Thursday, August 23, 2012
The daily grind: 8-23Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:40am
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):Originally, Bartolo Colon was the only guy I was going to recommend today, but now that's out of the question. I suppose Alex Cobb against the A's is a stream-worthy option, but it's not a low-risk, high-reward play.
Pitcher (bum): Tyson Ross is filling in for Colon and interesting results should follow.
Hitter (power): Brandon Moss against Cobb and Delmon Young versus J.A. Happ are the best of the scant options for today.
Hitter (speed): Craig Gentry isn't a huge base threat, but he can swipe a bag now and then and his match-up against Scott Diamond is solid.
Drew Pomeranz has been showing good stuff lately and the Cubs offense is some kind of terrible.
I shall lay a puzzle before you. Imagine a pitcher who has not allowed a run in 10 of his last 12 appearances. Seven of those appearances were out of the bullpen, but three of his last five starts have been seven innings or more of shutout baseball. Who do you think that might be? Tune in later to find out.
Moving on, Patrick Corbin against the Padres is a highly exploitable match-up, even if it is at Chase Field.
Jarrod Parker is up against the A's today. His ownership is up to 39 percent, so the window to acquire him might be past.
And the answer to the puzzle is Kyle Kendrick. He's looked very sharp aside from two starts where he was transitioning back out of the bullpen. But he's still Kyle Kendrick, so proceed at your own risk.
I think we can just assume that I'm going to recommend Carlos Gomez most days. I'm still a bit surprised he's only 33 percent owned. Even if you don't believe in the power, the steady steal production is clutch.
Along the same vein, Rajai Davis has the platoon advantage too. Less power than Gomez and more speed.
Cody Ross against Bruce Chenner could result in some power production.
It's been a pretty quiet stretch for bullpen news. I saw Aroldis Chapman live two day ago and it was enjoyable. That's about all I have to say on relievers.
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