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.
Wandy Rodriguez is a good option if he’s available in your league.
Ted Lilly is probably available in your league, but I’m staying away until I see something.
Pitcher (bum): Edinson Volquez has struggled this season and I expect the Brewers’ potent offense to continue pummeling him.
John Mayberry will see another lefty today.
Hitter (speed): Will Venable might be the best gamble for steals today.
Pitcher (to start): Garrett Richards appears to have the peripherals required to be useful, including an above-average whiff rate, velocity, and solid control. His repertoire isn’t advanced, but the Mariners don’t sport a great offense.
Jason Hammel is 44 percent owned. If he’s available in your league, he faces an effective Athletics lineup.
If you’re willing to look at Hammel, you probably should be willing to think about Kevin Slowey or Jorge de la Rosa. I know you shuddered upon reading those names, but their peripherals suggest an expected outcome similar to Hammel. I won’t be using them, for what it’s worth.
Pitcher (bum): Four names look particularly exploitable tomorrow.
Brandon Maurer and Vance Worley have the toughest assignments by opponent—the Angels and Rangers respectively. I actually like both pitchers long term, but they each have things they need to figure out right now.
Philip Humber‘s assignment is nearly as difficult. He opposes the Red Sox.
By comparison, the Dodgers lineup is a gimme assignment for Jeremy Hefner, although I expect crooked numbers all the same.
Hitter (power): Daniel Nava has really transformed himself into a capable major leaguer. I expect him to like batting against Humber.
Let Vernon Wells take a stab at Mark Buehrle, unless someone in your league has already bought in on his resurgence. For what it’s worth, a quick perusal of the stat-ery leaves me uncertain that anything has changed for Wells.
Hitter (speed): I like Nate Schierholtz‘s mix of skills. He’s good roster glue.
Chad Billingsley once was a promising fantasy pitcher with upside. Now it’s been several years since he’s been relevant. Anyone who was hoping to see a dead cat bounce will have to wait while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Jose Valverde had his contract purchased by the Tigers and will now serve as their closer. I wouldn’t rush to the wire unless you’re flat out desperate.
The Cubs and Reds might have a delayed start, but it looks like today is mostly clear.