Friday, September 21, 2012
The daily grind: 9-21Posted by Brad Johnson at 5:49am
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): Pitching options today feature a whole mess of warts. Chris Carpenter is coming off the disabled list for a start today, but he's old and it's been awhile since he's faced major league hitters.
On the young end of the spectrum is Martin Perez, who has a high upside arm but hasn't really shown signs of putting it all together yet. He could blank the Mariners or they could put up some runs on him. Expect inconsistency.
Jarrod Parker is a good pitcher and should not be as available as he is at 44 percent owned. However, his match-up against the Yankees makes him hard to play.
Kyle Kendrick is an enigma and should not be anywhere near 42 percent owned. He's made a career off dominating the Braves, but I wouldn't count on that luck to hold.
Pitcher (bum): Chris Volstad is chiefest of bums today. The Cardinals will look to pile on as they protect their thin Wild Card lead.
In my opinion, Jacob Turner is not ready for the big leagues. The Marlins keep trotting him out there and the Reds will look to take advantage. He's been a little bit better in recent outings.
Hitter (power): Chris Johnson and Brandon Belt are your best options today. They both have the platoon advantage against an inconsistent, young pitcher.
Hitter (speed): Jon Jay and Ben Revere best fall into this bucket, although I'm going to squeeze David DeJesus in here as well. All three are good sources of runs too.
Much like today (and many other days), tomorrow features a couple pitchers that you could throw the dice on, but nothing desirable.
Patrick Corbin may be the most talented of the bunch. He's away at Colorado.
Wily Peralta would certainly like to compete for the talented title. I expect much inconsistency from him over the next handful of seasons.
Kevin Correia is your boring veteran of the day. The match-up with Astros helps his cause.
I hope you're playing in an AL or mixed league tomorrow.
Andruw Jones is once again available and he's joined by the usual assortment of Athletics hitters—Seth Smith, Brandon Moss, and Coco Crisp. Beyond those common recommendations, Delmon Young and Omar Infante have a strong match-up with Scott Diamond.
Some names from the NL worth a try are Starling Marte and Chris Johnson.
At this point, the Reliever Watch lacks actionable information. It is humorous to point out that Andrew Bailey has joined the fun in Boston with his first blown save of the season. I almost feel bad for their blackhearted fans.
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