Monday, September 03, 2012
The daily grind: 9-3Posted by Brad Johnson at 7:17am
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.
A call to arms: With September games underway, playing time trends can become unpredictable. I can't watch 30 teams at once so if you discover a trend that can be leveraged, please share.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start):Ross Detwiler is fairly reliable and it's hard to ask for a better match-up than the Cubs.
I don't know much about Jeff Locke besides his minor league numbers, but said numbers are good and the Astros lineup is not.
I'm an early fan of Patrick Corbin and I expect he'll survive his match-up with the division leading Giants just fine.
Pitcher (bum): If you're looking for a bum today, it's Bruce Chen against the Rangers. Alternatively, I don't see the Brewers being too kind to Ricky Nolasco.
Hitter (power): Jonny Gomes against C.J. Wilson tops the list of power options today. That list trails off surprisingly quick, mostly because there are a lot of solid pitchers going today.
Hitter (speed): Rajai Davis will have the platoon advantage against a thoroughly mediocre pitcher. Jon Jay has a fair match-up and could score a handful of points.
Kyle Kendrick is on the best run of his lifetime, allowing only four runs over his last four starts. I know some of my readers will want to ride the wave. Good luck to you, I'm going to observe from a distance.
You can try Jarrod Parker against the Angels, because he's a solid pitcher and he at least has the Oakland Coliseum on his side to slow down the Angels' powerful lineup.
Scott Hairston stands out as possessing a strong match-up.
Carlos Gomez and Norichika Aoki get to face Jacob Turner, who simply isn't ready for MLB hitters.
Our old favorite David Murphy should turn in a couple of hits against Jeremy Guthrie.
Tommy Hanson has struggled lately (to the point that I cut him in a league), which is why I like Tyler Colvin tomorrow.
The Phillies received an ugly combined effort from Jeremy Horst and Jonathan Papelbon that ended in a Chipper Jones walk-off home run. The Phillies will overreact in the offseason to "fix" their struggling bullpen, but clearly Papelbon is more than safe at this point.
I'm thinking about taking my down time today to experiment with a subtle format change. Basically, I would be moving the table behind the scenes and going back to reporting only the top match-ups of the day. I hope to provide some additional information as well.
My question is: given that we're in the stretch run, should I wait until next season to try a new format?
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