The daily grind: 9-4by Brad Johnson
September 04, 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): I feel a little silly recommend Kyle Kendrick, but the options are thin today and he's been getting the job done. I'd much rather use Jarrod Parker—even against the Angels—but his ownership rate is much higher than Kendrick's.
Pitcher (bum): There are some players in the Tigers lineup who should hit Justin Masterson pretty hard. Likewise for the Rangers and Jeremy Guthrie.
Hitter (power): Scott Hairston and Tyler Colvin have fair match-ups today against Jaime Garcia and Tommy Hanson respectively. Both pitchers are usually good but appear to be suffering from injury induced funks. Let's call David Murphy against Guthrie a power hitter since he fits neither category squarely.
Hitter (speed): Rajai Davis has the platoon advantage against the Orioles and Carlos Gomez can boast the same advantage versus Miami.
Mike Minor is supposedly owned in only 39 percent of leagues, but I've seen no sign of him in any of mine. In any case, I like him to put up big numbers at home against the Rockies. I also have a gut feeling he's going to be the next Javier Vazquez/Ricky Nolasco to saber-friendly fantasy owners.
Aaron Harang against the Padres is a fine match-up.
I'm tempted to recommend the Brewers' TBA. Whoever it is will face a terrible Marlins lineup.
It's not often I point to Mariners hitters, but give the above a try tomorrow. Failing that, Brandon Moss will face an unrecognizable Dan Haren and for some reason I think the Giants might get to Trevor Cahill. The latter is one of those intuitive hunches that is really just me talking out of my bum.
J.J. Putz blew the save yesterday. At this point in the season, I'm tempted to say it's too late to expect them to install David Hernandez, who I have patiently stashed for most of the season believing him to be the superior pitcher. Put him on your short list for next year.
Luke Gregerson also blew the save. Unlike with Putz, the closer situation is settled in San Diego, assuming Huston Street is ever healthy.
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