Tuesday, October 02, 2012
The daily grind: 10-2Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:45am
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.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start): There have been some changes between yesterday and today. If you're looking for pitchers today, that tells me you have no choice. That's unfortunate, because today's pitchers are bad.
Jacob Turner is somehow the top recommendation of the day. It wasn't very long ago when I considered him the top bum of the day. And frankly, my opinion of him has barely changed.
David Phelps has been bumped to the rotation in place of Ivan Nova. I'm unsure how stretched out he is, so don't be caught off guard by an early exit.
Miguel Gonzalez and the Orioles are still fighting to win a division. The Rays were only recently eliminated, so they might be running some experiments today.
Pitcher (bum): Chris Volstad remains in no danger of promotion to the "Start" list. Against the Astros, his downside is somewhat limited.
I'm not confident that Patrick Corbin will finish strong after several consecutive clunkers.
Phillies starter Tyler Cloyd has a sore arm, so we'll be seeing a bullpen game. B.J. Rosenberg will kick off the festivities.
Hitter (power): Gio Gonzalez is playing for a Cy Young, but to the Nationals, tonight's game does not matter. Gonzalez is a tough pitcher to face for any rookie, but given the undercurrents, I'm comfortable trying Darin Ruf.
Andruw Jones and Jon Lester will have another rematch.
Hitter (speed): The Brewers are eliminated, but Norichika Aoki could still snag a bag.
Pitcher (to start): A.J. Griffin has been friendly to his owners this year. This could be the biggest game of the season for the A's, or it could be a rest day. If the A's lose tonight, expect to see the backups out there tomorrow.
Homer Bailey is coming off a no-hitter, so he deserves an honorable mention here. But I don't actually like him for tomorrow. It's a tune-up outing against the Cardinals.
Pitcher (bum): Jeremy Hefner recently rewarded me with a terrible outing, so I'm going to hitch my wagon and try again.
Daisuke Matsuzaka has immolation down to a science. The Yankees might still need to win tomorrow's game if the Orioles win today.
Hitter (power): Raul Ibanez will try to hook a couple cheap ones against Matsuzaka.
Edwin Jackson will be getting ready for his postseason run, so try Domonic Brown.
Hitter (speed): More platoon advantage for Carlos Gomez. It's been a good year for a favorite son of this column.
Rajai Davis also has the platoon advantage, although that matters less.
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