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.
Those in leagues with same-day moves should refer back to yesterday’s table.
Be aware, there are two doubleheaders today. The Yankees/Blue Jays and Nationals/Dodgers both have twin bills, so look for hitters from those teams and setup relievers who could end up with a save.
Pitcher (to start): I think Marco Estrada might take the cake as the most mentioned pitcher in this column. I’m using him against the Pirates.
Chris Archer has a spot start today and I’m using him, too.
Trevor Cahill has a solid match-up against the Padres. The only thing that would make this better is if the game were at Petco.
Pitcher (bum): Rain has made some of yesterday’s bums available today, like Ricky Romero. There is also a savory sauce of alternatives like Daisuke Matsuzaka, Liam Hendriks, Chris Rusin, or Bruce Chen.
Hitter (speed): Norichika Aoki is stealing all kinds of bases.
This Thursday offers up a surprising number of interesting match-ups.
Jorge de la Rosa is back from the disabled list, and his first assignment is the Giants. Don’t forget about the Rockies’ inconvenient pitching rules. He’s more of a curiosity than someone you can play.
If you just need innings volume, I project Tyler Cloyd to be not terrible against the Mets.
Options aplenty for the discerning palate. Carlos Gomez and Andruw Jones have the platoon advantage tomorrow, and by now you know how I feel about that pair.
Some A’s, including Seth Smith and Brandon Moss, could benefit from their match-up against Anibal Sanchez. In the opposing dugout, Delmon Young will look to take advantage of the platoon advantage, as well.
Unless you desperately need saves, now is a good time to divest entirely of the Marlins messy bullpen. Steve Cishek got in trouble, Mike Dunn bailed him out, and Heath Bell later jumped aboard for the win. My scouting report on Cishek in a nutshell? He’s a ROOGY, not a closer.
Kenley Jansen is back. Go dance in the streets if you own him.