Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The daily grind: 9-11Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:43am
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): Marco Estrada is back with yet another chance to impress me. I keep giving him chances and he keeps turning in middling performances. He'll be facing the Braves today, so he's far from a lock for strong production.
Dan Straily is back on the bump after nearly a month-long hiatus from the majors. He's had two strong outings and one poor one thus far, so it will be interesting to see how he does against a potent offense like the Angels.
Pitcher (bum): Ubaldo Jimenez is a shadow of his former self, and the Rangers will get an opportunity to see if they can hit shadows.
Maybe I've been watching too many Phillies games, but I have this feeling that Nathan Eovaldi is not going to have a pleasant experience tonight.
Hitter (power): Seth Smith is back in the game and will be up against Jerome Williams. Brandon Moss will also benefit from that match-up.
Column favorite Andruw Jones draws Jon Lester today.
I like the idea of Brandon Belt in Colorado.
Hitter (speed): If you truly have the need for speed, I recommend Coco Crisp. If what you really need is a well rounded player who might swipe a bag, take a look at David Murphy.
Alex Cobb is another guy I keep trying only to receive mediocre results. The Orioles are a solid match-up for the Rays and the series has playoff implications, which is doubly interesting.
A.J. Griffin has certainly impressed thus far, and he turned in another great outing last week in his return from the disabled list.
Clayton Richard and the Padres have been surging. They'll look to play spoiler to the Cardinals this week.
It's a busy day for hitters.
Smith, Moss and Crisp return tomorrow, although Ervin Santana has performed very well over the past month.
Carlos Gomez has the platoon advantage on his side against a weak pitcher. Ditto for David Murphy and Scott Hairston.
The Tigers, Twins and Royals are all facing flammable pitchers.
A month later, the Astros listened to me and released Francisco Cordero.
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