The daily grind: 4-25-13by Brad Johnson
April 25, 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): Garrett Richards' skill set continues to intrigue me despite that he doesn't get glowing reviews. With half of the Mariners offense broken, this should be a fairly safe start.
Some fringier choices include Kevin Slowey, Jorge de la Rosa, and (as a reader suggested) Nick Tepesch. Slowey and Tepesch have good match-ups—the Cubs and Twins respectively. De la Rosa has a tougher assignment against the Diamondbacks, but he's probably also the best pitcher of this trio.
Pitcher (bum): Four pitchers combine predictable shakiness with a tough opponent. I would bet most heavily against Brandon Maurer versus the Angels, although Vance Worley against the Rangers and Philip Humber at Boston are pretty rough.
Jeremy Hefner is matched up against the Dodgers, which is slightly more friendly than the other games. However, he might be the worst pitcher of the bunch.
Hitter (power): I'm hoping for big things out of Daniel Nava today since I snatched him up in a league.
Vernon Wells is up to 47 percent owned. Meanwhile, I still can't figure out if he should be owned. His match-up today is nice though.
Seth Smith and Brandon Moss will get a shot at Jason Hammel today.
Hitter (speed): Not a big speed day. Try Nate Schierholtz's five category production.
Pitcher (to start): Tomorrow has a lot of fringy names that could be used as a spot start or a target to start against. One name I'm excited to recommend is Andrew Cashner. I expect his ownership to shoot up from 10 percent to over 50 percent quickly.
Wei-Yin Chen is available in two-thirds of leagues, but I'm a little worried. His whiff rate has halved, which saps a lot of his value. He's also limiting home runs despite giving up an insane number of fly balls and line drives (over 70 percent of balls in play).
Ervin Santana's another guy I hate to recommend, but I do think his odds of earning the coveted "W" are higher than most. He opposes Scott Kazmir.
The Phillies always seem to get to Dillon Gee, but I'm not going to hold that small sample against him. If Cashner isn't available in your league, this is the guy I'd use.
Pitcher (bum): Erik Bedard is on some kind of pitch count limit, which means that the Red Sox will get to see a lot of time against the soft underbelly of the Astros bullpen.
Kazmir made his season debut last week and looked quite hittable. The Royals will try to prove me correct.
Jonathan Sanchez is just an auto-post here at this point. I could see a late career revival out of bullpen like Oliver Perez, but I think it's time to stick a fork in him. He faces the Cardinals.
The Angels face a potentially still-rusty Aaron Harang.
Hitter (power): I think a hold on Nava is advisable.
It's been awhile since I recommended Carlos Pena. I think the match-up against Dempster is tolerable for him.
Lucas Duda is up to 25 percent. If you recall from earlier in the season, I recommended starting Duda against Kyle Kendrick even when the two teams weren't playing each other.
Hitter (speed): Peter Bourjos is going to start swiping bases at some point.
Craig Gentry will get the start against Scott Diamond.
Robbie Grossman had a nice debut for the Astros yesterday with two doubles. He's a switch hitter with the ability to hit about 10 home runs and steal 10 bases. Which sounds to me like a good streaming option but not somebody to own outright.
The Royals and Tigers may be affected by rain, but they'll be able to play the game.
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