The daily grind: 4-9-13

The Daily Grind provides daily match-up advice for tinkers and daily fantasy players. I welcome advice to help make this column more effective, including notice of impending weather events, new injuries, and changes to platoon situations. Ownership rates are from Yahoo!

The Fanduel picks are a mixture of Daily League specific advice and information for the more typical fantasy owner. Use the team-by-team TDG eligible players spreadsheet for more detailed information.

Today’s grind

The Fanduel Daily League Players of the Day are:

Pitcher (to start): Go get Dillon Gee for today, although the gambling man inside me thinks the Phillies will put up a couple of crooked numbers.

I’m actually going to throw a reversal in today. Yesterday I included Brandon Maurer with the bums. I’m not terribly confident in him, but he should be calmer today and the Astros are all kind of terrible at the dish.

Pitcher (bum): I haven’t found anyone to bet me that Tim Lincecum will pitch well today, which is interesting since he did a lot better than Roy Halladay in his first outing. But yes, I think he’ll walk a bunch of guys again and generally struggle.

Roberto Hernandez is a fine real-life arm to round out a rotation, but I think he’ll give up a heaping handful of runs against the Rangers.

Hitter (power): Today I’m recommending very large men for power—Chris Carter and Nate Freiman (if he starts). You could also try Matt Joyce.

Hitter (speed): David Murphy is going to be recommended quite frequently if his ownership rate remains in the 30s. You can also try Leonys Martin, although watch out for a surprise Craig Gentry start.

Tomorrow’s grind

Pitcher (to start): Not a good day for streaming or daily fantasy tomorrow. There are way too many bad pitchers getting the call.

I suppose you could try Chad Billingsley. Or if you’re really adventurous, Barry Zito has the Rockies away from Coors.

Pitcher (bum): Print off a list of tomorrow’s probable pitchers and throw a dart at it. You’ll find yourself a bum.

I think Jonathan Sanchez is most likely to immolate tomorrow.

Hitter (power): You can keep using Juan Francisco. He can hit home runs and generate energy for your wind-powered turbine.

I like Nolan Reimold against plain vanilla Ryan Dempster. I also like Lucas Duda‘s power stroke against Kyle Kendrick.

Hitter (speed): Collin Cowgill‘s a solid pick to grind out a steal. I like Domonic Brown more as a power threat against Jeremy Hefner, but I’m also convinced he’s going to steal 15 bases this year and he has to start sometime.

Mental Health and the CBA
A particular bit of language in the latest CBA could have negative consequences for some players.

Weather watch

Teams in the Midwest will have to dodge scattered thunderstorms. The Twins, Royals, Royals and Yankees look least likely to avoid delays although the Tigers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Cubs could also be affected. This makes it a good day for deep daily fantasy leagues since some owners will be throwing away picks on these games.

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What should I think of Domonic Brown?  12-team mixed keeper league.  I wasn’t as high on him as many, but I backed into him at my auction, and he is currently on my bench (along w/ Chris Young) while Jayson Werth is my 5th OF.  Meanwhile there are several teams with OF deficiencies, and I think his trade value is relatively high as our auction was before his hype exploded.  I don’t have a specific need, unless you count C (currently Avila) or maybe a 3rd closer (currently have Frieri & Parnell).  One of the teams needing an OF has… Read more »
Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

If Reed is all you can hope to acquire, you should hold Brown. Especially in a 5 OF league, redundancy can turn to shortage in a flash.

There was a time in my life when I was only a Phillies fan, so you may want to take my advice on Phillies players with a grain of salt. I do think he’s poised for a 75/22/80/12/.275 type season, which is actually quite valuable despite not standing out in any one category.