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.
Pitcher (to start): As a reader pointed out yesterday, if I’m going to take the time to mention that Jarrod Parker and Martin Perez have marginal match-ups, then I might as well point out that Clayton Richard is a nice option to accrue innings. He’s a low-risk, low-reward option and he’s category-neutral across the board.
Alex Cobb has been up and down all season. I like him as a mid-rotation pitcher and somebody you can outright own in a deep league. On a start-to-start basis there is a lot of noise. The match-up against the Red Sox is a good one.
Kyle Kendrick is the divisive player of the day. I sketched up a brief scouting report yesterday in the comments section, which I’ll quote below. If you need to throw a Hail Mary, use him. If you need to conservatively defend your position, maybe try Richard.
Re: Kendrick. I’ve been in the Philly area for his last 10 starts, so I’ve seen them. I’ve also seen him pitch a LOT over the years. He’s a solid pitcher when he has command of his fastball. During that impressive stretch, he had that requirement down. During his last two outings, it has not been the same.
Hitter (power): Raul Ibanez has been popular around these parts since the Twins feature so many terrible right-handed pitchers.
Starling Marte against the aforementioned Hefner offers some five category potential.
Hitter (speed): Will Venable has a decent match-up and could swipe a bag.
Now that the Brewers are all but eliminated, Norichika Aoki might stop swiping bags. Then again, he’s probably playing for a job next year so he might finish at full throttle.
What is available is a whole mess of blah. Patrick Corbin should survive an outing against the Giants with little damage. I like Corbin as one of those mid-rotation pitchers who can help a fantasy roster.
Wily Peralta has a tougher match-up against the Reds, but at this point, they’re trying to get guys rested for the postseason.
Pitcher (bum): I don’t think Chris Volstad is going to like pitching in Coors.
I have a bad feeling about Tyler Cloyd tonight. The Nationals have quite a few potent lefties to call upon.
I foresee the Braves walloping Jacob Turner. It might be worth noting that five of his last six outings have been of the “not terrible” variety.
Hitter (power): Tyler Colvin is an ideal play against Volstad.
Hold the course with Gomes, although Matt Harrison is a tough opponent.
There are a number of bullpens in an utter shambles now, but it hardly matters for fantasy purposes at this point.