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2014 Avg.
.212
 
Career Avg.
.271
Name  Ian Desmond
Born  9/20/1985
Height  6-2
Weight  210
Number  20
Position  SS
Bats  R
Throws  R
Hot4/10/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit his third homer of the season and drove in four runs Thursday against the Marlins.
Insight: Desmond hit .286 with an average of 22 homers, 76 RBI, 74 runs and 21 steals in the previous two seasons and he's well on his way toward reaching those numbers again.
 
Hot9/1/2013 9:09:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit .358 with four home runs and a .968 OPS in his final 20 games of August, so even with Jon Niese on the mound Sunday for the Mets fantasy owners should leave Desmond in the lineup.
Insight: Desmond is 2-for-14 (.143) lifetime against Niese, but his current hot streak takes precedence over that.
 
Hot8/29/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 11-for-22 with two homers over his last five games.
Insight: With 19 homers, 64 RBI, 65 runs, 18 steals and a .283 average, Desmond's numbers are pretty close to where they were last season, albeit slightly down in all five categories.
 
8/25/2013 10:23:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a home run Saturday night at Kansas City.
Insight: Desmond has been dealing with some back soreness, but he is hitting .400 over his last four games.
 
8/22/2013 12:16:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is not in the lineup Thursday afternoon due to back stiffness.
Insight: Desmond talked his way into the lineup Wednesday night but he'll get Thursday's day game off.
 
8/21/2013 8:38:00 PM
Description: Nationals manager Davey Johnson said earlier Wednesday that Ian Desmond was scratched from the lineup due to back discomfort, but the shortstop is in the lineup after all.
Insight: Desmond started at shortstop and hit sixth against the Chicago Cubs. He's hitting .274 with 17 homers, 59 RBI, 60 runs and 16 steals this season.
 
8/19/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 8-for-13 (.615) with a home run and a 1.692 OPS versus Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija.
Insight: Desmond is not quite up to last year's production level, but he's still a top fantasy shortstop (.274, 17 HR, 58 RBI, 59 runs, 16 SB). On Monday he's a must start.
 
Hot8/14/2013 10:35:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hit a mammoth home run off Tim Lincecum in the second inning Wednesday night.
Insight: Lincecum left an 83 mph changeup up around the letters and Desmond sent it 448 feet into the left-field seats. The home run, which was the longest hit at Nationals Park this season, was the only hit of the game for Desmond, who is 10-for-19 over his last five contests.
 
Hot8/14/2013 9:59:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has crazy numbers versus Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum - 9-for-11 with a 2.091 OPS.
Insight: Desmond hasn't quite been the fantasy producer he was last year when he batted .292 with 25 homers, 21 steals and an .845 OPS in 130 games, but he's still one of the best shortstop options and has four consecutive multi-hit games heading into this favorable matchup. He's a must start.
 
8/11/2013 10:24:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is 11-for-31 (.355) with two home runs against Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies.
Insight: Desmond hasn't quite been the fantasy producer he was last year when he batted .292 with 25 homers, 21 steals and an .845 OPS in 130 games, but he's one of the best shortstop options around anyway.
 
7/28/2013 7:58:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI, three runs and a walk Sunday versus the Mets.
Insight: Desmond hit .148 with 10 strikeouts and one RBI in his previous eight games, but he broke out of that slump in a big way Sunday.
 
Cold7/25/2013 11:17:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts against Pittsbugh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond is a power-hitting shortstop (.275, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB), but he's been in a bit of a slump of late with no homers and a .219 batting average over his last eight games.
 
Cold7/25/2013 9:56:00 AM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is 0-for-7 with three strikeouts against Pittsbugh starter A.J. Burnett.
Insight: Desmond is a power-hitting shortstop (.275, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB), but he's been in a bit of a slump of late with no homers and a .219 batting average over his last eight games. Avoid this matchup.
 
7/24/2013 7:00:00 PM
Description: Washington shortstop Ian Desmond is not in Wednesday night's starting lineup.
Insight: He's out with a blister on his left hand. We're guessing this ailment won't sideline Desmond (.275, 15 HR, 50 RBI, 11 SB) for long.
 
7/10/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is just 3-for-16 (.188) with six strikeouts against Phillies starter Cliff Lee.
Insight: Desmond is one of the best power-hitting shortstops, with 15 HR and an .815 OPS this season, but this isn't a favorable matchup.
 
Hot7/4/2013 4:55:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .367 with three homers, eight RBI, seven runs and three steals over his last eight games.
Insight: He went 3-for-4 with two runs and two steals Thursday against Milwaukee. He's actually been hot for the past month, batting .321 with nine home runs, 28 RBI, 18 runs and five steals over his last 29 games.
 
Hot7/1/2013 9:31:00 AM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond ranked as the No. 5 player in fantasy in June.
Insight: Desmond batted .306 with nine home runs, 21 RBI and a .988 OPS during the month and is hitting .276 with 15 home runs and 48 RBI this year.
 
Hot6/21/2013 9:44:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond's solo homer in the bottom of the seventh Friday night versus Colorado broke a 1-1 tie and ended up being the difference in the game.
Insight: Desmond has homered in three straight games and 12 times on the season. He's batting .338 with six bombs in June.
 
Hot6/20/2013 10:02:00 PM
Description: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game Thursday against the Rockies.
Insight: After batting .220 with a .643 OPS in May, Desmond has come alive with a .338 average, five home runs and 19 RBI in June.
 
6/19/2013 10:59:00 PM
Description: Ian Desmond hammered a grand slam in extra innings to give the Nationals a 6-2 victory Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Insight: It was his only hit of the game. Desmond (.280, 10 HR, 38 RBI) is only hitting .130 against the Phillies this season but he does have six RBI in 23 at bats.
 

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