Thursday, September 13, 2012
The daily grind: 9-13Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:39am
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): Today's a big start for Wei-Yin Chen against the Rays. The O's are in a dog fight for first with the Yankees, while the Rays have fallen to three games back.
Phil Hughes is 53 percent owned, but his match-up against the depleted Red Sox should reap some rewards.
Tyler Cloyd is underwhelming and he's pitching on short rest, but the Astros offense is particularly pitiful these days.
Pitcher (bum): Liam Hendriks against the Royals. Need I explain myself?
Honorable mention goes to Fernando Abad against the white hot Phillies.
Hitter (power): I'm crossing my fingers that the Phillies throw Darin Ruf a start against the left-handed Abad. Andruw Jones is also on the docket with Felix Doubront opposing.
Hitter (speed): Ben Revere, Denard Span and Alcides Escobar round out the speed crew today.
There are four solid options to choose from today. A couple are solid pitchers against good lineups, like Ross Detwiler against the Braves and Hisashi Iwakuma versus the Rangers. And a the other two are inconsistent youngsters who have great talent—namely Tyler Skaggs against the Giants and Andrew Cashner at Petco against the Rockies.
It's been awhile since I've gotten to use Jonny Gomes around these parts. Teammates Chris Carter and Coco Crisp join him in a solid match-up.
Will Venable is hot these days and Tyler Chatwood is not. That combination could result in some stolen bases.
Cody Ross is owned at a 43 percent rate, but his match-up against Aaron Laffey is first rate if he's available.
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