasy Impact: Scherzer also walked one and struck out one as the Nationals fell to the Cubs 9-8. It was a disastrous inning for the two-time Cy Young winner that included a hit by pitch and a catcher's interference. Manager Dusty Baker clearly didn't want to go out without using his best pitcher, but that decision may have cost the team a trip to the NLCS. Scherzer had just pitched in Game 3 and was likely still dealing with his banged up hamstring. Regardless of the disappointing finish to his season Scherzer will be one of the first starting pitchers off the board in fantasy drafts next spring.

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Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI as the Nationals lost to the Cubs 9-8 in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: Harper also struck out against Wade Davis to end the game. He hit just .211 in the series, but provided an extremely clutch two-run homer to get the Nationals back into the series in Game 2. Overall, Harper bounced back strongly from a disappointing 2016 campaign. In his age 24 season this year he posted a 1.008 OPS to go along with a .319 average and a .413 OBP. Harper will be a first round pick in all fantasy formats next spring.

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Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs on three hits over three innings of work while striking out five and walking four in Game 5 of the NLDS on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: The Nationals would go on to lose a heartbreaker 9-8. Gonzalez finishes the series with a 6.75 ERA, but he performed much better in the regular season. The 32-year-old southpaw posted a 2.96 ERA to go along with a 1.18 WHIP, 15 wins, and 188 strikeouts in 201 innings. However, his ERA will probably rise in 2018, likely causing him to be overvalued in fantasy drafts next spring.

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Michael Taylor went 1-for-4 with a grand slam and a walk as the Nationals beat the Cubs 5-0 in Game 4 of the NLDS.

Fantasy Impact: Washington held a 1-0 for most of the evening, but Taylor blew things open in the top of the eighth. The 26-year-old hit 19 homers and stole 17 bases in the 2017 regular season.

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Stephen Strasburg struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings in Game 4 of the NLDS on Wednesday, leading the Nationals to a 5-0 victory over the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg allowed three hits and walked two. He (as well as the organization) received a lot of criticism this afternoon for their handling of the situation, in regards to who would start this game, but Strasburg was clearly the right decision. He has now made two starts in this series and has yet to give up an earned run. Game 5 will be played back in Washington on Thursday night.

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Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 with a homer and a single as the Nationals defeated the Cubs 6-3 on Saturday night, tying the NLDS at one game apiece.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Nationals a 6-3 lead, which they would never relinquish. It was arguably the franchise's biggest hit in their brief history. The Nats will now turn to Max Scherzer in Game 3 on Monday night.

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Tanner Roark (13-11) took the loss against the Phillies on Wednesday, giving up six runs on seven hits and five walks over 4 2/3 innings while striking out three.

Fantasy Impact: This should be the last start of the regular season start for Roark. The 30-year-old righty had a disappointing season for fantasy owners finishing with a 4.59 ERA and 1.32 WHIP.

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Anthony Rendon went 1-for-3 with a double as Washington fell in Philadelphia, 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: The 41 doubles are a career high for the 27-year-old breakout star. Rendon also has 24 homers, 96 RBIs, and a .934 OPS with just a few games to go in the regular season. He'll be one of the first third baseman off draft boards next March.

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Trea Turner is not in the Nationals' lineup Friday against the Mets. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With the division locked up, the Nationals are resting many of their regulars Friday night. Wilmer Difo is playing SS and leading off in Turner's place.


Sean Doolittle struck out one in a clean ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save of the season in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Doolittle has been amazing since being acquired by the Nationals in July. The 30-year-old reliever has not blown a save for the team. Doolittle should be owned in all fantasy leagues.

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Edwin Jackson (5-6) allowed seven runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 1/3 innings to take the loss Friday against the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Jackson had a nice stretch for the Nationals when they picked him up to join the rotation. But he has fallen apart and over his last three starts has three losses and a 12.29 ERA. Fantasy owners should be dropping Jackson in all leagues.

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Jayson Werth went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Tuesday as the Nationals beat the Marlins 2-1.

Fantasy Impact: Werth is just 3-for-26 since returning from the disabled list at the end of August. He doesn't need to be owned or started in fantasy leagues as the playoffs approach.

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A.J. Cole (2-4) allowed two runs, just one earned, on five hits and four walks while striking out five batters through 5 2/3 innings during Monday's win over Miami.

Fantasy Impact: Cole has only given up one earned run in each of his last two starts. But the 25-year-old righty has had four walks in each of those games. Cole's good fortune will run out if he continues to have control problems. And until he cuts down the walks he cannot be trusted in anything but deep fantasy leagues.

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Howie Kendrick went 1-for-4 with a strikeout on Wednesday night as Washington defeated Miami 4-0.

Fantasy Impact: It was a quiet game for the outfielder. With Trea Turner back in the fold Kendrick likely won't lead off much in September, but he was batting fifth last night, which is still a fantasy friendly spot in the order. In 84 August at-bats Kendrick is hitting .357 with five homers.

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Adam Lind hits 10th homer

Sat, Aug 26th 12:03pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma

Adam Lind went 2-for-4 with a homer on Friday night as the Nationals fell to the Mets 4-2.

Fantasy Impact: The homer was his 10th of the year and was a ninth inning solo shot off Mets reliever A.J. Ramos. Lind continues to play well in limited time and should be considered by DFS players whenever he's in the lineup.

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Brian Goodwin went 2-for-4 with a homer, a single, two RBIs, and two runs scored on Thursday night.

Fantasy Impact: The 26-year-old added his fifth stolen base of the year as the Nationals beat the Marlins 3-2. Goodwin has been playing well for Washington's depleted outfield but isn't much of a fantasy factor in standard leagues.

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Erick Fedde surrendered four runs on eight hits with four walks and seven strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings during Sunday's no-decision against the Cubs.

Fantasy Impact: Fedde was filling in for Gio Gonzalez who missed a start for paternity reasons. The rookie has not done well in his two appearances in the majors giving up 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings over work. Fedde is still a good prospect but needs more work in the minors.

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