The daily grind: 7-24

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): There aren’t any starters I’m even remotely interested in. Mike Leake might have the best match-up of the day for available arms. Garrett Richards and Paul Maholm are the not-so-pleasant alternatives.

Edwar Cabrera against the Diamondbacks could be interesting if only because he’s a relatively unknown quantity. He survived the PCL, which has to count for something.

To answer yesterday’s reader question about Maholm, I do not like his match-up. The Pirates are killing it lately.

Pitcher (bum): We’ve got our share of bums today. Will Smith against the Angels and Brett Cecil against the A’s look like the most exploitable.

Masher with a Match-up: It’s hard to pass up Jonny Gomes against a struggling left-hander like Cecil. Not a lot of true power options out there as alternatives today, but I’d expect a couple hits from Lorenzo Cain.

Hitter (speed): Rajai Davis has a nice match-up against Richards. I’m not sure if he’ll steal a bag, but David Murphy has one of the best well-rounded match-ups of the day.

Tomorrow’s grind

My favorite waiver starter—Marco Estrada—has a survivable match-up against the Phillies. However, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard have been providing some firepower lately, so be wary.

Trevor Cahill is a little over 50 percent owned, but I’ve seen him surface in a couple of my leagues and I like him against the patchwork Rockies.

Kevin Correia reliably gives up about three runs in about six innings. The Pirates have been providing plenty of run support so his start against the Cubs appears playable.

Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher   Team Player Handedness Opposing pitcher
Angels         Brewers      
  Maicer Izturis R Luke Hochevar     Norichika Aoki L Vance Worley
  Alberto Callaspo R Luke Hochevar   Cardinals      
Athletics           Jon Jay L Aaron Harang
  Jemile Weeks S Ricky Romero   Cubs      
  Coco Crisp S Ricky Romero     Tony Campana L Kevin Correia
  Jonny Gomes R Ricky Romero   Giants      
Blue Jays           Gregor Blanco L Jason Marquis
  Adam Lind L A.J. Griffin   Marlins      
Indians           Carlos Lee R Tommy Hanson
  Johnny Damon L Max Scherzr     Greg Dobbs L Tommy Hanson
Mariners         Nationals      
  Michael Saunders L Ivan Nova     Steve Lombardozzi S Jeremy Hefner
Rangers         Padres      
  David Murphy L Josh Beckett     Yasmani Grandal S Tim Lincecum
Rays           Yonder Alonso L Tim Lincecum
  Luke Scott L Miguel Gonzalez     Carlos Quentin R Tim Lincecum
  Carlos Pena L Miguel Gonzalez     Will Venable L Tim Lincecum
Red Sox         Phillies      
  Daniel Nava S Derek Holland     Juan Pierre L Marco Estrada
  Cody Ross R Derek Holland   Pirates      
Royals           Pedro Alvarez L Ryan Dempster
  Salvador Perez R Jered Weaver     Garrett Jones L Ryan Dempster
  Lorenzo Cain R Jered Weaver   Reds      
Tigers           Zach Cozart R Bud Norris
  Brennan Boesch L Derek Lowe     Todd Frazier R Bud Norris
  Quintin Berry L Derek Lowe   Rockies      
Twins           Tyler Colvin L Trevor Cahill
  Ryan Doumit S Jake Peavy          
  Denard Span L Jake Peavy          
  Ben Revere L Jake Peavy          
White Sox                
  Dayan Viciedo R Nick Blackburn          
  Raul Ibanez L Hisashi Iwakuma          

Gomes returns with a second consecutive day of relevance and Adam Lind joins him as a masher with a match-up. I might have to rename the Hitters (power) section now…

I’ll throw Quintin Berry’s name out there as a guy who could steal a couple bags against Derek Lowe.

I like Salvador Perez and Cain enough to recommend them against Jered Weaver, which makes me wonder why either of them are on the majority of waiver wires. Second half laziness?

Reliever watch

Francisco Rodriguez has blown five of eight save attempts including an ugly four run comeback last night. Granted, some of those blown saves were of the setup variety.

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