The daily grind: 8-21by Brad Johnson
August 21, 2012
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.
Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start): This is what the grind is about, mediocre pitchers facing pitiful lineups. Marco Estrada faces the worst offense in baseball today—the Cubs. Trevor Cahill finds himself against the second worst offense—the Marlins. Dan Straily faces the Twins' solid but unimpressive lineup.
Pitcher (bum): There are simply too many bums today. I think you're capable of picking out the dozen easy ones. I expect big struggles from Roberto Hernandez and Francisco Liriano. Cliff Lee's a fair bet to allow half a handful of home runs.
Hitter (power): I'm out of things to say about Andruw Jones. Use him if you want power today. There's also Todd Frazier and Delmon Young.
Hitter (speed): Coco Crisp and Carlos Gomez are the top speed picks of the day.
There are a few solid options for tomorrow. Tommy Milone is about as low risk as they come on the waiver wire, but his upside is quite limited, even against the Twins.
Zach McAllister at Safeco seems like the perfect gig to me.
Matt Harvey is up against a decimated Rockies lineup. Making this match-up even better, it's at Citi Field and Jeff Francis opposes.
|Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing Pitcher||Team||Player||Handedness||Opposing Pitcher|
|Brandon Moss||L||TBA||Carlos Gomez||R||Travis Wood|
|Chris Carter||R||TBA||Jon Jay||L||Bud Norris|
|Jonny Gomes||R||TBA||Chris Johnson||R||Jacob Turner|
|Blue Jays||Wade LeBlanc|
|Yunel Escobar||R||Anibal Sanchez||Stephen Drew||L||Jacob Turner|
|Rajai Davis||R||Anibal Sanchez||Wade LeBlanc|
|Mariners||Gerardo Parra||L||Jacob Turner|
|Eric Thames||L||Zach McAllister||Wade LeBlanc|
|Mike Carp||L||Zach McAllister||Giants|
|Trayvon Robinson||S||Zach McAllister||Brandon Pill||R||Chris Capuano|
|Michael Saunders||L||Zach McAllister||Angel Pagan||S||Chris Capuano|
|Geovany Soto||R||Tommy Hunter||Carlos Lee||R||TBA|
|David Murphy||L||Tommy Hunter||TBA|
|Carlos Pena||L||Luis Mendoza||TBA|
|Omar Infante||R||Aaron Laffey||TBA|
|Delmon Young||R||Aaron Laffey||Mets|
|Twins||Jason Bay||R||Jeff Francis|
|Ryan Doumit||S||Tommy Milone||Scott Hairston||R||Jeff Francis|
|White Sox||Andres Torres||S||Jeff Francis|
|Jordan Danks||L||Phil Hughes||Nationals|
|Yankees||Steve Lombardozzi||S||Kris Medlen|
|Andruw Jones||R||Chris Sale||Padres|
|Yonder Alonso||L||James McDonald|
|Carlos Quentin||R||James McDonald|
|Cameron Maybin||R||James McDonald|
|Will Venable||L||James McDonald|
|Erik Kratz||R||Bronson Arroyo|
|Domonic Brown||L||Bronson Arroyo|
|Laynce Nix||L||Bronson Arroyo|
|Juan Pierre||L||Bronson Arroyo|
|John Mayberry Jr.||R||Bronson Arroyo|
|Zack Cozart||R||Vance Worley|
|Todd Frazier||R||Vance Worley|
|Ryan Ludwick||R||Vance Worley|
|Tyler Colvin||L||Matt Harvey|
The crop of hitters is a little thinner than usual. Delmon Young and Carlos Pena have the best match-ups on the AL side of the game and David Murphy is a solid second choice. The best NL choices include Scott Hairston, Domonic Brown, Todd Frazier and Gomez
Chris Perez apparently got into a shouting match with a fan and used some uncouth verbiage for emphasis. Which is to say, he has a potty mouth. That's the extent of reliever news today.
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