The daily grind: 4-3-13

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 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.

Today’s grind

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): Alexi Ogando is a promising choice for today. If you’re looking for someone less trendy, Clay Buchholz on a chilly New York evening should get the job done statistically.

Pitcher (bum): You have a list to work from today: Ervin Santana, Tim Lincecum, Philip Humber, Kevin Correia, Kevin Slowey, and Ubaldo Jimenez all have meltdown potential. It’s going to be a tough day for Daily Fantasy as a result.

I mentioned Roy Halladay yesterday, but the possibility of rain makes him a poor choice today.

Hitter (power): Garrett Jones, Brandon Moss and Adam Lind are three that I’m targeting today.

Hitter (speed): Will Venable and Eduardo Nunez have multi-steal capabilities. They’re both a little challenged with reaching base, so we’ll see how that works out. It’s probably too early to be playing steals-only options.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Travis Wood is opposed by James McDonald. Both pitchers are generally available, facing mediocre lineups, and have a bit of upside.

I’m a bigger fan of Dillon Gee against the Padres. Gee was on the cusp of becoming a fantasy regular before his injury last season.

Pitcher (bum): It’s another day with a deep list of exploitable pitchers.

The Angels have a pretty potent lineup and Bronson Arroyo is pretty mediocre. However, if you prefer a veteran who’s more past his prime, try Brett Myers against the Blue Jays. His starts are always a gamble.

I also like the Nationals against Wade LeBlanc, the Orioles versus Roberto Hernandez (Fausto Carmona), the White Sox against Jeremy Guthrie, and the Tigers against Mike Pelfrey.

Hitter (power): There’s no platoon to his advantage, but you should look into Nolan Reimold for tomorrow.

Chris Parmelee shouldn’t be over-matched by Rick Porcello.

Vernon Wells against Ryan Dempster has the makings for a long ball and three pop outs.

Hitter (speed): Andy Dirks could mix in a home run or a steal against Guthrie. Collin Cowgill might be a little more likely for a steal given his proclivity for max effort.

Weather watch

The Cubs and Pirates have expected game temperatures in the 30s, while several teams will play outdoors in the 40s, including the Tigers, Twins, Red Sox, Yankees, Marlins, Nationals, Angels, Reds, Padres and Mets. There is a chance of rain for the Phillies vs. Braves game, although it will probably come later in the game. Tomorrow is expected to be a soaker in Atlanta.

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  1. Morgan Conrad said...

    Brandon Moss is facing a (mediocre) lefty today (Saunders), at night in a damp cold big stadium.  I’m benching him in favor of Matt Carpenter.  Let’s see tomorrow who guessed right.  I did pick up Gee for Thursday, hope we are both right there.

  2. Brad Johnson said...

    I am kind of buying into Moss’s power output last season despite some substantial reservations. I won’t be surprised if he’s off my report a month from now. For the time being, there aren’t many pure match-ups better than power-righty vs. Saunders.

  3. Brad said...

    You posted that yesterday about Moss too.  I don’t think you at any time of day knew he was a lefty.

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