The daily grind: 5-10-13by Brad Johnson
May 10, 2013
The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkerers 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 daily picks are a mixture of daily league specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.
Pitcher (to start): Ross Detwiler isn't as good as his ERA. He is a solid pitcher, though, and the Cubs don't have a ton of firepower.
Wade Davis receives a recommendation only because the options for today are very shallow. This is a use-only-if-you-must match-up against the Yanquis.
Jose Fernandez is technically under my ownership threshold, as he's owned in 44 percent of leagues. He'll face the Dodgers, but I have a feeling he's not available to many of my readers.
Matt Magill is on the other side of that match-up. I don't know much about Magill except that he's facing the Marlins.
Pitcher (bum): This is another day where I can go on and on about the bad pitchers.
The Diamondbacks should enjoy facing Tyler Cloyd. He has a very similar skill set to Colby Lewis, but it took Lewis a trip overseas before he figured out how to succeed in the majors.
The Cardinals have a difficult offense, and Jon Garland is still on my exploitation list.
Dallas Keuchel has a tough assignment against the Rangers.
The Orioles face Mike Pelfrey, while the Reds will see Ramon Ortiz.
Hitter (power): Scott Hairston should get some time against Detwiler.
I'm a big Domonic Brown fan, and while I think his development path will be slow, certain match-ups like Ian Kennedy are worth using.
Ride the streak with Daniel Nava. At the end of the day, I don't think his HR+SB total will be worth owning, but he's certainly earning A+ marks for streaming.
Hitter (speed): Gerardo Parra gets that Cloyd match-up.
Craig Gentry shall be freed today.
Rajai Davis will likely start, but he sees another tough lefty in Jon Lester.
Pitcher (to start): Andrew Cashner is still available for recommendation at 27-percent owned. The Rays are one of the leaner AL offenses.
The Dodgers aren't very good, so you might want to try Kevin Slowey in H2H leagues, given the paucity of stream-able starters tomorrow.
Pitcher (bum): Edwin Jackson has struggled this season, and the Nationals are a tough assignment.
Vance Worley has a difficult match-up with the Orioles.
The Pirates and Orioles are both using TBA. I don't know how he'll be in two places at once.
The Rangers face Erik Bedard.
Hitter (power): The Red Sox face Mark Buehrle, so it's a good day to use Jonny Gomes and Nava.
Hitter (speed): Try Will Venable against Jeremy Hellickson.
Hang on to Gentry for the Bedard match-up.
Zack Greinke, Brandon Beachy, and Johnny Cueto are nearing rehab assignments.
The Brewers and Reds have a high probability of seeing thunderstorms throughout the game. Postponement would not be surprising.
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