Ian Desmond is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Thursday.
While Desmond's 11 home runs are a nice bonus from the shortstop position, his .225 average and 27.4-percent strikeout rate are starting to wear on his fantasy owners. He is 2-for-23 (.087) over his last seven games and while those two hits happen to be home runs, it's still a huge drain on your batting average with minimal help in the counting stats to counter. He'll take a seat Thursday to get a bit of a mental break while Kevin Frandsen gets a start against his former club.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Joffrey Lauvergne practiced in full Thursday.
Lauvergne has missed the last 12 games due to a back injury but was back practicing in full on Thursday. It's a great sign for the second year pro who played well when he was healthy. He started the three games he played so we will wait and see if that's what Denver has in store for him when he returns to the lineup. Analysis: James Grande
Johnny Manziel was demoted because he lied about were he was.
When video surfaced of Manziel out partying, you just knew that head coach Mike Pettine had enough of this far-too scrutinized situation. Manziel has been a veritable nightmare for the coaches and continues to show a complete lack of maturity. Josh McCown will get the start in Week 12 and, barring injury, is likely the full-time starter moving forward. Analysis: Howard Bender