The daily grind: 9-11

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): Marco Estrada is back with yet another chance to impress me. I keep giving him chances and he keeps turning in middling performances. He’ll be facing the Braves today, so he’s far from a lock for strong production.

Dan Straily is back on the bump after nearly a month-long hiatus from the majors. He’s had two strong outings and one poor one thus far, so it will be interesting to see how he does against a potent offense like the Angels.

Pitcher (bum): Ubaldo Jimenez is a shadow of his former self, and the Rangers will get an opportunity to see if they can hit shadows.

Maybe I’ve been watching too many Phillies games, but I have this feeling that Nathan Eovaldi is not going to have a pleasant experience tonight.

Hitter (power): Seth Smith is back in the game and will be up against Jerome Williams. Brandon Moss will also benefit from that match-up.

Column favorite Andruw Jones draws Jon Lester today.

I like the idea of Brandon Belt in Colorado.

Hitter (speed): If you truly have the need for speed, I recommend Coco Crisp. If what you really need is a well rounded player who might swipe a bag, take a look at David Murphy.

Tomorrow’s grind

Alex Cobb is another guy I keep trying only to receive mediocre results. The Orioles are a solid match-up for the Rays and the series has playoff implications, which is doubly interesting.

A.J. Griffin has certainly impressed thus far, and he turned in another great outing last week in his return from the disabled list.

Clayton Richard and the Padres have been surging. They’ll look to play spoiler to the Cardinals this week.

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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Athletics         Astros      
  Brandon Moss L Ervin Santana     Ben Francisco R Travis Wood
  Jemile Weeks S Ervin Santana     J.D. Martinez R Travis Wood
  Seth Smith L Ervin Santana   Brewers      
  Coco Crisp S Ervin Santana     Carlos Gomez R Paul Maholm
Blue Jays         Cubs      
  Rajai Davis R Kevin Millwood     Josh Vitters R Fernando Abad
Rangers         Diamondbacks      
  David Murphy L Jeanmar Gomez     Adam Eaton L Aaron Harang
Royals         Dodgers      
  Salvador Perez R P.J. Walters     A.J. Ellis R Trevor Cahill
  Alcides Escobar R P.J. Walters   Giants      
  Lorenzo Cain R P.J. Walters     Brandon Pill R Jeff Francis
Tigers         Marlins      
  Omar Infante R Gavin Floyd     Carlos Lee R Cliff Lee
  Delmon Young R Gavin Floyd     Justin Ruggiano R Cliff Lee
  Brennan Boesch L Gavin Floyd   Mets      
Twins           Jason Bay R John Lannan
  Ryan Doumit S Luke Hochevar     Scott Hairston R John Lannan
  Denard Span L Luke Hochevar   Padres      
  Ben Revere L Luke Hochevar     Carlos Quentin R Kyle Lohse
Yankees           Will Venable L Kyle Lohse
  Raul Ibanez L David Phelps   Phillies      
            Domonic Brown L Josh Johnson
            Tyler Colvin L Tim Lincecum

It’s a busy day for hitters.

Smith, Moss and Crisp return tomorrow, although Ervin Santana has performed very well over the past month.

Carlos Gomez has the platoon advantage on his side against a weak pitcher. Ditto for David Murphy and Scott Hairston.

The Tigers, Twins and Royals are all facing flammable pitchers.

Reliever watch

A month later, the Astros listened to me and released Francisco Cordero.

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Have to sit 1 of Lawrie,Granderson,Gordon,Cain,Revere,Harper

I have Reynolds,Weiters,Hanley,Pedroia,Aybar.

My opponent has Doumit,Pujols,Phillips,Wright,

Who do you like sitting for me? Lawrie until he starts hitting again or?


I realize you aren’t asking me, but FWIW, I like your idea of benching Lawrie for now. Toronto is ice cold. I think Revere, Cain, Gordon and Harper will all do way to well to sit any. Again, just my $0.02.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Usually I would recommend Revere since he’s almost a 1.5 category player, but Lawrie is particularly cold and I tend to believe it’s purely statistical noise.

So, Lawrie or Revere.


This is off topic, but I’ll hope for a short response. I am in 2nd place in my Yahoo league and I need ERA and WHIP lower. I have a bunch of closers but I am okay with saves. I could easily cut a few. I need some middle relief that gets plenty of innings and doesn’t give up runs, hits or walks to lower the era and whip. Any suggestions?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

David Hernandez, Sean Doolittle, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, Sean Marshall, Joaquin Benoit, Charlie Furbush (haven’t followed his return from DL), and Wade Davis are some guys who get used a lot and put up great #s.