The daily grind: 8-23

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):Originally, Bartolo Colon was the only guy I was going to recommend today, but now that’s out of the question. I suppose Alex Cobb against the A’s is a stream-worthy option, but it’s not a low-risk, high-reward play.

Pitcher (bum): Tyson Ross is filling in for Colon and interesting results should follow.

Hitter (power): Brandon Moss against Cobb and Delmon Young versus J.A. Happ are the best of the scant options for today.

Hitter (speed): Craig Gentry isn’t a huge base threat, but he can swipe a bag now and then and his match-up against Scott Diamond is solid.

Tomorrow’s grind

Drew Pomeranz has been showing good stuff lately and the Cubs offense is some kind of terrible.

I shall lay a puzzle before you. Imagine a pitcher who has not allowed a run in 10 of his last 12 appearances. Seven of those appearances were out of the bullpen, but three of his last five starts have been seven innings or more of shutout baseball. Who do you think that might be? Tune in later to find out.

Moving on, Patrick Corbin against the Padres is a highly exploitable match-up, even if it is at Chase Field.

Jarrod Parker is up against the A’s today. His ownership is up to 39 percent, so the window to acquire him might be past.

And the answer to the puzzle is Kyle Kendrick. He’s looked very sharp aside from two starts where he was transitioning back out of the bullpen. But he’s still Kyle Kendrick, so proceed at your own risk.

Homestretch: The 1967 AL Pennant Race, Part 3
A tight race shows no signs of letting up.

Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Alberto Callaspo R Rick Porcello     Ben Francisco R Jonathon Niese
Athletics           J.D. Martinez R Jonathon Niese
  Chris Carter R Matt Moore   Brewers      
  Jonny Gomes R Matt Moore     Carlos Gomez R Wandy Rodriguez
Blue Jays         Diamondbacks      
  Yunel Escobar R Zach Britton     Chris Johnson R Eric Stults
  Rajai Davis R Zach Britton   Dodgers      
Mariners           A.J. Ellis R Nathan Eovaldi
  Eric Thames L Jake Peavy   Giants      
  Michael Saunders L Jake Peavy     Gregor Blanco L Ben Sheets
Rangers           Brandon Belt L Ben Sheets
  David Murphy L Samuel Deduno     Angel Pagan S Ben Sheets
Rays         Mets      
  Carlos Pena L Jarrod Parker     Jason Bay R TBA
Red Sox           Scott Hairston R TBA
  Cody Ross R Bruce Chen     Andres Torres S TBA
Royals         Padres      
  Salvador Perez R TBA     Carlos Quentin R Patrick Corbin
  Alcides Escobar R TBA     Cameron Maybin R Patrick Corbin
  Lorenzo Cain R TBA     Chris Denorfia R Patrick Corbin
Tigers         Phillies      
  Brennan Boesch L Zack Greinke     Erik Kratz R Edwin Jackson
  Quintin Berry L Zack Greinke     Domonic Brown L Edwin Jackson
Twins           Laynce Nix L Edwin Jackson
  Ryan Doumit S Matt Harrison     Juan Pierre L Edwin Jackson
White Sox           John Mayberry Jr. R Edwin Jackson
  Dayan Viciedo R Jason Vargas   Pirates      
Yankees           Travis Snider L Mike Fiers
  Raul Ibanez L Corey Kluber     Garrett Jones L Mike Fiers
            Zack Cozart R Lance Lynn
            Todd Frazier R Lance Lynn
            Ryan Ludwick R Lance Lynn
            Tyler Colvin L Jeff Samardzija

I think we can just assume that I’m going to recommend Carlos Gomez most days. I’m still a bit surprised he’s only 33 percent owned. Even if you don’t believe in the power, the steady steal production is clutch.

Along the same vein, Rajai Davis has the platoon advantage too. Less power than Gomez and more speed.

Cody Ross against Bruce Chenner could result in some power production.

Reliever watch

It’s been a pretty quiet stretch for bullpen news. I saw Aroldis Chapman live two day ago and it was enjoyable. That’s about all I have to say on relievers.

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8/24 can pick up to 2.Who do you like? Need W and not to be killed by ratios.

– Niese vs Hou,Parker@TB,Fiers@Pi,Samardzija vs COL

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Niese and Parker.


Jarrod Parker is up against the A’s today.

Parker plays for the A’s, pitching against the Rays.