Ian Desmond SS WAS 4 days ago

Desmond went 2-for-5 Tuesday with a run scored, two RBI and his third home run of the season.

He's started to heat up along with the rest of the Nats' offense, hitting .364 (8-for-22) over his last five games. Desmond's slash line on the season is still a disappointing .244/.297/.369, but the streaky shortstop can improve on that in a hurry if he stays locked in.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 week ago

Desmond was 2-for-5 with a run scored and was caught stealing in the 4-1 win over the Padres on Saturday.

That makes for back-to-back two hit games for Desmond as he appears to be getting it going as of late. He was also moved up to the two-hole Saturday and if that becomes a regular occurrence his value will rise.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 3 weeks ago

Desmond went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Nats' win over Miami on Monday night.

The blast was Desmond's second of the season. He's struggled at the plate and in the field this season, but the long ball Monday was a big one as it put the Nats on top for good in the bottom of the eighth inning. Thanks to his slow start, Desmond is currently hitting seventh in the Washington lineup, but he should be able to move into a more prominent role if he heats up as Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman have also stuffed to this point.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 1-for-4 Friday with a double and a run scored, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

He's hitting .405 (17-for-42) over the course of the streak, and has now pushed his slash line on the season to .294/.342/.441. It's also been a few games since Desmond booted any balls on defense, so hopefully for sake of the Nationals pitching staff his early season yips are behind him.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored on Sunday against the Phillies, extending his current hitting streak to six games.

Interestingly, Desmond has hit second in the order for the past five games during the streak, going 10-for-21 with a home run, two RBI and five runs scored in that time. If he continues to operate out of the two-hole, Desmond's RBI totals could suffer a bit but he will see an increase run-scoring opportunities, especially as the Nats lineup gets healthy.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 3-for-5 Saturday, but also booted a couple of balls on defense and was charged with his eighth error in 12 games.

Most of his fantasy owners won't care about his defensive issues, and the Nats' infield is banged up enough at the moment that Desmond isn't going to come out of the lineup as a result, but once Yunel Escobar (groin) and Anthony Rendon (knee) get healthy, Desmond may start to lose playing time if he can't get his glovework straightened out.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 3-for-4 Friday with two runs scored.

His bat has come to life, and Desmond has gone 8-for-16 over his last four games to boost his slash line on the young season to .262/.326/.405, but he also committed his seventh error in 11 games on Friday. Yunel Escobar is now dealing with a minor groin strain, however, so Desmond isn't likely to get a day off to clear the defensive miscues out of his head any time soon.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond socked his first homer of the year and drew a walk Wednesday in a win over the Red Sox.

He had a cold start to the year, but Desmond's been coming around over the last couple games, having collected three hits Tuesday. And, hey, no errors Wednesday! There's no reason to think he won't be a top-five fantasy shortstop.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond went 3-for-4 Tuesday with a double, a run scored and two RBI, but also committed his sixth error in eight games.

He's been a one man blooper reel to begin the season and is hitting just .200 (6-for-30), but at some point Desmond will get his head straight both in the field and at the plate. His owners just need to be patient.

Ian Desmond SS WAS 1 month ago

Desmond hit 2-for-10 with two doubles in the Nationals' opening series against the Mets.

Desmond's three errors in three games are worrisome, but those hold little bearing in fantasy. The Nationals have stuck with Desmond for years and they won't bench him because of some early defensive problems. He also hit against a strong stretch of the Mets rotation (Colon, deGrom, Harvey), the Phillies should be more hitter-friendly.