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.
Today’s weather watch
Games in Atlanta, Kansas City, and Colorado have a low chance for thunderstorms.
There are a couple of good options in today’s reduced slate of games.
Pitcher (to start): Chris Archer is 66 percent owned, making it likely that he is unavailable for his start against the Mariners. Archer’s peripherals are fairly ugly and include a 1.79 K/BB ratio and .223 BABIP against. He’s opposed by Erasmo Ramirez who has had the opposite problem. His surface level stats are terrible, but his peripherals suggest that he could be decent going forward.
Zach McAllister still remains the top choice for today against the Twins. He’s only seven percent owned.
Alexi Ogando has similar expected outcomes to McAllister with his match-up against the Brewers, but he’s 48 percent owned. Indians in general seem under-owned.
Stay away from Bruce Chen and his epic hot streak. Even with the juicy match-up against the Marlins, he’s a pumpkin carriage waiting to happen. You don’t want to be sitting inside the pumpkin carriage when it turns back into a pumpkin.
The Braves already got to Ethan Martin in his first start. Control issues will make it hard for him to succeed at the major league level.
Barring injury, Jordan Lyles has a future as a solid starter. If anybody remembers Homer Bailey‘s career path, I expect something similar with less upside. In other words, he remains exploitable for now.
I would try Justin Smoak against Archer. Smoak has been yielding strong results for awhile now, although his counting stats are limited by the Mariners lineup.
Hitter (speed): Adam Eaton is 21 percent owned, but that rate will climb as he continues to hit.
Leonys Martin had a strong week in the steals department. Tomorrow he faces Sam Deduno.
Pitchers to come
Wednesday: The top recommendation has changed from Brandon Beachy to Ivan Nova. He faces the Angels, so it’s a tougher match-up, but he gets the recommendation on the strength of excellent peripherals. He should be owned in most leagues, not just 43 percent.
Friday: Friday remains TBA heavy, but Alex Wood is among those expected to start. I don’t think I can make it any more clear that I expect him to be in the top 25 percent of fantasy performers for the remainder of the season.