The daily grind: 9-19

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:

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 (power): Brandon Belt is a strong play against Tyler Chatwood. The rainouts make Andruw Jones useful today, too.

Hitter (speed): Norichika Aoki is stealing all kinds of bases.

Tomorrow’s grind

This Thursday offers up a surprising number of interesting match-ups.

Tyler Skaggs is set to face Clayton Richard, both of whom could potentially help (or hurt) your stretch run.

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.

Retroactive Review: Ace
Looking back at some of Justin Verlander's most interesting moments.

Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing Pitcher
Athletics         Astros      
  Brandon Moss L Anibal Sanchez     J.D. Martinez R Jaime Garcia
  Seth Smith L Anibal Sanchez   Brewers      
  Chris Carter R Anibal Sanchez     Carlos Gomez R Wandy Rodriguez
  Coco Crisp S Anibal Sanchez   Cardinals      
Indians           Jon Jay L Bud Norris
  Travis Hafner L Esmerling Vasquez   Cubs      
Rays           David DeJesus L Johnny Cueto
  Carlos Pena L Clay Buchholz   Diamondbacks      
Royals           Chris Johnson R Clayton Richard
  Salvador Perez R Francisco Liriano   Dodgers      
  Alcides Escobar R Francisco Liriano     Luis Cruz R Ross Detwiler
Tigers           A.J. Ellis R Ross Detwiler
  Omar Infante R Tommy Milone   Giants      
  Delmon Young R Tommy Milone     Brandon Pill R Jorge De La Rosa
Twins         Padres      
  Ryan Doumit S TBA     Carlos Quentin R Tyler Skaggs
  Denard Span L TBA     Cameron Maybin R Tyler Skaggs
  Ben Revere L TBA     Chris Denorfia R Tyler Skaggs
Yankees         Phillies      
  Andruw Jones R Aaron Laffey     Erik Kratz R Jeremy Hefner
            Domonic Brown L Jeremy Hefner
            John Mayberry Jr. R Jeremy Hefner
            Travis Snider L Mike Fiers
            Alex Presley L Mike Fiers
            Starling Marte R Mike Fiers
            Zack Cozart R Jason Berken
            Josh Rutledge R Barry Zito
            Willin Rosaio R Barry Zito

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.

I’m still waiting on that Domonic Brown-versus-Jeremy Hefner match-up.

Reliever watch

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.

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Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

I swear I answered this question at 8:30…

Seth Smith is your guy (2 hole, some power). Delmon, Gomez, and Marte are a couple alternatives off the top of my head.


hi Brad, made the finals in my 14 team H2H league with your help, thanks. Opponent is formidable though so i can’t afford too many mistakes like yesterday (started Griffin @ DET against my better judgement, fortunately he started Dempster @ LAA).

So today I have four arms on my roster: Verlander, Medlen, Archer and Estrada. I’m assuming you’d say start all 4, right?

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Yes. I mean you could sit Archer or Estrada, but I think I’d roll the dice on those match-ups.


Heading into Wed game I am winning in all offensive categories, any Thurs bat that could potentially help in both R/HR as generally speaking you can probably only find a bat to help in one.