The daily grind: 9-18by Brad Johnson
September 18, 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 could refer back to yesterday’s table had my internet been functional yesterday morning.
The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:
Pitcher (to start): Andy Pettitte is set to take a spin for the Yankees today. The Blue Jays lineup is a bit of a mess since Bautista went to the disabled list, so it's not a bad match-up for the aging lefty.
Matt Harvey has pitched very well, yet he's somehow only 41 percent owned. Against a weak Phillies lineup he could rack up some strikeouts.
Wei-Yin Chen has struggled recently, but a game against the Mariners could help him right the ship.
Pitcher (bum): Honestly, there are half a dozen bums pitching today. If you can't find one on your own, you're helpless.
But since you asked nicely, here's a list: P.J. Walters, Ricky Romero, Justin Germano, Luke Hochevar, Fernando Abad, and Jeff Francis.
Hitter (power): I miss the days when I could recommend Allen Craig. I still have Salvador Perez, which is nice, though he's not really a power hitter. And with Tyler Cloyd opposing the Mets, Lucas Duda could very well tee one up. Andruw Jones will of course be active against the aforementioned Romero.
Hitter (speed): Rajai Davis against Pettitte is good enough for me.
Everything about Marco Estrada's stat line says he's a No. 2 pitcher. When I watch him, I see a guy with some good stuff and an idea what he's doing out there. Yet his fantasy results have been underwhelming. Tomorrow he faces the Pirates.
Chris Archer is getting a spot start against the depleted Red Sox lineup.
Trevor Cahill match-ups have backfired on me this season, but he's solid and facing the Padres. I really don't know that I could ask for more in a September waiver match-up.
Norichika Aoki has been running wild in recent weeks, and with the Brewers aggressively seeking a Wild Card birth, I expect that behavior to continue.
Tyler Chatwood is not a bad pitcher, but his offspeed stuff isn't mature enough to succeed in the big leagues, especially against left-handed hitters. Brandon Belt may benefit.
When Domonic Brown first came up this year, he was fighting his front side with his swing, and it was evident that he was cutting off his power in return for a more contact-oriented approach. Clearly somebody took him aside and told him he's not in the big leagues to spray singles to all fields, because Brown is now taking some monster hacks on certain fastball counts. All of that is to say, I think he could bop a pair against Jeremy Hefner.
This part of the column is coming to a close, but there are still a few useful tidbits floating around. Aroldis Chapman is expected to return soon and claims that his period of rest and recuperation was beneficial. We'll see.
Oh, and Jose Valverde blew another save. I swear he blew a dozen this year, but the stats page claims only five.
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