The daily grind: 7-12-13by Brad Johnson
July 12, 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): The Corey Kluber express gained three points yesterday, by which I mean he's now 21 percent owned. He faces the Royals.
John Lackey will face Jarrod Parker today. Both pitchers are over 60 percent owned, so they may not be available.
Pitcher (bum): Juan Nicasio is returning from the disabled list in time to catch a hot Dodgers club.
Ryan O'Sullivan is getting a spot start for the Padres.
Hitter (power): Kelly Johnson is an interesting platoon option given his multiple eligibilities. Just be sure to use him against only righties.
Brandon Belt is a more typical power choice. He faces O'Sullivan.
Cody Ross has yet to tap into the fantasy value he showed last season, but a match-up against Tom Gorzelanny should be favorable.
Hitter (speed): There are a lot of great speed options today, I suggest focusing your attention here rather than power.
Drew Stubbs is my top pick since he mashes lefties. Leonys Martin, Rajai Davis, Will Venable and Eric Young Jr. are all solid alternatives.
Pitcher (to start): Phil Hughes is apparently auditioning for a new club. He'll face the Twins.
Lefty Hector Santiago will try to shut down the Phillies. He's opposed by John Lannan, whom I mention only because the White Sox are quite bad at scoring runs.
You may wish to consider Dan Haren and his 4.10 xFIP against the Miami Marlins, despite an ugly 6.00 ERA.
Pitcher (bum): It's a shame that Jason Hammel reverted to his previous talent level. He was interesting to watch last season. Now the Blue Jays are likely to swat a few home runs.
Edinson Volquez versus Tim Lincecum would be the high scoring match-up of the day if both teams were capable of mustering offense.
Hitter (power): Try Juan Francisco against Randall Delgado.
Look to Travis Hafner against Samuel Deduno, but only if Derek Jeter sits the game out due to his quad injury.
Hitter (speed): Hang onto Venable or Davis.
Jose Tabata is back to playing every day and is a fine option against righties like Carlos Torres.
Danny Salazar was superb in his debut and may be worth a FAAB bid and stash. In Yahoo leagues, he was not yet a part of the player universe yesterday, so I assume that he'll be on waivers for most owners.
Max Scherzer will attempt to improve to 14-0 tomorrow.
Another day with a chance for storms. Games in Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Atlanta could be affected.
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