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  • Ryan Zimmerman Smacks First 2021 Homer

    Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run home run on Wednesday. Batting third for the first time since 2018, Zimmerman brought his early season line to .346/.370/.500. Zimmerman has played more often than expected so far this season due to Josh Bell missing time during the team's coronavirus situation. Zimmerman will not play enough going forward to sustain a spot on rosters in season-long leagues at almost any depth. Those times that he is in the lineup, there's enough still left in the bat to consider as a DFS play at first base.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Nationals Ryan Zimmerman
  • Joe Ross Tosses Six Shutout Innings

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross is off to a hot start in 2021, throwing six shutout innings in his second start of the year Wednesday. He allowed just four hits and a walk with five strikeouts on 89 pitches, nine of which produced swinging strikes as Ross hit 94 mph with the sinker. Ross has now thrown 11 scoreless innings to start the season. His next start looks to be Monday against the Cardinals again and he has become someone to look to pick up in deeper leagues if you need starting pitching.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Nationals Joe Ross
  • Victor Robles Batting Ninth Wednesday

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles has been moved from first to ninth in the team's batting order for Wednesday's game. Trea Turner and Juan Soto move up one spot to first and second, respectively. One spot makes no real difference in Turner and Soto's immense fantasy value, but falling eight spots is not good for Robles' already shaky value. A career .248/.321/.402 hitter with an 83.4 mph average exit velocity, his stolen base potential is playable in standard leagues when he leads off but less so as a #9 hitter. If you have a bench spot available it's probably best to keep Robles there starting today and monitor his situation.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Nationals Victor Robles
  • Trea Turner Having Some Early Strikeout Woes

    Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hasn't shown great plate discipline through the early going this year. Through eight games, he has a 24.2% strikeout rate, up from 13.9% last year. He's struck out twice in each of his past two games. His walk rate so far this year (3%) is also well below where it usually is. He had a walk rate of 8.5% in 2020. Turner has hit two home runs and has a decent slugging percentage of .452. He also recorded his first stolen base of the year on Sunday. Fantasy managers should rest assured. There's nothing alarming here, just a bit of a slow start for the Nationals star.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Nationals Trea Turner
  • Juan Soto With A 1.114 OPS Through Eight Games

    Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto has been in midseason form out of the gate this year. Through eight games, he's slashing .370/.485/.630 with two home runs, six RBI and seven runs. His plate discipline has been exceptional as always with a 15.2% strikeout rate and an 18.2% walk rate. He has an average fly ball/line drive exit velocity of 104.6 mph, up from 99.5 mph last year. He's also recorded barrels on six of his 22 batted balls (27.3%). Soto is simply a stud and looks every bit worthy of the high draft capitol fantasy managers invested in him.

    Apr 14 · RotoBaller Nationals Juan Soto
  • Victor Robles Adds Two More Strikeouts

    Washington Nationals center fielder and current leadoff hitter Victor Robles has now struck out five times in his last two games after Tuesday's 0-for-3, bringing his season total to eight in eight games. He is 6-for-28 on the year with just one extra base hit, a triple, although he has walked four times. As long as Robles leads off, he should be in fantasy lineups, but he needs to show more to keep the leadoff role long term. If he does fall in the lineup, he likely bats eighth or ninth, which would tank his fantasy value.

    Apr 13 · RotoBaller Nationals Victor Robles
  • Stephen Strasburg Blasted Tuesday

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg had a bad night Tuesday, to put it mildly: four innings, eight runs (seven earned), and five walks with three homers allowed. He allowed as many home runs as he got swinging strikes in 88 pitches. Strasburg was great in his season debut and is still someone to start for his next game against the Diamondbacks, but this was obviously not what he or fantasy managers were looking for tonight in start number two.

    Apr 13 · RotoBaller Nationals Stephen Strasburg
  • Brad Hand Earns First Save On Monday

    Washington Nationals closer Brad Hand earned his first save of the 2021 season on Monday. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out two. It was his second appearance of the season and first save opportunity. The Nationals have only played seven games so far this year and have only two wins. Expect to see Hand start to get more save opportunities in the coming weeks. He seems to have a solid hold on the team's closer role. If he falters, Daniel Hudson and Tanner Rainey would likely be next in line.

    Apr 13 · RotoBaller Nationals Brad Hand
  • Andrew Stevenson Swats Pinch-Hit Homer

    Washington Nationals outfielder Andrew Stevenson, the team's fourth outfielder, hit a pinch hit home run Monday. It was his first home run of the season and fourth of his career. Backup OF is the right role for Stevenson, a career .259/.335/.373 hitter in 254 plate appearances over parts of four seasons. He started some games this year while the team waited for Kyle Schwarber to return but should now settle into his backup role. As such, the home run is nothing to get excited about. It's tough to see a fantasy role for Stevenson even in NL-only or for DFS on those rare occasions going forward where he will start a game.

    Apr 12 · RotoBaller Nationals Andrew Stevenson
  • Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber Enjoy Successful Debuts

    Washington Nationals offseason acquisitionsJosh Bell andKyle Schwarber, who made delayed debuts with the team Monday thanks to the team's coronavirus situation, both did well at the plate. Bell was 1-for-3 with two walks and Schwarber was 2-for-5 with a double as Washington won by a score of 5-2. The Nationals offense has struggled this season, having been shut out in three of four games entering Monday, but it should be a decent offense with Trea Turner and Juan Soto in the mix. Clearly, getting Bell and Schwarber back helped, and if either one was carelessly dropped in your league, look to pick them up as soon as possible.

    Apr 12 · RotoBaller Nationals Kyle Schwarber Josh Bell
  • Struggles Continue For Tanner Rainey

    Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tanner Rainey allowed a two-run home run to Zach McKinstry in Washington's 3-0 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Rainey has now allowed four runs with just one strikeout in two innings in 2021, and this coming off the heels of a poor spring. Rainey is someone who, if closer Brad Hand were to get injured or falter, would be under consideration for saves but if he doesn't right the ship, that won't be happening. This would seem to make Daniel Hudson the saves handcuff in D.C., but Hand is in no danger of losing his job and pitched a scoreless ninth Sunday.

    Apr 11 · RotoBaller Nationals Tanner Rainey
  • Patrick Corbin Activated From IL, Starting Saturday Night

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (COVID-19) has been activated from the injured list and will get the start on Saturday night against the Dodgers, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. Corbin has been out due to COVID-19 protocols, as he was one of the players affected by the team's outbreak that delayed the start of their season. He'll be looking to bounce back from his 2020 campaign where he posted a 4.66 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings of work.

    Apr 10 · RotoBaller Nationals Patrick Corbin
  • Joe Ross Has Promising 2021 Debut Outing

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross made his first start since October of 2019 on Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched well. He went five innings and allowed two hits, two walks and no runs while striking out four. Ross opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. In 2019, he went 4-4 with a 5.48 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues and NL-only leagues, but isn't a must-add in any format at this point. His next start will be on Wednesday against the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Apr 10 · RotoBaller Nationals Joe Ross
  • Patrick Corbin Could Start Saturday

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, who hasn't been active due to the team's coronavirus situation, was not activated Friday but has been cleared to play and is in Los Angeles for the team's weekend series at the Dodgers. He could potentially start Saturday but the team hasn't committed to it yet. In season-long leagues, Corbin was obviously a player to hold for the past week, so be prepared to put him in your lineup if word does come in that he will pitch Saturday. He's probably not a DFS play, however, although the Dodgers are out Cody Bellinger which should help Corbin's chances at a solid debut should he pitch.

    Apr 9 · RotoBaller Nationals Patrick Corbin
  • Brad Hand, Three Other Nationals Return From Injured List

    Washington Nationals closer Brad Hand, catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila, and infielder Jordy Mercer were all reinstated from the injured list Friday. Infielder Carter Kieboom was the biggest name optioned to make room. Hand should slide right back into his closer role and be returned to lineups, although he may not pitch until Saturday. With the catchers, who are only relevant in two-catcher leagues, it's interesting to note that the Nationals are keeping Jonathan Lucroy around for now, making three on the roster. So even in those two-catcher leagues, none are likely to be great options in the near future.

    Apr 9 · RotoBaller Nationals Brad Hand
  • Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out Eight On Wednesday

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg tossed six scoreless innings and struck out eight batters on Wednesday in a 2-0 loss to the Braves. Strasburg basically did everything for the team in the loss, as he allowed just one hit and two walks to Atlanta, and his double was one of two team hits in the loss, as well as the Nationals' only extra-base hit of the day. It was a great way to kick off his year after a COVID-19 outbreak delayed the start of the team's season. He'll try to get win No. 1 of 2021 in his next scheduled start against the Cardinals.

    Apr 8 · RotoBaller Nationals Stephen Strasburg
  • Joe Ross Will Start Friday Against Dodgers

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross will get the start on Friday against the Dodgers, according to Jessica Camerato of MLB.com. It will be his first appearance since 2019, as he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. Ross struggled over his last three years on the mound, posting a 5.21 ERA with a 19.2 percent strikeout rate in 153 2/3 combined innings, as he also missed time in that span due to Tommy John surgery. Going up against a stacked Dodgers offense, it's unlikely he'll have much value, but as a fan of the game it will be good to see Ross back on the mound.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Nationals Joe Ross
  • Erick Fedde Struggles In 2021 Debut

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Erick Fedde did not make it out of the second inning in his first start of 2021 on Wednesday, allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits in 1 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out one. The only positive was that he did not allow a home run. Fedde only started because the team is short a couple starting pitchers after last week's coronavirus outbreak, and today's performance obviously changes nothing. He was a solid prospect at one point but those days are long gone as Fedde entered today with an anemic 5.54 FIP in 194 career innings. Even at NL-only depths, he belongs on the waiver wire, regardless of whether he ends up getting another start.

    Apr 7 · RotoBaller Nationals Erick Fedde
  • Juan Soto The Hero In Walk-Off Win Tuesday

    Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto had his first Major League walk-off hit to beat the Atlanta Braves in the team's season opener on Tuesday by a score of 6-5. The Nats season was delayed with 10 players on the injured list due to MLB's COVID-19 protocols. It was Soto's only hit in five at-bats, but he hit the ball hard on two other occasions in the ballgame. The 22-year-old was a top-five fantasy pick for a reason, and he's off to a pretty good start to the 2021 season. Soto missed last year's Opening Day due to a positive COVID-19 test result, so his first career walk-off hit had even more meaning on Washington's first regular season game this year. Fantasy managers will be crossing their fingers that Soto can stay healthy, and when he's in the lineup, he's a must-start every day.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Juan Soto
  • Max Scherzer Gives Up Four Solo Bombs Tuesday

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer allowed four home runs in his season debut against the Atlanta Braves Tuesday. Fortunately for him, they were all solo shots and the only damage he allowed. Overall, he gave up four runs on five hits in six innings for a no-decision. On the plus side, he struck out nine without allowing a single walk. That K-BB ratio is promising for the 36-year-old ace who turns 37 in July. Tuesday featured the kind of WHIP and strikeout rates we've come to expect and, despite last year's 3.74 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, he is still a top starting pitcher in the game. His next opponent depends on how Washington sets up its rotation with a doubleheader Wednesday and off day Thursday, but will be on the road against either the Dodgers on Sunday or Cardinals on Monday.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Max Scherzer
  • Trea Turner Homers In Win Tuesday

    Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in a 6-5 victory over the Braves on Tuesday. It's been a long wait for Turner and the Nationals to start their season, but it was a good start to 2021 for Turner after he slashed .170/.316/.213 in 18 games during Spring Training. He will look to build off this "Opening Day" performance on Wednesday during the Nationals' doubleheader with Atlanta.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Trea Turner
  • Victor Robles Leads Off, Walks Twice Tuesday

    Washington Nationals outfielder Victor Robles served as the team's leadoff hitter for their season opener, a 6-5 walk-off win against the Braves. He singled, walked twice, and scored twice in five plate appearances. If he puts together that kind of performance regularly, he could be the team's leadoff hitter even after presumed regulars Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber, who are out due to the team's coronavirus outbreak, return to action. If Robles was undrafted in your league, which probably only happened in shallower ones, it's not too early to pick him up, at least to see what happens while Washington's active roster remains thin.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Victor Robles
  • Jonathan Lucroy To Catch Max Scherzer Tuesday

    The Washington Nationals will activate catcher Jonathan Lucroy to catch starting pitcher Max Scherzer in the team's first regular season game of the season on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. Lucroy needs eight more days to reach 10 years in the major leagues. The 34-year-old backstop will be replacing Yan Gomes, who was among those on the roster that were placed in the league's COVID-19 protocols. Lucroy was recently signed to a minor league deal and will be a short-term replacement while the Nationals are short-handed in the early going. He will hit eighth on Tuesday against Atlanta left-hander Drew Smyly. You can avoid Lucroy in most season-long leagues, and he'll be a cheap yet low-upside DFS selection in Washington's first game of the 2021 season.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Max Scherzer Jonathan Lucroy
  • Juan Soto Shares Reps During Monday's Workout

    Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto (calf) split the right-field reps during Monday's workout. Soto, who is dealing with a minor calf issue, and Yadiel Hernandez got the work in right during the Nationals' Monday workout, likely a case of the team being extra cautious with their superstar slugger, especially considering they'll already be without a huge chunk of their team due to a COVID-19 outbreak. There's nothing here to suggest that Soto won't be out of the lineup, so fantasy managers can confidently slot in their first-round pick for Tuesday's matchup against Braves' left-hander Drew Smyly.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Juan Soto
  • Josh Bell, Brad Hand Among Nationals Not On Roster

    Washington Nationals first baseman Josh Bell and closer Brad Hand are the biggest names that do not appear on the team's roster as they are set to play their first game of the year Tuesday following a coronavirus outbreak. Nor are Kyle Schwarber or Josh Harrison, or either catcher Yan Gomes or Alex Avila. Starting pitchers Patrick Corbin and Jon Lester are not on it either but they could theoretically be back before their first scheduled start. For Tuesday, just be sure that if you are starting a National, that they are indeed playing. Also be aware that either Tanner Rainey or Daniel Hudson is likely to be favored for saves while Hand is out. There should still be little season-long effect, but keep your eye on all of these names in the coming week or so to see when they'll be back, and fringier players who are not currently on the roster can be dropped.

    Apr 6 · RotoBaller Nationals Brad Hand Josh Bell
  • Kyle McGowin, Sam Clay, Others Added To Nationals Roster

    The Washington Nationals have added five players to their roster prior to their season opener, which is slated for Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. The team had its weekend series against the New York Mets cancelled after four players tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, multiple players are in quarantine. The Nationals added pitchers Kyle McGowin and Sam Clay as well as catcher Tres Barrera, second baseman Luis Garcia and outfielder Yadiel Hernandez to their roster to replace the quarantined players. It sounds like the team might also have a few more additions to the roster still to come.

    Apr 5 · RotoBaller Nationals Sam Clay Kyle McGowin
  • Nationals To Open Season On Tuesday Against Braves

    The Washington Nationals will open up their 2021 season on Tuesday against the Atlanta Braves. It will be a home game, scheduled for 4:05 EST. The Nationals were unable to play their opening series against the New York Mets this past weekend after four players on the team tested positive for COVID-19. On Sunday night, the MLB announced that all of the Nationals' COVID-19 tests came back negative. Max Scherzer will be on the mound for the Nationals on Tuesday. Make sure to get all key Nationals into your weekly lineups before lineups lock on Monday.

    Apr 5 · RotoBaller Nationals Braves
  • Nationals-Braves Series Opener Postponed

    The Washington Nationals will have to wait yet another day to start their season, as Monday's scheduled series opener with the Atlanta Braves has been postponed, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The Nationals have been dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak, and have four players who tested positive and five more who are in quarantine as close contacts. Rosenthal says that the teams are aiming to play on Tuesday, but after how this weekend went, managers should be wary about starting any Nationals or Braves players over the next few days.

    Apr 4 · RotoBaller Nationals Braves