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Wednesday, September 05, 2012
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every-morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start): Mike Minor has his share of warts, but a match-up against the Rockies at Turner Field should turn out pretty well.
Aaron Harang is rarely impressive. Against the Padres he doesn't have to be.
The Brewers' TBA turned out to be Wily Peralta. I definitely recommend him against the limp-batted Marlins.
Pitcher (bum): Chris Volstad is chief among bums today with his match-up against the Nationals. There is the usual range of alternative options including Alex White against the Braves and P.J. Walters against the White Sox.
Hitter (power): Dan Haren is not himself lately and Brandon Moss stands to benefit. Take a look at Cody Ross while you're at it.
Hitter (speed): For some reason, I expect Angel Pagan to reach base repeatedly and maybe swipe a bag today. I'm not as confident about Coco Crisp, but he's more likely to make an attempt if he reaches base. Norichika Aoki has a good running match-up, so keep an eye on him as well.
Tomorrow might be the first truly Thin Thursday of the season. Only five games will be played, weather permitting.
And of those five, I love Marco Estrada's match-up against the Marlins. He's only 18 percent owned too.
David Phelps against the Orioles is probably playable, but that's all I can say in his favor.
Prepare for Tiny Table.
Not much to look at, eh?
Raul Ibanez has a decent match-up if Jason Hammel isn't sharp. Tyler Colvin against Tim Hudson is the other match-up that jumps out as palatable.
Nothing much to see here.
Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:52am
As fantasy players, why are we more willing to overlook some flaws than others? This was a question I came across in a discussion regarding players like Carlos Pena and Adam Dunn. Those of us who tend to prioritize power a bit more than average are indeed guilty of seeing the glass half full for some and half empty for others. However, this isn’t a blind or arbitrary preference, as some who question this bias would have you believe.
In advance of true keeper talk, I’d like to present a few reasons why hitching yourself to the power cart is a sensible strategy.