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.
The Daily Grind now features a few changes. The column will start with a brief recap of items related to that day before focusing on the next day. A few pitcher picks for upcoming days will be listed out as well. If you have any comments or suggestions, use this State of the Grind post from Monday.
The tumbleweeds are out today and a lock to win it all.
Pitcher (to start): Ricky Nolasco the Dodger is a lot more interesting than Ricky Nolasco the Marlin yet he’s still only 44 percent owned. He’s matched up against Stephen Strasburg so this mostly a recommendation to roster Nolasco rather than a single game to exploit.
Felix Doubront will face a Yankees lineup that struggles against left-handed pitching. This is my pick for the day.
Jeremy Hefner cut down on the walks and is posting huge numbers as a result. He’s paired against Kyle Kendrick. Both can be solid streaming options, though I might slightly favor Hefner if forced to choose.
Wei-Yin Chen is coming off a strong outing against the Rangers. He will face…wait for it…the Rangers. With Chen, a low strikeout rate and a high rate of balls in play make him a touch unstable.
Pitcher (bum): Mike Pelfrey faces the Indians. He’s looked much better in recent starts, but we’ll keep him in the exploit section of the column until he shows more.
Ian Kennedy is a bit off his game this season. A modest increase in walk rate and a below average left on base rate appear to be the main culprits. I would stack Giants in daily leagues— they should mostly be cheap.
Brandon Belt has the platoon advantage against Kennedy.
Hitter (speed): Adam Eaton has quietly worked his way back from the disabled list. He also faces Gaudin.
Will Venable is a solid choice for speed and has a hint of power upside.
Leonys Martin‘s ownership rate is stalled in the mid-40s, so I will continue to recommend him, this time against Chen.
Pitchers to come
Saturday Go grab Corey Kluber for his game against the Twins. He’s down to 23 percent owned, so most of you should have the option.
Monday Dan Haren is the guy to try with half the league still listed as TBA.