The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkers 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 Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner. Use the team-by-team TDG eligible players spreadsheet for more detailed information.
Pitcher (to start): Hyun-Jin Ryu is still somewhat available at 52 percent owned. He started the spring rough but settled down to look like a respectable pitcher. The Giants aren’t much of an offensive test, so he should survive the outing.
Pitcher (bum): Justin Masterson and Jarrod Parker are both pitchers who usually wouldn’t find their way into the “Bum” section, but they face lineups with substantial power threats. In Masterson’s case, the Jays can trot out some potent right-handed sluggers and some on-base guys to bat before them.
Jorge de la Rosa is someone I’m not willing to bet on going out of the gate. The Brewers lineup is stout and will pose an immediate challenge for De La Rosa.
Hitter (speed): Leonys Martin gets his first shot at Grind eligibility.
Clay Buchholz is a forgotten man. He’ll face a forgotten Yankees lineup tomorrow. Did I say “forgotten?” I meant “terrible.”
Pitcher (bum): Tomorrow has a hell of a list for exploitable pitchers. Ervin Santana, Humber, Kevin Correia, Kevin Slowey, and Ubaldo Jimenez will all take the hill against potent lineups. Target available players from the White Sox, Blue Jays, Nationals, Tigers and Rangers.
Hitter (power): With that list above, you should have a lot from which to choose. Head over to the in-depth spreadsheet (linked above) and take your pick.
I like Juan Francisco against Halladay, but I’d also take another spin with Adam Lind and Mitch Moreland.
I’m going to keep calling Eduardo Nunez until he has a two-steal game and vindicates me. It’s not like you can pick up a better shortstop.
News from yesterday
The Indians, Blue Jays, Rockies and Brewers are playing in cold weather again. Usually that means that the pitchers will outperform their talent level since it’s very hard to hit while cold. It takes a certain level of relaxation and rhythm to hit, and freezing temperatures interrupt both. The AL pairings even could see some snow.