The daily grind: 6-4-13by Brad Johnson
June 04, 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): Scott Kazmir should be playable against the Yankees, but he's also burned me on more than one occasion, so be careful about deploying him.
A.J. Griffin has the best combination of match-up, talent, and low ownership rate today. He'll face the Brewers.
Pitcher (bum): There's a whole laundry list of exploitable pitchers to chase today. I'm betting most heavily against Josh Johnson and Jeremy Hefner.
Lucas Harrell, Samuel Deduno and Clayton Richard could all get beaten up.
Hitter (power): Jayson Werth is available in some leagues and is returning from the disabled list.
Brandon Belt will face Johnson in his return from the disabled list.
Juan Francisco should be starting at first base against Griffin. He reminds me of Wily Mo Pena.
Hitter (speed): Ted Lilly will start for the Dodgers, making Chris Denorfia a good play.
Pitcher (to start): Bartolo Colon has the match-up to start, but his low strikeout total excludes him from use in some formats.
I'm surprised to find Dan Haren at 69 percent owned. I like his start against the Mets.
I'd like this Alexi Ogando versus John Lackey match-up a lot more if both lineups weren't among the best in the bigs.
Pitcher (bum): I'm actively betting against Yovani Gallardo at all opportunities. The scrappy A's lineup should do well.
R.A. Dickey needs to stop pitching hurt. The season is nearly over for the Jays and they should forcibly shut him down as soon they're ready to throw in the towel. In the meantime, start Giants.
The Orioles should continue to take advantage of the Astros tomorrow. Dallas Keuchel will start.
Hitter (power): Try Scott Hairston against Jason Vargas.
Continue to hold Belt.
It might be worth betting on the Cards squeezing Matt Adams into the lineup against Wade Miley.
Hitter (speed): Try Gerardo Parra against Joe Kelly.
As reader Will H pointed out awhile back, Drew Stubbs is sneaky good against lefties. CC Sabathia isn't an easy assignment, but he's not the same Sabathia as years past either.
Top prospect Jonathan Gray has tested positive for Adderall. With the draft on Thursday, it couldn't have come at a worse time. To provide some insight, I'd estimate that anywhere from a fifth to a third of my college teammates used Adderall. In our team's case, the drug was used for purely academic reasons.
A few scattered storms in Kansas City, where the Royals take on the Twins.
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