|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||595.00||5.00||.282||45.00||78.00||18.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs San Francisco||29||7||0|| .281|| .448|| .241|
|vs Alvarez (Career)||17||5||0|| .412||.368||.294|
|vs RHP||439||138||4|| .362|| .440|| .314|
|Last 10 Games|
Nationals opt to bring back Denard Span
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(10/30/14) The Nationals have picked up outfielder Denard Span's option for 2015, according to The Washington Post.
Span is set to earn $9 million next year. He was fantastic in 2014, hitting .302/.355/.416 over 610 at-bats.
Denard Span set to sit Thursday against Mets
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(9/25/14) Nationals leadoff hitter Denard Span remains out Thursday against the visiting Mets with a knee issue. He sustained the injury Tuesday and did not play Wednesday.
The absence from the lineup will almost certainly destroy his chances at scoring 100 runs this season. He is sitting at 93, four off the career-high he set in 2009.
Denard Span dealing with mild knee injury
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(9/24/14) Natuonals center fielder Denard Span was removed in the third inning of the Tuesday game against the Mets due to a right knee injury. He sustained it making a sprawling catch on a shot hit to left-center by Matt den Dekker.
The injury will prevent Span from playing Wednesday, but it is not considered serious. He was walking and putting pressure on the knee after the game, according to MLB.com.
Nationals rest several regulars
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
|(9/21/14) For their Sunday matchup at the Marlins, the Nationals left Ian Desmond, Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos out of their starting lineup. Ryan Zimmerman, who made his return from a two-month hiatus due to a hamstring injury on Saturday, was also not in Sunday's lineup.
Denard Span slugs two home runs in win vs. Dodgers
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(9/1/14) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 2 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers Monday.
Span delivered his team's third solo home run of the game in the third inning and then added a two-run blast in the fifth. The big performance doubled Span's home-run total in one night. He has hit .299/.349/.416 with four home runs, 31 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 531 at-bats.
|2014 Summary: After years of no more than passable production, making him more or less just waiver fodder in standard mixed leagues, everything came together perfectly for Denard Span in 2014. He said he'd run more, and he did, swiping a career-high 31 bases which tied for ninth-most in baseball. He also got back to being a doubles hitter, allowing him to slug over .400 for the first time in five years. The impact was most evident in Head-to-Head points leagues, where he averaged more Fantasy points per game than Jacoby Ellsbury and Yasiel Puig.|
Playing time status: Health has been an issue for Span in the past, but not so much the last couple years. The bigger concern is that if he goes back to underwhelming in the final year of his contract, it may compel the Nationals to experiment with up-and-comers Michael Taylor and Steven Souza.
2015 Outlook: With a low strikeout rate and doubles pop, Span has always fared better in points leagues than Rotisserie, and the same should be true in 2015. But because he's no slouch in batting average and bats atop a loaded lineup, he's still worth a mid-round pick in Rotisserie leagues in the hope he continues to steal bases. Just be careful not to assume another best-case scenario.
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