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
It appears to be a stormy day, with games in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York (NL), St. Louis and Cincinnati potentially affected.
Today is a bit sparse for streaming, but there are options.
Pitcher (to start): Gerrit Cole is at 56 percent owned, so the window to acquire him may be closing. He’s shown the strikeouts we’ve expected in his last two outings. If those remain, he’ll become a true fantasy threat.
Dillon Gee is the veteran option in today’s crowd, but I passed on him. The Rockies are a solid match-up, but not juicy enough for a pitcher of Gee’s caliber.
If you’re the kind that follows the hot hand, few have been hotter than Bruce Chen. That said, I strongly recommend against using him against the Red Sox. I only mention him because there are so few pitcher to comment on today.
Pitcher (bum): The Cubs have one of the least intimidating offenses in the league, but a match-up against wild Ethan Martin could yield crooked numbers. In his start against Atlanta, Martin’s control reminded me of my own, which is hardly a compliment.
The Rockies still have TBA listed for tomorrow. It may be Tyler Chatwood or an emergency starter.
Junior Lake is getting everyday work and showing solid numbers while striking out way too frequently and walking not at all. Still, against Martin he’s viable. Nate Schierholtz may be a better choice.
Pitchers to come
Saturday: Alex Wood remains the top dog in a very deep field of good, available pitchers.
Sunday: Get your streams in on Saturday because Sunday’s options are iffy. Martin Perez against the Astros is probably the best bet, though there are a few others who profile similarly.