Washington Nationals

NL East

Matt Adams went 3-for-5 with a home run, a double, a hit by pitch, two runs and six RBI in the Nationals' win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Adams had by far his best game of the season against the Giants, nearly tripling his RBI on Wednesday. While Adams doesn't have much value in season-long leagues, he has solid production potential when he does crack the lineup.

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Trea Turner went 5-for-6 with a double, two runs, two RBI and a stolen base in the Nationals' win over the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Turner had one of the best game of his young career, collecting five base hits in a single game for the first time. Turners game helped the Nationals plate 15 runs, which could be the kick-start they've been looking for and could be a sign of things to come for the 24-year old shortstop.

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Pedro Severino went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts in the Nationals' loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Severino has cooled down a bit, recording his third straight multi-strikeout game. The young backstop now has a .275/.375/.325 slash line.

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Tanner Roark allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings in a losing effort against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Tuesday's loss dropped Roak to 1-2 on the season, and he currently has a 3.77 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 31 innings. He hasn't won since his first start against the Braves back on April 2, but he had thrown two quality starts prior to Tuesday. He will look to get back on track in his next start, which is scheduled to come at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Gio Gonzalez allowed three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four over fiving innings in Monday's loss to the San Francisco Giants. Gonzalez is now 2-2 in his first five starts.

Fantasy Impact: While Gonzalez has been able to limit the damage this season and carries a 3.04 ERA, he has seemed to struggle with his control. He only has one quality start and has walked three batters in three of his five starts, which has helped push his WHIP to 1.50. He is scheduled to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at home in his next start.

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Ryan Zimmerman went 2-for-4 in the Nationals' loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Zimmerman is beginning to repair his awful batting average, recording his third multi-hit outing in five games. Brighter days are ahead for Zimmerman and is well worth a stash.

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Howie Kendrick went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout in the Nationals' loss to the Giants.

Fantasy Impact: Kendrick is still struggling with strikeouts, recording five multi-strikeout games in his last nine games. On a more positive note, Kendrick batted in his second run of the road-trip, bringing Trea Turner home on a sacrifice fly in the third inning.

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Michael Taylor went 3-for-3 with a home run, walk, two runs scored, and two stolen bases Sunday night vs. the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: This is the kind of game that made the fantasy baseball community excited about Taylor's potential coming into this year. Tonight's performance brings his batting average up to just .224 with a .609 OPS. Taylor now has eight stolen bases to go with his first home run of the season. Expect those numbers to continue to climb.

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The Nationals have placed Anthony Rendon (toe) on the 10-day disabled list. (Source: Mark Zuckerman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This seems like the entire situation was handled poorly by the Nationals, as they can only backdate Rendon’s DL stint three days despite him sitting out the last week or so. Wilmer Difo should continue to see additional at-bats and owners in weekly leagues should plan for a third base replacement this week.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions


Matt Wieters went 1-for-4 with a single and two strikeouts in the Nationals' loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Wieters reached base for the second straight day on Saturday. The veteran backstop is sporting a .263/.391/.579 slash line with two home runs in his first seven games off the disabled list.

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Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 while allowing just two runs in seven innings on Saturday night, but he still took the loss as the Nationals fell to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Strasburg allowed five hits and walked two, but unfortunately two of those hits went for solo home runs. The 29-year-old former number one pick now has a 2.97 ERA to go along with 36 strikeouts through five starts this year.

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Adam Eaton wasn't able to be activated from the disabled list when first eligible this weekend, but the team believes he's "close" to returning from his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact: Eaton has joined the team on their road trip, signaling that he should be activated within the week. He was off to another hot start prior to suffering the injury, and hopefully, he'll be able to pick up where he left off atop the order for the Nationals.

Category: Injury Updates


Bruce Harper went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a RBI in Friday night’s win over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Just another day at the office for Harper. He has the ability to fill up the scorecard in so many ways and been well worth his first round price tag so far this fantasy season.

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Sean Doolittle struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to earn his fourth save of the year as the Nationals defeated the Dodgers 5-2.

Fantasy Impact: Doolittle now has four saves, a 2.70 ERA, and an impressive 19 strikeouts in 10 innings of work. He is the top option in the Washington bullpen and has a firm grasp of the closing job for now.

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Max Scherzer allowed one earned run on four hits over six innings in Friday's 5-2 victory over the Dodgers, striking out nine and walking three. The win was his fourth of the season.

Fantasy Impact: The win on Friday came against Clayton Kershaw, who allowed four runs in seven innings to the Nationals. Scherzer is off to a fantastic start to the season. In addition to his four wins, he has a 1.36 ERA, a 0.76 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts in 33 innings. He will look to keep his strong start going when he takes on the Giants in San Francisco his next time out.

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Brian Goodwin has been placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a wrist contusion. (Source: Chelsea Janes in Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Goodwin tried to play through the pain replacing the already injured Adam Eaton. He will now be forced to sit out the full 10 days after pinch-hitting on Monday. The Nationals have called up Andrew Stevenson from Triple-A to replace Goodwin on the roster.

Category: Injury Updates


Ryan Madson allowed one hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in Monday's 8-6 win over the New York Mets. The save was his second of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Sean Doolittle still has a firm grasp of the closer role in Washington, but Madson has been pitching much better than fellow setup man Brandon Kintzler and should be the next in line for save opportunities when Doolittle is unavailable. He has a 2.08 ERA and eight strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings so far this season.

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Jeremy Hellickson allowed two runs on seven hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings in his debut with the Washington Nationals on Monday. The New York bullpen went on to allow six runs in the eighth inning in what ended up as s come-from-behind win for the Nationals, leaving Hellickson with a no-decision.

Fantasy Impact: After a solid 2016 campaign with the Philadelphia Phillies, Hellickson had a rough go of things in 2017 with the Baltimore Orioles, pitching to a 5.43 ERA while striking out just 96 batters over 164 innings. While he provides starting pitching depth for the Nationals, his spot in the rotation is definitely not guaranteed if he pitches poorly to start the season.

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Washington Nationals top prospect Victor Robles will not need surgery on his left elbow, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post tweeted Monday night. Manager Dave Martinez didn’t offer specifics but said nothing is torn and his strength is good. The team thought he could miss a full year, but the initial prognosis is months. (Source: Chelsea Janes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This does not necessarily inspire optimism for Robles's 2018 fantasy value, but it is great for his long-term outlook. That he could only be out a few months instead of an entire year and that he will not require surgery are obviously two big updates. It is now not out of the question that Robles could return for a late summer call-up as long as his recovery and rehab go well.

Category: Injury Updates


Wilmer Difo went 2-for-4 with two singles, a run, an RBI and a pair of strikeouts in the Nationals' win over the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Difo started the game with back-to-back strikeouts before collecting his first RBI of the season on an RBI single in the 7th inning. Unfortunately for Difo, he's bound to see less at-bats once Daniel Murphy returns, which also hurts his fantasy value.

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