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): Scott Kazmir should be playable against the Yankees, but he’s also burned me on more than one occasion, so be careful about deploying him.
A.J. Griffin has the best combination of match-up, talent, and low ownership rate today. He’ll face the Brewers.
Hitter (power): Jayson Werth is available in some leagues and is returning from the disabled list.
Brandon Belt will face Johnson in his return from the disabled list.
Pitcher (to start): Bartolo Colon has the match-up to start, but his low strikeout total excludes him from use in some formats.
I’m surprised to find Dan Haren at 69 percent owned. I like his start against the Mets.
Pitcher (bum): I’m actively betting against Yovani Gallardo at all opportunities. The scrappy A’s lineup should do well.
R.A. Dickey needs to stop pitching hurt. The season is nearly over for the Jays and they should forcibly shut him down as soon they’re ready to throw in the towel. In the meantime, start Giants.
The Orioles should continue to take advantage of the Astros tomorrow. Dallas Keuchel will start.
Continue to hold Belt.
Top prospect Jonathan Gray has tested positive for Adderall. With the draft on Thursday, it couldn’t have come at a worse time. To provide some insight, I’d estimate that anywhere from a fifth to a third of my college teammates used Adderall. In our team’s case, the drug was used for purely academic reasons.
A few scattered storms in Kansas City, where the Royals take on the Twins.