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, Detroit, and Chicago (NL) have a low chance of thunderstorms.
Pitcher (to start): Ivan Nova is finally up to 45 percent, but he still should be owned in more leagues. A match-up against the Orioles isn’t great, yet he’s good enough to use against most lineups.
Zack Wheeler and Dan Haren square off in the next meeting of TDG regulars. Wheeler is at 48 percent owned while Haren is all the way up to 75 percent owned, so it’s possible that neither pitcher is available.
Marco Estrada has been excellent since returning from the disabled list. He’s generating plenty of whiffs while limiting the walks, just like he did last season. It’s time to take off the kiddie gloves and roster him wherever possible. The downside is that the Brewers lack anything resembling an offense to support him, and the Angels aren’t exactly bums.
Pitcher (bum): Scott Feldman has a difficult match-up with the Yankees. He’s been more like his old self since going over to the American League, which isn’t a good thing. The Yankees can mash mediocre righties like Feldman, so it’s a good day to sit him.
Mike Pelfrey was “effectively wild” last week, but that just warns me to avoid future outings. The Rangers aren’t the world-beaters they once were, but they still can put up some runs in Arlington.
Greg Reynolds will be given the difficult task of surviving Coors Field tomorrow.
Ryan Vogelsong is coming off two straight great outings. His velocity is still down three mph, so he’s either learning to adjust or he’s skating on thin ice. He faces the Diamondbacks.
Nolan Arenado has continued to hit well despite an 18 percent ownership rate. You could also try Charlie Blackmon. He’s an interesting real-life player but doesn’t contribute much for fantasy purposes most days.
Hitter (speed): As promised, your Astro for speed is Jonathan Villar.
Surprisingly, Leonys Martin‘s ownership has dropped slightly despite a four-RBI game on the 28th. This will be his second great match-up in a row.
Pitchers to come
Sunday: Once again, the top pick for Sunday is a no-brainer with Alex Wood drawing the Marlins.
Tuesday: Tuesday is looking shallow with Edwin Jackson the best option. He’ll face the Marlins.
Miguel Cabrera suffered an apparent leg injury yesterday that later was described as shooting pain from the abdomen to the groin. Cabrera expects to be available to play today, although I’m not sure if fantasy owners should be pleased.