The daily grind: 8-22

The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice based on my every morning waiver wire search. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!

The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner.

Today’s grind

Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start):Yesterday I reported three solid options, but the promotion of Tyler Skaggs to face the Marlins has upped the ante. Keeper league owners should scramble to make the move and even more typical mixed leaguers could benefit from his upside.

Beyond the bright and shiny, there’s Matt Harvey at home against the Rockies, Zach McAllister at Safeco, and Tommy Milone against the Twins.

Pitcher (bum): The Mets face Jeff Francis, which makes Harvey all the more palatable as a starter.

The A’s are up against Liam Hendriks. The Australian has been downright terrible with an ERA north of 7.00 in 61.2 innings.

Jacob Turner is on the other side of the Skaggs match-up, but he’s been a disappointment this season.

Hitter (power): Brandon Moss and Chris Carter against Hendriks have the upper hand. There’s also Scott Hairston and Delmon Young.

Hitter (speed): Carlos Gomez has a juicy match-up and Coco Crisp should do quite fine as well.

Tomorrow’s grind

Tomorrow is not the best day for pitcher streaming. Bartolo Colon is the lone option among the frequently available.

Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Alberto Callaspo R Franklin Morales     Brett Wallace L Jake Westbrook
Athletics         Giants      
  Brandon Moss L Alex Cobb     Brandon Belt L Tommy Hanson
  Jemile Weeks S Alex Cobb     Angel Pagan S Tommy Hanson
  Chris Carter R Alex Cobb   Mets      
  Coco Crisp S Alex Cobb     Andres Torres S Tyler Chatwood
Rangers         Reds      
  Geovany Soto R Scott Diamond     Zack Cozart R Cole Hamels
  Craig Gentry R Scott Diamond     Todd Frazier R Cole Hamels
Rays           Ryan Ludwick R Cole Hamels
  Carlos Pena L Bartolo Colon          
Red Sox                
  Cody Ross R C.J. Wilson          
  Omar Infante R J.A. Happ          
  Delmon Young R J.A. Happ          
  Ryan Doumit S Yu Darvish          
  Denard Span L Yu Darvish          
  Ben Revere L Yu Darvish          

Craig Gentry, Brandon Moss, and Delmon Young are among the few with enviable match-ups.

Reliever watch

Dale Thayer blew the save, but the Padres held on to win anyway.

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  1. Will H. said...

    They couldn’t have waited another 10 days to bring up Skaggs? Now if I want to keep him in your league it’ll be another seven bucks…

  2. Brad Johnson said...

    And you’ll have to roster him in the next 2 weeks to boot.

    I’d try to trade him now while he’s still on the aux roster.

  3. Brad Johnson said...

    Yea, I trust that won’t be held against me…

    Speaking of A’s who won’t be contributing, Jemile Weeks was demoted.

  4. Bluff said...

    10 Team H2H. For an owner who has made the playoffs what is the leash on Alex Gordon as he is having another 0fer today?

  5. Brad Johnson said...

    Very short.

    Someone like Carlos Gomez for example could easily be said to have similar RoS expectations and he’s been playing much better than Gordon.

    Research shows that hot streaks aren’t predictive of future performance, but cold streaks are shown to have some small predictive value. Gordon is certainly cold and hence possibly “overrated” for RoS.

    I’m guessing he’s available in a 10 team format. I also recently snagged Frazier in my 10 team LW league.

  6. Bluff said...

    Snagged Frazer a while ago when Bonifacio went down originally.

    Does Morse, who is also struggling have a similar rope to Gordon or longer.

    The problem for me is I clinched into the playoffs so I can afford to ride current cold streaks to a degree.However it just breeds the question how long do I wait since its all about the playoffs?

  7. Brad Johnson said...

    Morse has a longer leash. He slumping sure, but Gordon’s struggle has been basically all season long.

  8. Bluff said...

    For what they are worth in 10 team H2H

    Looking at totals in offense

    R – 2nd
    HR – 5th (within 2 of 3rd)
    RBI – 4th
    SB – 2nd-tied
    AVG – 9th

  9. Bluff said...

    Some arent great options but I’m at .263 avg and next closest is .267

    3B AVG/HR (slide Frazer into OF) – Machado,Moustakas,C.Johnson,Reynolds,Chipper,

    OF AVG/HR – D.Young,Vicideo,Markakis,Joyce,Hunter,

    OF AVG/SB – Crisp,Pierre,Revere,Davis,Morgan,Stubbs,Aoki,Tabata

  10. Brad Johnson said...

    Some of those player will never contribute AVG.

    Headley and Chipper are excellent options with a modicum of management.

    I wouldn’t use any of the guys in your power list.

    I like Ben Revere a lot but he has close to a 0% chance for home runs.

    You only have the one spot from Gordon, right? Maybe continue holding for now. None of the best options are auto starts.

  11. Bluff said...

    This is my roster as constructed.Just picked up Delmon Young because he plays tomorrow and R is close.Cobb is my stream slot, and I have 3 moves left for the week.

    C – Weiters
    1B – Tex
    2B – Pedroia
    3B – Frazer (1B/3B/OF)
    SS – Hanley
    OF – Granderson/Gordon/Fowler/D.Young
    UTIL – Aybar
    BN – Morse/Bonifacio

    SP – Grienke/Bumgarner
    RP – Soriano/Holland
    P – Frieri/Gallardo/Dempster/Cobb
    BN – Billingsley

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