Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The daily grind: 7-2-13Posted by Brad Johnson at 6:43am
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkerers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
The daily picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Ahoy there. The Grind is back from temporary hiatus for an abbreviated week. Next week, I plan to shake up the format slightly by focusing more of my effort on tomorrow's plays. Please note, I've been disconnected for two weeks, so I may have missed a few playing time changes like Eric Young becoming an everyday starter for the Mets.
Pitcher (to start): John Lackey is 54 percent owned and today's top waiver pick-up.
I really like Justin Grimm for these soft match-ups like Seattle. He's faced a ton of tough offenses this season, and they've punished him.
After two meltdown starts in his past five, the Corey Kluber express seems to be pulling out of the station. Which means I now own him outright in all of my leagues since my rivals dropped him. A start against the Royals should produce solid results.
A.J. Griffin will see the Cubs in Oakland. Unfortunately, he's 59 percent owned.
Rounding out the top five is Phil Hughes against the Twins.
Pitcher (bum): The Nationals showed a few signs of life last night on offense, but more importantly, Wily Peralta has struggled this season. He's a talented arm, so keep an eye on him in the future.
Chien-Ming Wang will face the dreaded Tigers lineup in Toronto. Need I say that this is a horrible assignment for Wang?
I'll bet against Roy Oswalt for two reasons. It's hard to pitch in Colorado, and it's unlikely he'll pull down the win against Clayton Kershaw.
Hitter (power): I'm not a big believer in Scott Feldman, so I like Seth Smith's match-up today.
You could try Chris Carter in David Price's return from the disabled list.
Samuel Deduno is a good match-up for Travis Hafner.
Jonny Gomes will get in against the deceptive Robbie Erlin.
Hitter (speed): Craig Gentry should get the nod against Joe Saunders, and I'm pretty sure Jurickson Profar will, too.
Pitcher (to start): If you don't mind not getting strikeouts, you can probably sneak a start from Ross Detwiler tomorrow.
Tony Cingrani will draw the Giants, but be careful. I liked him a lot more as a reliever.
I wish Scott Kazmir was predictable in any way. This is a high-risk, high-reward match-up with the Royals, so decide if a possible explosion is worth a possible gem.
Tyler Chatwood is rolling a strong combination of ground balls with a roughly league-average strikeout rate.
Pitcher (bum): Randall Delgado is somebody that even the Mets might be able to punish.
The Yankees may be a shadow of their former selves, but they can still feast on fringy righties like P.J. Walters.
Hitter (power): Kyle Blanks gains the platoon advantage against Jon Lester.
Hang onto Hafner.
Hitter (speed): Try Eric Young against Delgado.
Chris Denorfia is also in line for a start.
The whole Biogenesis thing is still happening, so hold your injured Ryan Braun closely. Or something.
The entire Northeast and Midwest will be seeing scattered storms today, so expect a lot of delays and possible cancellations. Games in Pittsburgh, Washington, New York, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Atlanta could be affected.
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