The daily grind: 4-4-13by Brad Johnson
April 04, 2013
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!
The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner. Use the team-by-team TDG eligible players spreadsheet for more detailed information.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start): Dillon Gee is the top choice for today, and he might be worth rostering outright. I know I missed my chance at him in a couple leagues.
James McDonald will oppose Travis Wood. Both pitchers are streamable, although I would prefer McDonald.
Pitcher (bum): Bronson Arroyo has a tough first assignment—to squelch the Angels. I have my doubts and will be betting against him later.
The Nationals haven't dominated offensively the way I've expected. Wade LeBlanc is yet another Marlins pitcher who is prone to meltdowns.
The Orioles, Blue Jays, White Sox, and Tigers all have favorable match-ups as well.
Hitter (power): Nolan Reimold has looked pretty sharp at the plate in the two games I watched. He's cheap in daily fantasy and I have hope that he'll move up the lineup.
Chris Parmelee and Vernon Wells both have to overcome chilly weather, but they have the right pitcher match-up to pop a home run (Rick Porcello and Ryan Dempster respectively).
Hitter (speed): Collin Cowgill's a nice well-rounded choice to poach a steal. If you want something a little more leveraged towards steals, let's see if Juan Pierre can slap his way on against Jordan Zimmermann.
Pitcher (to start): You have a couple stream choices today, but none of them are must-starts.
I happen to like to like Zach McAllister, probably more than I should. The Rays aren't an offensive powerhouse, but they know how to grind out some runs.
Dan Straily has some upside and a match-up against the no-bat Astros should help him. He did not look particularly sharp this spring, so I'm wary. He's opposed by Brad Peacock, whom I could describe the exact same way with the additional caveat that the Astros have to score for him to win.
Pitcher (bum): Liam Hendriks should help the Orioles continue to produce runs.
Wade Davis vs. Kyle Kendrick looks like a bullpen game. And not just because both pitchers are better as relievers.
Another match-up that should produce runs in bunches is Jason Marquis against Jeff Francis at Coors Field.
Hitter (power): You could use Seth Smith and Brandon Moss against Peacock, since both hitters are left-handed.
Scott Feldman doesn't have swing-and-miss stuff and Juan Francisco does well against pitchers he can hit.
Matt Joyce (and left-handers in general) should enjoy Kyle Kendrick.
Hitter (speed): Domonic Brown may be more of a power threat, but I think he's eager to prove he can swipe some bases after leg injuries forced him to play station-to-station in past seasons.
It's a Chris Denorfia day. It's also a Craig Gentry day. Be aware that Ron Washington isn't running the center field platoon strictly on handedness.
Hiroki Kuroda is fine after being hit on the hand in the second inning yesterday.
Rafael Soriano does not look poised for a repeat of his historic season after vulturing the win yesterday.
Today it's easier to tell you who has good weather. The Mariners and Athletics will be playing in 60-degree temperatures while the Blue Jays, Indians, Orioles and Rays will have domes protecting them. The rest of the league is looking at a game time temperature between 30 and 50 degrees. There will be lingering showers in Atlanta.
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