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2014 Avg.
.247
 
Career Avg.
.269
Name  Ian Desmond
Born  9/20/1985
Height  6-2
Weight  210
Number  20
Position  SS
Bats  R
Throws  R
8/23/2014 11:17:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 10-for-14 (.714) with two doubles and two homers against Giants starter Tim Lincecum.
Insight: Desmond isn't a high average hitter, but he has 20 homers, 77 RBI, 54 runs and 16 steals. He's one of fantasy's top shortstop options.
 
8/22/2014 3:45:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was not in Thursday's starting lineup, but is back at shortstop for Friday's series opener with San Francisco.
Insight: With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond is once again one of fantasy's top shortstops.
 
8/21/2014 12:57:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: It appears to be a routine day off. Intersting the Nationals will start Danny Espinosa and not Asdrubal Cabrera at short. With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond is once again one of fantasy's top shortstops.
 
8/19/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a steal Tuesday against Arizona.
Insight: Desmond didn't have any extra-base hits, but he drove home both Anthony Rendon and Jason Werth twice on singles. With 20 homers, 77 RBI, 52 runs and 15 steals, Desmond has been one of fantasy's top shortstops for a third straight season.
 
8/12/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has homered in three of the past five games.
Insight: Desmond has hit just .214 in August and .244 this season, but with 20 homers, 72 RBI and 13 steals, he's a superb fantasy shortstop.
 
Cold8/6/2014 12:47:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has a .772 OPS against lefties and a .697 OPS against righties this season, but he hasn't been able to solve Mets southpaw Jon Niese.
Insight: Desmond is 3-for-18 (.167) with five strikeouts against Niese, Wednesday's scheduled starter. He's also in a 7-for-47 (.149) slump with 18 Ks in that stretch so avoid him Wednesday.
 
7/13/2014 12:28:00 PM
Description: In 37 career at-bats against Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has batted .405 with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Insight: Desmond is also 11-for-35 (.314) with two doubles and two homers in July. He's a viable shortstop option Sunday.
 
7/11/2014 3:49:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch Thursday night and is not in the starting lineup for Friday.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
 
7/10/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond was hit on the right hand with a pitch and left the game.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
 
7/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Insight: Desmond is hitting only .240 with a .718 OPS this season, but he has 16 home runs, 54 RBI and nine steals.
 
7/4/2014 9:30:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 4-for-18 (all singles) in his career versus Cubs starter Jason Hammel.
Insight: Desmond is hitting the long ball this season (15 with 51 RBI), but leftover wind from hurricane Arthur will make it tough on right-handers Friday morning. The wind is blowing in from left field at 18 mph. If Desmond isn't hitting homers for you, his fantasy value is limited.
 
6/28/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 8-for-16 in his career versus Cubs Game 2 starter Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Desmond is still hitting the long ball this season (14 with 46 RBI), but his OPS is significantly down from the past two years. He has just three extra-base hits in his last 49 at-bats. Perhaps this matchup will help.
 
Hot6/11/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been crushing the ball lately and owns good career numbers against Giants starter Matt Cain.
Insight: Desmond has gone 26-for-96 (.271) with nine home runs and 25 RBI in his last 25 games. He's only hitting .238 on the year but has 13 homers and 42 RBI. He's also 5-for-12 (.417) with a double and a homer in his career against Cain.
 
6/8/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond crushed his 12th homer of the season Saturday at San Diego.
Insight: Desmond has hit eight jacks in his last 22 games. The shortstop's 11.9 percent line-drive rate is second-worst in baseball and his 16.1 percent infield-fly-ball rate is 16th-worst so he's only hitting .265 on balls in play and .227 overall. However, he's still one of fantasy's best shortstops because the position is so shallow.
 
6/5/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Despite a favorable matchup, Washington shortstop Ian Desmond (career .405 hitter with five extra-base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick) is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
 
6/5/2014 9:47:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is a career .405 hitter with five extra=base hits and a 1.086 OPS versus Phillies right-hander Kyle Kendrick.
Insight: Desmond isn't hitting for much of an average (.225), but he does have 11 homers already, second only to Troy Tulowitzki among shortstops.
 
6/4/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond has struggled in his career against Philadelphia starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond owns a .167 average against the right-hander in 12 at bats. Ignore the 11 homers he's hit this season and bench Desmond on Wednesday. This isn't a good matchup for the 28-year-old.
 
Hot5/30/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered again Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: He's hit six of them in his last 16 games. Desmond is only batting .234 this season, but he has 10 dingers.
 
5/6/2014 1:18:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has gone 3-for-17 (.143) with three strikeouts in his career against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw.
Insight: Kershaw (back) will come off the DL to start Tuesday for the first time since March 22. While Desmond was one of the top shortstops in fantasy the last two years, he hasn't had a good season so far. He's hitting .236 with four home runs and 36 strikeouts in 136 plate appearances.
 
5/3/2014 11:46:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 1-for-10 in his career against A.J. Burnett.
Insight: The one hit was only a single. This matchup isn't an inviting one and fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere for shortstop help on Saturday.
 

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