The daily grind: 7-17

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): He’s owned for fantasy purposes, but I like the prospect of Matt Moore against a somewhat lefty-heavy Indians lineup. While his numbers against lefties have been poor this season, it’s a 21.2-inning sample and the only thing out of sorts is his strikeout rate.

Jonathon Niese, Ross Detwiler and Travis Wood are all perfectly acceptable streaming options.

Pitcher (bum): Could the Yankees form the much dreaded Bugs Bunny Conga Line against Brett Cecil? Might the Red Sox match the Yankees fervor against Philip Humber?

Hitter (power): Andruw Jones is known to be particularly lethal to mediocre lefties like Cecil. There are plenty of alternatives in the power department tomorrow like Scott Hairston, Jim Thome, Brandon Moss, Seth Smith, and Tyler Moore.

Hitter (speed): Besides the usual suspects, I see Tony Campana and Cameron Maybin as nice stolen base picks.

Tomorrow’s grind

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Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Astros      
  Erick Aybar R Doug Fister     Chris Johnson R Clayton Richard
  Alberto Callaspo R Doug Fister     J.D. Martinez R Clayton Richard
Athletics         Brewers      
  Brandon Moss L Colby Lewis     Norichika Aoki L Adam Wainwright
  Jemile Weeks S Colby Lewis   Cardinals      
  Seth Smith L Colby Lewis     Jon Jay L Tyler Thornburg
Blue Jays         Cubs      
  Yunel Escobar R TBA     Tony Campana L Josh Johnson
  Adam Lind L TBA   Diamondbacks      
  Rajai Davis R TBA     Stephen Drew L Mat Latos
Indians         Marlins      
  Johnny Damon L Jeremy Hellickson     Greg Dobbs L Jeff Samardzija
  Travis Hafner L Jeremy Hellickson   Padres      
  Casey Kotchman L Jeremy Hellickson     Yasmani Grandal S Wandy Rodriguez
Rangers           Carlos Quentin R Wandy Rodriguez
  Craig Gentry R Travis Blackley     Cameron Maybin R Wandy Rodriguez
Rays           Chris Denorfia R Wandy Rodriguez
  Luke Scott L Justin Masterson   Pirates      
  Carlos Pena L Justin Masterson     Pedro Alvarez L Jeremy Guthrie
  Elliot Johnson S Justin Masterson     Garrett Jones L Jeremy Guthrie
Red Sox         Reds      
  Daniel Nava S TBA     Zach Cozart R Ian Kennedy
  Ryan Sweeney L TBA   Rockies      
  Cody Ross R TBA     Tyler Colvin L James McDonald
  Salvador Perez R Kevin Millwood          
  Alcides Escobar R Kevin Millwood          
  Lorenzo Cain R Kevin Millwood          
  Delmon Young R C.J. Wilson          
  Ryan Doumit S Tommy Hunter          
  Denard Span L Tommy Hunter          
  Ben Revere L Tommy Hunter          
White Sox                
  Dayan Viciedo R Felix Doubront          
  Andruw Jones R Ricky Romero          

Pitcher (to start): I’m hard-pressed to pick an available starter today. You could try Clayton Richards against the Astros, but only if you’re forced to. For daily leaguers, someone like Jordan Zimmermann against the Mets might make sense.

Pitcher (bum): Plenty of bum pitchers tomorrow, but who will get hit hardest? I’d try stacking Cardinals against Tyler Thornburg. Keep in mind that Carlos Beltran is expected to sit a couple games during this series. Jeremy Guthrie is going against the Pirates at Coors.

Hitter (power): My favorite platoon power hitter, Andruw Jones, should be back in the lineup tomorrow. Luke Scott and Carlos Quentin are nice alternatives.

Hitter (speed): I’m going to call a steal from Jemile Weeks just for some variety. Otherwise, look for the usual suspects.

Reliever watch

John Axford blew another save last night, leading some to call for Francisco Rodriguez to step in. I think Axford has just a little bit more wiggle room left but it’s probably time to pick up alternatives.

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I had a pretty bad day on Monday, but for tomorrow I really like Holland, Richard, Liriano, and Chen.

I didn’t pick Ross Detwiler today because the Mets are the 6th best offense vs. lefties so far this year and Ross hasn’t fooled anyone for 2 starts now.


i’d pass on moore given his BB rate and the fact that the indians have drawn more walks than any other team in baseball.

Will H.
Will H.

Also regarding Detwiler aren’t the Mets pretty good away with their bats? And Wood has AWFUL peripherals.

Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson

Relax, I said they were “acceptable,” not awesome.


Thanks for this.

I’m passing on Moore based on his inability to finish. I predict a good first 4+ innings and then the pummeling begins.  His final line will depend on how quickly Maddon deploys the bullpen.  I hope Moore will use the second half to learn how to pitch, as I have him as a keeper.

Will H.
Will H.

Sorry, thought this was a “comments” section. I was hardly calling you insane…